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The Night Ocean

Paul LaFarge.
Item #: D03380
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 400 / 2018
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101981092
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Charlie Willett has become obsessed with legendary horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, and particularly with an episode in the summer of 1934, when the "old gent" lived for two months with a gay fan named Robert Barlow. Were they friends—or something more? Just when Charlie thinks he's solved the puzzle, he disappears. The police say it's suicide, but his wife Marina, a psychiatrist, doesn't believe them. Paul La Farge's novel follows Marina's quest, through the lives of Lovecraft; Barlow (a scholar of Mexican culture who killed himself after being blackmailed); his student, future Beat writer William S. Burroughs; and a Canadian appliance salesman who knows the origins of Lovecraft's diary, The Erotonomicon.

 

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