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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 69
by Monte Cook

Past and present collide in the climactic chapter to "The Star of Unseen Stars" saga!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 68
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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 67
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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 66
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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 65
by Monte Cook

The shadow of Hastur heralds the End of Days!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 59
by Monte Cook

Whispers from the Dark! As Phillip Shandler gains refuge aboard the docked vessel, The Eagle, to further strategize his dogged intent to thwart the machinations of the vril-ya and their Nazi cohorts, his thoughts are visited (and violated) by a sinister (yet familiar) presence - Nyarlathotep! The Dark Man seeks to entertain Phillip's inquiring mind with notions of his diabolical purpose, and what better audience to usher in the end of all things than the lone human that continues to serve as a proverbial thorn in his side? But, if the Great Old One's revelation isn't disconcerting enough, the thought of sacrificing The Star of Unseen Stars fills Phillip with even deeper dread!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 58
by Monte Cook

Tower of Power! With the arrival of The Eagle on Antarctica's icy shores, Phillip Shandler (anxiously) takes leave of the anchored vessel, preferring the bitterly cold climes of the snow-covered continent over the chill of Nyarlathotep's knowing presence. Shadowing the Nazi regiment to an outpost not far from the ship, Phillip proceeds to reconnoiter the various buildings in hopes of gleaning some comprehension of the activities inside. However, his findings bode ill — as he uncovers more vril-ya stationed at the compound, and a monstrous structure in the midst of construction: a metal tower laden with glimmering stones — gems that distinctly resemble The Star of Unseen Stars!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 57
by Monte Cook

Dark Tide! As The Eagle continues its fated course to Antarctica and a date with destiny and the Great Old One, Hastur, Phillip Shandler attempts to garner whatever knowledge he can glean of the vessel’s manifest and destination while yet secreted among the ship's cargo. But, if Nazi occultists, arcane scientists, and the dark god Nyarlathotep weren't enough to stir his trepidation, the sudden, dead silence of the once-vocal Star of Unseen Stars fills him with deeper dread!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 56
by Monte Cook

Dark Passage! Convinced the Germans are working with the Vril-Ya to perform a ritual to loose the dread entity, Hastur, upon the unknowing world, Phillip takes a chilling detour to Berlin, slipping on board "The Eagle", a seafaring vessel secured by the Vril Society secretly bound for Antarctica. Now, huddled in the deepest hold, all Phillip can do is bide his time and avoid detection by the crew. At least, that's what he had initially conceded to. But, after days of secreting himself, boldness (or boredom) gets the best of him, and further exploration of the ship's interior confirms his suspicions, as well as reveals the presence of another stowaway - the stasis-laden essence of the 'Dark Man', Nyarlathotep!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 55
by Monte Cook

In the midst of a rapidly escalating war in Europe, Phillip Shandler is conflicted - not only against the ruthless German forces hunting him (and the Star of Unseen Stars), but also with his own, troubled thoughts. While stowing away on a train bound through the heart of Germany, Phillip manages to eavesdrop on a conversation whispered among German officers seated in the car (spoken in a language previously unknown to him, but now can clearly comprehend) of the Vril-Ya, their connection to the Teutonic Knights, and a secret project rooted in the "the bottom of the world" - Antarctica! But, most chilling, is a single utterance - a name that echoes terribly in Phillips mind - "Hastur!"

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 54
by Monte Cook

Seeking to escape the entrapment of Moravia, now a German protectorate under military control, Phillip Shandler is a fugitive on the run, barely able to stay ahead of Reiner and his Nazi hounds, who doggedly pursue him (and the Star of Unseen Stars in his possession). Skirting from village to village, Phillip manages to find a safe-haven. But, his respite is short-lived, as Reiner's forces have tracked him to a narrow stretch of farmland, forcing Phillip to take desperate measures and turn to the gem and its untapped potential to shed a doorway out of his predicament - otherwordly powers he has yet begun to fathom, nor the terrible price he must ultimately pay for using them!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 53
by Monte Cook

Snake In the Grass! With the German occupation of western Czechoslovakia deeply entrenched, the Nazi presence (and scrutiny) is notoriously heightened, especially towards those of Jewish and noticeably foreign descent. Knowing it's only a matter of time before he (and his much-coveted gem) is ousted by the brutish Reiner and his Gestapo, Phillip Shandler takes matters into his own, determined hands, hastily stashing the Star of Unseen Stars in an earthen cache while he steals away into the night to reconnoiter the dark alleyways for a viable escape route. Confident of his decision, he returns to retrieve the gem from its hiding place — but, to his horror, discovers something infernal remaining in its stead — some-thing with pitched hiss and piercing fangs!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 52
by Monte Cook

In the wake of his traumatic, otherworldly ordeal with Adriana, Phillip Shandler - yet recovering in a hospital in German-occupied western Czechoslovakia - is relieved that the Star of Unseen Stars is back into his possession (and protection). However, with the Nazi presence looming in the region, it's only a matter of time before his safe-haven soon becomes a prison. To affirm his fears, he's frequently visited by Reiner, a German operative with connections to the Ostrava police district, who has expressed, keen interest in the wayward 'American', his encounters at Chanov Castle, and the specific whereabouts of a certain starborn gem.

