Friday, December 03, 2004

Red Christmas

"Red Christmas" by Steve Hockensmith, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Jan/Feb, 2005.

This was a funny story. A little silly, no, strike that, a lot silly, but enjoyable. I especially liked the subdued and understated reactions of Hank and Frank, otherwise known as Ribbons and Bows. In a story so over-the-top, subdued and understated stands out like Darth Vader in a snowfield.

The only thing I would have changed was the heavy dialect of the bad guys. Way overdone, in my opinion. I don't like dialect. I like to indicate foreign accents with speech rhythms rather than trying to transcribe the sound itself. But then in a story like this, overdone is just staying in the groove.

Have fun.


At 1:42 PM, Blogger Steve Hockensmith said...

Hey, Bob! I'm glad you liked my story. And, yeah -- the kooky Russian accents might be a bit much. My wife told me to take them out, too!

I'm really happy to see someone's going out of their way to cast a critical online eye on short mystery fiction. You can bet I'll be dropping by to read your reviews (and whatever else you post) on a regular basis.

And in case you're wondering, I found your site this morning via Jim Winter's blog. Does he get some kind of kickback out of that?

-Steve H.

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