A New Cosmic Horror Novella
by John Hornor Jacobs
I don’t remember exactly how I happened upon it, but back in October of 2011 I discovered and devoured a book called Southern Gods, the debut novel by then budding superstar John Hornor Jacobs. That book was a revelation to me. I became an instantaneous and devoted fan of Jacobs and the story became an automatic Halloween reading recommendation from there out. Since then I’ve gone on to read much of John’s published body of work and I’ve yet to find a dud in the lot, with high points being The Twelve Fingered Boy and The Shibboleth. Now, with a brand new Halloween looming, John has just today released a cosmic horror novella for our consumption and devotion. I suspect I’m going to love The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky and I have little doubt that you will too. Read on to learn more about it and follow those links to purchase it and all his other books. I promise you’ll be glad you did.
They had escaped their country, but they couldn’t escape the past
Shadowing her always, attired in rumpled linen suits and an eyepatch, is “The Eye,” a fellow ex-pat and poet with a notorious reputation. An unlikely friendship blossoms, a kinship of shared grief. Then The Eye receives a mysterious note and suddenly returns home, his fate uncertain.
Left with the keys to The Eye’s apartment, Isabel finds two of his secret manuscripts: a halting translation of an ancient, profane work, and an evocative testament of his capture during the revolution. Both texts bear disturbing images of blood and torture, and the more Isabel reads the more she feels the inexplicable compulsion to go home.
It means a journey deep into a country torn by war, still ruled by a violent regime, but the idea of finding The Eye becomes ineluctable. Isabel feels the manuscripts pushing her to go. Her country is lost, and now her only friend is lost, too. What must she give to get them back? In the end, she has only herself left to sacrifice.
THE SEA DREAMS IT IS THE SKY asks:
How does someone simply give up their home…especially when their home won’t let them?