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Lost Gods: A Novel

Lost Gods: A Novel

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by Brom

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A young man descends into Purgatory to save his wife and unborn child in this gorgeous, illustrated tale of wonder and terror from the mind of master storyteller and acclaimed artist Brom.

Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant wife, Trish, leave town to begin again. But an ancient evil is looming, and what seems like a safe


A young man descends into Purgatory to save his wife and unborn child in this gorgeous, illustrated tale of wonder and terror from the mind of master storyteller and acclaimed artist Brom.

Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant wife, Trish, leave town to begin again. But an ancient evil is looming, and what seems like a safe haven may not be all it appears . . .

Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake.To save them, he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key promised to restore the natural order of life and death. Alone, confused, and damned, Chet steels himself against the unfathomable terrors awaiting him as he descends into death’s stygian blackness.

With Lost Gods, Brom’s gritty and visceral prose takes us on a haunting, harrowing journey into the depths of the underworld. Thrust into a realm of madness and chaos, where ancient gods and demons battle over the dead, and where cabals of souls conspire to overthrow their masters, Chet plays a dangerous game, risking eternal damnation to save his family.

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Publishers Weekly
Fantasy artist and author Brom creates a fascinating vision of the underworld in this sprawling dark novel, but the quest story that crosses the landscape is unsatisfying. It’s 1976, and 24-year-old bumbler Chet Moran has just served seven months in county prison in rural Alabama for drug possession. He reunites with his pregnant girlfriend, Trish, and they elope to Chet’s ancestral home, Moran Island, S.C., where his grandmother Lamia welcomes them with open arms. The island is not the haven it appears to be, though, and when Chet is murdered, he must cross through purgatory, which is currently in a state of perilous upheaval, to save Trish and their baby from a bleak fate. Brom clearly wants to show off his worldbuilding and much of Chet’s journey through the afterlife involves him stumbling into situations that could have been compelling, but Chet treats them as mere obstacles impeding his quest, which dulls their impact. The momentum is entirely driven by plot, and many characters seem more like puppets than people. The prose is evocative and the settings are brilliantly crafted, but unwelcome surprises (including upsetting things happening to the baby and many of the other female characters) and confusing, contradictory metaphysics (which both draw on and disparage non-Christian traditions) detract from the experience. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Artist/author Brom's Krampus and The Child Thief were decidedly different retellings of familiar fairy tales, but here Brom offers an original story. Murdered by a lurking, ancient evil, newly minted ex-con Chet Moran must save his wife and their unborn child by traveling deep into Purgatory—which, as the 35 color and black-and-white images suggest, looks a lot like hell. With a 50,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Review
Underworld fantasy from the artist, games designer, and novelist (Krampus, 2012, etc.).Released from jail for drug dealing, trying to start a new life, Chet Moran goes to meet his pregnant girlfriend, Trish, hoping that her father, Judge Wilson, who’s implacably opposed to their union, isn’t home. Trish agrees to run off with him, but Coach, Chet’s old high school nemesis, tries to stop their hurried departure, and Chet accidentally sideswipes him with the car. The pair heads for Chet’s grandmother, with whom Chet has a psychic connection and whom he believes to be a witch. Malevolent child-ghosts surround Lamia’s isolated house; Lamia explains that Chet’s evil grandfather Gavin killed them and tried to kill her too. Chet, totally fooled, agrees to stay, but Lamia kills him and reveals something of her horrid plans for Trish and their unborn daughter. Now a despairing ghost, Chet encounters Senoy, an angel who lost most of his powers when Gavin stole his divine key. If Chet can recover the key for Senoy, the angel will be able to defeat Lamia, allowing Chet to reclaim Trish and their child. But to find Gavin, Chet must descend to purgatory, where, he will learn, nothing is what it seems and some things are much worse than being dead. Chet’s exciting adventures occur in an inventive hodgepodge of mythical and literary netherworlds that owe little to logic, where the intention seems more to dazzle than illuminate. An oddly schizophrenic yarn—organized above, chaotic below—but fans of Brom’s weirdly offbeat imagination will find much to admire.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Over the past few decades, Brom has lent his distinctive vision to all facets of the creative industries, from novels and games to comics and film. He is the author of The Child Thief and the award-winning illustrated horror novels The Plucker and The Devil's Rose. Brom is currently kept in a dank cellar somewhere just outside of Seattle.

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Lost Gods: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Really great read. They way Brom puts it all together really makes sense. The characters are likable and well developed. I highly recommend this. It's tastefully dark and ominous. Really makes you think about what it would be like to go through such an experience and in away it feels like you are there.
19269684 23 days ago
Brom is an author of unimaginable skill. The stories he weaves, along with detailed illustrations, forge real life and nightmare into an amalgam of epic proportions. This is my second read and I am anxious to get my hands on more. Lost Gods is not only a voyage, it is a soulful experience. Chet Moran is freshly released from jail and on a mission to win back the heart of his girl Trish. Two things are standing in the way of his true happiness: Trish's father, a very influential judge in the town of Jasper and his foolish past. But when they decide to flee, looking to hole up at Chet's grandmother'shideaway home, there's an accident. Add that he's later killed by an ancient horror and you have the beginning of Lost Gods. The story puts Chet on a mission in, of all places, Purgatory. He isn't waiting idly for a spiritual decision either, he has a pure purpose where everything's at stake-- not just his soul. A war is about to erupt in a land where grisly creatures seek to end a soul's existence and gods are itching to be remembered. I love big books and this one is definitely BIG. Near 500-pages, Lost Gods puts you through trial, after dreadful trial. Chet begins as loser, hoping for change, but becomes the embodiment of a hero. That's the sort of story I love. The tale isn't on Chet alone either; there are gods stewing in Purgatory. They're all looking for supplicants, days of old, and maybe a sacrifice or two. Lastly, there are factions looking to free Purgatory- as if it can be a good place for souls to wander. All Chet wants is to save his family... Lost Gods is a strong story, laced with love, family, painful deaths, gore and betrayal. It's multi-faceted, rich in lore and all the negative aspects of faith and religion. It's dark and so fast-paced, you never receive an inkling of boredom. Purgatory is so fleshed out, you see it- you experience it! Any reader and lover of horror will find a great appreciation in Brom's words, as well as the illustrations that bring it all to life. Many times I found myself looking back at the pictures, seeing what the characters saw, making the read a legendary undertaking. I'm so grateful to Monster Librarian for sending this novel to me. I highly suggest checking out Lost Gods and other books by Brom. I'm a fan now. Cheers to you; I'm off to the next read! http://bit.ly/LostGodsNovel