This unique and original debut novel casts two real-life legends of fantasy fiction—the creator of Conan and the inventor of the Necronomicon—in a nightmare of their own making…H.P. Lovecraft was a writer who would one day become famous for his eerie tales of the macabre—filled with ancient beings who ruled the world millions of years before the appearance of the human race.Robert E. Howard was also a writer whose barbarian character Conan would become a literary legend—a lone hero in a primitive world overrun by humankind’s oldest enemies.But few know the real story that inspired these masters of pulp fiction. The story that begins on a dark and stormy night. A night tortured by the cries of an inhuman infant child. A child who would open the gates to the most dangerous force in the cosmos—the ancient god Cthulhu… And only two men—two eccentric writers—can stop him.