Big Thunder (eBook)
- Author: Peter Atkins
- Page Count: 395
- Pub. Date: March 1, 2016
- Status: E-Book
by Peter Atkins
About the eBook:
A dark avenger from the pages of a 1930s pulp magazine, Strange Thrills, materializes in the present day streets of Manhattan. This scourge of muggers and rapists is the Blue Valentine, dressed like Fred Astaire, gentleman vigilante.
But he is not the only character coming alive in modern New York, and not even his creator’s fertile imagination could have prefigured the carnage to come…
Valentine Dyson’s mysterious awakening from the yellowed pages of Strange Thrills coincides with a car smash that leaves his creator, Norbert Read, an old man now, in a coma. As a shadowy nemesis of evil, Valentine is infamous among pulp scholars for being the most vicious and amoral of all such cloaked avengers, but Norbert Read had abandoned his character after only a few stories.
The Blue Valentine first reveals his identity to a goodtime New Yorker, Avis, whom he saves from attack by a razor-wielding wino on the Bowery. In tuxedo and opera hat, a blue flower in his buttonhole, the shade of the gentleman crime fighter confirms to Avis that he is a ghost, returned because Manhattan has need of him again. Then the Blue Valentine drags the unconscious mugger into an alley to torture him to death.
Avis tracks down the one story Norbert Read wrote that survives in book form: ‘Big Thunder’, in the anthology Bedside Creeps. It does not feature Valentine Dyson. The story is about a small Western town of that name whose inhabitants trampled, at the expense of their lives, on the peace of the spirits that were there before. Big vengeance is in store.
Praise and Reviews:
"Atkins is a brilliant supplier of shudders and splendors."
— Clive Barker
Peter Atkins is the author of the novels Morningstar, Big Thunder, and Moontown and the screenplays Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III, Hellraiser IV, and Wishmaster. His short fiction has appeared in such anthologies as The Museum of Horrors, Dark Delicacies II, Hellbound Hearts, Gutshot, and The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes, and has been selected eight times for one or more of the various "Year's Best" anthologies. His most recent book, Rumours of the Marvellous, a collection of his short fiction, was a finalist for the British Fantasy Award. He is the co-founder with Glen Hirshberg of The Rolling Darkness Revue, an annual folly they commit at whatever theatre will let them. He blogs at: peteratkins.blogspot.com