None of this. Nor anything imaginable. Because these bold/old men, anticipate all that might be expected on a holiday in the Far East, but not becoming involved in rituals and blasphemous cannibal orgies in a scenario worthy of Weird Tales, including primeval horrors, mysterious islands, and almond-eyed maidens, as fascinating as they are dangerous.
The three main characters, Alessio, Jack and Filippo are a mismatched trio of occult investigators: a former trader, an ex-lawyer and a retired civil servant, friends - and enemies - since youth. Our heroes face all kinds of danger with the disillusionment and cynicism of old age.
Valerio Evangelisti, an Italian science fiction author, winner of the Urania Award (the most important SciFi award in Italy), and translated all over the world, said this about the novel: "If you had told me that a Lovecraftian theme would translate into a hilarious story, I would not have believed it. But here is the monster looming, mucilaginous as befits: a narrative of fantastic humorous tone."
Paolo Agaraff (www.paoloagaraff.com) is an Italian multiple writer who published novels and short stories, often inspired by the Myths of Cthulhu. The frogs of Koh Samui (Le rane di Koh Samui) is his first novel, originally published by Pequod Edizioni in 2003. The other main publications are Il quinto cilindro (The fifth cylinder), Montag, 2010, and Il sangue non è acqua (Blood is thicker than water), Pequod, 2006. Paolo Agaraff is also known as father / cousin of another Italian multiple author, Pelagio D’afro (www.pelagiodafro.com), and is a founder member of Carboneria letteraria (www.carbonerialetteraria.com), a group of Italian writers who recently published a novel written by seventeen authors all together, Maiden voyage (Homo Scrivens, 2014).
The three authors members of the Paolo Agaraff group are Gabriele Falcioni, Roberto Fogliardi and Alessandro Papini.