Song of Kali, Paperback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Calcutta, a monstrous city of immense slums, disease and misery, is clasped in the foetid embrace of an ancient cult.

At its decaying core is the Goddess Kali: the dark mother of pain, four-armed and eternal, her song the sound of death and destruction.

Robert Luczak has been hired by a New York magazine to find a noted Indian poet who has reappeared, under strange circumstances, years after he was thought dead.

But nothing is simple in Calcutta, and before long Luczak's routine assignment turns into a nightmare is rumoured that the poet has been brought back to life, in a bloody and grisly ceremony of human sacrifice.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9780575083073



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This is a fantastic piece of writing, neo-Lovecraftian in its claustrophobia (and xenophobia!), but far more urbane. It is a truly frightening novel that indicates at least a passing acquaintance with South Asia (there is a morbidly hilarious passage that describes the absurd series of permits and expenses required to remove a corpse from the morgue, all of which must be acquired from different places, many available to the public only on certain days that rang utterly true to my experiences in Pakistan).The work is unabashedly Orientalist in its construction and uses a rather annoying device of putting the harshest criticisms of Indian culture in the mouth of westernized Indian woman.Nonetheless, the story is compelling, morbid, and frightening.

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My first encounter with Dan Simmons was reading the Hyperion saga, that is simply brilliant. I've read a lot of science fiction, and these books blew my mind. When I heard that Simmons also wrote a few horror books, I thought that I had to give them a try. This is how Song of Kali got its way to me. The disappointment was huge. Neither thrilling nor well written. This was one of those books that I finished because I had to. I thought that I owed Dan Simmons the opportunity of reading the entire book, expecting and hoping that a certain point the story would improve. Never happened.

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