Once in a while you read a short story that blows you away so hard, you have to tell the world. Philip K. Dick does that with "Imposter." Ditto Joe Hill with "Pop Art." And so does Craig Jones with "What Happened to Rhodri."
I knew immediately I was in good hands from the opening paragraph. You know how you get a feel for these things--"Rhodri" is one of those stories that rings right when you flick it with your finger and listen.
It's about a guy with a plan to put a down payment on a house, but finds his girlfriend already loaned all of their savings to her good-for-nothing brother. Confronting the brother to get the money back, Rhodri shows that nothing will stop him from getting that dream house for his gal . . . not even death.
If you like Stephen King, you'll love Craig Jones.
I laughed out loud in sheer inappropriate delight with "Rhodri" in hand on my Kindle, more so than I have for anything in I can't remember when.
Craig Jones knows how to write the hell out of a story. He's got a sure, punchy style and a riotously pulpy aesthetic in keeping with "Creepshow."
Reading "Rhodri" I found myself entertained, amused, involved, surprised, and in overall awe of an eminently-readable kickass story that happens to involve a brain-sucking zombie.
As a pure tale of revenge, "What Happened to Rhodri" ranks with Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado." Give a click to the link below and get a taste of brainy zombie fare from a writer worth taking a stab at!