This collection of fiction includes two never-before-published pieces in addition to a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated story. The title story spins the tale of a guitarist who refuses to disembark the train at Hell and his adventures at the next stop, Beluthahatchie. Other stories include plot lines about the career concerns of a member of 'The Executioner's Guild' and graveyarThis collection of fiction includes two never-before-published pieces in addition to a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated story. The title story spins the tale of a guitarist who refuses to disembark the train at Hell and his adventures at the next stop, Beluthahatchie. Other stories include plot lines about the career concerns of a member of 'The Executioner's Guild' and graveyard romances in 'The Premature Burials'. These science fiction and speculative stories are told with a flair for Southern patois and are followed by comprehensive author's notes....
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Beluthahatchie and Other Stories Reviews
Comparable to genre weirdos like Howard Waldrop and Michael Swanwick or more mainstream talents like Robert Coover and T.C. Boyle, also the tone and details in these stories reminds me of the films of the Coen brothers (and in just world Tim Burton would make a great film of “Grand Guignol”), this first collection of stories by Duncan have an encyclopedic grasp of pop culture, antic comic sense, palpable sense of melancholy, and subtle touches of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi. These dwell in the world of tall tales, urban legends, folklore, secret and alternative history, and gothic tales(especially the southern variant). A Robert Johnson figure on the outskirts of hell, silent film actress on the Titanic, an eternal guild of executioners, a the corpse of pope being put on trial, unsettling parable of media manipulation(“Fenneman’s Mouth”), the madness and alternative lives of General Patton, and other erudite, whacky and ghoulish fun. A very fun and worthwhile read. Also, not included in this collection but free online are the “Pottawatomie Giant” and “The Chief Designer”( a great secret history of the Soviet space program).
A good collection of shorts. I like Andy Duncan's ability to write so many stridently different stories. He has broad interests, is clearly a great researcher, and is enthusiastic about sharing historical details. Much of the time it is difficult to detect the difference between history and fiction. The title story is a Robert Johnson meets the Devil type situation with Beluthahatchie being a suburb of Hell. Other stories include a former slave witnessing to the night Abe Lincoln preached a sermon in a swamp; one centering on the characters from a horror-theater company in Paris at the turn of the century; a silent film actress who escapes the sinking Titanic; and one about George Patton an American military legend, among others. His other collection The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... is equally brilliant!
Outstanding and rather unique SFF, sometimes a bit harsh for my taste. The titular story, though, is one of the most memorable genre short stories I've ever read.
Andy Duncan is one of the greatest unknown writers around and every story in this collection is a treasure to read and read again.
I really wish Andy Duncan would go back to publishing regularly. The titular story, especially, is a revelation.