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 51
by Monte Cook

In the Shadow of Hastur! The Unspeakable One. Him Who Is Not to be Named. In the ancient passages of the Kniha Tajomstiev, or "Book of Secrets," Hastur is an eldritch, other-dimensional denizen - a Great Old One - and his presence heralds the ruin of all he surveys. Swept up in the wake of chaos and destruction brought on by its monstrous presence, Phillip Shandler makes a final, desperate attempt to retrieve the Star of Unseen Stars from the clutches of Adriana - before all is lost!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 50
by Monte Cook

Something Wicked This Way Comes! Barely at his wits end, Phillip finds foothold for his dwindling sanity in the dimensional haze he's stumbled into: Adriana. Housed in a luxurious mansion overlooking the city proper, and oblivious, apparently, to Phillip's careful observation due in no small part to Crowley's device on his person, Adriana ambles about her business, idly biding her time. Waiting... for what? The answer comes soon enough in the form of ominous, dark clouds gathering in the distance, growing nearer and more imposing each day. However, it's not the threat of the brewing storm, but the monstrous, shadowy figure looming at its heart that fills him with dread!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 49
by Monte Cook

What a Strange Trip It's Been! Lured through a "doorway" between dimensions by Adriana and the maddening influence of The Star of Unseen Stars, Phillip Shandler now stands on the brink of discovery — and madness! Caught in a place "not of this Earth", where the natural laws of physics give way to the incomprehensible, Phillip struggles to hold a tentative grip on his alien surroundings – and his sanity – in hopes of escaping the chaotic quagmire that threatens to drag him into oblivion!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 48
by Monte Cook

Assault on Chanov Castle! With little time left to lose, Shandler, Fleming, and crew breach the walled defenses of the castle ruins under the cover of darkness. Once inside, a cursory search of dank passages and foreboding stairwells leads the intrepid and determined men to a dimly lit alcove. But, nothing could have prepared them for the spectacle awaiting them in the antechamber - of a fuming Adriana bristling with Vril-Ya energy and a fiery, pulsating bonfire of violet light that yawns to receive them!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 47
by Monte Cook

Now or Never! With the blizzard (and beast) howling at death's door, Shandler and company make one, final push to escape their snow-bound prison. Yet, even as they battle both the harsh elements and lingering dread in a desperate bid for freedom, for one member of the intrepid team a chilling demise awaits!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 46
by Monte Cook

Cold as Ice! With the relentless storm threatening to, literally, bury them, Shandler, Crowley, and Fleming come to a concenus: risk departing and exposure - or stay hunkered down in the ramshackle dwelling that is rapidly becoming their tomb! But, the snow bearing heavily upon them proves to be less distressing compared to the preternatural menace that lurks outside - a howling, abysmal creature with claws, fangs, and crimson eyes that chill our intrepid troupe to the marrow!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 45
by Monte Cook

Sheltered, but snowed-in by the unrelenting blizzard, Shandler, Crowley and Crew continue to hunker down in hopes of waiting out the storm. Meanwhile, plans are devised to gain access to Chanov Castle, as well as assumptions (and concerns) raised of Adriana's true purpose and deep-seeded connection to the alien Vril-Ya. But, this serves little to alleviate the chill that plagues Phillip Shandler, nor his undeniable yearning for the Star of Unseen Stars.

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 44
by Monte Cook

Pity the Children! Entrenched in the snow-blistered mountain of Carpathian Rus outside of Chanov Castle, Shandler and company soon learn of the cruel (and desperate) measures that Adriana is prepared to undertake to keep The Star of Unseen Stars within her grasp. While on reconnaissance in Mukachevo, Fitzsimmons uncovers an insidious plot involving missing children, devious devices, and The Thule Society.

