Ever since playing Arkham Horror with my brother, I can’t get enough of the Cthulhu mythos. I was at Blizzard World ComiCon in February of this year, and Christopher Schmitz overheard me discussing with another creator about Cthulhu. He attracted my attention and sold me on his novel Wolf of the Tesseract. He gave me a guarantee that I would really enjoy reading his book if I was as obsessed with Cthulhu as I had mentioned earlier. Months passed as I prepared for graduating from college, and I didn’t have the time to read Wolf of the Tesseract. Once graduation passed, I picked up the book and quickly finished half of it in one sitting. It didn’t take long to read Wolf of the Tesseract, and Christopher was right: this book was written for any Cthulhu fan.
Claire Jones is attending college and hanging around Duluth planning her wedding. Claire’s planning is put to a halt when she is kidnapped and rescued by a werewolf, who divulges to her about how she’s involved in a plot to destroy all of reality. An evil sorcerer is intent on using Claire to gain access to an artifact and unleash Sh’logath, a demonic entity that is capable of devouring all reality. The werewolf must protect Claire, because if the sorcerer obtains her, reality will be in pieces.
Christopher does an excellent job writing battle sequences in his book. The first chapter opens to an intense battle involving storming a castle. Christopher details every scene, including the character’s emotions along with what the corridors of the castle look like. As a reader, this allows me to envision the battle in my head as I’m reading each word on the page. The final battle was my favorite to read about, because there was so much at stake as Sh’logath was just waiting on the outskirts to be released to Earth.
The only minor complaint is that I felt confused at parts of the book. There’s so much to comprehend with the Tesseract and how it works with reality, along with each character having a doppelganger on this other planet. I found myself having to re-read the part about the Tesseract multiple times because I still couldn’t figure out how it works. Again, this is something minor because once I read the section three times, I could fully understand what was going on and how the Tesseract worked with reality.
Christopher once had a Kickstarter up on his site to generate funds to create a comic alongside Wolf of the Tesseract. I’m disappointed the funding didn’t go through, but this book was worth the read. Fantasy and sci-fi novels can be a hit or a miss for me, and this one was a hit. Christopher does have his book on Amazon available for purchase as an ebook or in a paperback version. I was fortunate to be able to have a conversation with him because he’s a cool guy who, if you find at a con, is most likely wearing his Logan cosplay. Wolf of the Tesseract is thrilling, somewhat demonic, and a fast-paced summer read from another Minnesota native.