La Revenant’s Review of Mason James Cole’s Buster Voodoo

buster voodooLa Revenant’s Review of

Buster Voodoo

by Mason Jame

You know how there are times in your life when you stumble upon something that is so great that you just want to savor it and hold it close and not share it? That is how I feel about Buster Voodoo. It is a book I can sit down and reread and still become enthralled in the story.



La Revenant
La Revenant

When I opened Buster Voodoo up I was immediately sucked into Dixon’s story. The story jumps back and forth between Dixon’s memories of his boyhood and the place he is currently at in life. Dixon, and his family, dealt with some horrible things during his boyhood, children went missing in his neighborhood and some people where blaming it on Buster Voodoo.


Who is Buster Voodoo, you might ask? He was a massive Creole who murdered his wife and eight boys when he discovered that none of the boys were his blood. His wife cursed him before she died, stealing his face. Now there was a black hole where his face used to be and it was said he could steal whatever face he chose and that he had the ability to wear it like a mask. It is also said that he was driven out of town but there were some that thought he had never left, that he remained “in the shadows between houses and under beds and within the closets.”

(Paraphrased from Buster Voodoo, Mason James Cole, 2014, p. 21)


Jump from boy to the older Dixon, a man who is getting on in years, a man who finds himself working a dead-end job at a theme park. A theme park where history appears to be repeating Dixon’s childhood horrors, children are once again going missing, this time on one of the rides. It is as if they never even existed. Dixon delves into the mystery and discovers something horrifying, which causes him to question his sanity.


…He could think of nothing but the dark ride and of the kids who had vanished into it, and of the large old man in the white suit—the way he clutched his top hat to his chest, the look on his face when Dixon asked him why he’d taken the children.

No one wanted them. No one at all, but I did.

(Buster Voodoo, Mason James Cole, 2014, p.102)


The story segues to Hurricane Katrina and the devastation she wrought while still focusing on Dixon and his experience riding out the hurricane. After Hurricane Katrina the story reaches a point of culmination. It was definitely my kind of ending, which left me wondering many things. There are also some wonderfully poignant moments over the course of this narrative, some of which centered on Dixon and his interactions with his sister; others focused on Dixon contemplating who he was deep down and what he believed and the dismal place life had brought him to; this, I believe, is the heart of the story.

Deliciously Devoured,

La Revenant


buster voodooBuster Voodoo

Mason James Cole  (Author)
Release date: August 13th 2014 |
Publisher:  Permuted Press |
Genre: Horror|
ISBN: 9780758269157 |
Format: eBook and print |

“…one of the best horror novels I’ve read in the last five years, ranking right up there with Joe Hill’s N0S4A2. Buy it and read it. You won’t be disappointed.”

— Bryan Smith, author of HOUSE OF BLOOD and THE KILLING KIND

Permuted Press proudly presents a chilling new novel of fear and hope that paints a portrait of New Orleans’ deepest wounds using the language and symbols of her past: magic, voodoo, and faith.


Fear is no stranger to Dixon Green.

Growing up the son of a Voodoo priestess in a poor black neighborhood in 1940’s New Orleans, Dixon has witnessed pain, violence, desperation, and death. When children start to disappear in the Tremé, people suspect that feral dogs are to blame, or perhaps a roogaroo—a werewolf. But soon, when Dixon’s sister goes missing, word spreads that a terrifying legend is to blame: Buster Voodoo is back.

Nearly sixty years later, Dixon works as a janitor at a second-rate theme park where he’s biding his time with a bottle in his hand. Downtrodden and lonesome, his life is devoid of the magic and mystery of his childhood. That all changes when children begin to disappear into the darkness of Marie Laveau’s Zombie Nightmare, a Voodoo-themed dark-ride.

Only Dixon seems to realize what’s happening and only Dixon knows how to fight it. As he begins to question his sanity—did Buster Voodoo really kidnap all those children or is he just losing his grip on reality?—a deadly force looms on the horizon that is far more powerful than any boogeyman: Hurricane Katrina.

In a gripping interlaced narrative that builds to a devastating climax, Dixon uncovers the terrible realities behind his sister’s disappearance—and his mother’s dark secrets—as he struggles to survive the dark days that follow in Katrina’s wake.

Mason James Cole, author of the cult hit Pray To Stay Dead, returns with a chilling novel that contrasts the horrors of the imagination with the horrors of the real world.

Suspenseful and heartrending, Buster Voodoo is a fever-dream that reads like Stephen King by way of Flannery O’Connor—a glimpse of a sad world on the brink of disaster and the story of one man who is trying to unravel the haunting mystery of his childhood.

“In the New Orleans of BUSTER VOODOO, magic and death court each other like lovers, but this is no romantic tale of French Quarter courtyards and gas-lit alleys; its brutality and its beauty live in the meaner streets. This is a story of deep blood ties, murder, and a storm that drowned a city.

“Avoiding the cliches and cutting to the absolute, often ugly truth of the place, Mason James Cole is writing about New Orleans and its environs as well as any living author.”

— Poppy Z. Brite, author of LOST SOULS and LIQUOR

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