Wednesday 20 December 2017
JIMMY PUDGE - BAD BILLY (2010)
Bad Billy has spent his entire life in Mama's basement. When the chains break free and he escapes into the world, he must learn the difference between being a monster and a human being.
It's going to be a bloody education.
"Bad Billy, it's 'Of Mice and Men' meets the 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre.'"
--R. Scott McCoy, Publisher of "Necrotic Tissue Magazine," author of "Feast" and the "White Face Bear"
I loved the cover and it was free and only 70 pages long, so took a bit of a punt on this one. Some you win and some you lose.
I quite liked the set-up. Bad Billy the product of an incestuous relationship between his mother and her brother has spent his whole life chained up in the basement, fed on small animals thrown down the stairs to him. His mum dies and he breaks out.
Carnage follows. Death and destruction, a taste for human flesh, a manhunt, a carnival, a small girl, an innocent friendship and some full on weirdness with werewolves and vampires.
Not many of them lived happily ever after, though we do discover our monster has some vestige of humanity deep inside.
Quite bizarre overall. I can't say I liked it especially, I can't say I hated it. The author can write, I'm just not too sure I want to understand what's in his head-space. I'd give him another go at least.
3 from 5
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He's on Twitter - @JimmyPudge
Read in December, 2017
Published - 2010
Page count - 70
Source - Amazon purchase
Format - Kindle