Truth be told, I met Wesley Southard at a small con in York, Pennsylvania this weekend. I purchased a couple of his books and he gifted me a couple of chapbooks. Arrearages was one of them. Now, I usually don't review short stories, but I enjoyed this one so much I decided it was worthy of such treatment.
"Cam woke up screaming." An opening which certainly garnered my attention. What follows is so much worse.
I love it when what I'm reading elicits a verbal response. This line actually made me say, "ew." "After he emptied his stomach, his arms gave out, and he fell face first into his own warm bile."
You see, Arrearages is a story of revenge. The women in Cal's life have gotten together to do something terrible to him, for a change. You see, Cam is a horrible human being and deserves everything he gets, right up to the very end when the author elicited another verbal response from me. This time it was, "Oh, God."
Arrearages is available for the Kindle. BTW, if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read it at no additional charge. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE using the Kindle Owners Lending Library.
From the author's bio...Wesley Southard is the author of the novel The Betrayed, which was named one of Brian Keene's Top 15 Books of 2017, the novella Closing Costs, and has had short stories appear in numerous outlets. When not watching numerous hours of ice hockey, he spends his free time reading and drinking copious amounts of green soda. He is also a graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Music, and he currently lives in South Central Pennsylvania with his wife and their cavalcade of animals.