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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocampus Press (20 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981488889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981488882
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., is the author of the Lovecraftian novel Nightmare's Disciple, and he has written many short stories that have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Ellen Datlow's Year's Best Horror and S. T. Joshi's Black Wings and Spawn of the Green Abyss and many anthologies edited by Robert M. Price. His highly-acclaimed short story collections, Blood Will Have Its Season and SIN & ashes were published by Hippocampus Press in 2009 and 2010 respectively and as E-Books by Speaking Volumes in 2011.

His work has been praised by Thomas Ligotti, Ellen Datlow, Laird Barron, S.T. Joshi, and many other notable writers and editors.

Joe is currently editing 2 anthologies for Miskatonic River Press. A Season in Carcosa and The Grimscribe's Puppets will be released in 2012. His new novel, The Orphan Palace will be released by Chomu Press in October 2011.
You can find his blog at:

"Some writers one admirers and others make one want to do as they do, or try. For me, Joe Pulver is of the latter type. His imagination is so vile so much of the time that it makes me giggle with amazement. And the prose so deadly visionary. I'm grateful that the pieces in this collection are those of a fellow horror writer who has raised the ante on what it means to be such a creature." - Thomas Ligotti

". . . I'm gawping in amazement, shaken by Pulver's eviscerating vision. He wields language as a scalpel, a Thompson submachine gun, an axe . . . Joe Pulver calls down the fire. Joe Pulver's the Man. He's got the Power." - Laird Barron, author of Occultation and The Imago Sequence

His work has been highly praised By Ellen Datlow, Thomas Ligotti, and S.T. Joshi, and many others. "Publisher's Weekly", reveiwing Blood Will Have Its Season, called him a "writer to watch."

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.A. Smith on 18 July 2010
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How to explain Joseph S. Pulver's Blood will have its Season? I only recently became familiar with Mr. Pulver's work, but already I can safely say that he is one audaciously talented author and that this collection is one of the best books I have read in ages! The stories in this book rest somewhere in the domains of horror/dark fantasy and would appeal to anyone who has a penchant for authors like H.P. Lovecraft or Thomas Ligotti. What probably makes Pulver's writing similar to these authors is his use of bleak and brooding settings to spin visceral tales that rely less on violence and gore and more on the power to suggest existential nightmares that stalk hazy boundaries between our world and other indefinable forms of existence. In particular, his major use of urban decay is an aspect of his work that brings to mind Ligotti. However, this is where comparisons end. This book is not simply a pastiche or homage to the aforementioned bastions of horror, but is something quite different. Actually, I would go as far to say that Pulver transcends many assumptions as to what horror should be and forges his own niche that takes horror to new horizons. To me, the term `horror' does injustice to this masterwork; something like `dark literature' might be more apt, which is also the case with Lovecraft and Ligotti, both of whom have a certain magic that puts them leagues ahead of other writers and that cannot be easily mimicked (I tried reading some so-called Lovecraftian fiction by other authors, but it did not have the same spark). Pulver, I feel, is the natural culmination of what this kind of literature has been (or perhaps should have been) gradually working towards. His style is in places highly experimental and his use of language unique.Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Worthy, Slightly Uneven, Effort 5 Feb. 2010
By J. R. Thompson - Published on
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Since many of the comments on this book are from people who seem like fairly serious fans, I thought I'd briefly comment just to give an outsider's view.

This is a pretty varied collection of horror fiction, some of it quite short, and some poetry. Forty some-odd-pieces in a 280-some-odd pages.

Much of it (though not all) is based on, or vaguely tied to, the mythos of _The King In Yellow_, or less often to Lovecraft. That's consistent with a long tradition in horror fiction, and is what drew me to the book. Well, plus, how could I resist anything where one piece's title was "Patti Smith, Lovecraft and I?" But it's unsurprising that I think the stories that integrate most closely with that _King in Yellow _ mythology are the best. And some of those are very good indeed. A lot of the prose, though, is what one might call "experimental" -- trying different ways of getting things across, non-linear sequencing, or stream-of-consciousness or just a rapid-fire barrage of images and descriptions. In some cases that works very well. For instance, I really loved "The Songs that Cassilda Shall Sing..." which is a basically linear story that uses the rapid-fire barrage technique to try and get across indescribable events in a chaotic nightclub. Or in "American Tango..." where it mirrors the chaos in a broken mind. The book's greatest weakness, though, at least to me, is that these techniques often come across as fragmentary, inaccessible or just obscure for obscurity's own sake.

