Hammers on Bone

Hammers on Bone

John Persons is a private investigator with a distasteful job from an unlikely client. He’s been hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid’s stepdad, McKinsey. The man in question is abusive, abrasive, and abominable.

He’s also a monster, which makes Persons the perfect thing to hunt him. Over the course of his ancient, arcane existence, he’s hunted gods and demons, and broken them in his teeth.

As Persons investigates the horrible McKinsey, he realizes that he carries something far darker than the expected social evils. He’s infected with an alien presence, and he’s spreading that monstrosity far and wide. Luckily Persons is no stranger to the occult, being an ancient and magical intelligence himself. The question is whether the private dick can take down the abusive stepdad without releasing the holds on his own horrifying potential.

Title:Hammers on Bone
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  • Dan Schwent

    When a kid tries to hire John Persons to kill his stepfather, the private investigator is intrigued. Persons quickly determines the stepfather isn't of this earth. Sometimes, it takes a monster to kil...

  • Tim

    Imagine if you will that this: meets this: And yes, Elder Gods damn it, that is as amazing as it sounds. Lovecraftian Horror meets noir. There endeth the review....Okay, okay, so I will say a little m...

  • Bradley

    I think I can read this kind of fiction forever. Like, literally 78 million years in the future, as an immortal intellectual bug, I will be reading this fiction. To me, Lovecraftian horror is tops. Ad...

  • Lindsay

    Lovecraftian detective noir is such a cool idea.PI John Persons has a new client, an 11-year old boy with the stink of eldritch horror on him. Persons can tell, he's very familiar with eldritch horror...

  • G.

    If the thing is rage, I am a small blade in the correct place, the perfect time. John Persons, private eye, gets all kinds of clients, but a kid with an assassination request is a first. The target? T...

  • Ctgt

    Interesting mix of elder gods and hardboiled/noir elements with some really evocative writingThe noise becomes a whisper, a hiss, a celebration, a roar, a black surf breaking on the glaciers of an old...

  • Michael Hicks

    With Hammers on Bone, Cassandra Khaw gives an old-school PI story a cool Lovecraftian update. There's plenty of old-school gumshoe narration (although the story is firmly present-day), along with a he...

  • Veronique

    “Please. You’re the only one who can help.”“What makes you say that?”“Because you’re a monster too.” This novella was a lovely surprise, although the word ‘lovely’ does in no way d...

  • K.J. Charles

    Lovecraftian horror gumshoe noir set in contemporary London. As you do. I enjoyed this a lot, unsurprisingly. Bristling with anger and violence and gory details and a sense of lurking horror, both cos...

  • Alasdair Stuart

    The thing about Private Eyes is they have it easy. Collar up, hat down, mean street beneath their feet and they’re a fictional needle in a fictional groove. The perfect alpha predator protagonist ab...