A Natural History of Hell

A Natural History of Hell: StoriesA Natural History of Hell: Stories by Jeffrey Ford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When it comes to short fiction, I place Jeffrey Ford up there with Kelly Link and Ray Bradbury. He’s a master of the form, and unsurprisingly, A NATURAL HISTORY OF HELL does not contain a single dud. Each story features exquisitely crafted prose, an artist’s eye for detail, and impeccable characterization, but two stories in particular really blew me away. “Mount Chary Galore,” which displays an astonishing level of imagination and is so chock full of story that I can’t believe it’s only twenty pages long, and “Rocket Ship to Hell,” which I can only describe as such a perfect storm of voice, story, and characterization that when I was finished reading it I took a few minutes to bask in its afterglow. Those who have read Ford before know what a great writer he is, but if you haven’t and are looking for a good place to start this collection won’t steer you wrong. Beautiful, powerful stories from start to finish.

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100 FATHOMS BELOW Book Launch!

On Thursday, October 18th, at 8 PM, join Bram Stoker Award-nominated, Thriller Award-nominated, and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author Nicholas Kaufmann as he celebrates the release of his newest novel, 100 Fathoms Below (co-written by Steven L. Kent), in conversation with Bram Stoker Award-winning author Grady Hendrix (Paperbacks from Hell, We Sold Our Souls). The event will be held at Quimby’s Bookstore, located at 536 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Copies of 100 Fathoms Below will be available for purchase and signing. Both Nicholas Kaufmann and Grady Hendrix will be happy to sign any of their books that you bring from home as well.

Quimby’s is accessible via the G train to Metropolitan Avenue or the L train to Lorimer Street. Please feel free to bring your interested friends and loved ones along!

100 fathoms below…

The depth at which sunlight no longer penetrates the ocean.

1983. The US nuclear submarine USS Roanoke embarks on a classified spy mission into Soviet waters. Their goal: to find evidence of a new, faster, and deadlier Soviet submarine that could tip the balance of the Cold War. But the Roanoke crew isn’t alone. Something is on board with them. Something cunning and malevolent.

Trapped in enemy territory and hunted by Soviet submarines, tensions escalate and crew members turn on each other. When the lights go out and horror fills the corridors, it will take everything the crew has to survive the menace coming from outside and inside the submarine.

In the dark.

Combining Tom Clancy’s eye for international intrigue with Stephen King’s sense of the macabre, 100 Fathoms Below takes readers into depths from which there is no escape.

“The perfect blend of suspenseful political thriller and creepy horror is sure to please fans of both genres. Readers will not be able to turn away.” — Publishers Weekly

Rave Review of 100 FATHOMS BELOW in LIBRARY JOURNAL!

Library Journal will be running a rave review of 100 Fathoms Below in their September 15th issue! Here’s a taste:

“Kent (‘Rogue Clone’ series) and Kaufmann (In the Shadow of the Axe) deliver a well-developed cast of characters and a plot that keeps readers turning pages. Descriptions of life on a submarine are deftly handled and enhance the eerie atmosphere. A solid pick for readers who prefer their horror with acute tension and psychological thrills rather than intense gore.”

Don’t worry, there’s gore too! 🙂 Preorder the book now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite bookseller!

 

 

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