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Elinor Dammert is rescued from the Perdido Hotel four days after all the townspeople had abandoned their homes because of the flooding Blackwater River... More details on The Flood

The Zion Grace Baptist Church was situated on the Old Federal Road about a mile and a half outside Perdido. Its congregation was Hard-Shell, so the church was about the most uncomfortable sort of stru...
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What do readers say about The Elementals?

creepy and atmospheric suspenseful and creepy

"Surely one of the most terrifying novels ever written." - Poppy Z. Brite

"Beyond any trace of doubt, one of the best writers of horror in this or any other country." - Peter Straub

"Readers of weak constitution should beware " - Publishers Weekl... More details on The Elementals

The house in which Dauphin and Leigh Savage lived had been built in 1906; it was a large, comfortable place with generous rooms and careful and pleasing detail in such things as hearths, moldings, fra...
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What do readers say about Wise Blood?

deeply flawed human beings darkly comic satire

Flannery O'Connor's haunting first novel of faith, false prophets, and redemptive wisdom

Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor's astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two... More details on Wise Blood

Hazel Motes sat at a forward angle on the green plush train seat, looking one minute at the window as if he might want to jump out of it, and the next down the aisle at the other end of the car. The t...
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What do readers say about Sharp Objects?

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Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker face... More details on Sharp Objects

My sweater was new, stinging red and ugly. It was May 12 but the temperature had dipped to the forties, and after four days shivering in my shirtsleeves, I grabbed cover at a tag sale rather than dig ...
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What do readers say about Child of God?

nasty, brutish and short violence and deviance

In this taut, chilling novel, Lester Ballard-a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape-haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail. While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life... More details on Child of God

THEY CAME LIKE A CARAVAN of carnival folk up through the swales of broomstraw and across the hill in the morning sun, the truck rocking and pitching in the ruts and the musicians on chairs in the truc...
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What do readers say about The Devil All the Time?

dark and disturbing dark disturbing story

From the acclaimed author of "Knockemstiff"-called "powerful, remarkable, exceptional" by the "Los Angeles Times"-comes a dark and riveting vision of America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree.

In "The Devil All the Time," Donal... More details on The Devil All the Time

IT WAS A WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON in the fall of 1945, not long after the war had ended. The Greyhound made its regular stop in Meade, Ohio, a little paper-mill town an hour south of Columbus that smelled ...
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What do readers say about Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?

a real-life murder nonfiction crime novel

Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks... More details on Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

I had heard Jim Williams’s name mentioned often during the six months I had lived in Savannah. The house was one reason, but there were others. He was a successful dealer in antiques and a restorer of...
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What do readers say about The Boatman's Daughter?

southern gothic horror supernatural crime drama

"Go read Andy Davidson's lush nightmare, The Boatman's Daughter. It put an arrow through my head and heart." -Paul Tremblay, author of Growing Things

"Ample bloodshed is offset by beautiful prose . . . A stunning supernatural Southern Gothic." -Kirku... More details on The Boatman's Daughter

Cook hunkered at the bottom of the ramp, let his fingers play in the slow-moving Texas water. Downstream, just beyond where the river became Arkansas, a train traversed a trestle bridge, tearing throu...
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What do readers say about Cold Moon Over Babylon?

a classic ghost story intriguing horror read

Terror grows in Babylon, a typical sleepy Southern town with its throbbing sun and fog-shrouded swamps.... More details on Cold Moon Over Babylon

Three roads lead out of Babylon. The first takes you to Pensa­cola, forty miles to the southeast. In Pensacola are the Escambia County Courthouse, the discount liquor stores, the dog tracks, and the d...
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What do readers say about A Good Man Is Hard To Find?

short story collection a short story

Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles.

A family sets out on a road trip in the American South. The grandmother suggests they change course in order to... More details on A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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