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"O terrible wife of Siva / Your tongue is drinking the blood, / O dark Mother! O unclad Mother." It is remarkable that prior to writing this first novel, Dan Simmons had spent only two and a half days in Calcutta, a city "too wicked to be suffered," his narrator says. Fortunately back in print after several years during which it was hard to obtain, this rich, bizarre novel practically reeks with atmosphere. The story concerns an American poet who travels with his Indian wife and their baby to Calcutta to pick up an epic poem cycle about the goddess Kali. The Bengali poet who wrote the poem cycle has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Horror critic Edward Bryant calls Song of Kali "an exactingly constructed, brutal, and uncompromising study of the degree to which an evil place may permeate and steep all that makes us human" and writes that it embodies "the stance of a psychologically violent novel about a violent society as a defensible and indisputably moral work of art." Song of Kali won a World Fantasy Award. --Fiona Webster --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
One of the most terrifying books ever written. 'Song of Kali' transcends any cheap thrills you get from a Stephen King novel, Dan Simmons' vision of horror set in the claustrophobic heat of India is fierce and unrelenting. Aberdeen Evening Express --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
This truly an amazing book. I don't read many novels. But this was simply a pleasure read and scared the hell out of me. It truly is frightening tale. I'm reading it again.Published 15 months ago by Jazz Virk
As an avid reader of horror, fantasy and science fiction, I like to think that I'm immune to any lasting effects from the frightening images that emerge from those dark places... Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by David D. Warner
It's probably a huge mistake to include inflated words of hype on the cover of a horror book. "SHOCK TREATMENTS ABOUND! Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2003 by Subauthor
Another reviewer said that this book was missing something "Simmons" and I totally agree. Song of Kali is a very quick and easy read, and overall it's quite enjoyable. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2003 by J. Resnick
SONG OF KALI is a brutal but also subtle and evocative novel of almost overwhelmingly intense horror. Read morePublished on July 20 2003 by cameron-vale
Friends and reviews sold me this book as an intense exercise in shock/weird horror. I am sorry to say this, but this book doesn't live up to any of those standards. Read morePublished on June 21 2003 by A. Tamez Elizondo
I must say that I truly enjoyed reading this book. Throughout the novel, there is a lot of mystery and encroaching horror. Read morePublished on April 2 2003 by Fry Boy
My first Simmons "horror" title after Endymion. This was a fun and creepy read -- enjoyable for the most part. Read morePublished on March 28 2003