for What Happened to Rhodri
by Patrick O'Orazio Tomes
is a young man living with his girlfriend, and they have dreams of
getting married and moving into their “forever house,” an expensive
home next to a lake that has come on the market. They can afford the
down payment with the amount of money they’ve saved as well as the
monthly payments, by Rhodri’s calculations. The house represents
everything that the couple could ever hope for. Alas, Rhodri’s
girlfriend has been suckered into ‘loaning’ the money to her no-good
brother, who is an intimidating gangster. Rhodri is advised by her as
well as his closest friend not to make waves and give up on the dream of
owning the house, rather than messing with the thuggish brother that is
likely to squash him into oblivion if he stands up to him. But at some
point in life, you have to make a stand, and do what’s right, despite
the odds being stacked against you.
course, as you can probably surmise, things don’t go well for Rhodri,
and the bulk of this tale deals with things…after they take a horrible
turn for the worse.
short story is a mix of a creepy zombie scares and a classic revenge
story. The pacing is solid and I really was able to empathize with
Rhodri, rooting for him even as he turns into more of a monster than the
enemy he is facing (at least more of a monster on the outside). The
story was fun and reminded me of an old episode of Tales From the Crypt,
with just the right amount of twists and turns and splashed with plenty
of gory fun to boot. The ending caused an devious grin to spread across
my face. It, like the rest of story, was eminently satisfying.
by movie and book reviewer Stewart Kirby
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."
knew immediately I was in good hands from the opening paragraph. 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. I
found myself entertained, amused, involved, surprised, and in overall
awe of an eminently-readable kickass story.
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."
As a pure tale of revenge, "What Happened to Rhodri" ranks
with Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado." Craig Jones is a writer
worth taking a stab at!