Thursday, December 07, 2006

Somebody else deserves a Stoker, too

I'm almost done with Jonathan Maberry's debut novel, Ghost Road Blues, and it is stunning. Once things get rolling, he's got evil down in all its sickening forms – demonic, pathetic, or psychotic. I think that his vision is so powerful that it can be favorably compared not only to other horror writers, but to the classics of world literature: Maberry’s Pine Deep shares much with Dostoevsky’s Russia or Melville’s Pequod – profoundly true worlds teeming with demons, brutality, and madness, but equally brimming with beauty, love, and wisdom. It's a complex, heart-pounding read, and I really believe it deserves the Stoker for Best First Novel.


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