Red Runes by Nicholas Olivo
Welcome to Saturday Shorts where we feature short stories and novellas. Doc Graystone and the Red Runes is a great escape!
Publisher’s Description: Boston, 1932. The police are baffled by a series of killings in which the victims have had mystical runes carved into their flesh. Enter Doc Graystone, gentleman necromancer. Adept at delivering two-fisted necromantic justice, Graystone battles demons, revenants, and ragmen in a race against the clock to stop a madman from destroying the world as we know it.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!)
Welcome to the world of necromancy. In the year 1932, in Boston, Massachusetts, there is a doctor who is very proficient at necromancy and solving crimes by asking the victim “who done it?” I kind of feel like it’s cheating, but where killers are concerned, one must take whatever advantage one finds. Doc Graystone is looney bin material according to his peers. He is grieving over the loss of his fiance and I got the hint that he had something to do with it. He has been perpetually drunk and disorderly since the “incident” and has become a recluse while wallowing in his guilt. Practicing necromancy cannot be good for the soul and with this first short story, little is revealed about how he came to practice or what kinds of cases he has solved. Also, he portrays his peers as idiots, so I’m interested in discovering “the rest of the story.”
This little novella (all 5 are on average 43 pages each) is a very good intro to this Indiana Jones type character. He knows a lot about the big bad beasties living in the world and he’s nobody’s fool. He can reanimate corpse’s to get their last words and get to the bottom of suspicious deaths.
I have not started #2 in the series yet, but that’s only because I wanted to write this review and give ya’ll a heads up regarding this quick little escape. It’s worth your time. I enjoyed it!
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