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By Tom Piccirilli
CLOWN within the MOONLIGHT is predicated partially at the real tale of Ricky Kasso, the so-called Acid King, who murdered a pal within the Northport woods again in '84 claiming devil advised him to do it, then proceeded to deliver highschool classmates to view the mutilated physique for days later on. Occult, hardboiled, and noir issues input the combination as a anonymous drifter teaches Ricky and buddies what the genuine nature of hell is actually all approximately. Extras comprise the 1st bankruptcy of Tom's imminent Bantam hardcover THE final type phrases (due out June 5), the 1st bankruptcy of his digital-only darkish delusion novel NIGHTJACK, and the quick horror tale "Shadder."
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They hurried on ahead. I ducked into the dark under an arch, and not a moment too soon. Along came the other crew. They were looking mighty haggard. One fellow flung up an arm and waved at my crowd. ” he called. ” The whole bunch hurried by. I counted eight of them. Not a constable in the bunch. Not one in uniform, at least. That made me durn glad I’d outfoxed them. Well, I stayed where I was for a while, catching my wind and trying to figure out a safe move. Returning to the streets didn’t seem to be it.
The bed stopped moving. There was some hard breathing as if they’d both tuckered themselves out. Then the man swung his legs over the side. He got into his boots, stood up and stepped over to the table by the head of the bed. Coins jangled. “A bit of something extra for you, Mary,” he said. ” He bent over his coat and picked it up. “You wouldn’t want me to be going back out on such a night, now would you? ” “Be a dear. Please. I’m in arrears. ” “Take care,” was all he said. Then the bolt slid back.
It’d be wrong to polish him off, or so we were both convinced at the time, but I got to worrying about what might befall us if he should wake up. When her lecture ran down, I got off my chair and said, “We’ve got to do something about him, you know? ” We both stared at him. So far, he hadn’t stirred. But he was snoring a bit. “I know just the thing,” I said, and hurried off to my room. I returned a moment later with a pair of steel handcuffs, a Christmas gift from Uncle William who thought I’d make a fine constable one day and wished to whet my appetite for the calling.
Clown in the Moonlight by Tom Piccirilli