SEVEN FEET UNDER by Matt Weber (Sinister Grin Press)
Matt Weber writes Southern Fried pulp horror. Unapologetically so. His collection gives you a glimpse into a seedy and dark world where the air is thick with whiskey and smoke and most fingers leave greasy prints.
We open with BAD BRUNCH IN THE BIG EASY, in which a couple celebrate a holiday at a New Orleans eatery, only to have their special day shattered by unbridled violence and malignant black vomit. In DADDY’S ON THE WAY, a man rushed to get to his children while a giant monster lays waste to their city. DAMMIT, MAVIS is about a protective brother and the dark lengths he goes to while ensuring that his sister is treated well, is also features some very ugly critters in a pond.
INCIDENT AT THE BUTTERED BISCUIT concerns a man with a terrible past and the brutal sum to an equation started long before. IN THE TREES, THE SHADOWS gives us the sordid and grim story of a lonely tramp who lives in the woods and what happens when he takes a girl. TO KILL A GUY TWICE is a story about young folks and death and how once in a while a chance presents itself where one can bend the rules. The final tale, LET ‘EM HAVE IT concerns a past tragedy that marred a school and a young man’s reputation. Years later, the student returns and everyone seems to have moved on from his past, all but one boy who badgers and begs his way into a dark relationship where he finds that the details leading up to the incident are destined to repeat.
Weber writes in a lean and clear voice. His love of pulp shines with every word. His characters are easy to relate to and realistic. Weber is a strong new voice in contemporary pulp/horror. (John Boden)