I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of author Randy Thornhorn. He was an immensely talented author of Southern fiction, and I loved his work. We never met in person, but we did have several chats via Facebook and email. We were aligned on a number of topics outside of writing, and I was looking forward to having a cup of coffee with him someday. I’m so sorry we never got that opportunity.
As a tribute to Randy, I am re-posting my review of his book Wicked Temper. I read it before I knew him, and it was a wonderful introduction into Randy’s imagination and his gloriously creepy American South.
In my continuing effort to shine a light on indie authors, allow me to turn your attention to one Randy Thornhorn. I found myself waiting in a situation in which I had nothing to do but search for good books in the Kindle store for about two hours on Monday, and I found a book I had heard about earlier titled Wicked Temper written by the aforementioned Randy Thornhorn.
It’s Southern Fiction which is my not so secret literary passion. I love the settings, the characters, the dialogue, and the dialect offered up on in a good Southern tome, and Wicked Temper is not good. It’s great. Great may not even be an effusive enough word. It’s a classic in the vein of William Faulkner, Harper Lee, Cormac McCarthy, and Erskine Caldwell (my personal favorite). Yet, it is a much darker voice all its own. There’s an underlying deep moan of creepiness throughout this story that lets you feel the soaring trek of ruin the main characters Tizzy and Matthew are on. They set out on a life of crime to escape their dismal childhoods only to fall into the hands of a charismatic backwoods deviant.
This book deserves to be read and shared for generations to come. It is currently only $1.99 on Kindle. That’s an insanely low price for a book this good. Buy it. Read it. Tell your friends. This is the kind of indie book that deserves the attention. It has made me realize that my alter-ego, C. Hoyt Caldwell, has miles to go before he reaches this level of storytelling.
BTW – I heard about this book on Facebook. A few weeks ago someone (I can’t remember who) posted a link to the book. I read the summary and committed it to memory because I found it interesting. I’m just sorry it took me so long to actually get back to the book and read it.