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Southern GodsSouthern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A brief description from Amazon: "Recent World War II veteran Bull Ingram is working as muscle when a Memphis DJ hires him to find Ramblin' John Hastur. The mysterious blues man's dark, driving music - broadcast at ever-shifting frequencies by a phantom radio station - is said to make living men insane and dead men rise. ... In a masterful debut of Lovecraftian horror and Southern gothic menace, John Hornor Jacobs reveals the fragility of free will, the dangerous power of sacrifice, and the insidious strength of blood."

This is an apt summary. The mix of Southern gothic and Lovecraft works well, building on those legends of old bluesmen, and the book is full of disturbing imagery and themes. Not for the faint of heart, of course, but intense and satisfying.



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