Blood Kin

Blood Kin

by Steve Rasnic Tem


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Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem

Steve Rasnic Tem's new novel Blood Kin is set in the southern Appalachians of the U.S., alternating between the 1930s and the present day. It's a dark Southern Gothic vision of ghosts, witchcraft, secret powers, snake-handling, Kudzu, Melungeons, and the Great Depression.

Steve Rasnic Tem's new novel Blood Kin is set in the southern Appalachians of the U.S., alternating between the 1930s and the present day. It's a dark Southern Gothic vision of ghosts, witchcraft, secret powers, snake-handling, Kudzu, Melungeons, and the Great Depression.

Blood Kin is told from the dual points of view of Michael Gibson and of his grandmother Sadie. Michael has returned to the quiet Appalachian home of his forebears following a suicide attempt and now takes care of his grandmother— old and sickly but with an important story to tell about growing up poor and Melungeon (a mixed race group of mysterious origin) while bedeviled by a snake-handling uncle and empathic powers she but barely understands.

In a field not far from the Gibson family home lies an iron-bound crate within a small shack buried four feet deep under Kudzu vine. Michael somehow understands that hidden inside that crate is potentially his own death, his grandmother's death, and perhaps the deaths of everyone in the valley if he does not come to understand her story well enough.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781081976
Publisher: Solaris
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Steve Rasnic Tem was born and raised in Lee County, Virginia, in the heart of Appalachia. He is the author of over 350 published short stories and is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. Following the publication last year of his Solaris novel Deadfall Hote, Steve has published two short story collections—Ugly Behavior (New Pulp Press) and Onion Songs (Chomu)—soon to be joined by Celestial Inventories (ChiZine) and Twember (Newcon). In 2014 PS Publishing will bring out his standalone novella In the Lovecraft Museum.

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Blood Kin 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bemiown More than 1 year ago
SETTING: 1930 until modern day in th Appalacian Mountains.They say that you can't judge a book by its cover but this cover just eanted you to open up the book and start reading. It had an eerie presence about it. Take the cover away and yes, you have a wonderful book. We have people living and hiding in the hollers and hills. in the Appalachian mountains.The characters are writtent o be so real, they live, they breathe, and they die. That's about as realistic as you can get. Two characters that will atract your attention and stay there will be they young girl Sadie and the strakly grim uncle, the Preacher..a villian that you wouldn't want to come across on a dark, stormy night. So light the fireplace, grab your cover and cozy on up on the coach and get to reading. Beware- the hairs may stand on end. The author wrote of a dark southern gothic setting with visions of witches, ghosts and things that go bump in the night. I received a complimentary copy of BLOOD KIN from the author Steve Rasnic Tem and NightOwlReviews for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gotta admit the cover caught my eye, the bold color and perspective, like some old hunger creeping up out of the soil. Don't judge a book by it's cover, they say, but here the story holds true, as does the language, gathering force and meaning as if hatched from Appalachian stone and root, as well as the people hidden in the hollows and hills. Few writers capture this voice so well. And the characters take vivid shape -- live, breathe, and die. No, this doesn't read like a film script, though spare, it maintains the depth and scope of a novel, an engrossing one easily read in a few evenings. I'll not reveal the plot twining like kudzu to a horrid climax, but two characters I'll never forget, the young girl Sadie and her starkly grim uncle the Preacher -- a villian to rival the Judge in Blood Meridian or any other you'd rather not cross paths with. Settle in and let this heat the coals of your psyche and feel it crawl up your spine and enter your blood. It may even nourish something near to your heart.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Blood Kin is dark, unsettling, and deliciously creepy. Alternating between the 1930s and present day, it tells the legacy of a family haunted by mystery and horror, and something very dark and sinsiter. Michael Gibson cares for his grandmother, Sadie. She’s old, sick, and on the verge of dying, but she clings on to life, with one last story to tell. The more she tells Michael about the history of his family, about an iron-bound crate buried four feet deep in a small shack, about mountain people he never even knew, the more he begins to realize the story’s importance. Not just for him, but for everyone in the valley. What bothered me the most about the story is how disjointed it feels. I realize I’m not the first reviewer commenting on this, but it’s the truth. The first part of the book is mostly historical fiction, Southern gothic, with only a hint of the horror to come. It starts out strong, then the middle part drags on, expanding upon certain themes I’m not sure had to be expanded on, and then the end is one dashing scene of horror after the other. As if the book exists of two seperate genres smashed together in a less than favorable execution. If the book had stuck to one genre, and would’ve been a bit shorter (the middle part really drags on), it would’ve been great. As it stands now, it’s a decent read, but not spectacular.