The Fighter

Every time I pick up one of Michael Farris Smith’s novels, I am amazed at his ability to craft characters and story. The amount of depth and emotion and complexity he is able to weave into his stories is difficult to find in other authors. Having read Blackwood first, I was eager to delve into The Fighter and get…

Rivers

Rivers tells a tale of a world where humanity has finally caused the natural order to deviate, and hurricanes pummel large portions of the coastal United States. The rain hasn’t stopped for years, and nothing remains except cold and water and despair. Michael Farris Smith builds an atmosphere here that is simultaneously engrossing and terrifying, the…

Blackwood

Blackwood contains just about everything that I look for in a book of this genre, and everything I’ve come to expect from Michael Farris Smith. This haunting tale of a dying town in Mississippi not only deals with the death throes of a community, but also how trauma affects the people attached to it. When the…

Desperation Road

Desperation Road is a story of loss, grief, revenge, and redemption. It is easy to step into the shoes of any character within these pages, to see the story from their perspective and understand their motivations and feelings. Even the unlikable, rage-filled antagonist feels like a real person struggling against himself and his own past. The…