A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror

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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.5 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

John Hornor Jacobs' first novel, Southern Gods, was shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel. His young adult series, The Incarcerado Trilogy comprised of The Twelve-Fingered Boy, The Shibboleth, and The Conformity, was described by Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing as "amazing" and received a starred Booklist review. His Fisk & Shoe fantasy series composed of The Incorruptibles, Foreign Devils, and Infernal Machines has thrice been shortlisted for the David Gemmell Award and was described by Patrick Rothfuss like so: "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 fiction has appeared in Playboy Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @johnhornor.
Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter and game designer. He's the author of many published novels, including but not limited to: Blackbirds, The Blue Blazes, and the YA Heartland series. He is co-writer of the short film Pandemic and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. Wendig has contributed over two million words to the game industry. He is also well known for his profane-yet-practical advice to writers, which he dispenses at his blog, terribleminds.com, and through several popular e-books, including The Kick-Ass Writer, published by Writers Digest. He currently lives in the forests of Pennsyltucky with wife, tiny human, and red dog.


"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."--Andy Davidson, author of In the Valley of the Sun
"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."--Jason Murphy, screenwriter and author of The Black Goat Motorcycle Club
"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."--Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World
"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."--Jonathan Janz, Author of The Dark Game, The Siren and the Specter, and Children of the Dark
“Falling somewhere between House of Leaves (2000) and The Blair Witch Project, it is a terrifying, gothic descent into madness.This book has a fitting title if there ever was one, and these nightmares are worth every penny.”--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“There are horror writers who plant you in the cemetery and show you the old grave where the ghoul resides. Then there are writers like Jacobs, who ditch many of the genre's standard tools while staying true to its essential heart. [...] These stories stitch Lovecraftian cosmic horror into terrestrial elements like murder ballads, and the result is a fiercely original and disquieting work. A must-have for any serious horror collection.”--Booklist (starred review)
“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.”--Richard Kadrey, New York Times bestselling author of The Grand Dark
“In Jacobs's work, the present is held in a manacled grip by the foolishness and horrors of the past. His writing is meticulous, detailed, and atmospheric, evoking a sense of place and suspense in equal turns. Horror readers will enjoy Jacobs's dark vision of human nature.”--Publishers Weekly
“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.”--Christopher Brown, Campbell and World Fantasy Award-nominated author of TROPIC OF KANSAS and RULE OF CAPTURE
"For horror fans, certainly, it is an absolute must-read."--B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog
“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.”--Brian Evenson, Guggenheim fellow and award-winning author of Song for the Unraveling of the World, Last Days, and The Warren
“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.”--Sarah Langan, Stoker Award-winning author of Good Neighbors
“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.”--Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Entropy in Bloom
“Unsettling and incisive, these collected novellas illuminate the brutality of recent history and the cruelty--both heartwrenchingly mundane and more eldritch-leaning--of those in power.”--Caitlin Starlin, author of The Luminous Dead
“John Hornor Jacobs is a writer's writer. His prose is gloomily sublime and layered with shadow. Be warned though: These stories may well be haunted. They stick around to whisper their melodies in the dark long after you finish reading.”--Jaye Wells, author of High Lonesome Sound