Arkham Horror: Cult of the Spider Queen by S A Sidor

Cult of the Spider Queen

An Arkham Horror Novel

Cult of the Spider Queen

An Arkham Horror Novel

By S A Sidor

An ancient horror deep in the Amazon jungle spins a web of nightmares to ensnare adventurers, explorers, and their souls, in this skin-crawling Arkham Horror novel of cosmic dread.

When Arkham Advertiser reporter Andy van Nortwick receives a mysterious film reel in the mail, with a simple note: “Maude Brion is very much alive!”, he steps onto a path which will lead him to the brink of madness. Brion, the famous actress and film director, vanished a year ago on an ill-fated expedition into the Amazon rainforest, delving into the legend of the Spider Queen. Thrilled by the prospect of his big break, Nortwick swings the funds to launch a rescue mission. He gathers a team of explorers and a keen folklorist to bring back Brion and cement his reputation. But deep in the Amazon jungle, the boundaries between intrepid adventurers, dreamers, and deranged fanatics blur inside a web of terror.

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It is the height of the Roaring Twenties – a fresh enthusiasm for the arts, science, and exploration of the past have opened doors to a wider world, and beyond… And yet, a dark shadow grows in the city of Arkham. Alien entities known as Ancient Ones lurk in the emptiness beyond space and time, writhing at the thresholds between worlds. Eldritch rituals must be stopped and alien creatures destroyed; before the Ancient Ones make our world their ruined dominion. Only a handful of investigators stand against the horrors threatening to tear this world apart. Will they prevail?

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Publication Details

Page Count: 368pp
Cover Art: Daniel Strange
Genre: Fantasy

Paperback edition

US On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
UK On Sale Date: March 17, 2022
Paperback ISBN: 9781839080821
Paperback Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

Ebook edition

Global Ebook On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
ebook ISBN: 9781839080838


Global On Sale: December 7, 2021
ISBN: 9781666191004

About the Author

S A SIDOR is the author of four dark crime thrillers and more recently two splendid supernatural-pulp adventures, Fury From the Tomb and The Beast of Nightfall Lodge. He lives near Chicago with his family.

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Interviews and Articles

“Expect an atmosphere of creeping dread and slam-bang action.”
Track of Words


“Oh wow, where do I start, this book is thus far the best of Aconytes Arkham Horror offerings, despite mostly not being set in Arkham at all.”
Big Geordie Geek

“This book is absolutely the stuff of Saturday afternoon matinee movies. Leaving civilization behind, the characters travel far into the jungle, looking for a lost group of film-makers who apparently found the fabled Spider Queen. Did they survive?”
The Catbox

“This was a highly entertaining pulp horror adventure that included many horror tropes associated with Lovecraft, cosmic entities, giant spiders, other monsters, luminous fungi, and a dangerous jungle setting. Being mildly arachnophobic it was extra chilling for me when the spiders made an appearance.”
Muse’s Books

“Superbly written, deftly plotted and imbued with an absolutely first-rate cast of characters that easily retain the reader’s attention until the very last page, Cult of the Spider Queen is a highly-polished and deeply impressive slice of Jazz-Era horror, with Sidor demonstrating his rapidly-increasingly skills and talents as an author, as well as his innate understanding of both the Arkham Horror setting and Lovecraftian Horror in general.”
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer

“From the gloriously schlocky (in a good way) title to the exacting 1920s period details, “Cult of the Spider Queen” is a note-perfect, pulpy rollercoaster that reminds me of those weekly cinema serials back in the day such as “Flash Gordon” and King of the Rocketmen”, and it would be awesome if it was developed now for TV or a movie. This book is a must for horror fans and masochistic spider-haters alike.”
Kid Ferrous Reviews

“You know how you go to horror movies and shout, “Don’t go in that room!” Spider Queen makes you wonder why they went down that tributary, why they went on that warship that smelled bad, why they went into that shrine and on and on. But, it wouldn’t be much of a horror story if all the characters thought things out. Don’t go near that cave! Oh shoot, they did it anyway.”
Happy Horror Writer

“All in all though the novel is a fantastic creepy (and crawly) read. It builds the perfect balance of tension and suspense while keeping you intrigued and wanting more. A must read for fans of horror, cosmic horror, rip-roaring adventure, Lovecraftian inspired work or spiders in general!”
What You Tolkien About

“I generally felt immersed in the surroundings and was able to perfectly picture the rainforest and what the characters were going through. It even got to the point where I felt so itchy and fidgety as if I had spiders crawling all over me, insane.”
Uneducated Book Diary

“Superbly written, deftly plotted, and imbued with Sidor’s absolutely phenomenal imagination and inherent understanding of the decaying, sumptuous décor of Jazz Age Arkham that hides a terrifying underside, The Last Ritual is one of the most enjoyable and memorable occult horror thrillers that I have read in a long time.”
– SciFi and Fantasy Reviewer

“As unsettling and disturbing as anything that Lovecraft himself wrote… a complex, gripping roller coaster ride.”
– Amazing Stories

“Sidor is a prince of darkness, steeped in the noir tradition and not giving an inch. He is also bountifully talented.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“A master of the unsettling, and each twist is more grisly and unexpected than the last.”
– Publishers Weekly starred review

“What a beautifully crafted piece of work… provides a fascinating window into Eldritch activities that grow from unsettling to truly horrifying.”
– Fistful of Meeples, on The Last Ritual

Arkham Horror: Cult of the Spider Queen by S A Sidor

Global Ebook On Sale: December 7, 2021
US Paperback On Sale: December 7, 2021
UK Paperback On Sale: March 17, 2022
Global Audiobook On Sale: December 7, 2021

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