Ginger Nuts of Horror
In this collection, Tony Knighton spells out one of the many reasons why I loathe the City of Brotherly Love. It's disgusting and seedy. Oh sure, some folks think it's great. They dig the museums and the coffee shops and they the hipster shops on South Street. But Mr. Knighton knows what I've always suspected, and what has always shaded my opinion of that historic city. It is crawling with people who want you dead. Violently and painfully dead.
The titular novella is as brutal as it is swarthy. A petty thief steals a cool overcoat and is then put on a collision course with some very nasty people. Hired killers help meter out the journey in blood spatter.
In "Road Trip" a hired killer catches a ride with a friendly fellow who might just teach him a thing or two.
"Hit And Run" is a brick to the forehead, really a short piece that packs such a vicious punch that when you've finished it you may just want to count your teeth.
"Opportunities" explores the sleazy business of arson from an interesting perspective, while "The Gift" is another sliver of harsh reality, wielded like a pipe wrench in an angry man's fist.
"The Scavengers" brings us face to face with dark magic and darker deeds and the climax will stain the carpet of your mind. In the final story, "As Long As You Can," a numbers scheme worker gets cocky and bites off much more than he chew.
Knighton has a deft touch with drawing very realistic characters, they're mostly scumbags but the are richly rendered and quite human. There are reasons they are the way they are, doing the things they do or are about to. Life isn't pretty and not everyone gets to play an honest hand. Knighton lifts the rock that is the city and lets us watch the things that wriggle and scurry as they try to escape that brutal light.
Happy Hour And Other Philadelphia Cruelties is available from Crime Wave Press.
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