Four and Twenty Blackbirds: great goth scary novel discovered on LJ

I was privileged to read an early galley of Cherie Priest's debut novel, "Four and Twenty Blackbirds." Cherie is a Livejournaller who syndicated her lush, gothic novel on her LJ, where it was discovered by an editor from Tor and published.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds is a genuinely scary southern ghost story that had me switching on extra lights in my hotel room as I devoured it. The story is a dysfunctional family revenge tale that rockets along at high speed as an incredibly likable, personable alterna-protagonist discovers her family's dark secrets. Link