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"The men as they rode turned black in the sun from the blood on their clothes and their faces and then paled slowly in the rising dust until they assumed once more the color of the land through which they passed." If what we call "horror" can be seen as including any literature that has dark, horrific subject matter, then Blood Meridian is, in this reviewer's estimation, 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." Imagine the imagery of Sam Peckinpah and Heironymus Bosch as written by William Faulkner, and you'll have just an inkling of this novel's power. 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.
"McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly—envied."
"McCarthy is a born narrator, and his writing has, line by line, the stab of actuality. He is here to stay."
—Robert Penn Warren
From the Hardcover edition.
The first book I've read that's completely honest about how disgustingly brutal life in the wild west could be. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Erik Andersson
This works on all levels. First it's a great western. Second it has accessible commentary/insight on the nature of man and our place in the world. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Luann
"Blood Meridian" is a very dark and grisly read from one of America's greatest authors, Cormac McCarthy. Read morePublished 2 days ago by B. Adducchio
What a grand book. This is a pinnacle of contemporary literature. Aside from the absurd violence (though very elegantly presented), this is a bizarre tale of horrendous conditions... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jonathan M. Hyry
This is a timeless apocalyptic book.... so good. Its has all the themes of Conrad's Heart of Darkness but set in the time of cowboys.Published 4 days ago by Oliver Freund
To the bone! No one has an imagination nor the abilities to express a point better than Cormac. No author, before nor now!Published 10 days ago by rix
This early McCarthy novel is about the nature of evil in the world. The prose is vivid, unsparing, and imaginative. If you aim to be a serious writer, this is an essential work. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Susan I. Cohen
Very dark, violent novel, typical I think for McCarthy. It follows the journey of the main character only referred to as "the kid. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer