swapped a few items when I first met him.
pretty certain Robert would have me favor Phase II, a pet project of
his that he's very excited about, and his most recent to date. It's a
science fiction/horror mixture with the premise of all humanity being
destroyed under the decisive military direction of a galactic committee bent
on colonization. Their planetary genocide was Phase I, and
Phase II (hence the title) marks the beginning of extraterrestrial
inhabitation, where the alien military sends forth its elite to personally
survey the smoking aftermath of the world's end. When they land on
what has become of Earth, they find that what became of us is that
we're all zombies.
living, flesh-eating dead.
And we're not
to be fucked with.
Damn good premise, but Robert, no matter how long it took him to execute the
final draft of this story into sellable material, was a little too hasty in
presenting it and I plead for him to take time to flesh out the characters
and paint the novel with juicy visceral poetry, the kind that makes a good
story a superb novel or novella.
On the other hand,
Sevenacide is the one that I favor, and I give Robert some hard words
about Phase II in hopes he'd inject the tale with the same astounding
on-your-own-level layman storytelling he'd accomplished with Sevenacide,
a witty attribution to a compilation of seven short stories published a few
Each tale is told under the predominant element of the rugby game, and while
I personally was never a fan of the game it's a uniquely and refreshingly
dominant theme. We have roadside vampires, vengeful zombies, a
chilling fountain-of-youth fable, an impressive story of Irish little people
and the ale that was meant for them but stolen by a drunk American.
I wear my Sevenacide
t-shirt with pride, and I suggest you take a read. Phase II can
be huge. Those of you willing to take a gander, please do. I
suspect if Robert, who is an excellent writer (and great character actor, so
I hear), takes the book to the next level, and does to it what he did with
Sevenacide, this would be two separate reviews you'd be reading here.
That's for sure.