Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Matt Wallace's ENVY OF ANGELS

So, if you've always wanted to know more about the pink slurry that is formed by varied and largely unknown means into chicken "nuggets" or if you think there's not enough speculative fiction about the highly competitive world of professional catering, OR if your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story just happens to be "The Festival", well, you're slightly nuts but Matt Wallace has you covered anyway, though not so much that maybe you deserve it but rather that you absolutely deserve it and the extant sequels already come and coming down the pike and ready to violate your little eye-holes.

S'all right? S'all right.

But also.caveat clowns. Possibly worse than Pennywise clowns. OMG clowns, etc

But so, Envy of Angels is the first entry in Wallace's Sin du Jour novella series, which focuses on the eldritch adventures of the owner and staff of a catering company with a very unusual (even diabolical) clientele whose tastes require extraordinary effort to satisfy. So, for instance, the crew involved in procuring ingredients are all half Indiana Jones, half Harry Dresden and half Repairman Jack. And yes, that's three halves and what part of "eldritch" weren't you understanding?

This first entry introduces us to a pair of new hires who are immediately sucked into a near impossible effort: finding a way to prepare a meal that tastes exactly like the expertly prepared flesh and blood of an angel but doesn't actually.contain any angel because who wants to kill and cook an angel?

And yes, this leads to adventure and horror and hijinks, because how could it not, you guys? How could it not?

Bonus points for some gawdawdful humor at the end, too. Holy shih!

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