Summary: Bram Stoker Award-Winning author Owl Goingback makes a triumphant return to horror and fantasy in this gripping new novel. Coyote is on a murderous hunt, leaving behind a trail of carnage. The shape-shifter is determined to kill the human representatives to the Great Council in Galun’lati, eliminating the rule of mankind in the New World. But Raven has overheard the Trickster’s evil plan, and will do anything to protect Luther Watie and his daughter, Sarah Reynolds, even if it means turning his skin inside out. The forces of evil are aligning in two very different worlds. Can mankind be saved, or will creatures of fur and fangs once again reign supreme?
Content Warnings: Gore, Talk of Child Abuse, Body Horror, Mentions of Cannibalism, Slight Abuse of Disabled Man
Review: When I heard a horror novel about the trickster Coyote ended up winning a Stoker, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Besides my own studies in literature, my job as a teaching assistant, and my work on this blog, I also study folklore in my free time.
Trickster figures happen to be one of my favorite archetypes to study. They’re liminal figures, and they very often surprise you with what they’ll do. One minute, a trickster will steal you blind or even mutilate you. Another minute, they’ll be inventing musical instruments and teaching mankind agriculture. This complexity intrigues me, and it makes a great subject for a character.
Owl Goingback’s Coyote Rage is no exception. While I categorize this as a novel review for the purposes of the blog, Goingback’s latest novel reads more like an extraordinary literary fairy tale.Continue reading “Novel Review: Coyote Rage by Owl Goingback”