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In Black Cat Mojo we get a number of funny and sideways novellas to entertain us, the first is Porn Dwarfs. The protagonist, Rummy, is a little person, dwarf, or midget, pick your favorite offensive term, you’ll see him called them all. Rum loves to bet, too much for his own good. He just lost another bet and owes his bookie, Scanlon, fifteen large. Back in the day Rum was a porn star and Scanlon has a plan to put his talent to good use. I couldn’t even imagine what kind of crazy was about to hit the fan. Adam Howe throws so many curve balls it had I my laughing and shaking my head at the shenanigans that Rum found himself wrapped up in.
Jesus in a dog’s ass is the second short story, and what a title this is. Holy crap, I knew I was in for another crazy adventure before I read a single page. A recently out of work man by the name of Hank gets the bright idea to buy a video camera to make some homemade porn. He practices his filming skills on his dog before getting down to business with his wife. While reviewing his footage his wife says she sees an image of Jesus on the dog’s backside, yea there. All isn’t roses and rainbows for Hank or the dog as everything goes south in a hot minute. This is more of Adam Howe’s classic humor at work.
Frank, the snake & the snake rounds out Black Cat Mojo with mobsters, witness protection and an over eager kid, which all spell trouble for Frank. He is living a sad existence as a grease monkey and a snot nosed kid wants him to act as his muscle. Frank is blackmailed into the life he is trying to forget. Too bad for Frank some people can’t let sleeping dogs lie. I’ll summarize it this way, bad news for that guy!
Black Cat Mojo is full of lewd and foul language, expletives, and even a few excellent terms only found on urban dictionary. All this is combined with language as far from ‘pc’ as you can get. This is the kind of writing that some would find excessive or over the top. To me it’s nothing short of great and makes me laugh. I enjoy the hell out of Adam Howe’s sense of humor, as twisted as it is. Anything goes when you enter one of Adam Howe’s books. The characters have the worse luck imaginable, hell I thought mine was bad. If you are easily offended this isn’t for you. For me it is fun and each story will scratch an itch for something not found in many books. Adam Howe seems to have an endless talent for creating characters. They each have their own unique mannerisms and distinct characteristics. I get a kick out of Adam Howe books, plain and simple.
Length: 209 Pages
Publisher: Comet Press
Release date: March 16, 2015
In these three novellas of blackly comic crime and creature horror, you’ll go slumming with well-endowed dwarf porn stars, killer badgers, redneck mama’s boys, morbidly obese nymphomaniacs, dumbass dog-nappers, trailer trash Jesus freaks, diarrheic Jack Russell Terriers, not-so-wiseguys, mob-movie memorabilia collectors, junkie blackmailers, and giant man-eating Burmese pythons.
OF BADGERS & PORN DWARFS
To pay back a gambling debt and avoid being castrated, washed-up dwarf porn star Rummy Rumsfeld (of Snow White spoof Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It’s Up Your Ass We Go) must overcome a geriatric pederast, redneck pornographers, a morbidly obese nymphomaniac with serious personal hygiene issues, the ghost of his religious zealot mother, a dwarf-eating badger, and George Lucas.
JESUS IN A DOG’S ASS
Dumbass desperadoes Hootie and Poke incur the wrath of a trailer trash church group, not to mention God, when they kidnap a Jack Russell Terrier with the figure of Jesus Christ in its butt.
FRANK, THE SNAKE, & THE SNAKE
After testifying against notorious mob boss “Snake” Cobretti, embittered ex-wiseguy Frankie “The Tin Man” Piscopo emerges from Witness Protection to embark on a disastrous drug deal that leaves him fighting for his life against a giant Burmese python with a taste for Italian-American.
Adam Howe, Biography-
Adam Howe writes the twisted fiction your mother warned you about. A British writer of fiction and screenplays, he lives in Greater London with his partner and their hellhound, Gino. Writing as Garrett Addams, his short story Jumper was chosen by Stephen King as the winner of the On Writing contest, and published in the paperback/Kindle editions of SK’s book; he was also granted an audience with The King, where they mostly discussed slow vs. fast zombies. His fiction has appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Thuglit, The Horror Library, Mythic Delirium, Plan B Magazine, and One Buck Horror. He is the author of two collections, Black Cat Mojo and Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, plus the eBook single, Gator Bait. Future works include Tijuana Donkey Showdown, One Tough Bastard, and a crime/horror collaboration with Adam Tribesmen Cesare.
Find him on Twitter at @Adam_G_Howe.