The Revenant Road
Drollerie Press, 2009
Names are important to me. Especially names in fiction. I’m of the opinion that you can tell a lot about a fictional character on name alone and that a bad name can ruin a good a character. So when I came across the name Obadiah Grudge a huge smile spread across my face. I’ve come across few names that are as evocative, original, and fun as Obadiah Grudge; it is a name that fits the character like a glove. The Revenant Road is humorous and over-the-top action/horror novel filled with great dialogue and creative world-building.
The story begins with the death of Obadiah’s father, Marcus. It is quickly revealed to Obadiah, first by his mother Lenore (another great name!) and then by his father’s former partner Neville (the “crusty prophet;” a description that somehow manages to work to surprising effect) that Marcus comes from a long line of monster hunters. Obadiah, a successful if somewhat hacky writer of crime thrillers, of course doesn’t believe, or at least doesn’t want to believe, in this new world. As it happens Obadiah is constantly thrust, kicking and screaming, into a world he doesn’t want to believe and is forced to confront the presence of the weird in his life since a very young age.