- File Size: 188 KB
- Print Length: 70 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005OCTWK8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Billy is hounded by those who have no desire to understand him - they only want to end his besotted existence. Billy kills nearly everyone he comes in contact with, and author Pudge is expert at describing the grisly details of Billy's destruction. If you're squeamish, avert your eyes. Jimmy Pudge's writing is graphic and in your face. Even with such a terrifying protagonist, Pudge makes us care. It's not Billy's fault he's so horribly ugly, nor is it his fault he's been treated so despicably all his life. Who can blame him for lashing out? Well, the community he's terrorizing can. They do their best to end his lousy existence, but for the most part their efforts are inadequate. Bad Billy is one bad mother!
That's not to say the only thing Bad Billy has going for it is violence and destruction. No, there's a solid plot at work here, that has a purpose and a point, and there's a strong sense of pathos at play. There's a lot to like in this book. You might think you have everything figured out, but halfway through, the novel takes a left turn and you're knocked off your feet again. Pudge never lets you regain your footing, as he races inexorably toward the denouement with not a single wasted word.
This is the second book I've read by Jimmy Pudge, the first being a collection of short stories titled "Your [...] is Grass: Tales of a Redneck Gangsta." Both books display Pudge's great imagination, and deft ability with point of view. He's an author I'll be watching as his career in writing rises, which it will most certainly do. There are a few minor flaws in Bad Billy - a few typos here and there, but far less than I see in most small press offerings, and the last quarter of the book is a bit rushed, in my opinion - but most books I read these days seem that way to me. None of this hindered my enjoyment of the volume.
I recommend this book to any open-minded horror fan who likes originality. You won't find anything like Jimmy Pudge's world anywhere else, and that's worth the price of admission. Do yourself a favor - read this book. You'll find yourself hungering for Jimmy Pudge's next tale.
As only Jimmy Pudge can, he spins Billy through some mighty tempting killing grounds, giving him room to express himself. But there are badder things in this world than old Bad Billy, and things get pretty wild when . . . well, that's enough of that. I don't want to ruin the story for you. Suffice to say, nobody comes out of an encounter with Bad Billy unscathed. Not even his mama, the woman who hid him in the basement all those years.
Jimmy Pudge creates worlds where there's always a convenient freak show nearby when you want one, where everybody is just a side-step away from a room in the loony bin. And Pudge will keep you on your toes. This isn't a rambling tale of violence and redneck incest. It's a morality tale of sorts. Think about "As ye sow, so shall ye reap." Billy didn't get that way all by himself. Others messed up mightily. And Billy ends up as much a victim as a predator. He doesn't get to have a normal life, get to feel love. But what if he did get out of that cellar, move around freely? Well, that's not good either. So his Mama had made a very bad choice but at least she didn't make another bad choice and set Billy free on the world. Not much to recommend her as a mother, but when your child is Bad Billy, and your brother, the father of the child, dies and leaves you alone to raise this little monster, you gotta make some hard choices. Kind of like real life, though I hope none of you have incestuous children hanging around your basement.
Buy this book! I read it in one sitting, laughed my ass off, nearly cried a couple times, and just enjoyed the heck out of it! Another good one from Jimmy Pudge.