Rating: 5 stars
Josh Caplan is not just your average convenience store clerk. But that’s ok because the Quik-Mart where he works the night shift? Well, it has a hell portal out back, werewolves peeing on the outside ice machine, and an endless parade of weird customers from hell. Whether it is the zombies buying frozen burritos or a love lorn yeti, Josh handles it all with a commendable nonchalance and sangfroid far beyond his years. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that his oh so hot boyfriend is a 300 year old vampire with powers out the whazoo! Can anything upset Josh’s unflappability? Why yes, there is. All it takes is a visit from a voracious facial hair, an attack from an overcompensating Cthulhu, and a visit from the Hell Boss herself with a mission for Josh to make a job at Wendy’s look promising. It’s all here. Read it for yourself.
While it is true that I am addicted to all things Andrea Speed, Josh Caplan holds a special, albeit warped, place in my heart. With each new customer that walks the aisles to the freezer section, Josh is ready for anything, even if it’s a few extra cents from the Take A Penny tray to help him/them/it complete their purchase. That lovesick yeti from Peek-A-Boo (Book #2) is back and Josh calls him Professor Bobo as a nod to one of my favorites MST3K. Great smacks into wonderfulness! Josh has gotten fond of him and who wouldn’t? Then there is Colin, his vampire boyfriend who is fond of sweets, Bailey’s Irish Creme and rock n roll. He’s handy to have around when the hell customers get frisky or the human customers pose a threat. Yep, you read that right. Most of the time, it’s the humans that cause the most problems. Ok, that is par for the course at convenience stores anywhere. Moving on.
Triple Feature contains three new Josh of the Damned stories. Night of the Mustache, I Was Cthulhu’s Love Slave, and Interview With The Empire where we finally learn why Josh is so special. I started giggling from page 1 and didn’t stop until the end. I mean really. Stan Cthulhu? Stop it. Really, I mean it. Now I am going to have to start reading all over again.
Reading these stories are like munching on bonbons stuffed with weed. Oozy chocolately goodness on the outside, mindbending surprises on the inside. Combine all that with snappy dialog, outrageously memorable characters, and all too short stories and you have the Josh of the Damned series. Throw in some added sweetness as well, because it’s there too. I just love these books. Just thinking about them makes my day. Pick them up, and give them a read. Josh and company will make your day too.
Available from Riptide Publishing, Amazon and ARe.
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