In the hardscrabble east end of Hamilton Ontario, young Nate Silva has grown up with the reassuring racket of football games from nearby Ivor Wynne Stadium. But now strange noises and music boom from the stadium late at night, and the air throbs with the chanting of excited crowds. When Nate sneaks into one of these “midnight games,” he is thrown headlong into a movement spearheaded by the secret Resurrection Church of the Ancient Gods, who are summoning to Earth the monstrous Great Old Ones who ruled the planet long ago. In this thrilling young adult novel, David Neil Lee captures the “Cthulhu Mythos” of horror author H. P. Lovecraft  (1890-1937), and unleashes it in gritty, post-industrial Hamilton. Pitted against the worshippers of the mind-bending extraterrestrial Yog-Sothoth, Nate finds unexpected allies as he is pursued by savage alien creatures, the murderous Hounds of Tindalos, and the desperate minions of the Great Old Ones.

“With The Midnight Games, David Neil Lee offers us something very interesting indeed: a young adult novel of an adventurous lad in southern Ontario who stumbles on a cult trying to summon the Great Old Ones to Earth in the unused stadium near his home. This is precisely what the world needs: an action-packed Young Adult Cthulhu Mythos novel. You know it’s true.” ― Black Gate Magazine, USA

 

“Spinning an engrossing young adult novel set in post-industrial Hamilton, David mines his gritty location as the perfect backdrop to Nate's strange and terrifying adventure. Full of ancient books and curses as well as Lovecraftian horror, The Midnight Games is the perfect Canadian Halloween read.” ― Open Book Toronto

 

“A thrilling young adult novel, set in gritty, post-industrial Hamilton. Author David Neil Lee blends the rich horror of H. P. Lovecraft with the pace of a modern mystery. The Midnight Games will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to school and community library YA Fiction collections for young readers ages 12 to 18.” ― Midwest Book Review, USA.

 “An interesting transplantation of H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos to the gritty streets of industrial Hamilton, Ontario. Nate is an engaging protagonist, with recognizable teenage confusion and bravado. The monsters are fun, and the mythos behind them is sketched out enough to make sense … Lee interweaves giant burrowing insects and inter-dimensional squid quite convincingly into the fabric of run-down Hamilton, with its abandoned factories and boarded-up schools ... the action is fast-paced, and the battles with monsters are exciting. The Midnight Games will definitely appeal to fans of Lovecraft and to readers who like their horror to have chitinous legs or tentacles ... a good choice for reluctant readers, particularly boys. Recommended.”

― Kim Aippersbach, CM (CM: Canadian Review of Materials, Manitoba Library Association).

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