Red Snow

Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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A 2018 LOCUS AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST HORROR NOVEL

In the aftermath of the last great battle of the American Civil War, a disillusioned Union medic stumbles across a strange figure picking amid the corpses, and his life is changed forever . . .

In the cathedral city of Strasbourg in the years before the French Revolution, a church restorer is commissioned to paint a series of portraits that chart the changing appearance of a beautiful woman over the course of her life, although the woman herself seems ageless . . .

In Prohibition-era New York, an idealistic young Marxist is catapulted into the realms of elite society, and forced to assume the identity of someone who never existed . . .

Red Snow is a novel of love and violence, ideas and dreams, and revolves around the mystery of a monster drawn from humanity's darkest myths which still somehow survives, and thrives, and kills, in this modern age.

Praise for Red Snow:

“... always manages to take us somewhere unexpected... by turns western adventure, Renaissance horror, political intrigue, dysfunctional family drama, and more.” —Locus

“By turns horrifying and hauntingly beautiful, this epic vampire story is the stuff of real nightmares.” —Tim Powers

‘A rich, beautifully written, deftly plotted vampire novel” —Goodreads

“Red Snow brings new depth and history to some age-old myths. It resonates with the struggle between science and the supernatural, and between good and bad. Fed through a prism which combines the romance of Anne Rice with the vivid realism of Cormac McCarthy, it is a novel of universal questions and the triumph of the human spirit wrapped inside a dark and gripping tale.” —Risingshadow.net
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About the author

Ian R. MacLeod is the author of The Light Ages, The House of Storms, The Great Wheel and a host of short stories and novellas. His 2008 novel, Song of Time, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

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Publisher
Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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Published on
May 11, 2018
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Pages
399
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ISBN
9781625673657
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Ghost
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Literary
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Praise for The Summer Isles:

“The Summer Isles is one of the most powerful, compelling and compassionate novels ever written in any genre.” —Gardner Dozois

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Praise for Wake Up and Dream:

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Praise for Song of Time:

“MacLeod’s quiet, meditative novels and stories have been winning critical acclaim for years, and Song of Time sees him at the height of his powers. At the end of a long and eventful life, celebrated violinist Roushana Maitland orders her memories before she passes from the world of the flesh to a virtual afterlife. When she finds a mysterious stranger washed up on the beach of her Cornish retreat, he facilitates the process of remembrance. In flashback chapters we follow Roushana’s turbulent life through the cataclysmic events of the 21st century, taking in the deaths of loved ones, marriage to a conductor-entrepreneur, and a final heartbreaking revelation, Song of Time is a slow, sensitive first-person account of what it means to be human and vulnerable, and confirms MacLeod as one of the country’s very best literary SF writers.” —The Guardian
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