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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Review: K. W. Jeter's "Riding Bitch"

This originally appeared in Ellen Datlow's anthology, Inferno.  Now it's available as a short ebook.

The title refers to the vulgar (in the defining sense, not the opining sense) phrase for riding pillion--one person riding behind the other.  The uncomfortable title sets the proper tone for an uncomfortable tale:  A man tries to drive off on his motorcycle with his dead girlfriend.  To escape the notice of the cops, his friend handcuffs her behind him, but this is awkward at best.  He comes into some near run-ins and begins feel and hear his  girlfriend talking to him.  Is she really?

Strangely, despite its tone, the story's characters love grow on you.

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