After the End of the World by Jonathan L. Howard

After the End of the World

The second installment in a thrilling supernatural series that brings the H.P. Lovecraft mythos into the twenty-first century, optioned by Warner Bros TV.The Unfolded World is a bitter and unfriendly place for Daniel Carter and Emily Lovecraft. In this world, the Cold War never happened because the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1941. In this world the Nazi Großdeutschlan...

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After the End of the World Reviews

  • Dan Schwent

    In the aftermath of the previous book, Dan Carter and Emily Lovecraft are struggling to fit into their new world when Dan gets an intriguing case that sees him going undercover as a security guard at Miskatonic University to investigate a joint German-American zero point energy experiment. But what does the mysterious Mr. Weston have to do with everything?

    was one of my favorite books of 2015 so I've been dying to get my squamous tentacles on this ever since. Thank you, Net

    In the aftermath of the previous book, Dan Carter and Emily Lovecraft are struggling to fit into their new world when Dan gets an intriguing case that sees him going undercover as a security guard at Miskatonic University to investigate a joint German-American zero point energy experiment. But what does the mysterious Mr. Weston have to do with everything?

    was one of my favorite books of 2015 so I've been dying to get my squamous tentacles on this ever since. Thank you, Netgalley!

    Anyway, After the End of the World picks up where Carter and Lovecraft left off. Dan and Emily find themselves in a world where HPL's creatures are real and WWII didn't happen and the US and Germany are allies. Americans are a little too chummy with Nazis but that winds up being the least of Dan and Emily's problems.

    Carter and Lovecraft have their hands full in this one, with Mr. Weston, Nazis, German cultists, the Necronomicon, and the prospect of figuring out how to undo the events of Carter and Lovecraft. The zero point energy project eventually sees them wind up on a remote island and that's where things really get cracking.

    In the gulf not unlike the void between stars between the first book and this one, I'd forgotten how much I like these two characters. The banter between them is the star of the show for me. It's interesting that they're coping with the new status quo in different ways. I'd also forgotten just how slick Jonathan Howard's prose is at times.

    I don't want to give away too much. Suffice to say, After the End of the World was just as good as Carter and Lovecraft and now I medically need to read the third installment. Four out of five stars.

  • Bradley

    Sometimes it seems that this world doesn't have enough Cthulhu adventures. It's a real fault.

    Fortunately, JLH has a cure in mind.

    Granted, he may have helped unfold the world we all knew and loved to send us right into an alternate timeline where Nazis got the atomic bomb and wiped out Stalingrad, leaving poor Carter and Lovecraft stranded with memories of both timelines but stuck in the new one. My heart goes out to them!

    Really, this book should appeal to anyone who loves Strange Tales, Private

    Sometimes it seems that this world doesn't have enough Cthulhu adventures. It's a real fault.

    Fortunately, JLH has a cure in mind.

    Granted, he may have helped unfold the world we all knew and loved to send us right into an alternate timeline where Nazis got the atomic bomb and wiped out Stalingrad, leaving poor Carter and Lovecraft stranded with memories of both timelines but stuck in the new one. My heart goes out to them!

    Really, this book should appeal to anyone who loves Strange Tales, Private Investigators, rampant Lovecraftian universe references, and monster romps in remote locations. This novel has it all, including some rather good explorations of what such a timeline would include, not limiting itself to some of the obvious oddities, but getting subtle on us, too.

    It's really delightful and tickles most of my funny bones.

    My only complaint is a personal one. A lot of people might enjoy the traditional mystery feel and the buildup by way of sidequests before we get to the bottom of the Zero Energy experiment, but I personally wanted things to move along to the goodies a bit quicker. Not a big complaint, just a preference. :)

    Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this! And just in time for October, too! :)

  • Dave

    This book is a journey into another dimension where the world has undergone an alternate history and some things have radically changed. For starters, the Nazis got the A-Bomb first, dropped it in Moscow, took over the Eastern half of Europe, withdrew from France and the Low Countries, convinced Japan not to attack Pearl Harbor, thus America never entered the War. Germany then became the preeminent industrial power, were as bigoted as ever, but there was no Holocaust - the Jews were moved en mas

    This book is a journey into another dimension where the world has undergone an alternate history and some things have radically changed. For starters, the Nazis got the A-Bomb first, dropped it in Moscow, took over the Eastern half of Europe, withdrew from France and the Low Countries, convinced Japan not to attack Pearl Harbor, thus America never entered the War. Germany then became the preeminent industrial power, were as bigoted as ever, but there was no Holocaust - the Jews were moved en masse to Madagascar (unjustly exiled to a foreign land not their ancestral home once again). It’s a weird, intriguing alternative universe although any time you start imagining the Nazis winning I don’t sit very comfortably. The author also generously gave us a detective and an heir to Lovecraft’s legacy, spies, bombs, ghosts, and all kinds of strange unearthly stuff.

