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My Review of Nights Neon Fangs by David W. Barbee

Nights Neon Fangs

David Barbee has done it again! His newest offering, Nights Neon Fangs, contains four novellas cram-packed full of great characters, settings, and adventures. I knew David was a very talented writer from his previous work, but NNF’s just proves he’s getting better and better.

The book kicks off with the title story, Nights Neon Fangs. This is the story of Buster Wade, who on Christmas night was bitten by an electric werewolf. Yes, an electric werewolf, tell me that’s not the coolest thing ever. Barbee could have just gone from there and wrote a standard werewolf story, and I’m sure it would have been great. But, he takes it further by creating a whole new world, where an ancient Pharaoh has cursed the world to endure a massive storm cloud that rains down mummies, where vampire cows are raised to help maintain America’s blood supply, and there’s a popular musician that is animated red jell-o named Jellostein.

Next we have Noah’s Arkopolis. Here we have a re-imagining of the events from the bible where Noah was told to build an ark and gather up two of every creature as the world flooded. Only, in Barbee’s story, Noah’s ark never saw land, and the world stayed completely under water. Over time the ark was converted into Arkopolis, and all the animals and people breed together creating new species. This was my second favorite story of the four, as it showcases Barbee’s great sense of humor along with his wild imagination.

The story that Ultimo Sumbitch is a futuristic western, where reptilian aliens have invaded and forced the humans out of the cities. That Ultimo Sumbitch himself is a merciless killer, with six shooters for hands, who wanders around killing for money.

The last story, Bat Cop out of Hell is another unique take on a familiar premise. A revenge story that follows a batcop who is brought back from the dead by the batdevil to avenge his murdered family. It’s an entire bat world, filled with many different bat characters, where our resurrected batcop tries to solve the mystery of what happened to him and his batfamily.

The thing I like the most about this collection is each story takes place in a new and interesting world. Barbee is great at creating these unique settings and filling them with crazy characters and exciting plots. Barbee seems to have no shortage of wild and crazy ideas, and I for one am excited by that. He has become one of my favorite writers in the bizarro genre.

Buy it here Nights Neon Fangs

My Review of Pax Titanus by Tom Lucas

Pax Titanus

This year’s crop of The New Bizarro Author Series is quite a bit smaller than year’s past. With only three books this time around it should be easier for most fans to read them all. So far, I’ve had the pleasure of reading Pax Titanus by Tom Lucas, and let me just say this book was great! I didn’t really have any expectations for this book, I figured it would be good, but this book took me by surprise.

We are introduced in the beginning to Titanus and his friend Craxx, two construction workers who take jobs even if they put their lives at risk to get them done. One particular job puts Titanus on the emperor’s radar, and this starts a chain of events that leads to his son being kidnapped. The kidnappers force Titanus to fight in the SkullCrushFest, and so his only chance to save his family is to kill every one of his opponents.

Straight from the get go Tom Lucas’ characters are awesome. He does an excellent job of making them real, giving them depth for the short amount of time some are even seen for. From Titanus’ squid like wife that oozes emotions to the various combatants in the arenas, these characters are strong, funny, and likable. Speaking of funny, Tom spreads the humor around in this book and it works great.

Tom displays an insane amount of skill at the writing craft in this novella. I’ve seen it mentioned by other reviewers, he has created an enormous universe here and it would be awesome to see more stories utilizing what he has started here. I’ve got to hand it to Tom Lucas, he has surprised me, and won me over as a fan that will eagerly await his next writing endeavor.

Buy it here Pax Titanus