At The Slaughtered Bird, I reviewed Hildred Rex’s anthology The Chicken (or 3 Weird Tales):
The first story, A Slinking Agent of the Devil (at 3AM), transports the reader to the heat and sweat and tumult of post-World War One New Orleans, when only jazz could keep the dreaded serial murderer the Axman at bay. Rex doesn’t shy away from the lingo, mores, or general attitude of the time, which puts him head and shoulders above those writers who either sanitize the era’s casual racism to appeal to a broader, virgin-eared audience, or exaggerate it to establish the writer’s own moral bona-fides. Gory and gritty if not entirely suspenseful, it’s a fun story.
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