“Scott Snyder’s Voodoo Heart just blew me away. These dispatches from disaffected but strangely likeable American oddities have much the same effect as good American roots music: their simplicity is deceptive, their emotional power considerable. And at some point between the mystery-blimp of Blue Yodel and the World War I-era Curtis Jenny of The Star Attraction of 1919, you may discover that Snyder’s plain folks have stolen your heart. I think what impressed me most about these stories—even the ones in which terrible things happen—was their warmth and humanity. Even when his characters are at their worst, Scott Snyder never abandons them. These are stories that welcome the reader in, and fully reward his interest. Sometimes horrifying, often absurd, full of characters afraid to commit (and who sometimes commit anyway), this is a debut worthy of T. Coraghessan Boyle’s If The River Was Whiskey. I couldn’t put it down."—Stephen King
"The dialogue is snappy, the characters sharp, and the story lines consuming…Snyder is masterful, and the fact that he draws on uniquely American symbols, stories, and songs makes Voodoo Heart outstanding and unusual, and a spectacular debut."—Booklist, starred review
"Accomplished…Suffused with sly humor, sympathy and high spirits, the stories in Voodoo Heart are giddy with the thrill of discovering what can be done with words, what you can make happen on the page. The result is as irreducible and rewarding as making playing cards disappear or pulling gold coins out of thin air."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Sometimes dark, other times sweet, and filled with wonder, these delightful stories might seem transcribed from a further world. Voodoo Heart, like Scott Snyder, is a real find.”—Rick Bass
"Each story in Scott Snyder’s Voodoo Heart is as mournful and beautiful and haunting as a Hank Williams song, or a Buster Keaton movie, or a dream you have on the edge of sleep: vivid, insistent, funny, strange, heartbreaking all at the same time, full of odd, doomed love, and unforgettable."—Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Giant’s House
From the Hardcover edition.