    By the way, this is the second book in the series. Perhaps there are things I missed by not having book one. Overall, the book which I had high hopes for, didn't do it for me, but there are quite a few intriguing and interesting things here that other readers might enjoy.

  • Karl

    Carter & Lovecraft may become a TV show, the rights have been sold to Warner Brothers.

    "Carter & Lovecraft": Jonathan Howard interview on YouTube -->

  • Maxine

    John L. Howard’s latest novel After the End of the World opens with a bang – literally. In 1941, the Nazis explode a nuclear bomb over Moscow bringing an abrupt end to the war and changing history or, rather, unfolding it.

    In the present, Nazi Germany is the biggest superpower in the world. Most of the world’s largest corporations are stationed there. Only three people remember what the folded world was like: Detective Martin Harrelson of the Arkham (Providence before the unfolding) Police Depart

    John L. Howard’s latest novel After the End of the World opens with a bang – literally. In 1941, the Nazis explode a nuclear bomb over Moscow bringing an abrupt end to the war and changing history or, rather, unfolding it.

    In the present, Nazi Germany is the biggest superpower in the world. Most of the world’s largest corporations are stationed there. Only three people remember what the folded world was like: Detective Martin Harrelson of the Arkham (Providence before the unfolding) Police Department, Emily Lovecraft, and Daniel Carter and they are finding it hard to control their anger at the Nazis over events that, admittedly, never happened at least not in this world.

    Then Carter and Lovecraft are hired to investigate an experiment in high-energy physics at Miskatonic University. Their employer suspects that the data is being manipulated and wants them to discover what is really going on. Soon, they find themselves caught in the centre of a dangerous game of espionage and counterespionage that is linked to the events of 1941.

    When I started reading After the End of the World, I hadn’t realized it was a sequel to Carter & Lovecraft (a book I haven’t read but which is now high on my TBR list) and, admittedly, it took me a few pages to catch up. But when I did, I was completely sucked into the story. Howard combines speculative fiction with suspense, and a nice touch of humour. And, of course, a bit of Lovecraft thrown in. But he also isn’t afraid to look at some difficult issues like anti-Semitism and racism. And he even manages to draw subtle parallels while giving a not-too-subtle poke at US politics today – as one German character says:

    A fun read and a high recommendation from me to fans of intelligent and well-written speculative fiction.

  • Christopher Farrell

    For a second I was really thrown for a loop when I started this book, because I'd forgotten how the firs book had ended. After checking my sources, I delved back in and was delighted at the Unfolded World that Howard had created. I was also astounded at the amount of times I found myself looking up German translations or areas of note, to find that Howard had researched the hell out of this novel - and I had fun doing it, and learned a lot.

    It was delightful to get back to Carter and Lovecraft.

    For a second I was really thrown for a loop when I started this book, because I'd forgotten how the firs book had ended. After checking my sources, I delved back in and was delighted at the Unfolded World that Howard had created. I was also astounded at the amount of times I found myself looking up German translations or areas of note, to find that Howard had researched the hell out of this novel - and I had fun doing it, and learned a lot.

    It was delightful to get back to Carter and Lovecraft. I really enjoy these characters and this weird, uncomfortable world they find themselves in. Howard's set himself up for a sequel and I cannot wait to have it in my hands.

  • Pop Bop

    The Necronomicon - "It's the ...apocalypse with page numbers."

    I'm an unapologetic fan of H.P. Lovecraft and am always happy to sample work that embraces the Cthulhu Mythos, the Elder Gods, and Lovecraft's unique version of cosmicism, (especially the conviction that ordinary reality is just a thin wall protecting us from an alien reality that would drive us mad). Lots of writers have tried to copy Lovecraft, or extend his world, or advance his themes, often with indifferent success. You can't jus

    The Necronomicon - "It's the ...apocalypse with page numbers."

