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A Lush and Seething Hell

Two Tales of Cosmic Horror
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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The award-winning and critically-acclaimed master of horror returns with a pair of chilling tales - both never-before-published in print or audio - 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.

©2019 John Hornor Jacobs (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Blown Away.

This was truly amazing listen. I'm not going to compare to it anything for fear of cheapening it. These two stories are subtly but completely saturated with the lurking fear of the unknown and of our inevitable mortality.

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A double gut punch

Both of these tales are some of the best cosmic horror I’ve experienced. Like, you can feel the sorrow and despair seeping from each performers words, and the slow building terror is masterful.

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  • 11-22-19

Loved both Stories

I thought this was brilliant, top to bottom. Great writing (beautiful prose), deep, mysterious, dark plotting. Wonderful narration, in both parts of the book. I would read more horror by this author in a moment.

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narrator issues

stories are great. but especially the female narrator there was no change of tone for the various characters and made it nearly impossible to follow who was doing what.

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