About the book
Deacon James is a rambling bluesman straight from Georgia, a black man with troubles that he can't escape, and music that won't let him go. On a train to Arkham, he meets trouble ― visions of nightmares, gaping mouths and grasping tendrils, and a madman who calls himself John Persons. According to the stranger, Deacon is carrying a seed in his head, a thing that will destroy the world if he lets it hatch. The mad ravings chase Deacon to his next gig. His saxophone doesn't call up his audience from their seats, it calls up monstrosities from across dimensions. As Deacon flees, chased by horrors and cultists, he stumbles upon a runaway girl, who is trying to escape the destiny awaiting her. Like Deacon, she carries something deep inside her, something twisted and dangerous. Together, they seek to leave Arkham, only to find the Thousand Young lurking in the woods. The song in Deacon’s head is growing stronger, and soon he won’t be able to ignore it any more.
"A Song for Quiet is a moving story of music, monsters and grief." ― Victor LaValle, author of The Ballad of Black Tom "Khaw continues to demonstrate her mastery of seductive short-form horror, juxtaposing the disgusting and relentlessly terrifying with moments of exquisite beauty in ways that make it impossible to look away." ― Publishers Weekly, starred review “Gritty, unflinching, and unexpected, A Song for Silence has an infectious Blues rhythm that's impossible to ignore.” ― Angela Slatter, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings
PRAISE FOR A Song for Quiet
"A glorious fusion of the classic noir detective thriller with Lovecraftian horror. Possibly the most promising horror debut of 2016, a suitable light in these dark times." ― Charles Stross, author of the Laundry Files "Cassandra Khaw's explosive, evocative prose is a treat to read. Khaw's ability to transform the mundane into the deeply phantasmagorical is nothing short of magical. Prepare to take a long leap into the gory, the weird, and the fantastic in the hands of a fresh new voice in fiction." ― Kameron Hurley, Hugo Award-winning author of Mirror Empire and The Geek Feminist Revolution "The drearily everyday is infused with Lovecraftian dread in a marvelously horrifying, tightly built novella that spins a satisfying tale while doing honor to both of its core sources." ― Publishers Weekly, starred review