The dark, gripping tale of a 1930’s family in the remote hills of the Smoky Mountains, their secret religion, and the daughter who turns her back on their mysterious god — from the acclaimed author of Spoonbenders.
“Gods and moonshine in the Great Depression, written with a tenderness and brutality…this is as good as novels get.” (Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians)
In 1933, nine-year-old Stella is left in the care of her grandmother, Motty, in the backwoods of Tennessee. The mountains are home to dangerous secrets, and soon after she arrives, Stella wanders into a dark cavern where she encounters the family's personal god, an entity known as the Ghostdaddy.
Years later, after a tragic incident that caused her to flee, Stella — now a professional bootlegger — returns for Motty's funeral, and to check on the mysterious 10-year-old girl named Sunny that Motty adopted. Sunny appears innocent enough, but she is more powerful than Stella could imagine — and she’s a direct link to Stella's buried past and her family's destructive faith.
Haunting and wholly engrossing, summoning mesmerizing voices and giving shape to the dark, Revelator is a southern gothic tale for the ages.
“Revelator is a brisk work of Southern Gothic horror and an intriguing, female-centric portrait of a family in conflict. It’s funny, too.... [Stella is] a complex character, a pleasure to follow for 300-plus pages.... An intrafamilial battle ensues, fueling the book’s eventful closing chapters and solving some mysteries surrounding the god.” (Kevin Canfield, San Francisco Chronicle)
“In Revelator, Gregory has constructed a twisty, unnerving story that reveals its secrets [judiciously].... [Gregory] has a talent for writing outcasts, for conjuring empathy and sympathy for those left to toil in the margins. That talent is certainly on display in Revelator, where it’s damn near impossible not to root for Stella but also for the family of choice she finds along the way.... Revelator is a book of few heroes and many villains, but more than anything, it’s a book for the people - mostly women - who get caught in the path of both.” (Nicole Hill, Tor Nightfire)
“Daryl Gregory never fails to conjure a uniquely enthralling reading experience. With Revelator, he expertly mixes Tennessee bootlegging, the fervor of old-time religion, and a new hungry god in the mountain. Humane, heady, and thrilling, you'll believe in Revelator." (Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Survivor Song)