November 23, 2011

Wish List Wednesday #105: John Hornor Jacobs' "Southern Gods"

Wish List Wednesday is a semi-regular spotlight on a book currently on my wish list. It could be a new release, a forgotten classic, or a hidden gem.
It seems every month or two there is a novel that the horror blogs really rally behind. And leading into this fall that book belonged to John Hornor Jacobs. It seemed his name popped up on my blog roll every week. I've even got John's blog on my Google Reader, but it's one of many that have slipped under the radar lately. Now that his debut novel is out, and thanks to the many horror blogs I love, I've got the book on my wish list.

The novel is called Southern Gods, published by Night Shade Books, and it looks like a perfect storm of quite a few things I love in my horror. It's got a nostalgic setting, a southern gothic vibe, some Lovecraftian influence, a bit of noir thrown in for flavor, and the Devil. That's quite a stew.

Here's the plot summary (courtesy of Goodreads):

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.

That sounds really enticing, so I shouldn't be surprised that a lot of book blogs have already hopped on the bandwagon. Have you heard about this book already? If so, have you read it yet? What did you think of it?

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