I don’t know much about this Paul Crilley fellow. He’s a South African writer who’s written a previous series for Pyr, the steampunk Tweed & Nightingale Adventures, a Daredevil prose novel, several YA titles, and much of the Bioware game Star Wars: The Old Republic.
His newest novel, Department Zero, is a beast of a different stripe, however. It’s the tale of a single dad who works cleaning up crime scenes… and who accidentally stumbles upon universe-hopping gates that connect a hidden multiverse of alternate realities. There he meets Havelock Graves, the top cop in the Interstitial Crime Department…. and discovers that a sinister cult is planning nothing less than to awaken Cthulhu from his slumber in the Dreamlands. (That’s another thing Harry discovers: “Everything H.P. Lovecraft wrote is true, Like, everything.”)
As you can probably tell, the book is not entirely serious. Publishers Weekly says it’s “Fast-paced and fun… The humor is on point… Lovecraft fans might have a lot of fun with this one.” Yeah, I bet I might. Department Zero was published by Pyr on January 24, 2017. It is 301 pages, priced at $17 in trade paperback and $9.99 for the digital edition. The cool cover art is by Patrick Arrasmith. Click the images above for bigger versions.