Righteous Blood Hardcover – 30 Sep 2002
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About the Author
Cliff Burns has been a professional author for 25 years and in that time has earned a cult reputation for his dark, disturbing efforts. Often compared to Kafka, Borges and David Cronenberg, Burns ignores convention and formula and creates truly original work guaranteed to grab the attention of fans of the mysterious and macabre. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
First, I need to say that I love the novella form, and think there are not enough of them out there. I have always enjoyed detective and horror and noir and various other genres in short story or novella form and think that this form works a lot better than full novels. One of the biggest problems with most of the recently-written novels I have read in the past several years, from Harry Potter to "book club" best sellers, is that they could have been half again as long and would have been much improved.
Cliff handles this form well. Every sentence belongs there and is important to the story. Every character is memorable and serves a function in the story. Every word rings true and is used properly (this should properly be a very low bar, but it is not, these days, and I need to call it out here - well done!)...
The stories are very different, but neither is conventional. Who are the protagonists? Well, one is a homeless man. The other is a decidedly scary lady, from whom I hope I would run if I met her in a dark alley - yet the reader (or at least this reader) can't help but root for her.
I don't want to say too much about the plots, because I want you to read it yourself. I think that no matter who you are, you'll really love the first story. I will close with the warning that if you don't like stories that are scary, violent and dark, you may not like the second one. I did, though - it was a real roller coaster ride.