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august, 2022

11augthuGabino Iglesias: The Devil Takes You Home7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Book Presentation

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Join us for a very special evening with Gabino Iglesias presenting his incendiary, panoramic new novel THE DEVIL TAKES YOU HOME. Gabino will be in conversation with acclaimed and best selling author Kathleen Kent.

THE DEVIL TAKES YOU HOME is first and foremost a thriller but it’s also, as Gabino coined it, a “barrio noir” (a genre he created to bring together horror, noir, and magical realism without having to explain it every time — This is bilingual, political, multicultural, #OwnVoices fiction). Gabino’s work has always centered around his own personal fears and worries. He’s lived in the US since 2008 and hasn’t had health insurance for over half of that time, and in 2020 at the onset of the pandemic, he was suddenly let go from his job as a high school English teacher – unemployed, again without health insurance, and just trying to stay afloat. He was in the early stages of writing what would become THE DEVIL TAKES YOU HOME, and realized this might be his one shot to pursue writing fulltime. Writing this book allowed him to explore loss, grief, and desperation while also tackling the issues that he says affect him the most: poverty and racism. Ultimately, it was also a way of bringing horror and crime fiction together and showing that both genres share a heart: good people going through awful circumstances.

As Gabino says, “I want people to see the Other in this book and to feel empathy for someone doing bad things. I also want to show how awful our healthcare system is and shine a light on the millions of folks who, like me, live paycheck to paycheck.”



A genre-defying thriller about a father desperate to salvage what’s left of his family, even if it means a descent into violence–both supernatural and of our own terrifying world. The Devil Takes You Home is a panoramic odyssey for fans of S.A. Cosby’s southern noir, Blacktop Wasteland, by way of the boundary-defying storytelling of Stephen Graham Jones and Sylvia Moreno-Garcia. Buried in debt due to his young daughter’s illness, his marriage at the brink, Mario reluctantly takes a job as a hitman, surprising himself with his proclivity for violence. After tragedy destroys the life he knew, Mario agrees to one final job: hijack a cartel’s cash shipment before it reaches Mexico. Along with an old friend and a cartel-insider named Juanca, Mario sets off on the near-suicidal mission, which will leave him with either a cool $200,000 or a bullet in the skull. But the path to reward or ruin is never as straight as it seems. As the three complicated men travel through the endless landscape of Texas, across the border and back, their hidden motivations are laid bare alongside nightmarish encounters that defy explanation. One thing is certain: even if Mario makes it out alive, he won’t return the same.



Gabino Iglesias is a writer, journalist, professor, and literary critic living in Austin, TX. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novels Zero Saints and Coyote Songs. Iglesias’ nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Electric Literature, and LitReactor, and his reviews appear regularly in places like NPR, Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, Criminal Element, Mystery Tribune, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He’s been a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards twice and the Millions Tournament of Books, and is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the Mystery Writers of America, and the National Book Critics Circle.


Kathleen Kent is the author of the Edgar Award-nominated The Dime and The Burn as well as three bestselling historical novels: The Heretic’s Daughter, The Traitor’s Wife, and The Outcasts. Kent lives in Dallas, TX.



Kirkus Reviews: “[THE DEVIL TAKES YOU HOME] cycles between pulse-pounding thriller, diabolical horror, and violent narcoliterature…. Readers captivated by the characters’ motivations and the occult pyrotechnics will quickly devour it whole.”

HorrorDNA: “There is nobody who writes quite like Gabino Iglesias. His prose combines lush, gorgeous, poetry with brutal metaphors in ways no other author has quite mastered.”

“Though a young writer, Gabino Iglesias writes with the authority of a writer who’s been down this road many times before. The Devil Takes You Home moves at a lively pace and concerns a man who isn’t any better than he ought to be but not a whole lot worse either. In classic noir fashion he becomes involved in messes he ought to have left alone, let others sort it out, but he just can’t seem to do that. Iglesias’ prose is smooth where smooth is called for and rough or a bit mean when smooth won’t work.”


–Daniel Woodrell, award-winning author of Winter’s Bone


“The Devil Takes You Home is an unforgettable neo-noir nightmare written with a poet’s heart.”

–Steve Cavanagh, New York Times-bestselling author of the Eddie Flynn series


The Devil Takes You Home begins with pain. Like life, it starts with tears. It ends with transcendence. In between we are treated to some of the finest, most terrifying and heartbreaking writing you will read this year. Gabino Iglesias is like one of the old baroque masters, painting hyper-realistic images directly into your brain. Images that will make you cry, make you gasp, and make you see the world in a new light. The Devil Takes You Home is not to be missed.”

—S.A. Cosby, New York Times-bestselling author of Razorblade Tears

“Some nightmares you wake from just leave you in an even worse nightmare. And then Gabino Iglesias holds his hand out from that darkness, takes you home.”

–Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians

“Strap yourself in for this astonishing novel and its hallucinogenic mixture of crime and horror. Unforgettable characters, a pulse-pounding story, and a few scenes that will haunt you until the end of your days. Not since Denis Johnson’s Angels have we seen desperate characters like this, not to mention incandescent prose that is relentlessly brave, urgent, and honest. A page-turner with attitude…don’t miss it.”

–David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Anthony and Thriller Award-winning author of Winter Counts


“Gabino Iglesias is a writer like no other, with a powerful, distinctive, savage voice that transcends genre. In The Devil Takes You Home, he blends elements of noir, thriller, and horror into a brutal and brilliant novel. Brace yourself for the ride—this is his best work yet.”

–Jennifer Hillier, Thriller Award-winning author of Little Secrets


The Devil Takes You Home is a wild ride through grief, faith, loss and monstrosity. Gabino Iglesias’s sharp prose and visceral, haunting vision have birthed a riveting novel no reader will soon forget. Fresh and genuinely scary.”

–Tananarive Due, American Book Award-winner author of Ghost Summer


“With a noir voice reminiscent of Jim Thompson, this book charges into rage and despair, sparing no one, least of all the reader. Strap yourself in.”

Chris Offutt, author of Country Dark

The Devil Takes You Home is carried by a voice and rhythm, shaving sharp and wholly indelible. Iglesias never fails to keep a masterful foot on the pedal, feathering off the gas at times only to inevitably press it to the floor and pin us to our seats.”

–David Joy, author of When These Mountains Burn

“Pure noiroverflowing with the rage and sorrow of our times, The Devil Takes You Home is brutal, hallucinatory, and somehow, beautiful. This novel confirms what some of us already knew: Gabino Iglesias is a fierce, vital voice.”

—Paul Tremblay, bestselling author of Survivor Song

“A ragged-edged bloody bullet-hole of a book — Iglesias has written a dark-hearted tale about the burden of loss, the struggle of poverty, and the long and literal shadow of death.”

—Chuck Wendig, bestselling author of Wanderers

“The line between noir and horror not only gets blurred in Iglesias’s The Devil Takes You Home; it gets obliterated. His barrio noir is a new kind of fiction, profoundly moving, despairing and scary all at once.”

 –Brian Evenson, author of Last Days

“An excellent crime novel driven by righteous grief, fierce narration, and raw violence. Iglesias takes us on a vivid exploration of pain and rage, along the Southwest border where the horrors of reality and the supernatural intertwine.”

–John Woods, author of Lady Chevy

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