Now, imagine Encyclopedia Brown taking on cases that involve Lovecraftian nightmare creatures, but with the New England flavor swapped out for a Mid Western taste profile. That’s the second half of the equation from two creators named Marcos and Ed.
One could tell you what the third part of the formula is… but that would spoil things. Also, if you’re thinking three halves is an improper fraction, you’re right, but remember that in terms of awkward love and Lovecraftian lore, numbers that don’t add up are essential to the formula.
Into this melange of potent and hormone fueled angst, is added a new wrinkle. While arriving home for Winter Break, Friday is immediately pulled into another Lancelot Jones case, which is something she neither has fucks to give about, or time to put up with. But it is a murder and it’s also something treading into the Lovecraftian territory that started to creep into the latter adventures of her pre-college life that she wants be free from. In this day and age, any crime-noir story using Lovecraft’s standard tool box is passe, but a kid detective going through that spike in stakes feels a lot fresher. Especially when this is a kid who has aged out of the precocious part of being a kid detective.
If you’re on the look out for something to get you in the mood for Halloween when it’s too early in the year to put up the pumpkins and skeletons, but with a little bit of the “life gets wonky when you get old enough to care about the things you don’t understand” schadenfreude layered on top like the fudge drizzle on a misery and heartache sundae, this one’s for you.