A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror

Category: Book
By (author): Jacobs, John Hornor
Introduction By: Wendig, Chuck
Subject:  FICTION / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Horror
  FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: October 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 1.11in
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From The Publisher*

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.

Review Quote*"The audacity of Jacobs to write two brilliant, hallucinatory, terrifying short novels that mash up South American poetry and politics, pre-WWII American folk songs, all-too-human depravity and longing, and cosmic horror. And then present them in one of the best books of the year. Damn him."
Review Quote*"This book is Jacobs at his monstrous best. The tales read like whispered secrets from the mutant offspring of Lovecraft and Borges. Hornor understands that real horror doesn't just exist in far-flung regions, but is as close as a glimpse of text or a snatch of song."
Review Quote*"A Lush and Seething Hell expands the borders of cosmic horror and reveals John Hornor Jacobs for what he's always been: a quiet master among us. A beautiful, haunting book full of beautiful, haunting prose. This is the best of what horror can be."
Review Quote*"John Hornor Jacobs conjures secret histories infused with the truths of real ones, turning the dark material of the twentieth century into shadowy new mythos. This is a horror novel with politics, one that uses the fantastic to put a mirror up to our most dreadful capacities."
Review Quote*"In A Lush and Seething Hell Jacobs shows how a novella can do everything a novel can do and do it better - and he shows it twice. Two excellent, unsettling pieces about forbidden knowledge, lost souls, and struggling selves, one set in Latin America, the other in the American South. Having them together in the same book is like listening to two ghosts talk to one another."
Review Quote*"The title of the collection, A Lush And Seething Hell, is both an invitation and a warning. The horror is seductive and smart, both beautiful and terrifying."
Review Quote*"A Lush and Seething Hell is what would happen if Nabakov and Faulkner were reborn and decided to collaborate on a pair of psychological horror tales. Frightening, suspenseful, and full of humanity, this book showcase one of the most original voices in fiction."
Review Quote*"In A Lush and Seething Hell, John Hornor Jacobs shines a light on the unimaginable, and then plunges gleefully deeper, into the abyss. We worry about his characters. We worry about our own sanity, too. Jacobs' work is some of the smartest and most creative fiction I've read."
Review Quote*"Jacobs's A LUSH AND SEETHING HELL is a one-two punch of thoroughly entertaining and richly realized cosmic horror that sends you reeling through a dark and unsettling world. Pays loving homage to its forbears while creating its own beautiful nightmares from the horrors of human history. JHJ's singular combination of existential dread and menace from beyond had me spellbound and reading through the night."