What if the KKK was literal monsters and were being used to spread hate by a demon from another dimension? It might sound like a strange concept or even a little too on the nose to make Klansmen into wild animals but this novel is gripping, dramatic and completely captivating. Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark is set in 1920s Georgia as there is a huge surge in membership for the KKK and tensions are very high. This novel takes real historical events and twists them into something terrifying. P. Djèlí Clark manages to make his voice and opinions heard with action, drama, and a fair amount of humour.
We follow Maryse Boudreaux and her unlikely band of friends as they hunt down and kill monsters hidden in plain sight. At first, they’re just like wild dogs doing anything they can to cause hate and terror but when they seem to have a plan Maryse begins to wonder if something even bigger is going on. She soon finds out, in classic horror fashion, that she needs to stop the world from being destroyed by an inter-dimensional demon.
I enjoyed this novel, it’s the type of book I love. It takes a dark moment in history and plays with what might have been happening behind the scenes. This combination of horror and historical fantasy is always so exciting because you know that the writer has something important to say about what happened then and how it relates to their lives and what’s happening in the world now. If you loved the historical fiction horror books like Lovecraft Country, My Best Friend’s Exorcism and A Dowery of Blood, then you’ll enjoy this book too.