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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Your Daily Ralph Book review of The Corpse on Broadstreet
Review of the Corpse
‘The Corpse on Broadstreet’ is a Pro Se Short by Jim Beard
and is a precursor for another story he has coming out called ‘The Corpse in
Make no mistake, this is a horror story first and foremost.
It ends with an unanswered mystery and a terrible disaster on all levels.
The Corpse is a villain on the level of The Joker or some other
demented madman who revels in death and terror, of which there is plenty in this
short. It is a bloody and horrific story about a city under siege.
What I don’t understand about the story (Which I’m sure will
be outlined more in the sequel) is why the Mayor is such a creep to his
outgoing DA who lost the election to a newcomer. What is even stranger is that
the newcomer, who is not set to be sworn into office for another two months, is
being ushered in ahead of time to take the incumbent DA’s place, a man who has
proven throughout this story to be more than capable of handling anything that
is thrown at him. The incumbent or lame duck DA is actually told to go do
something else by his supposed friend, the mayor, at stories end. Yet he’s
still in office for another two months.
So there is a mystery here on several fronts. Who is the
Corpse? (I have suspicions for three characters we already know of) Why is the
mayor betraying his friend? (Again I have suspicions that were alluded to.) How’d
this man (The Corpse) come to power? How’d he build a following amongst the
All in all this was a relatively quick read, and it had a
very high sense of tension running throughout. It was written with the usual
Jim Beard level of excellence we’ve all come to expect and it makes me want to
read more to find out where this mystery leads to.
A good short read and economically priced at .99 cents on