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Dixon Green is no stranger to fear.

As the child of a Voodoo priestess in a poor black neighborhood in 1940s New Orleans, he witnesses brutality, desperation, and death. When children start to disappear in the Tremé, word spreads that a terrifying legend is to blame. Buster Voodoo is back... and Dixon's sister is missing.

Sixty years later, Dixon is a custodian at a second-rate theme park, watching the clock wind down with a bottle in his hand. Life is devoid of the magic and mystery of Dixon's childhood until it comes to his attention that children are disappearing into the shadows of the run-down dark ride known as “Marie Laveau’s Zombie Nightmare.” As he begins to question his sanity, a deadly force looms on the horizon that is far more powerful than any boogeyman: Hurricane Katrina.

In two gripping interlaced narratives that build to a devastating climax, Dixon uncovers the terrible realities behind his sister’s disappearance—and his mother’s dark secrets—as he struggles to endure the savage days following in the storm’s wake.

Mason James Cole, author of the cult hit Pray to Stay Dead, returns with a chilling novel that contrasts the horrors of the imagination with the horrors of the real world. Suspenseful and heartrending, Buster Voodoo is a fever-dream that reads like Stephen King by way of Flannery O’Connor—a glimpse into a sad world on the brink of disaster and the story of one man’s struggle to unravel the haunting mystery of his childhood.

"[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