Murder Ballads and Other Horrific Tales

Murder Ballads and Other Horrific Tales

by John Hornor Jacobs


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“It’s time to declare John Hornor Jacobs as a major author: every sentence he writes feels drawn from a pit of fire and hammered into a sword.” —Daniel Kraus, New York Times bestselling co-author of

A terrifying collection of horror and crime noir from the author of Southern Gods and A Lush and Seething Hell.

Featuring ten tales, two never before in print, Murder Ballads and Other Horrific Tales is an exciting glimpse into the dark territories of the human heart.

These are coming-of-age stories. Stories of love and loss, grief and revenge. Survival and redemption. From old gods to malevolent artificial intelligences, vampires to zombies to ghosts, Jacobs exposes our fears and worst imaginings.


“Jacobs demonstrates masterful control of his eclectic themes and frequently propels them into unexpected and pleasingly original territory… Offers plenty to keep genre fans hooked.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950305391
Publisher: JournalStone
Publication date: 06/26/2020
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 539,958
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

John Hornor Jacobs is an award-winning author of genre-bending adult and YA fiction. His first novel, Southern Gods, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Excellence in a First Novel and won the Darrel Award. The Onion AV said of the book, "A sumptuous Southern Gothic thriller steeped in the distinct American mythologies of Cthulhu and the blues . . . Southern Gods beautifully probes the eerie, horror-infested underbelly of the South."

His second novel, This Dark Earth, Brian Keene described as "...quite simply, the best zombie novel I've read in years" and was published by Simon & Schuster's Gallery imprint. Jacobs's acclaimed series of novels for young adults beginning with The Twelve-Fingered Boy, continuing with The Shibboleth, and ending with The Conformity has been hailed by Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing as "amazing" and "mesmerizing."

Jacobs's first fantasy novel, The Incorruptibles, was nominated for the Morningstar and Gemmell Awards in the UK. Pat Rothfuss has said of this book, "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 recent collection of two short novels, A Lush and Seething Hell, was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award and garnered rave reviews.

His fiction has appeared in Playboy Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, and his essays have been featured on CBS Weekly and Huffington Post.

Follow him at @johnhornor on Twitter or visit to learn more.

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