Horror anyone? William Tooker knows his horror; that is evident from the first few paragraphs of this story. “Black Betty” is the second installment of the “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” series and continues the storyline in the most gruesome way. I like to hear about when people are harvesting things, usually that is good right? You harvest crops, etc, but what are they harvesting in “Black Betty”? I don’t think it is hay and apples.
“Black Betty” delves deep into the minds and souls of the people William Tooker has placed in this universe, a very tense, distorted universe. I have become attached to his wording, his carefully choices of language in his prose and the rich descriptive nature of his work. It is disturbing yet captivating at the same time. Tooker is able to paint an all too real picture of a time and place I do not think many of us would like to be, yet he makes it interesting and inviting to read. That for me is the kicker and the reason I am following this skilled author. If you haven’t had a chance to get a read on this series yet the first installment is titled “Bad Angels”. Get in on the ground floor, and enjoy yourself, very uncomfortably.
Here is the synopsis:
“Wade and Eliza were through. The love was gone and the fighting was non-stop. Desperate as they were to get away from each other neither of them was ready for how they would finally part. The death with a thousand faces had reached up from the Downs to harvest yet another victim. Heart broken and driven by revenge one of them would come face to face with the otherworldly terrors lurking in the Downs and eye to eye with the remorseless Black Betty.”
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