Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review of "The Angel Azrael Delivers Small Mercies" by Peter Darbyshire

"The Angel Azrael Delivers Small Mercies" by Peter Darbyshire was published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue 102, August 23, 2012.  The Angel Azrael pursues another angel, once a friend/lover, who is wreaking havoc among the human population in this weird western.  A warning from the editors would have been nice:  this story contains disturbing, graphic violence and is definitely not for the faint of heart.

I'm a medical doctor.  I have always maintained that once you cut up a dead human being, nothing should really bother you.  Yet, I was bothered by the images in this story.  Whether that is a tribute to or criticism of Mr. Darbyshire's efforts I am not sure.  Regardless, readers may still take comfort in the familiar western plot, weird though it may be here.

Fans of good writing, hard core horror, westerns, and angels will enjoy this story.  Overall, I'm going to say that I did.

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