THE BP #75 EDITORIAL, SPRING
Idiomatic English by A.M. Stickel, BP Editor
I continue to be
amazed by the quality of writing that comes out of the British Isles. Author
Edward Payne was kind enough to print me out a copy of his online published (Amazon)
comedy horror novella, HELL WEARS A NECKERCHIEF. Since it’s about zombies, I
sat down late one night and read the entire manuscript, which kept me up well
into the wee hours.
Julia, a Girl Guide
(equivalent to Scouts in the U.S) at St. Margaret’s School is about to step
into womanhood. In her innocent curiosity, she gets a peek into the seamier
side of adolescence. The lesson here is that those close encounters of the lusty
teen variety may spread an infection far worse than the usual STDs. Patient
Zero is whatever forbidden (and immune) female zone a boy’s fingertip has
recently explored. The fun is contagious, as a chaotic campout earns a group of
Girl Guides and their escorts many chances for highly unusual merit badges.
The clumsy, even
downright stupid (just like in the movies!) attempts of the girls to overcome
their foes—mostly each other—give the piece a kind of Monty-Python-esque flair.
Although the abuse of the “:” annoyed me, I doubt it would bother most readers.
After a while I even felt okay with all the terms only someone living in
Gloucestershire (or at least England) would consider everyday lingo. There was
enough substance to the copy—descriptive wealth, dynamic plot, and zany
characters—to support idiom.
If Ed Payne’s
writing had a flavor, it would definitely be my favorite, chocolate, and not
the high-milk content kind. I’m aware that a recent movie has been made,
wherein Boy Scouts battle zombies, but I haven’t seen it. Given the choice
between that movie and reading Ed Payne, movie lover that I am, I’d still
prefer this read: 4 (out of 4) Black
Roses! Well done, Ed.
Here’s BP’s fiction line-up for spring of 2016: The Big Well by Editor
Kenneth J. Crist presents a wish gone wrong; The Boxlike Object by Charles C.
demonstrates a primitive’s solution to a concrete jungle; in The Enemy of My
Enemy Roy Dorman provides
an endangered time traveler a last-minute ally; Virtuality by Editor Kenneth J.
Crist describes a death via info
overload; for a glimpse into far future convent life, visit Editor A.M.
Stickel’s Virtuous Reality; George G.
Economou’s Walking to Class campus
nightmare exposes a student’s advanced chemical impairment; Whispering Ghosts
by George G. Economou is
inspired by the echoes of failed intimacy. In addition, poets Chris Friend (our
columnist), with 2 poems, and Dr. Mel Waldman, with 3, round out our repertoire
with a flourish. Thanks for reading, and keep writing.