A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli

By Tom Piccirilli

This lyrical story of evil, loss, and redemption is a beautiful addition to the Southern gothic culture of Flannery O’Connor and Harry Crews.

A Choir of ailing Children is the startling tale of country Come, a decaying, swamp backwater that attracts the misplaced, ill-fated, and damned.

Since his mother’s disappearance and his father’s suicide, Thomas has cared for his 3 brothers—conjoined triplets with separate our bodies yet one shared brain—and the town’s simply undefined, the Mill.

Because of his family’s prominence, Thomas is feared and revered via the superstitious swamp folks. Granny witches forged hexes whereas Thomas’s early life sweetheart drifts via his reasonable a vengeful ghost and his ally, a reverend being affected by the facility of tongues, is triumph over with this curse as he attempts to warn of approaching risk. All Thomas learns is that “the carnival is coming.”

Torn by way of accountability and rage, Thomas needs to face his tormented prior in addition to the mysterious forces surging towards the city he loves and despises.

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Alexander also wrote some shorter works set in Prydain. Black Easter James Blish (1967) The Black Cauldron Lloyd Alexander (1965) The Black Cauldron is actually the second title in the Prydain series by Lloyd ALEXANDER, although it is the best-known because of the 1985 animated movie version, which actually covers the events in that novel and in the first in the series, The Book of Three (1964). Prydain is a mythical land where magic works, but it is based in large part on Wales and Welsh legends.

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