Here’s something you should check out. Until she contacted me recently, I had never heard of Amy Grech. Nor had I read any of her noir or horror fiction. I interviewed Amy on Monday, February 22nd, so I was able to learn a bit more about her. Follow that link and you can too. Amy also sent me a copy of RAGE AND REDEMPTION IN ALPHABET CITY (heretofore referred to as RAGE because I’m lazy) and I’m going to talk about that book today.
RAGE is a collection of 3 short stories and 2 novellas ranging from horror to noir and a few points in between. It should be pointed out that there’s only one new tale in this, the novella Hoi Polloi Cannoli, and that is also the shining star in the bunch, showcasing Amy’s work as it is now. That’s not to say that the other stories aren’t fine tales in their own right, because they are. Of the shorts, I particularly enjoyed the brutal little tale, .38 Special. But in Hoi Polloi Cannoli, Grech’s prose is more refined, her character development is at it’s strongest and she seems to have really come into her voice as an author. And it’s just a damn good dystopian horror tale that kept me reading it start to finish without a pause.
As per usual, I’m not going to synopsize this book. Somebody already did that and I’ll post that below. I enjoyed all the stories quite a bit but, as noted above Hoi Polloi Cannoli and .38 Special were my two favorites of the bunch. If you’re looking for a fun, dark and often viciously brutal read, this is the book for you.
There were a few minor nitpicks I had with the book and those had nothing to do with Amy and everything to do with her publisher and editor. One that’s bothersome is that the publisher should have disclosed the fact that there was only one new tale here. Devoted fans would be pissed to open a book and discover they’d read most of it already. The other was that there were quite a few rough spots in the editing, typos and punctuation errors that should have been fixed at the copy editing stage.
Again, none of this is on Amy Grech. Her writing is fine and her stories are entertaining and I recommend you go find them and read them. Start here, and then see her bio to learn more about her and where you can find her work.
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RAGE AND REDEMPTION IN ALPHABET CITY Synopsis: You’ll definitely want to read Amy Grech. Her short stories get your attention like a splash of cold water in your face. She delivers gritty profiles of people caught up in the crime and seething anger of the inner city, New York at its most violent. Here you’ll find five dark tales –“Rage and Redemption In Alphabet City,” “.38 Special,” “Cold Comfort,” “Prevention,” and “Hoi Polloi Cannoli” — actually eleven if you count the literary parts. These will convince you Grech is a writer of noir and horror you want to watch.
About Amy Grech:
Amy Grech has sold over 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including: Apex Magazine, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Dead Harvest, Detectives of the Fantastic, Volume II, Expiration Date, Fear on Demand, Fright Mare, Funeral Party 2, Inhuman Magazine, Needle Magazine, Reel Dark, Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine, Space & Time, The Horror Within, Under the Bed, and many others. New Pulp Press recently published her book of noir stories, Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City.
She is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association who lives in Brooklyn.