    I'm an unapologetic fan of H.P. Lovecraft and am always happy to sample work that embraces the Cthulhu Mythos, the Elder Gods, and Lovecraft's unique version of cosmicism, (especially the conviction that ordinary reality is just a thin wall protecting us from an alien reality that would drive us mad). Lots of writers have tried to copy Lovecraft, or extend his world, or advance his themes, often with indifferent success. You can't just spell Cthulhu right and claim success. (Heck, even a fair amount of Lovecraft's work isn't very good Lovecraft.) Bottom line? It seems to me that if you are going to be a tribute band you have to at least be a good tribute band. And, to be a good tribute band you have to bring something new and talented to the effort. I feel that's what you get here.

    In his Johannes Cabal novels our author, Jonathan L. Howard, established quite decisively that he can write horror and characters with real style. He also showed himself to be a tricky and devious plotter and adept at witty dialogue. In this Carter & Lovecraft series we get to see all of that again.

    I'm not huge on alternate world/time lines, but Howard has used that premise to move our heroes from the ordinary world into an actual Lovecraftian world. In this new world there are Elder Gods and the Necronomicon is real. Howard fills this new world with Nazis, but most of that is fun and games and clever window dressing. What we really get is complete immersion in the kind of world Lovecraft, in his work, feared was on the other side of our reality. So, instead of sending the heroes to the Arctic or the Mountains of Madness or whatever, Howard has just hopped through a fold and turned Providence into Arkham, with all the Lovecraft trimmings. That was a brilliant structural move, and everything good in the book's plot and throwaway humor flows from there.

    But, this is not a dry or scholarly recap or reframing of the usual Lovecraft. The book is funny, smart, and witty. There are many, many neat set pieces and scenes. There are wonderful throwaway lines and bits of business. The two heroes meld seamlessly into a partnership built on trust and courage and smartaleckiness, and that's the best partnership there is.

    I could go on, but you get the idea. This is smart, sharp, edgy, and sometimes insightful and even touching stuff, all wrapped up in knowing and winking homage to Lovecraft and in a sure command of classic horror conventions. An excellent find.

    (Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  • Peter Bradley

    Please give my Amazon review a helpful vote -

    This is the second book in what looks like an extended series featuring Dan Carter and Emily Lovecraft. Dan Carter is a private investigator and a retired New York cop. Lovecraft is the granddaughter of H.P. Lovecraft, the 1920s horror writer. In the last book, Carter and Lovecraft were thrown together as co-owners of a bookstore. In the midst of horrific murders, the pair gradually comes to realize that H.P. m

    Please give my Amazon review a helpful vote -

    This is the second book in what looks like an extended series featuring Dan Carter and Emily Lovecraft. Dan Carter is a private investigator and a retired New York cop. Lovecraft is the granddaughter of H.P. Lovecraft, the 1920s horror writer. In the last book, Carter and Lovecraft were thrown together as co-owners of a bookstore. In the midst of horrific murders, the pair gradually comes to realize that H.P. might have been describing a version of reality now lost. The story ends with Carter and Lovecraft "unfolding" the world and, presumably, entering into a world H.P. described with cults and ancient gods.

    The end is enticing and suggested. The reader wants to know what that world looks like.

    I found this book less well-realized than the precursor because, in my view, the world that was revealed was less than what had been promised. The pair find that Providence has been replaced by Arkham, and Arkham has a creepy Old-World vibe to it, but Arkham is set in an all-too cliche alternate history. The "unfolded world." we discover, is the world where the Nazis developed a nuclear weapon in 1941 and nuked Moscow on the eve of Barbarosa. Germany emerged as the great world power, there was no Holocaust, England was reduced to a second-world state, and science and technology have advanced quite nicely.

    Where is the weird?

    For most of the book, we have the standard development of an alternate history novel as the characters deal with the differences between the world they remember and the world they now live in. Lovecraft discovers that her store has a copy of the Necronomicon, and is goaded into reading it by a mysterious figure. Carter is induced to work for a very nice Gestapo agent involved in a scientific project to harness "zero point energy" by the strange lawyer who was instrumental in his getting the bookstore.

    The story finally kicks into weird gear toward the last 20 percent of the book when the action shifts to a climax on an island in Aleutians. There we find that the Nazis are very concerned in the folding and unfolding of the world; the Deep Ones make an appearance, and Carter and Lovecraft find that they have a powerful and mysterious ally.

