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John Hornor Jacobs

Forfatter af Southern Gods

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John Hornor Jacobs has worked in advertising for the last fifteen years. He is also a novelist. His works include Southern Gods, This Dark Earth, The Incorruptibles, and the young adult series, The Twelve Fingered Boy Trilogy. He is the co-founder of Needle: A Magazine of Noir. (Bowker Author vis mere Biography) vis mindre

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Southern Gods (2011) 264 eksemplarer
The Incorruptibles (2014) 162 eksemplarer
The Twelve-Fingered Boy (2013) 121 eksemplarer
This Dark Earth (2012) 110 eksemplarer
Foreign Devils (2015) 37 eksemplarer
Infernal Machines (2017) 25 eksemplarer

Associated Works

The Book of Cthulhu (2011) — Bidragyder — 296 eksemplarer
Do Not Go Quietly: An Anthology of Defiance in Victory (2019) — Bidragyder — 59 eksemplarer
Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling (2016) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer
Swords v. Cthulhu (1852) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
BEAT to a PULP: Hardboiled (2011) — Bidragyder — 29 eksemplarer
Legends 2: Stories in Honour of David Gemmell (2015) — Bidragyder — 15 eksemplarer

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Fødselsdato
1971-01-05
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male
Nationalitet
USA
Fødested
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
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It's creepy, cosmic horror, southern gothic, cynical detective story. I absolutely loved it. A great plot with very cool characters. It begins when a brute of a detective tries to track down an R&B artist in a racially charged post-WW II south. It's a great setting.

Until...

That ending. Just ... no. It blew all of the atmosphere and creepiness out of the water and ruined the book.

The villains were straight outta Saturday Morning Cartoon casting. I really hate that. Their motives and personalities are one dimensional. There's nothing about what happened to them to make them so evil or turn them so horribly wrong. They just give overlong speeches about what they will do to humanity once they get them in their evil clutches.

The villainous mother makes a speech about how the world will change when the Elder Gods rise and my first thought during her screed was, "Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!"

Seriously. No one should think that while reading cosmic horror.

Then the author "subverted expectations" with a rape and a death, then reversed it with a semi-literal "hand of god". By the time that was over, I was cringing so hard my face hurt. And everyone lived kinda sorta happy ever after the rapes and deaths. Seriously. WTF.

Then there were the speeches about the death of religion. OMG, staahhhhhp.


If not for the terrible ending, Southern Gods would have been a solid five with a 'top pick'. Such a waste.

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rabbit-stew | 7 andre anmeldelser | Dec 31, 2023 |
not sorry to have read this but not wowed either. I listened because Ian Lynch recommended it on his podcast on the strength of the second story, the ethnomusicology one. I enjoyed that story a lot more than the first, though I don't rate either all that highly -- they're both overwritten and neither does a *great* job integrating the horror elements with the themes of the rest of the story, especially in the first story the cursed manuscript stuff feels to me like it's been bolted onto the torture / state repression / midcentury US imperialism stuff without much real reason for the two to be joined… (mere)
 
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hapax_l | 4 andre anmeldelser | Mar 3, 2023 |
A harsh, spare little chunk of Lovecraftian brutality. What it lacks in polish it makes up for in full-on speed.
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JimDR | 7 andre anmeldelser | Dec 7, 2022 |
The follow up to the Incorruptibles slows down the pace and cranks up the stakes. The purely Western journey of the first book is replaced by political intrigue, Far Eastern adventure, and one devastation after another.

The book is somewhat dissatisfying though, in that it's essentially just setting up the third book and so lacks any great resolution.
 
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