Comic Review: Where’s My Shoggoth?

Where’s My Shoggoth?
Written by Ian Thomas
Art by Adam Bolton
Archaia Entertainment
Release Date: September 26, 2012
Cover Price: $11.95

Just in time for Halloween, comic publisher Archaia has got something perfect for all the little horror fiends in your life. Part board game, part illustrated book, Where’s My Shoggoth? is a charming all-ages homage to the elder gods and their world-crushing friends.

There is an interesting phenomenon that occurs when someone sets out to write a kids book that is also scary. Typically, the end result is either too grotesque for any kid other than a young Michael Myers to enjoy or so kid-friendly that ghosts and ghouls start resembling house pets. Where’s My Shoggoth? on the other hand finds that sweet spot of genuinely spooky but not scary enough to keep your kids awake all night. Filled with all the strange and mighty creatures of H.P. Lovecraft lore, Where’s My Shoggoth? reads like the Necronomicon rewritten with a Dr. Seuss flare for rhyme and whimsy.

Artist Adam Bolton wonderfully illustrates Lovecraft’s creations as the book’s protagonist searches for his lost pet Shoggoth. What’s a little boy is doing with a train-sized multi-eyed tentacle monster for a pet you ask? Your guess is as good as mine. Taking us through gloomy cemeteries and dark dungeons, Where’s My Shoggoth? introduces us to such notable soul-eaters as Byakhee and the life of every party – Azathoth, the Daemon Sultan.

Come this Halloween you have two options: Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas for the twentieth time or introduce your little ones to a new type of horror. If the future is in the hands of our young, shouldn’t they at least have a healthy fear of the elder gods and the mighty Cthulhu? As NASA currently scavenges Mars for signs of life Where’s My Shoggoth? will provide kids with the knowledge that beyond the stars there is something omnipresent waiting to destroy them.

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