From the master of Southern gothic, Twilight explores the classic themes of good and evil in an unforgettable story about a perverse undertaker who won’t let the dead rest. Obsessed with avenging his late father’s despoiled burial, teenager Kenneth Tyler must outrun a convicted murderer through and eerie, timeless backwoods filled with tangled roads, rusted machinery, and eccentric characters.
William Gay was born and raised in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Equipped with literary skills and language craftsmanship gained only from reading and hours of writing thousands of longhand pages—no college, no writing classes—Gay rose to become, in the words of Stephen King, “…an American treasure laboring in obscurity in the hills of Tennessee.” Often compared to Cormac McCarthy, William Gay, while by no means a household name, through three novels, collections of short stories and essays, and two movies (so far) adapted from his work, is now counted among the great Southern writers he admired so much—Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O’Conner, and others. Willliam Gay passed away at his home in March 2012.
“Think No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy, and Deliverance, by James Dickey… then double the impact. It starts with a gruesome discovery in a small country graveyard (can you say ‘crazed necrophiliac undertaker’?) and finishes with a terrifying chase through some of the most surreal landscape you will ever encounter. Teenage hero Kenneth Tyler is immensely appealing (not to mention resourceful); his opposite number, the psychopathic Granville Sutter, is both gruesome and psychologically believable.”
— Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly's #1 Book for 2007
Publication Date: September 2, 2007
trim size: 6 x 9