Written by: Paula Limbaugh
“Kill ‘em all,” he thought. “Let God sort them out.”
Have you ever read something and then sat back and said “Hmm, what was that?” And so you go back and read it again. That’s how I felt when I first read Little Jimmy Combat. What an interesting and deceptively creepy story. Now of course I was eager to get on to the next story, Hellbound Hillary, again I am blown away! Another story that impresses! Wow, I eagerly read on and I am not disappointed. This is such a great collection of stories, well worth the time spent reading.
Okay, I have gotten way ahead of myself here. I should tell you a little about the author, Christopher Alan Broadstone. Besides being the author of The Puzzleman novel, he is also a writer/director of 3 short horror films, all of which have been award winners. He even had a foot in the music industry, google The Judas Engine and About 9 Times. Plus he has another novel coming soon. How cool is that?
So now back to the book. Besides the 2 short stories named above there is Smileys’ Grave, On Strike, Suicide the Hard Way, Scream for Me, and Roseblood. The stories alone are worth the price of admission, but then we are given a bonus; also included are 3 short screenplays and if this isn’t enough, lyrics and poetry. I think it is with the lyrics and poetry that you really get a sense of who Christopher the artist is. I am quite impressed by the versatility shown within these pages.
The stories aren’t going to make you jump or scream; no, they are much subtler than that. These are stories that will seep beneath your skin. Some may make you cringe or squirm, some may garner a twisted chuckle, but all will stay with you. I really do hope you pick up this book and enjoy it the way I did. Oh and I would like to give a nod to Danilo Montejo for the great cover art. He also did the cover of The Puzzleman, which I must say first attracted me to Christopher’s books!