A lush and seething hell Two tales of cosmic horror

John Hornor Jacobs

Book - 2019

[The author] 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 devoure...d 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,-- Adapted from dust jacket.

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Subjects
Genres
Paranormal fiction
Horror fiction
Published
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Foreword by Chuck Wendig.
Physical Description
x, 368 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Contains bibliographical references (pages 367-368).
ISBN
0062880829
9780062880826
Main Author
John Hornor Jacobs (-)
Other Authors
Chuck Wendig (writer of foreword)
  • The sea dreams it is the sky
  • My heart struck sorrow.
Review by Booklist 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. The two novellas collected here are fine examples of horror that feels fresh and modern while still conjuring up the proper atmosphere. In The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky, an expatriate professor in Spain meets an infamous poet from her South American homeland of Magera. Drawn to the poet's missing eye and obscure studies, she soon uncovers dark truths that could upend her idea of reality itself. The second tale, My Heart Struck Sorrow, is even stronger. After a family tragedy, a music researcher for the Library of Congress stumbles into a cache of documents that put him on the trail of a grim folk song. The haunted crossroads of the Deep South hold the key to the song and, perhaps, a way out of his own pain. 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. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Jacobs's collection bundles two evocative novellas exploring human depravity and corruption. "The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky" focuses on the tenuous relationship between aging, once-infamous poet Rafael Avendaño and young academic Isabel Certa, both exiles from the dictator-ravaged South American country of Magera and now living in Málaga, Spain. When Isabel finds Rafael's journal and his attempts to translate an unsettling text ("It is a lure, a sweet aroma,/ the killing and/ the letting of blood") from Latin and Greek into Spanish, she descends into a world of unthinkable corruption. In "My Heart Struck Sorrow," a librarian discovers the journals and recordings of a man who recorded blues music in the Deep South, and learns of his fall into madness as he uncovers the Satanic roots of a popular blues tune. 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. Agent: Stacia Decker, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary. (Oct.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The award-winning master of horror presents two chilling stories—The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky and My Heart Struck Sorrow—that blend together the psychological and the supernatural while examining the violence and depravity of the human condition. 40,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A World Fantasy Award Nominee!The award-winning and critically-acclaimed master of horror returns with a pair of chilling tales 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 by Publisher Summary 3

A World Fantasy Award Nominee!The award-winning and critically-acclaimed master of horror returns with a pair of chilling tales 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.