Blood Meridian
Blood Meridian
Or the Evening Redness in the West

"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.

Title Blood Meridian
Subtitle Or the Evening Redness in the West
Author Cormac McCarthy
Publisher Vintage
Title First Published 05 May 1992
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 352 p.
ISBN-10 0679728759
ISBN-13 9780679728757
Publication Date 05 May 1992
Main content page count 352
Weight 16 oz.

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