Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Five top sweltering Southern Gothic horror novels

At Tor.com Emily Hughes tagged five deliciously creepy Southern Gothic horror books, including:

The Reapers Are The Angels by Alden Bell

This is the zombie apocalypse made dreamlike and humid, Homer’s Odyssey with wicked blades, mannered soldiers, and grotesques at every turn. Temple, barely 16 and born into a world overrun by the dead years before, sees beauty everywhere—in schools of fish, in abandoned towns reclaimed by nature, even in the masses of the undead around her. She’s a wanderer with a hungry mind, traveling as much of the country as she can, running from a tragedy that devastated her years before—and from the man who’s hunting her.

Temple and her pursuer travel the American south from Florida to Texas, a landscape filled with desiccated walking corpses, moss-hung mansions, mutant hillbilly dynasties, refugee trains, and incandescent beauty. Bell has a knack for writing indelible imagery, and the prose here will haunt you well beyond the last page.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Reapers Are the Angels is among Ceridwen Christensen's six top zombie novels and Kimberly Turner's ten books every zombie fan must read.

The Page 69 Test: The Reapers Are the Angels.

My Book, the Movie: The Reapers Are the Angels.

--Marshal Zeringue