Tales of supernatural horror, dark suspense, gruesome irony, and the just-plain fantastic…twisted characters with decidedly different yet all-too-believable viewpoints…places you may have visited but have never seen clearly until now…tough yet strangely poetic prose…in-your-face shocks and nitro-laced plot twists you won’t soon forget…two brand new stories, an unpublished original comic script, story notes, and an introduction by multi-talented author Joe R. Lansdale: it’s all here in Bad Intentions, the long-awaited first full-length short story collection by Bram Stoker Award-winner Norman Partridge, a writer Stephen King calls “a major new talent.”
Norman Partridge’s first story collection, Mr. Fox and Other Feral Tales, won a Bram Stoker Award, and his first novel, Slippin’ Into Darkness, garnered the highest praise from horror critics; so it’s no surprise that this second collection is a knockout. Here, in dusty Southwestern settings with tawdry glimmers of pop culture, you’ll find carnival roustabouts, an Elvis impersonator, a demon gunslinger, a gorilla gunslinger, monstrous automobiles, a heavyweight champ who’s past his prime—all of them flirting with death, if not damnation, too. The fragmented narratives are at times a little befuddling, but the writing is lean and evocative, like Dennis Etchison or Jim Thompson. As Joe R. Lansdale writes in the introduction, “Bad Intentions will be one of the most important short story collections of the nineties.” And this first edition of only 526 copies, with a striking cover painting by Ryan Dreimiller, will most likely be a collector’s item.