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Blackwater: The Complete Saga

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It's an ambitious, business family headed by a tough-as-they-come matriarch (imagine a demented Marjorie Main).

In this volume, you will encounter tales of ghosts, haunted houses, witchcraft, vampirism, lycanthropy, and sea monsters. And here's the weird bit: no matter how horrible the first event was, it actually made a lot of sense in the later incarnations. This first-ever one-volume edition, with a new introduction by Shirley Jackson Award-winning author Nathan Ballingrud, allows a new generation of readers to discover this modern horror classic. I could go on and on about McDowell, as many of you already know, but now I'd like to address the narration of this story by Alabama native Matt Godfrey.The book is a comedy of manners at times, family drama at others, and the undercurrent of horror is lurking in the background, waiting to tear the arms off of some poor sucker at any moment.

When the citizens of Pine Cone, Alabama, begin to die in shocking and grisly ways, Sarah Howell suspects a strange piece of jewelry is the link between the deaths, and that her hateful, vindictive mother-in-law Jo is behind it all. This was an absolutely fantastic experience, the sort of long book that introduces a large cast of characters over time so you're able to remember (almost) all of them and their stories, and become interested in their lives, their children, their fortunes, and their deaths. I found this method being in the background to be more nuanced, and subtle and allowed the reader to ponder. I did the audiobook, and at first I was frustrated that the reader didn't have a Southern accent unless he did dialogue. Madness is central to McDowell's Toplin, which details the vile imaginings of a man who suffers from mental illness but nonetheless determines to conduct himself within society.His seventh novel written and first to be sold, The Amulet, was published in 1979 and would be followed by over thirty additional volumes of fiction written under his own name or the pseudonyms Nathan Aldyne, Axel Young, Mike McCray, and Preston Macadam. One of his final projects, upon which he was working at the time of his death, was a sequel to Beetlejuice.

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