Thursday December 23rd, 2010

The Year-End Pits

For the site’s regular feature The Cherry & the Pit, I look for cherries, I really do. For various reasons I won’t bore you with (besides the obvious one), they’re not always easy to find. Pits, on the other hand… So this last installment of the feature for 2010 is just three pits. Enjoy:

Teresa Frohock’s debut Miserere: An Autumn Tale, in which an exiled exorcist who, having once abandoned his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his twin sister’s soul, must now save that lover from a demonic possession before his sister leads the Fallen Angel’s hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven’s frontline of defense between Earth and Hell.

Jeremy Wagner’s The Armageddon Chord, in which an ancient and evil song written in hieroglyphics is discovered; once transcribed and performed, the song will bring the Apocalypse upon the Earth and a gifted guitarist finds himself caught between the forces of good and evil.

Rexanne Becnel’s The Thief’s Only Child, the story of a woman whose toddler has been killed in a car accident and later adopts the child of her daughter’s killer, first out of vengeful motives but then comes to love the child.

That last one really intrigues me as a unique example of taking a genre too far. Holding a grudge against your daughter’s killer? Sure. Common enough. Adopting a child for revenge? You lost me.