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Lovecraftian sci-fi about wartime England

A Lovecraftian mythos style book set sometime in the early twentieth century in which the British empire (and eventually the world in general) are attempting to fight off a slowly awakening evil: a race of insanity inducing monsters burrowed deep underground. The tone was more sci-fi than horror, though the book was unquestionably Lovecraftian.

 

As I recall, the title had something to do with digging or tunneling and made no direct reference to Lovecraft or Cthulhu (which is probably what is making it so difficult for me to dig up).

 

 

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Re: Lovecraftian sci-fi about wartime England

Could it possibly be The Mind Parasites, by Colin Wilson?

 

The Mind Parasites  

 

The book does feature an archealogical dig, and it contains numerous references to Lovecraft.

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Re: Lovecraftian sci-fi about wartime England

Your description also sounds quite a bit like the plot of the movie Five Million Years to Earth, known in the U.K. as Quatermass and the Pit. That was apparently based on a previous BBC TV series, not on a book.

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Re: Lovecraftian sci-fi about wartime England

I looked at the items you guys recommended, and while similar is some aspects niether are the one I'm looking for. :smileysad:

 

There are some specific scenes that I vaguely remember, such as when the protagonist and his friend are in a boat somewhere in Wales (I think) and accidently become mired in a shoggoth that is in the waterway.

 

The creatures they are initially dealing with live far below the earth's surface and are diggers; the governments who take up fighting track them through early seismology.

 

I wish I could remember more, but I hope that helps paint a better picture of it.

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Re: Lovecraftian sci-fi about wartime England

FOUND IT!   It's The Burrowers Beneath by Brian Lumley. Ironically it was my sister, a B&N bookseller who figured it out for me. :smileyhappy: