Back in 2009 we published Peter Murphy’s debut novel, John the Revelator, an exhilarating take on the coming-of-age novel which, shortlisted for both the Costa First Novel Award and the Kerry Group Prize for Fiction, was rightly acclaimed for its crackling energy, prose and atmosphere.
Now, the long rumoured accompanying album/score, conceived with fellow conspirator Acko, is finally seeing the light. Described as combining ‘the weirdness of Poe with the coolness of the Beats over a soundtrack that might’ve been created by the Velvet Underground’ (Jambands.com), The Sounds of John the Revelator is quite something …
Shall We Gather at the River
It also serves as a nice precursor to Peter’s much anticipated second novel, Shall We Gather at the River. For fans of John the Revelator – and indeed Tom Waits, David Lynch or Flannery O’Connor – it’s one which builds on the huge promise of that first novel’s dark imagination and daring, and should be a perfect companion for those long, cold, winter nights. Gorgeous finished copies landed in the office today, and will be released on January 17th.
You can find out more about The Sounds of John the Revelator, including how to get hold of a copy, on Peter Murphy’s website, mrpetermurphy.com.