Southern Gods

Southern Gods

by John Hornor Jacobs


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Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Recent World War II veteran Bull Ingram is working as muscle when a Memphis DJ hires him to find Ramblin' John Hastur. The mysterious blues man's dark, driving music - broadcast at ever-shifting frequencies by a phantom radio station - is said to make living men insane and dead men rise. Disturbed and enraged by the bootleg recording the DJ plays for him, Ingram follows Hastur's trail into the strange, uncivilized backwoods of Arkansas, where he hears rumors the musician has sold his soul to the Devil. But as Ingram closes in on Hastur and those who have crossed his path, he'll learn there are forces much more malevolent than the Devil and reckonings more painful than Hell... In a masterful debut of Lovecraftian horror and Southern gothic menace, John Hornor Jacobs reveals the fragility of free will, the dangerous power of sacrifice, and the insidious strength of blood.

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ISBN-13: 9781597802857
Publisher: Night Shade
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 777,150
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Southern Gods 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
amazing_worgle_of_plod More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed this book, the visuals he paints are powerful. It was too short though, Mr. Jacobs lays everything out there for you, rather then building up to bigger reveals. Other then this little thing, the book was fantastic. If your a cthulhu fan or just into supernatural thrillers this book will satisfy the horror fan in us all. Beware the old ones.
ZackJennings More than 1 year ago
I read this book when first published and loved it. The setting is in rural East Arkansas circa 1950. I remember those times and places and enjoyed traveling back in time if only on my mind. John develops strong characters and believable action. Somewhere I read a reviewer who stated that reading a good book is like "A Flight of the Mind". I feel like Mr. Jacobs has taken me there, taken me inside the minds of the characters... inside the roadhouse blues club and the decaying mansion on the bayou.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not a zombie kinda girl, but I liked this book. I enoyed the authors style of writing and ability to paint a picture not just tell a tale. I would definetly read a sequel if there's going to be one.
deanfetzer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Southern Gothic doesn¿t begin to cover it!I just re-read this fantastic book by John Hornor Jacobs as I never got around to writing this review the first time (extenuating circumstances) and it certainly bears reading again.Set in the deep south of Arkansas in the early 1950s, this is part road movie, part historic plantation and family story with a generous helping of dark forces and blood.`Bull¿ Ingram, ex-marine, finds people and collects money his employer is owed for a living. That is, until a Memphis DJ hires him to find a mysterious blues musician being played on a pirate radio station over the border in Arkansas, one Ramblin¿ John Hastur, who¿s music is reputed to have supernatural powers. When he plays a sample of the music hastily recorded off the radio, Bull finds himself building into a killing rage - entirely brought on by the music.Meanwhile, Sarah Williams and her daughter Franny return to the Reinhart Estate in the town of Gethsemene. Known as `The Big House¿, the mansion has a bloody history, where Sarah¿s grandmother, a cook and an uncle were all killed by her uncle Wilhelm. How he did it, as he was dying of tuberculosis was a mystery, but the heart of his brother was missing, cut from his chest, a sacrifice of blood with significance with gods.Obviously, Bull¿s quest brings him to the Big House, but not as you¿d expect and I¿d rather leave it there than give away too much of the plot. Let¿s just say Hastur¿s music has properties that can animate the dead and leave it at that.I thought the book was a bold, engrossing tale told well from the two viewpoints - to be honest, I didn¿t want to stop reading it, either time! John¿s descriptions are so vivid there were times I could almost smell the blood. I have to say I¿m looking forward to reading more of his work, based on this fine debut, as I enjoyed this and would heartily recommend it to anyone who likes a scare in the vein of H P Lovecraft, more than a King or Barker style.Not for the faint hearted, as a warning. If a good horror story isn¿t your thing, I¿d give this a miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing and fascinating, this story was a luscious summer read. Set in the nineteen -fifties and the deep south merely added to its cachet; factoring in The Blues as a trigger or portal for the undergods just made it perfect.
EricaLianne More than 1 year ago
This was a very unique novel. The author is incredibly descriptive and gives a great ambiance of a country lifestyle in the 1950's. It tends to get graphic at certain points, but it's all necessary to furthering plot. It was a refreshing change from what I normally read.
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