A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror

John Hornor Jacobs. Harper Voyager, $19.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-288082-6
Jacobs’s collection bundles two evocative novellas exploring human depravity and corruption. “The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky” focuses on the tenuous relationship between aging, once-infamous poet Rafael Avendaño and young academic Isabel Certa, both exiles from the dictator-ravaged South American country of Magera and now living in Málaga, Spain. When Isabel finds Rafael’s journal and his attempts to translate an unsettling text (“It is a lure, a sweet aroma,/ the killing and/ the letting of blood”) from Latin and Greek into Spanish, she descends into a world of unthinkable corruption. In “My Heart Struck Sorrow,” a librarian discovers the journals and recordings of a man who recorded blues music in the Deep South, and learns of his fall into madness as he uncovers the Satanic roots of a popular blues tune. In Jacobs’s work, the present is held in a manacled grip by the foolishness and horrors of the past. His writing is meticulous, detailed, and atmospheric, evoking a sense of place and suspense in equal turns. Horror readers will enjoy Jacobs’s dark vision of human nature. Agent: Stacia Decker, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 08/02/2019
Release date: 10/01/2019
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
Ebook - 304 pages - 978-0-06-288084-0
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