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Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman is an internationally bestselling, Bram Stoker Award–nominated American author and the lead singer for the rock band The High Strung. Malerman first started writing in the fifth grade, with stories of a space-traveling dog. Since then he has written several unpublished novels, and his debut novel, Bird Box, was published in the United States and the United Kingdom to much critical acclaim.

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Unbury Carol: Many interesting parts that didn’t quite fit together for me

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Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

Unbury Carol (2018) is billed as a Weird West story, and Josh Malerman has staged it in a world that has the trappings of the mythical American West — stagecoaches, outlaws, “triggermen” and a perilous Trail the outlaws ride. Malerman’s prose is elegant and he manages to create, at least with the character of Sheriff Opal, an authentic sense of rhythm and regional speech. Moments of bizarre imagery startled me and captured my imagination. Overall, though, the many intricately carved pieces just didn’t fit into a congruent whole for me.

Carol Evers is a wealthy heiress in the frontier town of Harrows. She has been married to Dwight Evers for about twelve years. Carol has a condition that drops her into deep comas, so deep that she appears to be dead. Her heart beats once a minute and she may draw two breaths... Read More