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"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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly—envied."
"McCarthy is a born narrator, and his writing has, line by line, the stab of actuality. He is here to stay."
—Robert Penn Warren
I can think of only two modern novels that remotely compare in horror to "Blood Meridian" and that is Richard Hoban's apocalyptic depiction of the Crusades... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ian Gordon Malcomson
No complaints. Very well written, although not for those who are sensitive or easily offended.Published 1 month ago by Shanaya & Nathan
Maybe it is my ADD or I am to simpleminded but this book was not a great read for me. I don't why the dialogue and language is 1845 texas frontier talk... Read morePublished 4 months ago by derek hennig
Well what can I say? One of the best books I have ever read. Bleak? You bet. But that's McCarthy most of the time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by AHorrorReader
Blood Meridian is unquestionably the best novel ever written by anyone, anytime, anywhere, about anything. Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. K. Lidster
I love Cormac McCarthy, and this is my favorite of all his novels. If you like this, check out All the Pretty Horses and The Road.Published 14 months ago by Russell Holmes
Best western novel ever written. The imagery that Cormack McCarthy evokes through his writings is astounding, contrasting this with the brutal hardships endured by the characters... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Will