Published: Aug 18, 2015
Readers of Stephen King and Joe Hill will devour this bold, terrifying new novel from Edward M. Erdelac. A mysterious man posing as a Union soldier risks everything to enter the Civil War’s deadliest prison—only to find a horror beyond human reckoning.
Georgia, 1864. Camp Sumter, aka Andersonville, has earned a reputation as an open sewer of sadistic cruelty and terror where death may come at any minute. But as the Union prisoners of war pray for escape, cursing the fate that spared them a quicker end, one man makes his way into the camp purposefully.
Barclay Lourdes has a mission—and a secret. But right now his objective is merely to survive the hellish camp. The slightest misstep summons the full fury of the autocratic commander, Captain Wirz, and the brutal Sergeant Turner. Meanwhile, a band of shiftless thieves and criminals known as the “Raiders” preys upon their fellow prisoners. Barclay soon finds that Andersonville is even less welcoming to a black man—especially when that man is not who he claims to be. Little does he imagine that he’s about to encounter supernatural terrors beyond his wildest dreams . . . or nightmares.
Advance praise for Andersonville
“The true story of Andersonville is one of unimaginable horror and human misery. It’s a testament to his unmatched skill as a storyteller that Edward M. Erdelac is not only able to capture that horror but to add another level of supernatural terror and reveal that the darkest evil of all resides in the human soul. Highly recommended to fans of horror and history alike.”—Brett J. Talley, Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of That Which Should Not Be and He Who Walks in Shadow
“Andersonville is a raw, groundbreaking supernatural knuckle-punch. Erdelac absolutely owns Civil War and Wild West horror fiction.”—Weston Ochse, bestselling author of SEAL Team 666
I enjoyed the initial mystery surrounding Barclay Lourdes. He is an intelligent, black man who grew up in a time just before the Civil War. Taking the wrong train, Barclay ends up a prisoner of war in Andersonville where foul things lurk the edges of the camp.
There are multiple, and sometimes, rare religions where men could choose their faith, or their faith chose them. The author didn't make one right and one wrong, but rather that they all existed in their own way and even merged together in some instances.
Once or twice I caught myself laughing out loud. The characters were so real that there were moments of situational humor. Things that only the reader up to that point would understand about the people and how they perceive each new situation. Corbett may have been my favorite in all that with his eye poking, stutter and odd food source.
I also want to touch on the descriptions. They were so vivid at times that I would have to put the book down. Not because they were offensive or gross, but because they were so raw and vibrant that I had to take a second to let that image sink it.
It's a bit longer, as there were a few times I thought the story was over, but despite that, the characters and many attempts to make their camp a less corrupted place was engrossing.