Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review: Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs

This is an excellent first novel. A lean, quick read with a tight, character-driven story. It starts off in the style of a noir detective-style story set in mid 20th-century Arkansas, and quickly turns into a disturbing Lovecraftian story that creates a whole new facet in the Faustian tradition of American Blues. The reader should be warned that Jacobs has no problem with breaking his toys, and it's often in a violent manner. However none of it is done gratuitously, and only in the purpose of expressing absolute horror. I am eagerly looking forward to more from this guy. Rating: Four out of five cracked-out monkeys.

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