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A Choir of Ill Children

By Tom Piccirilli
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Publisher Description

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Tom Piccirilli's The Last Kind Words.

This lyrical tale of evil, loss, and redemption is a stunning addition to the Southern gothic tradition of Flannery O’Connor and Harry Crews.

A Choir of Ill Children is the startling story of Kingdom Come, a decaying, swamp backwater that draws the lost, ill-fated, and damned.

Since his mother’s disappearance and his father’s suicide, Thomas has cared for his three brothers—conjoined triplets with separate bodies but one shared brain—and the town’s only industry, the Mill.

Because of his family’s prominence, Thomas is feared and respected by the superstitious swamp folk. Granny witches cast hexes while Thomas’s childhood sweetheart drifts through his life like a vengeful ghost and his best friend, a reverend suffering from the power of tongues, is overcome with this curse as he tries to warn of impending menace. All Thomas learns is that “the carnival is coming.”

Torn by responsibility and rage, Thomas must face his tormented past as well as the mysterious forces surging toward the town he loves and despises.

15 Reviews

3.5
“Wanted to give the book a 1.5 but as thats not possible, i rounded up to 2 stars. The writing is wonderful. But this books lacked overall cohesion. Thomas was not even close to a likeable character. It consistently feels like he's rewarded for inaction, to the point of not truly looking for his best friend even though he had a risk of being lynched. His conjoined triplet brothers didn't truly factor into the story other than to give some vague ramblings and honestly more of the book is spent on Thomas' real or imagined sexual exploits. I found the book unenjoyable and I do hope that Tom Piccirilli's other books prove more satisfactory to me.”

About Tom Piccirilli

Tom Piccirilli is the author of twenty novels including The Cold Spot, The Midnight Road, The Dead Letters, Headstone City, November Mourns, and A Choir of Ill Children.  He's a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the International Thriller Writers Award, and Le Grand Prix de L'Imaginaire. 

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