Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell


Cold Moon Over Babylon, Michael McDowell, 1980

My favorite quote: “Two cars had passed in the last ten minutes: the fishing hearse and the car from Alabama. Why didn’t someone else come along? How could that happen within sight of her own house?” 

Notable characters: Margaret Larkin, a fourteen-year-old girl; Jerry, her brother; Everlyn, their grandmother; Nathan Redfield, the banker’s son; James Redfield, Nathan’s father; Ted Hale, the sheriff; Belinda Hale, his daughter; Warren Perry, a suspect

Most memorable scene: The first time the man in the zippered leather mask appears. I’ll always remember his hairy chest looking like a sweater lol 

Greatest strengths: This book seamlessly blends drama, horror, Southern gothic, ghost story, and murder mystery, creating a compelling concoction that, like much of McDowell’s work, transcends genre

Standout achievements: I love “evil in a small town” themes, and no one does it better than McDowell. This book exemplifies his talent for hometown horror to the maximum

Fun Facts: Stephen King recommended Cold Moon Over Babylon in his non-fiction book, Danse Macabre

Other media: The 2016 film titled Cold Moon starring Josh Stewart and Christopher Lloyd

What it taught me: Pacing, pacing, pacing. And more about blueberries than I’ll probably ever need to know. I’m not complaining — it was interesting. McDowell could make a grocery list interesting

How it inspired me: Everything Michael McDowell does inspires me in some way, and I can say the same for my collaborator, Tamara Thorne. We’re both big fans and are frequently inspired by him when writing our own tales

Additional thoughts: This book reminded me a little of Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart in that I often found myself wondering if the ghosts were real … or a figment of the killer’s guilty imagination 

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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