Whom the Gods Would Destroy

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“Any sufficiently advanced intelligence is indistinguishable from godhood.”

For Damien, growing up was all about being an outsider in his own home. His mother and brother Cameron shared an unfathomable bond that left him excluded from their lives. Yet his earliest, fragmentary memory of them was so nightmarish, their lives were something he ran from as soon as he could.

Now an astronomy graduate student in Seattle, Damien is happy with his place as a speck in a cosmos vast beyond comprehension. Until Cameron turns up after 13 years, to make amends and seek his expertise on a discovery that may not be of this Earth. The more the world expands to admit the possibilities of a universe stranger than even Damien has imagined, the greater is his urgency to resist being reclaimed by a past that never seemed to want him … until now.

Like a collision of galaxies between H.P. Lovecraft and Carl Sagan, Whom the Gods Would Destroy looks to the night skies as the source of our greatest wonder, and finds them swarming with our worst fears.

• Winner of the DarkFuse Readers’ Choice Award for Best Novella of 2013

• Finalist for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella

The Soundtrack

What madness is this?

Whom the Gods Would Destroy is one of those rare books that inspired its own original soundtrack. What first seemed like it might only be an e.p.’s worth of composition and sound design turned into 10 tracks running close to 40 minutes. From soaring space music to sounds from the cosmic abyss, from plaintive piano to ominous grandeur, from a hurtling Mellotron freakout to a tortured orchestra, it really does set the mood for personal and planetary calamity.

Download it here.

Disclaimer: My apologies if this doesn’t play 100% cleanly on your system. There are no glitches in the uncompressed audio, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the MP3 format is a tool of the devil. The codecs don’t always seem to know what to do with resonant sounds. I have a lot of commercial releases that fare no better.

Reviews

“Some [H.P.] Lovecraft scholars have stated the opinion that, had Lovecraft lived longer, his work would likely have veered more toward science fiction than supernatural horror. This book is a good example of the direction he may have taken … Not only does Brian Hodge get the ‘Cosmic Awe’ concept nailed down, but his characters, and the way he describes the relationships between them, are expertly drawn to a degree that Lovecraft himself could never have achieved.” — The British Fantasy Society

“Mines existential terror, our fear of our own insignificance, while not skimping on the shock moments and twists. This is a space chiller that gets under your DNA, imbues the stars with horrific potential and makes the reader question humanity’s place in the cosmos. Great stuff!” — Horror Novel Reviews

“A strange journey into the human psyche and a reimagining of human history on a cosmic scale. While there is a great deal of science fiction in the novella, there are also several themes from classic horror, and especially Lovecraftian mythos, that is sure to please even a jaded horror reader … This is a powerful novella … that will grow more powerful in the reader’s mind at its conclusion and almost beg for another reading.” — Examiner.com

“…an incredibly dark tale … Hodge plays with the notion of evil versus amorality. If an advanced enough intelligence seems like a god to us humans, what do we seem like to it? … Hodge’s writing is tight and suspenseful with the right amount of jolts.” — The Writerly Reader