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September 8, 2011

John Hornor Jacobs—Southern Gods

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 12:32 pm

His bio on Amazon says he began writing seriously in 2007. If that’s so, John Hornor Jacobs must have played at writing non-seriously for quite a while before then, because this kind of mastery doesn’t happen in 4 short years. The excerpt below is from chapter one of SOUTHERN GODS, published by Night Shade Books.

Edited by Ross E. Lockhart

Interior Layout and design by Amy Popovich

Cover Art by Rodrigo Luff

Cover design by Claudia Noble

I’ll let the writing speak for itself…Elaine Ash


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  1. Thanks Elaine. John’s book is sitting right here next to me and I can’t wait to dig in. There have been so many great reviews.I’ve been impressed by the ebook covers John has created as well. A real talented guy that JHJ.

    Comment by Glenn Gray — September 8, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

  2. Definitely sets up some tension and suspense.

    Comment by charles gramlich — September 8, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

  3. I love descriptions of music, the way the parts fit together and the emotional responses that are described. What we have here is a particularly fine example – conjures up the sounds through great imagery.


    Comment by nigel bird — September 9, 2011 @ 1:32 am

  4. John is a one man wrecking ball of prose. He worked his ass off to get this far and he has a great many rewards to show for his efforts. He’s the future of fantasy/crime/noir literature. Look the fuck out!

    Comment by Frank Bill — September 9, 2011 @ 3:44 am

  5. That is indeed a powerful beginning for a novel. Jumps right in, unlike many novices who spend a lot of time on back story. This is a book I’d like to read.

    Comment by Velda Brotherton — September 9, 2011 @ 7:18 am

  6. Hi Glenn, hi Charles, always great to hear from you both. Nigel, i loved the music description too, and you can almost hear the song, can’t you? Frank, watch your language. 🙂 Hi Velda, actually, there is a prologue to the novel that starts in 1878, then Chapter One jumps ahead to 1951. This excerpt is a few pages into Chapter Two, after the character of Ingram is established.

    Comment by ashedit — September 9, 2011 @ 8:46 am

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