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“Daryl Gregory’s gothic tale of the supernatural, set deep in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains in the 1930s, is a riveting listen as narrated by Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Reagan Boggs. The Revelator tells the story of the “Birch women,” those female family members marked by red wine-colored birth marks signaling a supernatural ability to commune with the Birch family’s own god, a mysterious creature lurking deep within a mountain cavern. Over four generations, the family has developed its own religion surrounding the god. But Stella, the latest of these women known as Revelators, threatens to upend the family when she chooses to abandon the family and the god....The Revelator is a love song to Tennessee and a haunting horror tale of unspoken things lurking in the deep darkness.”Claire,
Honest Dog Books
“Revelator is a great piece of Southern Gothic horror, mixed with a healthy smattering of body horror. What Daryl Gregory has done was give us a slice of early 1900s Americana, revealing dark things that lie in the hearts of man and in the shadows of a mysterious cave in the hills. Heaping with devotion, belief, and the ways man will try to capitalize on them, Revelator is terrifically engrossing. As his first foray into horror, Daryl Gregory doesn't disappoint! As for the narrator, Reagan Boggs, I don’t know if her accent is real or just well-done, but she did a bang-up job in all regards!”Nicholas,
Mysterious Galaxy Books
ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR • The dark, gripping tale of a 1930’s family in the remote hills of the Smoky Mountains, their secret religion, and the daughter who turns her back on their mysterious god—from the acclaimed author of Spoonbenders.
“Gods and moonshine in the Great Depression, written with a tenderness and brutality … this is as good as novels get.” —Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians
In 1933, nine-year-old Stella is left in the care of her grandmother, Motty, in the backwoods of Tennessee. The mountains are home to dangerous secrets, and soon after she arrives, Stella wanders into a dark cavern where she encounters the family's personal god, an entity known as the Ghostdaddy.
Years later, after a tragic incident that caused her to flee, Stella—now a professional bootlegger—returns for Motty's funeral, and to check on the mysterious ten-year-old girl named Sunny that Motty adopted. Sunny appears innocent enough, but she is more powerful than Stella could imagine—and she’s a direct link to Stella's buried past and her family's destructive faith.
Haunting and wholly engrossing, summoning mesmerizing voices and giving shape to the dark, Revelator is a southern gothic tale for the ages.