Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Blood Meridian

Category:     Gothic     

Author:     Cormac McCarthy

Summary:  If what we call "horror" can be seen as including any literature that has dark, horrific subject matter, then Blood Meridian is the best horror novel ever written. It's a perverse, picaresque Western about bounty hunters for Indian scalps near the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s--a ragged caravan of indiscriminate killers led by an unforgettable human monster called "The Judge." From the opening scenes about a 14-year-old Tennessee boy who joins the band of hunters to the extraordinary, mythic ending, this is an American classic about extreme violence.

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