A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror

A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror


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The award-winning and critically-acclaimed master of horror returns with a pair of chilling tales—both never-before-published in print—that examine the violence and depravity of the human condition.

Bringing together his acclaimed novella The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky and an all-new short novel My Heart Struck Sorrow, John Hornor Jacobs turns his fertile imagination to the evil that breeds within the human soul.

A brilliant mix of the psychological and supernatural, blending the acute insight of Roberto Bolaño and the eerie imagination of H. P. Lovecraft, The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky examines life in a South American dictatorship. Centered on the journal of a poet-in-exile and his failed attempts at translating a maddening text, it is told by a young woman trying to come to grips with a country that nearly devoured itself.

In My Heart Struck Sorrow, a librarian discovers a recording from the Deep South—which may be the musical stylings of the Devil himself.

Breathtaking and haunting, A Lush and Seething Hell is a terrifying and exhilarating journey into the darkness, an odyssey into the deepest reaches of ourselves that compels us to confront secrets best left hidden.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062880826
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 106,442
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

John Hornor Jacobs' first novel, Southern Gods, was shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel. His young adult series, The Incarcerado Trilogy comprised of The Twelve-Fingered Boy, The Shibboleth, and The Conformity, was described by Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing as "amazing" and received a starred Booklist review. His Fisk & Shoe fantasy series composed of The Incorruptibles, Foreign Devils, and Infernal Machines has thrice been shortlisted for the David Gemmell Award and was described by Patrick Rothfuss like so: "One part ancient Rome, two parts wild west, one part Faust. A pinch of Tolkien, of Lovecraft, of Dante. This is strange alchemy, a recipe I’ve never seen before. I wish more books were as fresh and brave as this." His fiction has appeared in Playboy Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @johnhornor.

Chuck Wendig is the author of the Miriam Black thrillers (which begin with Blackbirds) and numerous other works across books, comics, games, and more. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds.com. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.

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A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
microcosm13 4 months ago
The best cosmic horror stories I have read in years. 2019 has been an amazing year for horror fiction. This book should be the #1 entry on your TBR.
Jpaigee 5 months ago
Two brilliant novellas that meld Lovecraftian weird fiction with Latin American magical realism ("The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky") and Southern Gothic ("My Heart Struck Sorrow"), respectively, to make for some very refreshing and imaginative cosmic horror. Searing, smart, and scary as hell.
TheBakersBooks 6 months ago
Classic horror feel without classic horror prejudice A Lush and Seething Hell is an offering of refined, high-brow horror that isn't afraid to get its hands dirty with a few good scenes of blood and gore. If you're a fan of literary novels and old school horror, you'll probably love this book!
Chad Guarino 6 months ago
A Lush and Seething Hell collects two not-quite-novel length tales of cosmic horror by John Hornor Jacobs. While cosmic horror is a term that gets bandied about probably far too often by anyone with an even slight inclination towards the Lovecraftian, Jacobs' collection is exciting, original, and often terrifying. The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky - The first tale in the collection focuses on a dictatorship in a fictional South American country and the ways it influences and changes the lives of the main characters. An ex-pat poet meets a young woman who has also left her home country, and they form a strange friendship that takes center stage when the poet returns to his homeland. The majority of the text is the woman's perusal of the poet's old journal from his pre-exile days, in particular his capture, torture, and attempts to translate a singular text with dubious (perhaps Cosmic!) origins. This story is the most overtly Lovecraftian: I was half expecting the text to be revealed to have been written by Abdul Alhazred himself, and there's even a Yog-Sothoth name drop. Despite these tropes, it stands out due to its brutal portrayal of the dictatorship's treatment of what it perceives as dissidents. My Heart Struck Sorrow - The longer of the two stories, this is the tale of two members of the Library of Congress on a trek to catalog Deep South folk songs. Themes such as race, guilt, and the power of song in culture are used in tandem with a propulsive and chilling narrative, culminating in a denouement that I can honestly say I did not seeing coming. This one is destined to be towards the top of my horror list towards the end of the year, and serves as a great personal introduction to James Hornor Jacobs for me. Highly recommended. **I was given a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to HarperCollins.**