Ginger Nuts of Horror
Young Dell McDale has a problem, well a few. The biggest is the warblers that have made his family's shed their roost. What are Warblers,you ask, well they're nasty nuisance critters with wings and teeth. His family is poor and they're under a lot of strain. Dell is walking that awkward line between childhood and manhood. When his Pa makes a decision to get rid of the Warblers, Dell stays behind to help and things take a violent turn. There are lessons in this short book. But what really makes it enjoyable is the voice.
I have read a lot of work from Amber Fallon, liked nearly all of it, but this book in particular is breakthrough. The voice she hits on and rides out is one of an emotional honesty that is on par with the best of the coming-of-age reads around. It harkens to early King or Lansdale, stippled in Bradbury and Jerome Bixby. I adored it. The mildly bizarro aspects of the story are well-handled and did nothing to jar the narrative. I look forward to the next book from Amber, I think she's on the rise, and if she keeps the quality as high as she delivered here, I am positive she's a name we'll keep on hearing.
The Warblers is available from Eraserhead Press.
After the sun would go down, I’d hear them out there, back by the shed, shrieking their twisted warbling cries out there in the night, followed by squeals of whatever prey they’d managed to hunt down.
When his rural farm becomes overrun with terrifying beasts called Warblers capable of eating livestock, dogs, and even people, 14-year-old Dell McDale’s life is torn asunder. He watches through the eyes of a boy on the verge of becoming a man as his father is forced to go to awful lengths to rid the family home of the infestation, culminating in a confrontation between Dell and a local bully-turned-soldier on a night that will change everyone involved, forever.
The Warblers is a mysterious tale of a young man learning what fear can do to people and what happens, when in order to fight monsters, one must side with another monster.
"Amber Fallon is a force to be reckoned with, delivering kickass action and intense emotion in generous measures!" - Christine Morgan