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Fierce as the Grave: A Quartet of Horror Stories

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These four tales deal with the unquiet dead in all its various forms. From ghosts to vampires, zombies to vengeful spirits, these stories take you from a soft-apocalyptic future where computers are symbiotic creatures burrowing into your skin, to a post-apocalyptic world where cowboys round-up zombies for slaughter. You'll witness vampires hosting the birthday party of the ...more
Kindle Edition, 91 pages
Published August 11th 2011 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc
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I came across this collection while looking for “Southern Gods” on Amazon. At 99 cents it didn’t look as if I had anything to lose by giving it a try and what would you know? That little investment turned into a couple of hours well spent. The stories in “Fierce as the Grave” are short, twisted, and greatly increased my desire to read some of Hornor’s longer work.

“Verrata”, the first tale, takes place in futuristic New Orleans that is far from being ideal. Hornor takes ghosts to the next level h
May 29, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it
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I first read John Hornor Jacobs after seeing him at ConQuest last year in Kansas City. After listening to him talk about writing in a panel, I had a feeling that I would enjoy his work. The way he spoke about writing, and about the horror genre, made me think he would be a force to be reckoned with for some time to come. It didn’t hurt that he was a cool guy and said very supportive things about my own writing. As far as firs
May 28, 2014 Kurazaybo rated it liked it
This is an anthology of four short stories from the author. They are a quick and easy read for fans of the horror genre. The theme of love is prevalent in all the stories.

The first and to me most striking story is "Verrata", mainly because having read all previous novels from John Hornor Jacobs, I was not expecting a science fiction tale set in the future. Here we follow a man who is having trouble with what I can only call a biological implant that lets him interface with the internet. When thi
Gareth Price
Aug 14, 2011 Gareth Price rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed John Hornor Jacobs' debut novel Southern Gods last year. It was a very good, original mix of crime and horror that riffed on Lovecraft and the blues. Fierce As The Grave concentrates on the horror aspect of his writing which is a genre I rarely visit nowadays. As rusty as I am with the genre and its current trends this was a joy to read. From future-shock in a ravaged, sunken New Orleans to a young boys midnight tryst that ends badly (to say the least) the range here was fantast ...more
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Jan 26, 2015 Droydicus Malojan rated it liked it
4 neat little stories. 'Verrata' is by far the most original with its Strossian Neuromancer style haunting. Bone China has shades of Fevre Dream, & Heaven of Animals is clearly an outtake of 'Dark Earth'. 'Sneaking in' is the only real disappointment.

So all in all, a light but satisfying volume which avoids the problems I've found with Jacobs' novels - that they tend to fall to pieces after a while. Could be he's better suited to the short story format.

2/1/2 stars bumped to three for 'Verra
Jan 31, 2014 Chip rated it liked it
Nothing terribly original but decent enough to indicate the good reviews of his novels aren't BS.
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John Hornor Jacobs has worked in advertising for the last fifteen years, played in bands, and pursued art in various forms. He is also, in his copious spare time, a novelist, represented by Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. His first novel, Southern Gods, was published by Night Shade Books and shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award. His second novel, This Dark Earth, was published ...more
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