Wednesday, August 10, 2011
SOUTHERN GODS by John Hornor Jacobs
Southern Gods, in my estimation, is as important a novel as Stephen King's Carrie, Straub's Ghost Story and Blatty's The Exorcist. Like those books, SOUTHERN GODS is a bold proclamation for the arrival of a new, dark, literary voice.
I have waited a long time to read Jacobs' book, having heard about its existence a couple of years ago. And I can tell you that it was well worth the wait. SOUTHERN GODS is a deliciously rich serving of macabre story telling.
Somewhere in the vast nether regions beyond the black veil, Howard Phillips Lovecraft is smiling.
SOUTHERN GODS is a story about awakenings, of discoveries, of dark gods and a man and woman that will end up doing battle against them.
Bull Ingram is on the hunt for one man lost to the world and another that is at the centre of a mysterious radio broadcast coming from deep in the heart of Arkansas, a man who's voice can raise the dead.
Sarah Rheinhart is a woman rediscovering her past after abandoning her wreck of a marriage. What she finds in the library of her childhood home is evidence of the same sinister entity Ingram is searching for, one familiar with the Rheinhart lineage. And one that is hellbent on reuniting itself with the Old Gods and bringing about the enslavement of all mankind.
Historical, lyrical, and downright masterful. SOUTHERN GODS is a carefully executed excursion into the unmapped territory of madness and horror. Each sentence, each paragraph, displays Jacobs' care and precision, his dedication to craftsmanship.
You've read my interview and now you have read my glowing review. What more do you need? Please, click on the link and start reading SOUTHERN GODS today. I would love to hear what you think!