From Adam Howe, winner of Stephen King’s On Writing contest, come three original novellas of hardboiled crime, graphic horror and pitch-black gallows humor.
DAMN DIRTY APES
Washed-up prizefighter Reggie Levine is eking a living as a strip club bouncer when he’s offered an unlikely shot at redemption. The Bigelow Skunk Ape – a mythical creature said to haunt the local woods – has kidnapped the high school football mascot, Boogaloo Baboon. Now it’s up to Reggie to lead a misfit posse including a plucky stripper, the town drunk, and legend-in-his-own-mind skunk ape hunter Jameson T. Salisbury. Their mission: Slay the beast and rescue their friend. But not everything is as it seems, and as our heroes venture deeper into the heart of darkness, they will discover worse things waiting in the woods than just the Bigelow Skunk Ape. The story the Society for the Preservation of the North American Skunk Ape tried to ban; Damn Dirty Apes mixes Roadhouse with Jaws with Sons of Anarchy, to create a rollicking romp of 80s-style action/adventure, creature horror and pitch-black comedy.
DIE DOG OR EAT THE HATCHET
Escaped mental patient Terrence Hingle, the butcher of five sorority sisters at the Kappa Pi Massacre, kidnaps timid diner waitress Tilly Mulvehill and bolts for the border. Forcing his hostage to drive him out of town, it’s just a question of time before Tilly becomes the next victim in Hingle’s latest killing spree. But when they stop for gas at a rural filling station operated by deranged twin brothers, Dwayne and Dwight Ritter, the tables are turned on Hingle, and for Tilly the night becomes a hellish cat-and-mouse ordeal of terror and depravity. The meat in a maniac sandwich, Tilly is forced against her nature to make a stand and fight for survival. Because sometimes the only choice you have is to do or die…to Die Dog Or Eat The Hatchet. Reading like a retro slasher flick, this pulpy Southern Gothic kidnap-thriller takes no prisoners as it roars towards a shattering conclusion.
Prohibition-era 1930s… After an affair with the wrong man’s wife, seedy piano player Smitty Three Fingers flees the city and finds himself tinkling the ivories at a Louisiana honky-tonk owned by vicious bootlegger Horace Croker and his trophy wife, Grace. Folks come to The Grinnin’ Gator for the liquor and burlesque girls, but they keep coming back for Big George, the giant alligator Croker keeps in the pond out back. Croker is rumored to have fed ex-wives and enemies to his pet, so when Smitty and Grace embark on a torrid affair…what could possibly go wrong? Inspired by true events, Gator Bait mixes hardboiled crime (James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice) with creature horror (Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive) to create a riveting tale of suspense.
Adam Howe has to be the king of novella’s.
I don’t know whether I should be worried about the authors state of mind as his books are dark and extremely warped but yet so good and I can not get enough of them.
Die Dog or Eat the hatchet is made up of three novellas.
Damn Dirty Apes actually mentions the Road House film in the story and to be fair it did slightly remind me of it apart from it is a bit more scary and has a dark sense of humour about it.
Reggie is a bouncer at The Hen House. Somehow he and some other memorable characters set off in a search for a missing man and we are taken on a somewhat bonkers of a journey by the author.
I really do not know how the author comes up with his stories but you can guarantee you will have never read anything like the stories in his books.
Die Dog or Eat Hatchet is very much a horror story and I have to say it is very gruesome in parts. It would actually make a great horror movie and I was gripped all the way through. It is quite fast paced and I have to say a really brilliant read.
Gator Bait I have actually already read as the author has released this on its own. This is a cracker of a story which I particularly loved with an ending that still actually makes me chuckle now as it is just so perfect. One of the best endings ever to a story.
This authors books probably will not be to everyone’s tastes but if you are looking for something very different and totally warped, you are going to love them.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 4.5/5 stars.
Die Dog or eat the Hatchet is due to be published on the 3rd of November, you can pre order a copy on Amazon