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A Lush and Seething Hell

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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—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 e
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Expected publication: October 29th 2019 by Harper Voyager (first published October 8th 2019)
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Writing up my review for Cemetery Dance but I will say, for those who follow my Goodreads reviews, you are NOT ready for this. This is some other-level writing.
These tales seep into your bones and you won't be able to shake them from your mind.
I'm writing my review now while I'm still stained by the words...
Paul
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My gushing blurb!

The audacity of John Hornor Jacobs to write two brilliant, hallucinatory, terrifying short novels that mash up South American poetry and politics, pre-WWII American folk songs, all-too-human depravity and longing, and cosmic horror. And then, he presents them in one book, A LUSH AND SEETHING HELL; one of the best books of the year. Damn him.
Sheila
4 stars average--I really liked it. This is a book of two horror novellas. Both are really well written.

The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky: 3 stars. This is a story of cosmic horror, and also the tale of a South American dictatorship and all the horror that entails. It uses one of my favorite plot elements: a mysterious manuscript that must be translated, and that might reveal some universal secrets. If you're squeamish, be warned that there's lots of torture here. I liked the story, but thought the e
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Emily
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5⭐

A Lush and Seething Hell is comprised of two books - a novella called The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky, and a short novel called My Heart Struck Sorrow. I read an ARC of The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky last year, so I'm copying my review into this one, and then will talk about My Heart Struck Sorrow below that.

The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky:

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky, and I'm so glad that I picked it up. This story immediately drew me in, and I was hooke
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T. Frohock
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Horror is many different things to different people. What scares one person isn’t the same as what frightens another. For me, the best horror is a deep examination of our negative emotions; those thoughts and fears that disquiet in the depth of the night: moments left undone, words unsaid, the strange, the weird, the obscene brought to light. Done well, it is a cerebral exploration of the darkness that lies within everyone.

If that is your vibe, too, then here are two stories done exceptionally w
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FanFiAddict
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Harper Voyager and the John Hornor Jacobs for an advanced reading copy of A Lush and Seething Hell in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel or author.

Note: Though the book is comprised of a novella and a short novel, I will really only be reviewing the short novel this go-round, though the extent to which I savored his writing will be plastered all over it.

I was lucky enough to have received an advanced reading copy of
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Will Klein
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Initially reviewed here at thequilltolive.com

I am not a religious man. Despite my Catholic upbringing and coming of age in the American midwest, the world of the spiritual has never called out to me. I’ve never felt the rapture of religion or the whisper of the divine. As such, I find myself sorely lacking in vocabulary to describe my experience with A Lush and Seething Hell by John Horner Jacobs. Comprised of the novellas The Sea Dreams it is the Sky and My Heart Struck Sorrow, this “anthology-
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Becky Spratford
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review will be appearing in the October 2019 issue of Library Journal
FTLOReading
• Title: A Lush and Seething Hell
• Author: John Hornor Jacobs
• Series: Stand-Alone
• Pages: 384
• Genre: Horror/Thriller
• Rating Out of 5 Stars:
Story 1- 1 Story 2- 3


This is a bind up of two novellas.

1.) The Sea Dreams It Is The Sky 1 out of 5 stars
I don’t particularly have anything constructive I can say about the first. I found it unappealing and uninteresting. I might be desensitized but I didn’t get the psychological thriller aspect of it at all. The horror aspect was basically torture
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Dorie
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror
by John Honor Jacob's
due 10-8-2019
Harper Voyage
4.0 /5.0

#netgalley #ALushAndSeethingHell

This pair is chilling tales have never been published. They explore the darker side of human nature. Exceptionally well written, this is top-notch haunting horror.
'The Sea Dreams It Is The Sky'
A once famous poet, Avedano, and his young student Isobel Certa, both exiles from the dictatorship of Magera, South America, are living in Spain. Isobel finds a journa
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Chad Guarino
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Lush and Seething Hell collects two not-quite-novel length tales of cosmic horror by John Hornor Jacobs. While cosmic horror is a term that gets bandied about probably far too often by anyone with an even slight inclination towards the Lovecraftian, Jacobs' collection is exciting, original, and often terrifying.

The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky -
The first tale in the collection focuses on a dictatorship in a fictional South American country and the ways it influences and changes the lives of the m
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Andrea
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Lush and seething" accurately describes Jacobs's gorgeous prose in this pair of novellas that satisfy your yearning for Lovecraftian-style horror and weirdness without the racism and misogyny that ol' HP brought to his work. Fraught and feverish without being overwraught, the tales reach out and draw you in with tender fingers that turn out to be ghastly tentacles. Jacobs is also a keen observer of humans and manages to fully occupy his narrators. Isabela's introductory paragraphs ring painfull ...more
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Harry Jahnke
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was great. I liked the second story more than the first but they're both great. I like how the horror here isn't really the monster at the end of the book but the horror is derived from the effect on the humans it interacts with; leaving people mad and gibbering. Really superb work here.
Rachel  Drenning
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to come....
Michelle
***Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

A creepy and deeply unsettling pair of stories. I thoroughly enjoyed them.
Kevy Lamb Anderson
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May 21, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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eARC provided by Harper Voyager via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. RTC!
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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