Cold Moon Over Babylon (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)
"The finest writer of paperback originals in America." - Stephen King "Readers of weak constitution should beware." - Publishers Weekly "McDowell has a flair for the gruesome." - Washington Post Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family... show more
"The finest writer of paperback originals in America." - Stephen King "Readers of weak constitution should beware." - Publishers Weekly "McDowell has a flair for the gruesome." - Washington Post Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: fourteen-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law. But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror . . . And beneath the murky surface of the river, a shifting, almost human shape slowly takes form. Night after night it will pursue the murderer. And when the full moon rises over Babylon, it will seek a terrible vengeance . . . Cold Moon Over Babylon (1980), the second novel by Michael McDowell (1950-1999), author of Blackwater and The Elementals and screenwriter of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a chilling Southern Gothic tale of revenge from beyond the grave that ranks among his most terrifying books. This first-ever reprint features deliciously creepy new cover art by Mike Mignola.
Publish date: 2015-02-24
Publisher: Valancourt Books
Pages no: 254
Edition language: English
Apologies to Char who I know loves this book, but... I didn't enjoy it. On the one hand, as with The Elementals, the sense of place that McDowell evokes in his writing and the pervasive wrongness is extraordinarily effective. For that alone I would have offered a solid four or five stars. However, t...
Audience: Adult Format: Audiobook/Owned One hot afternoon in July of 1965, Jim Larkin and his wife JoAnn were slowly paddling their small green boat upstream on the Styx river that drains the northwestern corner of the Florida panhandle. - first sentence Well, things only go downhill for the...
Can Michael McDowell write a bad horror story? I don´t know yet, because Cold Moon Over Babylon, my third book by this author, has been excellent … truly excellent, in the most terrifying kind of way. I had to look numerous times over my own shoulder, because I got the impression that someone (or so...
He imagined that he had been hypnotized by the moon, thrown into one of those trances that were common enough at night, on lonely stretches of road, to solitary drivers. “That’s it,” he whispered to himself, “I was led astray by the moon. But now the moon’s brought me home safe again . . .” Holy mo...
"Terror grows in Babylon, a typical sleepy Southern town with its throbbing sun and fog-shrouded swamps." "Margaret Larkin has been robbed of her innocence -- and her life. Her killer is rich and powerful, beyond the grasp of earthly law." "Now, in the murky depths of the local river, a shifting...