Thursday, April 12, 2012

Giveaways of “The Crooked God Machine by Autumn Christian

Please welcome Autumn Christian, who is our first horror writer to the Salon.  To introduce her to you, Autumn is giving away 10 copies of her latest dystopian horror novel, “The Crooked God Machine.”  

To enter leave a comment, follow our blog and follow Autumn on Twitter at @autumnxtian and send her a message with the tag #CrookedGodMachine .   

The cover design is a definite eye catcher that pulls you in to what looks like hair-raising ride.   Here’s the blurb:

Charles lives on the black planet, a place where plague machines terrorize citizens with swarms of locusts and rivers of blood, salesmen sell sleep in the form of brain implants, and God appears on the television every night to warn of the upcoming apocalypse. When Charles meets Leda, a woman who claims to have escaped from hell, he begins to suspect that the black planet is not at all, what it appears to be. After Leda disappears, Charles sets out to find her with help from his stripper ex-girlfriend, the deadhead Jeanine. Along the way, he will uncover the truth of the origins of the black planet, and discover the source of the mysterious voice that calls to Leda from the ocean waves.

 Review Excerpts:
 I can't recommend this book enough. It's a hidden classic and at times feels exquisitely intellectual. The story pulls themes from books like Angela's Ashes, The Diary of Anne Frank, and 1984 and paints them into something that looks like a Salvador Dali rendition of Stephen King. And yes I will stand by those comparisons. The book rocks.

This book is a must-read for fans of the genre. I don't actually read a lot of this kind of stuff because I think it's literary worth is often overshadowed by it's perversity and violence but this one, while containing a moderately high level of violence and unpleasant images, is full of heart and thick with substance. I read it through in two sittings, never wanting to put it down. If I didn't get such a late night start on it, I'd have easily read it entirely in a single sitting and as it was I had to force myself to put it down and go to bed.

I'm hesitant to classify this book in any particular genre but it's definitely dark, and it's definitely disturbing, and it's definitely beautiful, and sad, and not for the faint of heart or stomach. A tragic, endearing love story against a twisted backdrop that draws on the horrors of religious fanaticism, human complacency, and political corruption. At times it's terrifying, heartbreaking, sweet, wickedly funny, or any combination of the four

 Author Bio:
Autumn Christian is a horror writer who lives in the dark woods of the southern United States with poisonous blue flowers in her backyard and a set of polished cow skulls on her mantel.
She's been a freelance writer, an iPhone game designer, a cheese producer, a haunted house actor, and a video game tester. She considers Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Katie Jane Garside, the southern gothic, and dubstep as main sources of inspiration.

If you’d like to follow Autumn Christian around the Interwebs, you can find her at her website, on twitter at @autumnxtian or on facebook at

 Leave a comment, follow our blog and  send Autumn a tweet to get your free copy of “The Crooked God Machine.”

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