The setting for Blood Kin takes place between 1930 until modern day. It’s set in the Appalachian Mountains. They say that you can't judge a book by its cover, but this cover just made me want to open up the book and start reading. It has a very eerie presence about it. Take the cover away and yes, you have a wonderful book.
In Blood Kin we have people living and hiding in the hollers and hills of the Appalachian Mountains. The characters are written to be so real, they live, they breathe, and they die. That's about as realistic as you can get.
Two characters that will attract your attention and stay there will be they young girl Sadie and the starkly grim uncle, the Preacher. He is a villain that you wouldn't want to come across on a dark and stormy night.
So light the fireplace, grab your cover-up and cozy on up on the coach and get to reading. Beware your hairs may stand on end while reading Blood Kin. The author has written a dark southern gothic setting with visions of witches, ghosts and things that go bump in the night.
Steve Rasnic Tem's new novel Blood Kin is set in the southern Appalachians of the U.S., alternating between the 1930s and the present day. It's a dark Southern Gothic vision of ghosts, witchcraft, secret powers, snake-handling, Kudzu, Melungeons, and the Great Depression.
Blood Kin is told from the dual points of view of Michael Gibson and of his grandmother Sadie. Michael has returned to the quiet Appalachian home of his forebears following a suicide attempt and now takes care of his grandmother— old and sickly but with an important story to tell about growing up poor and Melungeon (a mixed race group of mysterious origin) while bedeviled by a snake-handling uncle and empathic powers she but barely understands.
In a field not far from the Gibson family home lies an iron-bound crate within a small shack buried four feet deep under Kudzu vine. Michael somehow understands that hidden inside that crate is potentially his own death, his grandmother's death, and perhaps the deaths of everyone in the valley if he does not come to understand her story well enough.