Review: A. Lee Martinez, “Gil’s All Fright Diner”

This is a thoroughly enjoyable read, a fast-paced romp through the standard b-movie tropes: vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and lurking eldritch horrors, not to mention a jailbait sorceress.

The story is taut and unflagging, the characters are well-rounded and personable, and the writing is breezy and uncluttered. Martinez takes what at first glance sounds like yet another post-pomo goth reconstruction – hick vampire and trucker werewolf help rid a truckstop diner of zombies – and imbues it with more than enough life to send it a furlong or two past the usual black-clad offerings.
I gotta admit: for an impulse buy, “Gil’s All Fright Diner” was a pretty good book.


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