No Gods For Drowning

Agora. Sept. 2022. 430p. ISBN 9781951709808. pap. $17.99. HORROR
The old gods have fled, and no one knows why or even where they went. Without the deities’ protection, human civilization is on the brink of destruction. Cities are flooding and entire countries are being drowned as monsters come out of the sea. Piper (Queen of Teeth) expertly introduces this dark fantasy world, revealing its mythology, necessary background details, and current, dire landscape. A complex and fascinating cast of characters share the point of view: Lilac, the daughter of a goddess, trying to summon her back with ritualistic killings; her girlfriend Arcadia, a former cop who works for the flood evacuation team; and PIs Alex and Cecil, who add a noir twist. Their separate storylines, once established, quickly begin to merge and the immersive sense of dread and suspense increase exponentially as gods and monsters return.
VERDICT Piper, a rising star in horror, is announcing her intentions to break through onto a larger stage with this confident and compelling tale that is as fun as it is thought-provoking. Suggest it widely.
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