REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER
Southern Gods is a new twist on an old idea–the trope about blues singers going to the crossroads at midnight and selling their souls to the Devil. In this story, instead of Satan, the supernatural forces that posses blues musicians are ancient, malevolent, pan-dimensional gods.
It’s the debut novel from Arkansas author John Hornor Jacobs. It’s set in the 1950’s, in the South, where payola agents travel to backwater radio stations that play early blues records late at night. Lovecraftian Old Ones lurk in the rural countryside, and they’ve found a new voice through a mysterious singer named Ramblin’ John Hastur.
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