- File Size: 2789 KB
- Print Length: 187 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Rough Edges Press (October 3, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 3, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0165QXHN4
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The best story in the collection, and they are all very good, is the title story, “The King of Horror.” In the Afterword Mr. Mertz describes it as “[a] cautionary tale for writers.” It features one Rigby Balbo, an aging writer angry at his irrelevance. Rig believes he is blacklisted by the industry and his fellow writers intentionally ignore the influence of his early work. But he has a plan to get even. A plan that turns blackly ironic for him, and darkly satisfying for the reader. I reviewed this story back in 2009.
“The Basics of Murder” is a straight P. I. story. O’Dair—no first name—is on vacation visiting an old friend who made the Army a career after Vietnam. O’Dair’s leisure time is cut short when an officer is killed on the firing range, and his friend asks him to look into it. What he finds is something altogether unexpected for both O’Dair and the reader.
The King of Horror & Other Stories is pure entertainment. It showcases the work of an underappreciated writer whose talent and excitement is present in each tale. The style is quietly smooth, and the plotting is sharp and surprising. Mr. Mertz may not be a prolific writer of short stories, but what he does write is very good.