    I am not entirely happy with the unfolded world. I had hoped for more originality, and it isn't clear to me how H.P.'s fold in the 1920s is at all related to the Nazi victory in World War II, but I was intrigued by the elements that the author threw in at the end and I look forward to the next installment.

  • Lori

    I think if I knew more about the Lovecraft mythology I wouldn't have so many questions. This is most definitely a 3.5.

  • The Irregular Reader

    This is the second book in the Carter & Lovecraft Series, and so there are going to be massive, earth-shattering spoilers for the first book in this review. Go ahead and read the first book, then . This review will still be here when you’re ready.

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    I’m a huge fan of Jonathan L. Howard’s books. In his Johannes Cabal series, you found yourself cheering on a cold, calculating sociopathic necromancer (you can read m

    This is the second book in the Carter & Lovecraft Series, and so there are going to be massive, earth-shattering spoilers for the first book in this review. Go ahead and read the first book, then . This review will still be here when you’re ready.

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    I’m a huge fan of Jonathan L. Howard’s books. In his Johannes Cabal series, you found yourself cheering on a cold, calculating sociopathic necromancer (you can read my review of The Fall of the House of Cabal here). The Carter & Lovecraft series introduces us to Emily Lovecraft (descendant of H.P. Lovecraft) and Daniel Carter (descendant of Randolph Carter). After the events of the last book, Carter and Lovecraft have found themselves in the “unfolded” world, where H.P. Lovecraft wasn’t so much a writer of weird fiction as a historian. Rather than Providence, Rhode Island, they now live in Arkham, Massachusetts, and Innsmouth, Kingsport, and Dunwich are right down the road.

    Weird deaths and disappearances, machinations of the elder gods, and fraught archaeology are the leas of their problems however. It seems in this world, the Third Reich developed nuclear weapons in 1941, wiped out Russia in a single blow, and ended the second world war before it had really begun. As a result, the United States finds itself an ally of the Nazis, Britain is an inconsequential former power, France is in ruins, and much of Europe and Asia are ruled by Axis powers. Oh, and there are Nazis. No matter how picturesque Arkham may be compared to Providence, Lovecraft and Carter are determined to “fold” reality back into proper place and ensure that the Nazis don’t rise to become a modern global power.

    The first book in the series was a bit long an meandering, but it did have a wonderfully brilliant character in Emily Lovecraft. Most books that use H.P. Lovecraft’s writings as inspiration tend to overlook the author’s racism and his discomfort with women. I’m a fan of Lovecraft’s work, but he is certainly problematic as a person. Yes, yes, he was writing in the ’20s and ’30s when racism was the norm, but he did express admiration for parts of the Nazi agenda prior to his death. And there’s more than one of his stories that reveals his dread of thinking of the “pure” white race being diluted and corrupted with “lesser” races/species.

    Howard takes a full on look at this aspect of H.P. Lovecraft’s writing. He doesn’t dismiss or excuse it, and through the character of Emily Lovecraft, he points out these issues, and brings them front and center into the plot.

    This is on full display in After the End of the World, where Emily (who is black) finds herself in a world where calling someone a Nazi is unconscionably rude (they prefer to call it the N-word), but where calling her a very degrading world for a black person, which I will not write in this blog, is completely acceptable. More than once, she makes a comment about finding a way back to the real world, so she no longer has “to be nice to Nazis.” If you’ve been watching the news at all in the past year, I’m sure a great many of you share that sentiment.

    This book is quite a bit more fun than the previous one. In addition, the parallels to the current political climate in the US and abroad (which I do believe to be intentional on Mr. Howard’s part) make for grim, but fascinating reading. What would it look like if the Nazi’s had remained a world power? If Hitler hadn’t killed himself in his bunker but had lived on to shape the future of the Third Reich? Not to put too fine a point on it, but I think it may look similar to America under the Trump administration.

    Jonathan L. Howard fans, especially those who read Carter & Lovecraft, should absolutely read this book. Even if you weren’t the biggest fan of the first book, I find this one to be much more entertaining, and the series deserves anther try. If this book sounds intriguing to you and you haven’t read the previous one, I really do encourage you to read that first, to get to know the main characters a bit better.

    An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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