The author Frank Bill delivers a lethal injection of literal pulp visceral darkness into your bloodstream. He takes you to hell and back with these chThe author Frank Bill delivers a lethal injection of literal pulp visceral darkness into your bloodstream. He takes you to hell and back with these characters and stories. Written in the same vein as Daniel Woodrell and Donald Ray Pollock. The stories are gritty, at times shocking and brutal, vignettes of things that should remain as fiction. Written with short sharp no words wasted, visceral lines of prose. The stories are at times connected with each other as some characters are featured in other stories in different circumstances and other stories are just a fresh stab in the dark.
The praise on the cover is right in stating it as.... Vivid and unforgettable.
Ideal nexus between literary art and pulp fiction: beautifully crafted and compulsively readable.
One of the wildest damn rides you're ever going to take inside a book.
My breakdown of a few stories follow below...
Hill Clan Cross A lesson on stealing from kin. Never steal from you father and uncles harvest to sell on the side.
These Old Bones A good for nothing inhuman lump of flesh pimped out his own granddaughter after helping himself to her. She was in their care for looking after and he decide to sell her off for a while for money. The will be blood and justice on the guilty.
The Need A tale of the gruesome kind a man served for uncle Sam in Afghanistan and turned rouge. He has a passion for the ears of the dead. He literally cuts out the ears of those that he now kills for himself not uncle Sam. In the mountains of Afghan, what he seen done to the farmers and women turned him rogue and killed his own and ever since he's been killing.
Beautiful Even In Death A married man in his 40's been meddling with a cousin on the side and realises he can't have her to himself any more so he kills her. His son tries to tell his mom that he dad is a murderer and all hell breaks loose, father and son beat each other to a pulp. One comes out alive who is going to be believed?
The Old Mechanic A veteran of World War Two a wife beater and a bad grandfather. A grandson is forced to be in his company on one occasion. His ma has been telling stories of his evils and badness since stories were told to him. This time though he the Old Mechanic wants to set things straight and do good for his grandson.
"I unable to adjust from what I'd seen and done. Cause once a man takes another mans life it's the guilt of memory that haunts him and he will forever live in the shadow of the dead."
Rough Company All about bad Kin and company. A mother gives birth to a son the father is her step-father. He's no good and she's on the run from him and out to make some quick bucks. A insurance scam is the money idea for her, the scam turns out to occurred in the wrong place and injured the wrong kind of man. Death is wanted on those involved from the bedside of the injured man and he hires a a hit man to take them out. In the end when blood is spilled and the deed is done the mothers son is left alive. The boy has a dark past right from conception but now he will have a chance at life at least without bad company.
Crimes In Southern Indiana You are put amongst nasty characters that deal in Crystal meth, illegals, smuggling, dogfights and you witness dogs die unjustly. There will be some light at the end of the tunnel.
This is a story of a family on the run for survival where anarchy and mayhem has struck, end of days sort of stuff. I received this copy as an arc toThis is a story of a family on the run for survival where anarchy and mayhem has struck, end of days sort of stuff. I received this copy as an arc to review, it's my first reading of Crouch's solo work, I loved Draculas a collaborative work. I have not read but i think his other works like Abandon are better. There is some elements missing that make this on the run for survival story just a bit more thrilling. I suppose when I read these type of themed storis I try to par them alongside 'I am Legend' and 'The Stand'. I am sure they are not easy to write as so many writers have covered this ground, even Cormac's 'The Road' I felt was dull and many did not and liked it. I must give my honest opinion this needed little bit more supernatural or thrill injection in order to wow me. The writing on a whole was good and flowing....more
This won an Edgar award and that makes me wonder that maybe I missed something on listening to this via audio. It started off a really good promisingThis won an Edgar award and that makes me wonder that maybe I missed something on listening to this via audio. It started off a really good promising story with notable characters but the motion of things lost me halfway. When listening to a book it's much easier to drift off into the far yonder, if the story does not hook you, dreaming and thinking of more beautiful ....things and finer pastures. The writer needs to get the readers attention by midway of the story, i was not hooked and really anticipating its end. I wanted it to work but it was filled with hot air and not much taking place. Alas so is life the beauty of imagination, I must indeed do try to prevent or shall we say curb oneself from drifting off in to other dimensions....more