The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who've held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county's aged, sardonic lawman, still thinks it can prove itself -- when confronted by a strange family of drifters, the sheriff believes that the people of Red Bluff can be accepting, rational, even good.
The opposite is true: this is a landscape of fear and ghosts -- of regret and violence -- transformed by the kudzu vines that have enveloped the hills around it, swallowing homes, cars, rivers, and hiding a terrible secret deeper still.
Colburn, a junkyard sculptor who's returned to Red Bluff, knows this pain all too well, though he too is willing to hope for more when he meets and falls in love with Celia, the local bar owner. The Deep South gives these noble, broken, and driven folks the gift of human connection while bestowing upon them the crippling weight of generations. With broken histories and vagabond hearts, the townsfolk wrestle with the evil in the woods -- and the wickedness that lurks in each and every one of us.
Thanks to RandomThingsTours and No Exit Press for my copy of ‘Blackwood’ by Michael Farris Smith.
Red Bluff, Mississippi, a rural town in Southern United States. A bleak town, slowly dying, with nothing but empty storefronts, and broken people. A desperate place.
Surrounded by the ever encroaching kudzu plants that sprawl the town, 2 boys, twins , go missing when a family of drifters arrive in town.
And a man who returns to the broken city, his past deeply cast in it roots, he returns to the promise of free premises where he can create his art.
This book is something very different from my usual reads. It’s a darkly disturbing tale of a back water US town, filled with desperation and lost hope.
Atmospheric, Eerie, unsettling. The prose is quite superb. A book that will stay with you, it creeps under your skin, much like the Kudzu plant that features so prominently in the story.
Stunning, Tense and enthralling, this is a harrowing tale that deserves to be read from an author of the highest order.
The highest of recommendations