[I will have a full report on what happened at ARRTCon on a separate day, including links to notes and any Twitter threads you can consult for notes.]
Yes, I am talking about Gabino Iglesias and his amazing novel Coyote Songs which is literally the first book the we considered for the Best Horror of 2019 list, partially because of how good it is, but also because it was a late 2018 title that we had to make sure was eligible [spoiler, it was because it came out AFTER last year's list was published].
Below, I am reposting my STAR review of Coyote Songs from Booklist. I cannot stress enough how amazing this book is. Not only is it lyrical, emotionally resonant, and compelling, but the issues and concerns about life at our Southern border, social justice, and how it manages to use fiction [and specifically tropes from Crime Noir and Horror] to deftly portray and explain a very complicated real life situation, left me breathless.
So congratulations a few days early to Iglesias. We will be celebrating in Naperville with 130 of his new library friends. And to the rest of you, read my review and get an order in for Coyote Songs now because come Monday when it appears on the LJ Best Horror of 2019 list, you want to be able to say that it is "on order" so you can start taking holds ASAP.