No, I have not put this blog to sleep.
Things are probably going to be sparse around here for a couple of months for reasons I won’t get into.
For instance, this is a story discussed on LibraryThing’s Deep Ones group three weeks ago.
Review: “Stone Cold Fever”, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., 2009.
As is if often the case, I wasn’t too fond of this Pulver story.
It’s a noirish story that isn’t even a truly weird story, but a crime story about searching for a missing boy..
The story reveals some lazy tendencies of Pulver.
The story is told by a vigilante who works in collaboration with some other people. There’s the possibly psychic Shadow, Shade, and the boss, Toni, conveniently the sister-in-law of a state’s attorney general.
The crime to be investigated and avenged here is the disappearance of Kathy’s son.
Kathy just happens to be the sister of Pam, a possible girlfriend of the narrator’s when he was in a band and before he was drafted for the Vietnam War. Yes, he’s a maladjusted Vietnam Veteran: “They said the War was over, you can lie down now – I told them to kiss my ass.”
Adding to the cliches, when he returns from the war he just happens to come upon “five Nazi creeps” raping Pam with Kathy in a closet. Perhaps, Pulver is speaking metaphorically about the Nazis ‘cause real-life, honest-to-god Nazis are pretty scarce on the ground now and also in the 1970s and 1980s, about the time that scene takes place.Continue reading