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 43
by Monte Cook
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Their destination soon within reach, Phillip Shandler, Fleming, Crowley, and crew journey deeper into the Czechoslovakian region of Carpathian Ruthenia. But, a malevolent, unseen presence pursuing them makes itself known in a terrifying and abominable way, leaving both a dire warning and a bloody swathe of destruction in its wake!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 42
by Monte Cook
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Strange portents follow Phillip Shandler and his colleagues as their arduous journey takes them to the Nazi-occupied port city of Danzig. Here, in a dimly-lit tavern, a clandestine meeting with one of Fleming's regional contacts is arranged. But, before glasses (and spirits) are raised, the presence of 'Brownshirts' policing the area stirs both apprehension - and the ire of Aleister Crowley! Though, which is to be feared most Phillip is uncertain...

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 41
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With the embezzled Star of Unseen Star's location pinpointed to Adriana's ancestral home, a covert excursion to Hungary and Chanov Castle is undertaken. But, the long journey is fraught with turbulence - not only along the waters of the North Sea, but also in the hearts and minds of Shandler and crew.

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 40
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With the Star of Unseen Stars now in the possession of Aleister Crowley's assistant, Adriana, the hunt is on for Phillip and Company as to where (and to whom) she's absconded the jewel to. Oblivious of her present whereabouts, Crowley takes matters into his own, arcane hands, divining a course of action that takes an unearthly turn and a consultation with a spiritual entity whose all-seeing eye peers deeper than anyone could ever have envisioned!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 39
by Monte Cook
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Phillip Shandler is knee-deep in a quagmire of political intrigue, secret cults, and masquerades! By day, he is schooled in the field of British Military Intel and the secretive workings of the Thule Society by the enigmatic Ian Fleming. By night, Aleister Crowley introduces him to the London underground and the thriving culture that awakens after the sun sets within its backstreets, rooftops, and tunnels and sewers. But, all of this intelligence and esoteric knowledge gathering could little prepare him for a shocking discovery - one that bodes dire for the Star of Unseen Stars!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 38
by Monte Cook
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Amidst growing tensions and the shadow of impending war in Europe, Phillip Shandler's travels to London, England prove to be both enlightening and harrowing. Granted an audience with Mr. Aleister Crowley — a charismatic gentleman whose experiences in mystical ceremonies, secret societies, and strange occurrences rivals his own — and his equally enigmatic (and enthralling) companion, Adriana, Phillip is thrilled by the wealth of information these specialists of the occult bestow upon him of The Star of Unseen Stars. But, this knowledge only serves to stir up more questions and stokes the fire of Phillip's (and, subsequently, Crowley's) curiosity as to the mysterious origins of the unearthly gem — a history intricately entwined with The Nazis!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 37
by Monte Cook
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Up From The Depths! Word from England of a scholar with extensive knowledge pertaining to the Vril-Ya (an alien race gleaned from the visions bestowed upon him by the Star of Unseen Stars) leads Philip on a voyage across the turbulent Atlantic waters. But, even the open seas serve not to diminish the dark forces that ceaselessly hound him, as something has stowed aboard the ocean-bound vessel — something with razor-sharp teeth, claws, and sinister intent.

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 36
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"He waits beyond the veil. He waits for safe passage." As if his deepening intrigue for the Star of Unseen Stars bordering on obsession wasn't cause enough for concern, the haunting whispers and strange, alien visions wafting from the unearthly gem just might push Phillip Shandler past the brink! But, most troubling of all is the uncertainty that now plagues him: whether the voices prophesy some great moment soon to come... or foretell an impending doom?

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 35
by Monte Cook
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For most, the past haunts us in subtle ways - for Phillip Shandler, it manifests as a brutish, baneful beast! With the Star of Unseen Stars yet in his possession, it's only a matter of time before the sinister forces bound to it soon gravitate to Phillip's doorstep. However, Phillip is, neverless, shocked when he's revisited by a familiar destructive force that covets the mysterious gem as much as he - and is quite prepared to kill for it!

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 34
by Monte Cook
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Phillip Shandler's continuing investigations into past associations of his enigmatic (and less-than-patient) client, Ambrose Killian, leads to a literal dead end. However, upon further scrutiny and scouring of tomes in the vast libraries of Miskatonic U., Shandler sheds peculiar light on his recent acquisition — an otherworldly stone known in ancient transcripts as “The Star of Unseen Stars” — that only serves to deepen the mystery and his insatiable curiosity.

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The Shandler Chronicles Chapter 33
by Monte Cook
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The Shandler Chronicles is back! After a brief hiatus from the bizarre, private investigator Phillip Shandler finds himself knee-deep in the mundane. But, a nocturnal visitor with a mystery to bear (and exceptionally deep pockets) lures Phillip back onto the trail of missing persons and maddening machinations — a path that ultimately leads to a multi-faceted discovery with shocking consequences!

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