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The Boatman's Daughter

(2020)
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Ever since her father was killed when she was just a child, Miranda Crabtree has kept her head down and her eyes up, ferrying contraband for a mad preacher and his declining band of followers to make ends meet and to protect an old witch and a secret child from harm. But dark forces are at work in the bayou, both human and supernatural, conspiring to disrupt the rhythms of Miranda’s peculiar and precarious life.



Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"This is the second novel I've read by Andy Davidson, which is to say that I have now visited two dark, well-realized southern landscapes full of interesting antagonists and cool set pieces. This author's greatest strength is place--he takes you there. You can almost smell the flora in the marsh, feel the planks of the rough-built structures under your bare feet. The Boatman's Daughter is a supernatural cousin to Daniel Woodrell's gritty Ozarks thrillers; a sensual wetlands fable rich in sensory detail and replete with Slavic folklore." - Christopher Buehlman

"Andy Davidson's bone-cracking Southern Gothic, The Boatman's Daughter, is a noir thriller dipped in the dark mud of the bayou, packed with witches, demons, and gods. I was entangled in the dense roots of the story and the rich, aromatic prose from page one. A riveting, powerful, bloody ride you'll never want to leave, despite the dangers within." - Philip Fracassi

"The Boatman's Daughter--a beautiful and brutal Southern Gothic that enchants and horrifies and hits like a wrecking ball from its opening pages--is fantastic in every sense of the word. Fans of Lansdale, Piccirilli, and McCarthy will dig this wholeheartedly, though the alchemy and magic here are Davidson's own and mark him as a major voice in modern dark fiction." - Jeremy Robert Johnson

"The Boatman's Daughter is a beautifully written Gothic chiller that will draw you in and hold you tight. Wild and wonderful--a sentence-by-sentence delight." - Michael Koryta

"What if I told you there was a gorgeously written novel that mixed Southern Gothic à la Flannery O'Connor, backwoods noir, and the mythic imagination of Clive Barker? Go read Andy Davidson's lush nightmare, The Boatman's Daughter. It put an arrow through my head and heart." - Paul Tremblay


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