An Entirely New Take on Cosmic Horror: Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

Release Date: October 13, 2020
Publisher: Tor.com Publishing
Genre: Cosmic Horror, Historical Fantasy

Description

“In 1915, The Birth of a Nation cast a spell across America, swelling the Klan’s ranks and drinking deep from the darkest thoughts of white folk. All across the nation they ride, spreading fear and violence among the vulnerable. They plan to bring Hell to Earth. But even Ku Kluxes can die.

Standing in their way is Maryse Boudreaux and her fellow resistance fighters, a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter. Armed with blade, bullet, and bomb, they hunt their hunters and send the Klan’s demons straight to Hell. But something awful’s brewing in Macon, and the war on Hell is about to heat up.

Can Maryse stop the Klan before it ends the world?”

My Thoughts

It’s 1922 and the Ku Klux Klan is back in action, this time with some help from the supernatural. Maryse Boudreaux and her crew are the only thing keeping the monsters (chthonic creatures, called Ku Kluxes, from another dimension that possess their human host) and the human but equally as awful racists (called Klans) in check. Years before, Maryse’s entire family was slaughtered by Ku Kluxes. She was gifted a magical sword imbued with the spirits of those who sold her ancestors into slavery, and she uses it to execute every Ku Klux she can get her hands on. Aiding her in her righteous war is Sadie, the smart-mouthed hellion who can outshoot a world-class sniper, Cordelia, aka Chef, an explosives expert and war vet who channels her trauma into dismantling systems of oppression, and Nana Jean, the leader of a magical Ring Shout group…

Read the rest of this review at Tor.com.

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy.

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