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The Dreadful Death of Edgar Switchblade
Created by JoeMason on 8/25/2014 12:23:05 PM

Deranged backwoods gospel musician Lonesome Wyatt has released a second book, The Dreadful Death of Edgar Switchblade. It may or may not be a morality tale, but it certainly has a high body count! Joe "Mr. M" Mason reviews.


Backwoods country ghoul Lonesome Wyatt adds another story to the saga of the cannibal bounty hunter Edgar Switchblade. He offers The Dreadful Death of Edgar Switchblade as the second book, but the character features on Those Poor Bastards’ album Behold the Abyss and the yuletide Krampus Unmerciful. Per the title, Edgar dies, but he’s not going to let it slow down his righteous mission of bloodshed.

Switchblade and his equine night-mare Red are hired to defend a town from the plague of zombies summoned by the wizard Solomon Gorgoth. He gets killed, pretty much zombified and descends to Gorgoth’s underworld lair. Above or below, he indulges in over-the-top blood and gore. Each sentence seems to be designed to repel. This may be the point.

The first novel, The Terrible Tale of Edgar Switchblade, takes its cues from pulp westerns and takes a turn toward the weird fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. The Dreadful Death transitions from pulp to phantasmagorical morality (mortality?) tales in the vein of Lautréamont’s Maldoror or Huysmans’ Là-Bas. Surreal scenes of horror and degradation serve as warnings. The coarse, cloven-hoofed Edgar Switchblade responds to every situation with a taste for flesh and cartoon-like levels of violence, but his overall mission is one of holy righteousness. Like DC Comics Spectre, the spirit of vengeance who insures that the punishment fits the crime as graphically as possible, Edgar shows single-minded devotion but does not have a shot at redemption.

Lonesome Wyatt plays with similar themes in Those Poor Bastards. The band plays a malevolent version of hillbilly gospel. In adopting the preacher persona, he comments on religious hypocrisies and hysteria, but he cannot help but bring along some of the morality. Like DeSade, it can be read as social commentary and possibly even parody, but probes our darker aspects.

As Edgar puts it, “This is all Christianly work you can bet on it.”

 

The Dreadful Death of Edgar Switchblade is available through the Tribulation Recording Co. Store at http://thosepoorbastards.com/store/books/dreadful-death-of-edgar-switchblade-paperback-book.

 

Mr. M plays theremin and other oddball musical devices in the old-timey mad scientist band The White City Rippers and twangs washtub bass in the steampunk Britney Spears tribute band Spears and Gears. He also spins the amber oldies with the Lords & Ladies DJ crew.

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