Thursday, August 27, 2015

With Sword and Pistol - by Edward M. Erdelac - Four entertaining novellas in one volume

5 of 5 Stars     Review copy

I recently had the privilege of reading Edward M. Erdelac's new novel Andersonville, the story of the south's most notorious Civil War prison, told with supernatural twist.  A great story, well told.

Right on the heels of Andersonille, comes With Sword and Pistol, a collection of four novellas, each with its own distinct story, but all of them including battles with swords, or pistols, or both.

At this point, I can safely say, Erdelac is my new go-to guy for top notch storytelling.

Night of the Jikininki came from the author's love of George Romero's zombie flicks.  This is one of the best novellas I've read recently.  Part samurai, part zombies, lots of action, and a mystical monk who creates sculptures with his poo.  I loved it.

Red Sails features pirates.  The captain, a vampire, his crew is mostly loups garoux (werewolves), has convinced an island village to provide human sacrifices at each new moon.  Sampari has watched this occur since she was a little girl.  No more, with the help of two outsiders captured by the pirates and released on the island for sport, they make a stand in a climatic battle of cinematic proportions.

Sinbad and the Sword of Solomon is a wonderfully entertaining story with the legendary sailor fighting pirates, coming to the aid of a beautiful woman, and battling hideous monsters.  What's not to like.

Gully Gods.  In his comments on this story, Edward M. Erdelac says "Gully Gods is really one of the darkest stories I've ever written..." I thoroughly enjoyed the rawness of the language in this story of Gang-banging in Chi-town.  There's a bit of a supernatural element in this tale, too.  A gritty, all too real story that tore my heart out.

All four of the novellas in this collection have appeared elsewhere, but if you're like me, this may be the first you've encountered them.

With Sword and Pistol, from Ragnarok Publications, is available now, both in paperback and e-book formats.

Definitely recommended.

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