The Lovecraft Code
• A professor of religion turns atheist after witnessing a massacre in Iraq, only to confront a darker possibility
• A high-ranking American intelligence officer authorizes a black op that no one understands, but on which the fate of nations depends
• An explosion of violence in the Middle East as warring sects seek the ultimate weapon of mass destruction
• And, at the center of the conflagration, a book that reveals the existence of an ancient cult bent on global extermination …
• … a book introduced to the world by a famous author of gothic horror. A book that is not supposed to exist.
Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible— Francis Bacon
Drawing on decades of experience, non-fiction author and historian Peter Levenda turns to the novel as the best and perhaps only way to tell a story that must be told.
Hidden within the tales of America's most iconic writer of gothic horror, H.P. Lovecraft, runs a vein of actual terror. Gregory Angell, present day descendant of George Angell in Lovecraft's “Call of Cthulhu,” is summoned by a nameless covert agency of the US Government to retrieve a sacred book from the grasp of an Islamist terror network operating out of northern Iraq, in the land of the Yezidi. Long believed to be devil worshippers, the Yezidi are all that's left of an ancient cult that possessed the key to the origins of the human race … and of the conflict between that race and another, much more ancient, civilization from beyond the stars.
Angell's quest takes him from the streets of Brooklyn to the deserts of the Middle East, to Central Asia, northern India and an island in the Pacific Ocean. The reader is taken on side trips to Nazi Germany, the laboratory of a South Florida necrophile, post-Katrina New Orleans, and to the origins of the modern science of archaeology in the late nineteenth century.