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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Meh...

I had a hard time considering these stories as "cosmic horror". The first story was extremely (IMO) long and the ending was unsatisfying-for all the build up the "payoff" was minimal. It seemed like the author just gave up. The second story was more interesting, the plot more engaging but again, the ending felt forced and abrupt. Not "Cosmic Horror" in the sense of Lovecraft-more "odd tales". YMMV.

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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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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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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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2 good stories.

I enjoyed the stories. Its was an amusing read. Though I have to say don't expect any modern horror here. The narrators did a wonderful job.

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Beautiful, sensuous, and eerie.

These two stories are very different, yet equally compelling. Jacobs writes with an empathy and attention to sensory experience that carries the reader through the supernatural horrors he describes. The effect is something between ASMR tingles and shivers of revulsion. Highly recommend.

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great!

an amazing surprise. I've never even heard of JHJ and now I'm off to track down any book I can find. amazing narrator and excellent, original storytelling.

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Cosmic horror....

The second one certainly does not fit that description. I was looking for cosmic horror, and the first one definitely delivered. The second one, despite not being what I was looking for, I found it to be the better one. It was beautifully written, sympathetic, ... just right.

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half and half

I loved the 2nd story the first one (lasting about 5 hours) we very weak for me I didnt like it but it leaned into cosmic horror where the second story is wonderful and it leans more on conventional ghost story territory. if you can get though the first half you'll love the back of this book