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"[U]nique, provocative, haunted and heartbreaking... What I love about this book is pretty much EVERYTHING. The intensity. The naturalism and otherworldliness, colliding. The honesty with which it's dealt. The chillingness that is the heart of great dark fiction. The writing, which moves from raw in its opening segments to an evolving Bradbury-esque sensory wowness. And the characters, so richly and intimately drawn that you know them from their toenails on up to their souls... I strongly suggest that you read this gorgeous, gripping motherfucker."

John Skipp, Fangoria


"The difference between Buster Voodoo and too many other tales of terror is its big heart, its generosity of spirit. In Dixon Green, Mason James Cole has created a highly nuanced, deeply felt character who will stick in your memory as much as his vivid descriptions of Hurricane Katrina and its grim aftermath will, as much as what lurks in Empty House and Marie Laveau's Zombie Nightmare will. It's a page turner, to be sure. But it's one with a mission beyond that, a glimpse into the soul."

Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season and The Girl Next Door


"...a tour de force. Haunted by violence, loss, disenfranchisement, and the muddy, pernicious bonds of family and of regret. Read it with garlic bread so you can sop up that good, good literary sauce... Then sleep with all the lights on."

Alex Jennings, author of Here I Come (And Other Stories)


"Mason James Cole’s haunting novel, Buster Voodoo, is a sharp and heartfelt thriller. From the deeply embedded scars of 1940’s racism to the fresh wounds of Hurricane Katrina, Cole takes readers on a journey through the all-too-real brutalities of our world and into the dread of supernatural realms. Though an effective and often disturbing novel of horror, at its core, Buster Voodoo is the story of a family, a devoted but damaged family, whose love helps them endure the worst that man, society, and nature have to throw at them. This is a good one, folks."

Lee Thomas, award-winning author of The German, Like Light for Flies, and Butcher's Road


"Harrowing... Cole paints a bleak portrait of the Crescent City."

Bev Vincent, author of The Illustrated Stephen King Companion




"[The] wrenching post-Katrina scenes ... recall the vast, overwhelming despair of King's The Stand."

Lianna Patch, New Orleans Living


"Buster Voodoo is a corker. Creepy, edgy and deeply disturbing. A bit of old school horror for savvy 21st century readers. And it’s a hell of a lot of fun."

Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Code Zero and V-Wars


"In the New Orleans of Buster Voodoo, magic and death court each other like lovers, but this is no romantic tale of French Quarter courtyards and gas-lit alleys; its brutality and its beauty live in the meaner streets. This is a story of deep blood ties, murder, and a storm that drowned a city. Avoiding the cliches and cutting to the absolute, often ugly truth of the place, Mason James Cole is writing about New Orleans and its environs as well as any living author."

Poppy Z. Brite, author of Lost Souls and Liquor


"In Buster Voodoo, Mason James Cole deftly manages the tricky feat of crafting prose that is at once richly evocative and down-to-earth.  The novel is peopled with characters that feel intensely real and its New Orleans setting is described with the easy, vivid authority available only to the long-time resident or native.  This tale is dark and brooding from the outset, haunted by tragedies of the past, and filled with the foreboding of impending disaster.  It is one of the best horror novels I’ve read in the last five years, ranking right up there with Joe Hill’s N0S4A2. Buy it and read it. You won’t be disappointed."

Bryan Smith, author of House of Blood and The Killing Kind


"Buster Voodoo is rich with atmosphere and emotion… vivid and pitch black at the same time, alive with colorful characters and places, and crawling with impending dread."

Blu Gilliand’s October Country


"Buster Voodoo by Mason James Cole is clever and wise with truly touching moments. But most importantly of all, it’s creepy. And one of the best horror novels I’ve read in quite some time."

David T. Wilbanks, co-author of the Dead Earth series