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Lesser Demons by Norman Partridge
Review by Drew Bittner
Subterranean Press Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596062948
Date: 30 April 2010 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Norman Partridge delivers hard-hitting, visceral horror like a flurry of gut punches in Lesser Demons, a collection of dynamite short stories. Like Joe R. Lansdale and Howard Waldrop, the man has a knack for delivering powerhouse chills with an economy of language and a surgical precision.

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Product Description: While the sun blisters a dying world, a mutant spider battles a squad of toy soldiers and a plastic cowboy on his last ride...
A gangster, a sheriff, and a mysterious traveler face an army of mechanical vampires burrowing up from hell itself during a wild Montana storm...
In a desert poisoned by atomic radiation, an abused boy stands between a rampaging giant and the hunter who would make him a grisly trophy...
Beneath a full Arizona moon, a drifter faces a pack of merciless human animals and the werewolf who butchered his sister...
In the American West, a legendary gunslinger delivers a cursed bounty to the one-horse town where his partner's ghost awaits.
Tales of hardboiled horror and Twilight Zone noir. Cross-genre blowtorches with bad guys and worse guys. Love stories both dark and bittersweet. A brand new novella and extensive story notes. You ll find this and more in the fifth collection from three-time Bram Stoker award-winner Norman Partridge, an author Locus calls 'one of the most dependable, exciting, and entertaining practitioners of dark suspense and dark fantasy... emphasis on the dark.'
In Lesser Demons, Partridge explores the kind of fiction that made him both a horror fan and a writer. Using the shotgun prose of a crime novel, the title story draws a deadly bead on H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. 'The Iron Dead' introduces Chaney, a monster-hunting pulp hero with a mechanical hand built in hell. 'Carrion' cuts a mean swath through Robert E. Howard territory, while 'The Big Man' explores dark shadows of American life never imagined in the atom-age horror movies of the fifties.
Part celebration, part reinvention, Lesser Demons only serves to underscore Revolution SF's verdict: 'Norman Partridge is the finest writer of short horror fiction going.'

(Source: Subterranean Press)

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