Written by: John Hornor Jacobs
Published by: Harper Voyager
Reviewed by: Naomi Downing
Bringing together his acclaimed novella The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky and an all-new short novel My Heart Struck Sorrow, John Hornor Jacobs turns his fertile imagination to the evil that breeds within the human soul. A brilliant mix of the psychological and supernatural, blending the acute insight of Roberto Bolaño and the eerie imagination of H. P. Lovecraft, The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky examines life in a South American dictatorship. Centered on the journal of a poet-in-exile and his failed attempts at translating a maddening text, it is told by a young woman trying to come to grips with a country that nearly devoured itself.
In My Heart Struck Sorrow, a librarian discovers a recording from the Deep South—which may be the musical stylings of the Devil himself. First off I want to say i am absolutely in love with this cover, I picked this book based on how much i loved the cover. With that said this was a great and creepy read. The author has a knack for writing very detailed horrific events that draw you in instead of turning you away, it’s so well written that at times you forget it is a work of fiction. I didn’t want to put this book down at all!
My Heart Struck Sorrow is my favorite of the two stories. It really turned up the creepy factor for me. First off I would have loved to get this job, going through long forgotten items sounds fun…unless you’re in this story. I really liked how there was two timelines going, one with the librarian gets pulled in to the forgotten manuscript and the manuscript itself. The manuscript followed two men who are commissioned to travel around America collecting the songs, one song catches their attention. This song keeps popping up and strange events happen after its sung or listened to. The authors way of writing really pulled me into the world he had created.
This was my first time reading this author and it definitely won’t be the last time either. It’s been a long time since i was pulled into a story like I was this one. Now I’m off to find more of his books.