Literature: Peter Clines Fourteen
A novel by Peter Clines (author of the Ex-Heroes
series and The Eerie Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
chronicles the journey of a young man named Nate Tucker who rents an apartment in Los Angeles where the rent is suspiciously cheap, the cockroaches are bright green with an extra leg, and there's a single padlocked room on his floor that seems to terrify everyone around him. Except, it's the room next door to it where people are constantly committing suicide.
A cerebral horror novel, 14
is published by Permuted Press
and has received much praise for its labyrinthine but understandable mystery.
- Action Survivor: The survivors at the end
- Apocalypse How: Humanity will be eaten by extra-dimensional monsters if there's too many psychic presences on Earth. The Kvach Building prevents this.
- Applied Phlebotinum: There's a lot of going on in the Kavach Building.
- Artifact of Doom: Some residents suspect the building might be this. It's actually the only thing preventing the Apocalypse.
- Badass: Tim.
- Big Bad: Cthulhu. Though he's unnamed, it's very obviously either him or the inspiration for the deity in-universe.
- Blatant Lies: Tim's excuse for knowing an increasingly bizarre set of skills is he read about them in a manual.
- Bittersweet Ending: Tim is dead, the entire crisis was their fault, and they're all traumatized. Nate is now the new building manager, though.
- Cosmic Horror Story: The secrets of the universe tied to the Kavach Building threaten one's sanity. Subverted. Everything actually more or less works out in the end.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Mrs. Knight, an otherwise sweet old lady, gets sucked into an alien sun through explosive decompression.
- Cthulhu Mythos: The novel takes place in a universe where the Great Old Ones are real and H.P. Lovecraft was chronicling his grandfather's stories of their existence.
- Eldritch Location: The Kavach Building.
- It has a doorway INTO SPACE.
- Extra-Strength Masquerade: This is enforced around the Kavach Building, which is a good thing once the world starts to end.
- Granola Girl: Xela has elements of this.
- Hollywood Nerd: Veek.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Xela doesn't see much problem sunbathing nude.
- Lovecraft Lite: Only three major characters die and one was evil.
- Meaningful Name: The Kavach Building It means 'shield'.
- Meganekko: Veek.
- The Men in Black: They appear at the end.
- Mood Whiplash: Light and humorous storytelling swerving into cosmic horror then back.
- Ms. Fanservice: Xela is this for the book, though Nate's Above the Influence.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The residents really-really are messing with stuff above their knowledge level. And it almost destroys the world.
- Nikola Tesla: the creator of the Kavach Building's machinery.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The government is quite understanding despite the fact our heroes almost ended the world.
- Religion of Evil: The Family.
- Shout-Out: Extensive ones to Scooby Doo, Lost, and The Cthulhu Mythos''
- Trope Named: The Uncanny Valley effect is explained in-universe.
- Unlucky Everyman: Nate Tucker is this before he becomes a resident of the Kavach Building.
- Weirdness Censor: The events of the book are only visible to the characters inside the building.