The Rib From Which I Remake the World

by Ed Kurtz | :: Jump to Buy Links ::

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In a small, rural Arkansas town in the midst of World War II, hotel house detective George “Jojo” Walker wearily maintains the status quo in the wake of personal devastation. That status quo is disrupted when a “hygiene picture” roadshow rolls into town with a controversial program on display and curious motives in mind. What begins with a gruesome and impossible murder soon spirals into hallucinatory waking nightmares for Jojo—nightmares that converge with his reality and dredge up his painful, secret past. Black magic and a terrifying Luciferian carnival boil up to a surreal finale for the town of Litchfield, when truth itself unfurls and Jojo Walker is forced to face his own identity in ways he could never have expected.

ISBN: 9781771483902
eISBN: 9781771483919

Praise for Ed Kurtz

The Rib From Which I Remake the World begins with the façade of a hard-boiled noir: a grizzled old ex-cop with a complicated past is sucked back into the world of crime when a travelling picture show comes to town. At a special midnight viewing, each member of the audience finds themselves watching a film of their deepest fears. From there, the book takes a sharp turn into a supernatural, rattling along at a breakneck pace until its shocking conclusion. Genre mash-ups like this one are difficult to execute, but Kurtz navigates it deftly, with writing so visceral and evocative it feels less like reading a book and more like watching a film in real time.”
—Cassidy Faust, Literary Hub

The Rib From Which I Remake the World isn’t only the best book I’ve read this year, it is Ed Kurtz’s best book yet. While it echoes with the shadowy threatening of Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and the religious dread of Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel, the clearest voice here is Kurtz’s own cry into the existential abyss. This is a haunting story of seeing through illusion and the terrifying reality of what it means to meet your maker.”
—Bracken MacLeod, author of Mountain Home and Stranded

A Wind of Knives dusts off the classic western’s most enduring motifs and gives them a shine. With no lack of gunplay and bloodshed, the book also has heart and intelligence. In short, Kurtz delivers an intense, gritty, and moving story that takes a new look at the Old West.”
—Lee Thomas, Bram Stoker Award and Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The German and Ash Street

“[Nausea is] a gritty, hard-edged tale with just the right amount of feeling, making this one hell of a story. All of Ed’s gifts are on display here: fast pacing, memorable characters and brutal action that aren’t easy to forget, but make for great reading.”
—Terrence McCauley, author of Sympathy for the Devil, Prohibition, and Slow Burn

“Ed Kurtz proved to me that not all horror novels have to be blood and guts and gore. Don’t get me wrong, those elements are in The Rib From Which I Remake the World, but Kurtz balances them with engaging characters and a captivating story.”
Crimespree Magazine

“Ingenious and disorienting.”

The Rib From Which I Remake the World starts out as a smart and literate hardcore noir, before gradually descending into a bleak supernatural nightmare, which explodes in the final act into a maelstrom of violence and horror.”
Ginger Nuts of Horror

“Ed Kurtz writes with a strong voice and imagination befitting the calling. . . . Come one, come all, this show is vivid, textured, colorful and worth the price of admission. It’s fun, strange and quick to engage.”
Unnerving Magazine

The Rib From Which I Remake the World is a mix-up of noir and horror that works very, very well, thanks in part to Kurtz’s smooth, easy writing style and some great characters and settings. . . . Kurtz has produced an excellent book, one that I believe will feature in a number of top read lists come the end of the year.”
The Grim Reader

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