YOUR CALL TO CTHULHU IS IMPORTANT TO US.  PLEASE HOLD.

Red tape. Catch-22s. Circular chains of command. Whether you're a customer or co-worker, bureaucracies drive us all insane. Even management is just a cog in a vast machine. Information, items, and even people get lost in the system, never gone but never found. No one seems to notice the insanity surrounding them... or if they do, they keep it to themselves. After all, those who notice and call attention to it tend to disappear, leaving nothing behind but an empty desk and whispered rumors in the break room. If ever there was a place for a cosmic horror to hide, grow, and thrive, it's deep within the archives of a huge, old bureaucracy.

But of all bureaucracies, corporations are the most powerful, seeming to have a life and will of their own. They're privately held with a multi-national reach, seemingly bottomless resources, and armies of lawyers jealously guarding their trade secrets. Corporate culture fiercely resists any attempt to change or regulate it, and anything and everything is justified by the bottom line. Who needs a Cthulhu Cult when you've got Cthulhu, Inc.?

Into this insidious world are thrust our heroes—the curious, the puzzled, and the frustrated. Defying authority, seeking answers they'd be better off not knowing, the secrets they discover threaten their sanity and their lives. Will they become the next whistleblower media hero? Or the next no-call / no-show their coworkers promptly forget? Just remember: it's nothing personal—it's just business.

This book contains twenty-five tales of bureaucratic insanity, including:

Death Pledge by Jeff Deck
Welcome to the R’lyeh Corporation by James Pratt
Shadow Charts by Marcus Johnston
Casual Friday by Todd H. C. Fischer
The God Under the Church by David Tallerman
Refusal by DJ Tyrer
Dagon-Tec by Adam Millard
Esoteric Insurance, Inc. by Evan Dicken & Adrian Ludens
Career Zombie by John Taloni
Boedromion Noumenia by Andrew Scott
Incorporation by Max D. Stanton
The Loponine Exploitation by John M. Campbell
Festival Preparations by Justin Bailey
Maryanne’s Equations by Harry Pauff
Wholesome Labor by Sam Rent
Like a Good Neighbor by Wile E. Young
Tindalos, Inc. by Charlie Allison
Clean Up Aisle Four by Josh Storey
Forced Labor by Peter Rawlik
The Shadows Lengthen in the Close by Ethan Gibney
It Came From I.T. by Gordon Linzner
Retraction by Marie Michaels
Facilities Management at Dagocorp HQ by L Chan
No Doves Come From Raven Eggs by Mark Oxbrow
Apotheosis by Darren Todd
During 1957 and 1958 Mao was seized by a vision that the Chinese economy could develop rapidly in leaps and bounds by relying on intuition and mass spontaneity. As a consequence, he single-handedly launched a colossal mobilization campaign called the Great Leap Forward, which featured many radical policy innovations, including the people's communes. This book is the first in-depth and original study of policy formulation and implementation during the Leap to link the roles of Mao, the central leaders, the ministries, and the province of Guangdong. Rejecting the theory that the Leap was an outcome of bureaucratic politics and competition, the study establishes beyond doubt the supreme and dominant position of Mao in initiating and commanding the Leap. Alfred L. Chan goes further than propounding a Mao-dominant model by documenting the strategic and tactical moves made by Mao in order to neutralize all opposition and to carry the day. He also discusses in detail the policy roles and input of other top leaders on whom the improvising Mao relied to feed his imagination and to flesh out his policies. In the chapters on the implementation of the Leap, Dr Chan explores how the ministries of Metallurgy and Agriculture were transformed from bureaucratic agencies into agents of mobilization, and how impossible targets forced them to keep up appearances by focussing on the rituals of mass mobilization. Similarly, other chapters on Guangdong show the simultaneously fervent, ritualistic, and desperate attempts to implement every hunch and intuition emanating from the centre. Exhaustive research using new material made available in the post-Mao era, as well as archives from the 1950s and 1960s, has yielded novel and original insights into the leader Mao, central decision-making, and policy implementation in the communist hierarchy.
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