Written by: Joe Hempel
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when delving into Gord Rollo’s Peeler. It was my first foray into his work. I’ve heard of him, just haven’t had the chance to read him. This short story, which is free on Kindle, was the perfect introduction.
Sometimes, curiosity gets the best of us. We look to connect with someone when they have certain traits, or remind you of yourself. In Peeler though, curiosity was best left unchecked.
Randy Baxter gains a bit of an unhealthy obsession with meeting this Asylum inmate that they call Peeler due to a bit of an odd connection, and goes to great lengths to meet him. He’s hard to get to though, they keep him in the basement for only the craziest of the crazy.
It’s here were you get the full effect of just how crazy Peeler is. You find out early on why he’s called Peeler, it’s because he peels his own skin off. Just let that sink in and imagine how truly painful that is. When you find out why he does it though, crazy doesn’t even begin to tell you the story.
It all comes to a climax in a very violent, and sort of confusing way. I’m guessing that you’ll get more answers in the companion novel of sorts Strange Magic. This definitely makes me want to read that.
Gord Rollo has an interesting style to his writing, and his depictions of violence and agonizing pain make you feel every bit of what the characters feel. My first reading of Gord Rollo has me wanting more.