Still Pulver does some good work here. The book was definitely worth my time and money; unsettling reading for the road to Carcosa.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Disturbing Genius 2 Sept. 2009
By Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq. - Published on
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Joe gave me this book in electric form at last year's H. P. LOVECRAFT FILM FESTIVAL -- and I read half of it, wanting to save the rest so as to read it in actual book form. Joe's readings at the Lovecraft Film Festival have left people stunned by the beauty and power of his work -- and this collection, long-overdo, is a firm and solid testimony of a writer with rare vision, dark visions laced with brutality and blood. S. T. Joshi, who is not easily pleased, has been stunned by this writer's new work. I sat next to S. T. as we listened to Joe reading last year, and S. T. murmured, "Remarkable, remarkable." I look forward to seeing Joe next month in Portland, Oregon at the next Lovecraft Film Festival, at which he and I will exchange new books of our weird fiction. If I seem to vanish during the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival this year, you can pretty well assume that I am locked in my hotel room -- reading BLOOD WILL HAVE ITS SEASON, or cowering from the visions it has provoked. A fantastic talent of outstanding grace and power!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Modern, brutal, magnificent horror 30 Jun. 2011
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Joseph Pulver was a unknown talent that I stumbled across on pure chance - and boy, was I pleasantly surprised. The first thing that hits you is the violence of the stories - grim and raw, the kind of description that leave a sharp tang in your mind. As the initial shock settles you're dragged into the prose itself - and this is where Pulvers real magic shows. With almost every line, every turn of phrase comes a bloodcurdling chill down the spine of the delighted reader - the indication that this is, indeed, five star horror if anything. I wouldn't give this to someone who's not accustomed to horror - but if you're, like me, a hardcore horror fan - this is a must have. Amazing. I wait for more.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
And may the Season never end~ 4 Oct. 2010
By Marc G. Nocerino - Published on
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"Blood Will Have Its Season" reads like a nightmare wrapped in a song tucked into a chemical imbalance shrouded in mist and drenched in ichorous, bilious, glorious blood. This book is a ride into the black corners of lust, insanity, greed, curiosity, and compulsion. Pulver's prose is experimental and seductive, bordering on poetry reminiscent of e.e. Cummings in many places; it has a timbre all its own. Part horror novella, part gritty noir, part dark paean -all Pulver. The stories and poems in this selection are grotesque, sexy, clever, thought provoking, disgusting, and wonderful.

The nihilistic masterpiece "Pitch Nothing" is my favorite by far, followed closely by the brilliant "Night Music of Oakdeene". There's even a short story in this collection that mirrors a song by John Zorn, creating a setting for and putting into words the feelings evoked by Zorn's avant-garde instrumentalism. This is truly a stunning collection, with poems and stories that I know I will return to again and again over time.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Never out of season 10 Oct. 2014
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Raoul Duke thought himself savage and unclassifiable, but I don't think he had ever met the bEast. Strangely, I met bEast before I read his work, though I had heard tell of him. I was contemplating embarking on a novel about dim Carcosa and the goings-on there when a friend I'll call Ol' Hoss clued me in.
Mr. Pulver didn't discourage my ruminations about Big Dumb Objects and worldbuilding and I went on to pen the thing, ending up with about 800k of useless rambling, fodder for other work.
Somewhere, sometime later, I acquired my first Kindle and immediately commenced a COLLECTION.
Several of the bEast's works were made available at attractive prices. I read the teasers and a coupla pages of each and took them on board, where they got into my endless queue of to-reads.
I read Nightmare's Disciple first, and then managed to lose my copy before adding my two cents. One of these days I'll rectify that.
We like some of the same kinds of music, and belong to some of the same groups, the extended Lovecraft family. Joe asked me to like his group Blood Will Have Its Season. I said sure, and the titular tome popped up on my device, no doubt summoned by that nameless Roi et Jaune and his consort.
It occurred to me that perhaps I should know what the group was all about. I began reading, one short story or section a day, my preferred method of dealing with a collection. The damned thing kept growing on me. Three days in, I was reading two-three sections before bed. Five days in, great swathes of curved muscle, blood, and bone fell before my fevered eyes. A week, and I was done. Not enough. I had already recognized the influences, Bloch and his Juliette, the noir et roux of the Black Mask school, and the King in Yellow, Chambers' magnum opus.
The book delights in that which Burriss learned in Thorns, what Miriam Allen de Ford's character craves, in all that is devilish in the human and unhuman condition. It is not unremmitingly dark. Oh no...there is light. Just enough to be dimmed suddenly by a wash of red or to illuminate the flash of silver as the blade descends or to swallow the burst from a gun muzzle as yet another creature is dispatched by the Constantine Op who lurks within some of the pages.
And there is pain, a veritable Grand Guignol, a buffet of despair and torment sumptuous enough to satisfy a connoisseur, and wanton carnality--a carnival of heaving breasts and bared buttocks and bEasts with two or three or seventeen backs, and still, and still, a sense of wonder, of incredulity, an admiration of the torture a man or woman can endure and yet still abide. And wisdom--there is wisdom, displayed in detective-story wisecracks and the language of a poet who has been into the laudanum again.
Yeah, I read it a second time, faster, and a third, in one sitting. Nothing's perfect--there are more than a few typos, and sometimes they break up the flow momentarily...but the blood keeps on flowing and covers that up quickly, and the masks upon masks upon masks stay securely on, and when it is done, you can pretend it didn't change you, the book, the experience, the WORDS, the WORDSssssssss.
But that's only make-believe. You should have the experience too, for 'tis the season.
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