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A Book of Tongues Volume 1 of the Hexslinger Series Paperback – April 29, 2010

3.5 out of 5 stars 37 ratings
Book 1 of 3: The Hexslinger Series

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A Pinkerton detective infiltrates a Wild West gang led by a spell-casting preacher in this boundary-busting horror–fantasy debut. Agent Ed Morrow is dispatched by a professor of magical research to evaluate the hexslinging abilities of Rev. Asher Rook, a renegade chaplain who survived his own hanging, and his lover, the prickly sharpshooter Chess Pargeter. As Morrow becomes part of the gang, the Aztec goddess Ixchel slowly seduces Rook into a bloody ritual marriage that endangers Pargeter and leads their followers down a road to hell. Files smoothly weaves an unusual magic system, Aztec mythology, and a raunchily explicit gay love story into a classic western tale of outlaws and revenge. Though it grows somewhat cumbersome in the leadup to a cliffhanger that demands resolution in the planned sequel, this promising debut fully delivers both sizzling passions and dark chills. (May)
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Experimental Film is sensational. When we speak of the best in contemporary horror and weird fiction, we must speak of Gemma Files.”
―Laird Barron

“Gemma Files has one of the great dark imaginations in fiction―visionary, transgressive, and totally original. With this new novel [Experimental Film], Files explores the world of film and horror in a way that will leave you reeling. A smart, sharp page-turner with heart and depth.”
―Jeff VanderMeer

“Gemma’s been producing top-notch horror stories for years, and her weird Western Hexslinger trilogy is chock full of hellish horrors.”
―Mike Allen

“I am surely addicted, and this new addiction has a name–Gemma Files. We had company over the weekend, company I adore and hadn’t seen in a year, and I still snuck in bits of this audio book. The author spins together imagery that is breath-taking in both beauty and terror.”
A Dab of Darkness (audiobook review)

Product details

  • Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
  • Paperback : 274 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780981297866
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0981297866
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : ChiZine Publications; First Edition (April 29, 2010)
  • Reading level : 16 and up
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 0981297862
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37 ratings
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