The Corpse Whisperer
An Allie Nighthawk Mystery Book 1
by H.R. Boldwood
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Welcome to the world of Allie Nighthawk, corpse whisperer and badass zombie hunter.
“If you raise deadheads, you’d better be able to put ‘em down. Nobody said it was pretty. But in this day, when vampires aren’t just for breakfast anymore, and the dead are disposable pawns for necromancers, someone has to ante up. Looks like I won the lotto. Imagine my delight. You should thank me, really, because the world is batshit crazy.”
When the zombie population spikes and no one knows why, it’s up to Allie to solve the mystery. But there’s a hitch. She’s stuck babysitting Leo Abruzzi, a zombie-bitten gangster who’s turning state’s evidence. But the mob and a powerful necromancer will stop at nothing to take Leo and Allie down.
Allie Nighthawk is Anita Blake on steroids, with a fondness for leather and Jack on the rocks. She has a healthy dose of Stephanie Plum and Rachel Morgan in her, too, though she’d never admit it.
The battle between good and evil just got wicked fun.
Miriam was facing the back of the room, slurping the innards off a pair of rib spreaders. I eased open the door and crept inside, followed by Lloyd and Rico, who locked the door behind us. Then I knocked on the front of the cold storage unit to get her attention. “Hey, Miriam,” I yelled, as she gnawed on the rib spreaders. “Wassup, girl?” She whirled around and issued a series of snarls and grunts, then began to advance. “We’ve got a few questions. Can you help us out?” She lowered her head and growled. Rico pulled Lloyd behind a gurney and stared at me in disbelief. “This? This is your big plan? What could possibly go wrong?” I took out my Ka-bar knife and held it by my side. Sweat trickled from my temples, as I joined Rico and Lloyd behind the gurney. Lloyd pushed me away. “Get your own gurney, lady. This one’s full.” “Careful, Lloyd, if she doesn’t bite you, I might.” I waved at Miriam to get her to focus on me. “Who killed you, Ms. Miller?” She lashed out like a psychotic, flesh-eating windmill, whipping the Ka-bar out of my hand. It skittered across the floor and slid deep beneath the stainless-steel sink. Hells bells. Things were getting out of hand.
H.R. Boldwood is a writer of horror and speculative fiction. In another incarnation, Boldwood is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was awarded the 2009 Bilbo Award for creative writing by Thomas More College. Publication credits include, "Killing it Softly," "Short Story America," "Bete Noir," "Everyday Fiction," "Toys in the Attic," "Floppy Shoes Apocalypse II," "Pilcrow and Dagger," and "Sirens Call."
Boldwood's characters are often disreputable and not to be trusted. They are kicked to the curb at every conceivable opportunity. No responsibility is taken by this author for the dastardly and sometimes criminal acts committed by this ragtag group of miscreants.
My favorite female horror authors include a mix of old and new masters. Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is a masterpiece. Her prose is magnificent: ‘Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.’ Who hasn’t fallen in love with those chilling words? Mercedes Murdock Yardley’s Loving You Darkly is otherworldly. Sheer brilliance. Again her prose takes my breath away. Lisa Morton is another fav of mine. She’s completely out-of-the-box! I read her story Cognition in Madhouse and have been hooked ever since. There’s a character in her story Larue’s Dime Museum whose organs are on the outside of his body. I read that story well over a year ago. The disturbing visual still haunts me. Of course, anything Charlaine Harris writes is always a fun read. I love strong-willed females with attitude problems. Think Sookie Stackhouse, Rachel Morgan, and Anita Blake.
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