Neil Gaiman. Margaret Atwood. China Mieville.
These names make up some of the best writers working today. And they all write outside of genre conventionss—and always with a more literary bent. They are three of my favorite writers. And I vanish for a few days when one of them publishes a new book.
That’s one of the reasons I am excited about The Devourers by Indra Das. It has been compared to those writers. Reviews have already said similar, but with more horror and adult themes.
Here is more about The Devourers:
On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man’s unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger’s behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins.
From these documents spills the chronicle of a race of people at once more than human yet kin to beasts, ruled by instincts and desires blood-deep and ages-old. The tale features a rough wanderer in seventeenth-century Mughal India who finds himself irrevocably drawn to a defiant woman—and destined to be torn asunder by two clashing worlds. With every passing chapter of beauty and brutality, Alok’s interest in the stranger grows and evolves into something darker and more urgent.
Shifting dreamlike between present and past with intoxicating language, visceral action, compelling characters, and stark emotion, The Devourers offers a reading experience quite unlike any other novel.
Indra will be signing copies of The Devourers after San Diego Comic Con on July 25th. Copies will ship directly afterward.