New Pulp-Fiction is a Blood Bath

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J. R. Parks’s new book blends horror and comedy

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Southern Gothic is the slow cooked, bloody-nosed mistress that gets even with a pick ax and a .44

The line between creepy and drop-dead hilarious is surprisingly thin. Think about it: screams of horror sound pretty close to howls of laughter. And who among us hasn’t been scared out of our wits by our slightly-deranged friend who loves a good practical joke. Your gasp of shock quickly disintegrates into a fit of giggles as soon as you realize you’ve been pranked. Yep, fear and joy – however hard it is to admit – are different sides of the same coin, and never is this fact more apparent than in J. R. Parks’s uproarious novel, The Gospel of Bucky Dennis.

Bucky Dennis, an ex-high school football star, Vietnam veteran and divorced father of two, is about to find himself in a blood bath as every matter of demonic beastie, creature, monster and ghoul congregate in his town of Verney, Mississippi to conduct every manner of evil. The slack-jawed, “bayou bubba” Bucky Dennis is America’s great hope for a devil-free future.

Reminiscent of the cultish wit of grindhouse flicks, Parks writes with a funny bone bigger than most. He’s that classmate who always spoke in witty entendres. You know, the one who always made you feel a little sub-par when it took you a second to come up with an equally amusing response (and by “equally” we mean “never quite there”). Parks also has another thing going for him – an effortless Southern charm. Forgetting for a moment that he was born in California, Parks raps poetically on a staple of gothic literature – Southern Gothic. “Southern Gothic is the slow cooked, bloody-nosed mistress that gets even with a pick ax and a .44,” he writes on his website. “Ultimately, she’s the American genre that isn’t afraid to wade knee-deep through murky water. She climbs out onto perfectly sturdy tree limbs and starts sawing at the knot. Southern Gothic lets us get damn personal with the anti-hero and experience the hero’s journey from a profoundly flawed place.”

The Gospel of Bucky Dennis offers a sticky plate-full of screams, thrills, and laughs, with a side order of tongue-in-cheek cleverness dripping from the side. It’s a dish not to be missed.

About the Author
Born at 11:11 a.m. on the 22nd of September in the hot, dry town of Mission Viejo, California, J. R. Parks was weaned on monster flicks, ghost stories, wizards and lightsabers. He’s seen Jaws over a hundred times, can’t get enough of Clive Barker’s mad scratching, and dreamt, from the beginning, of the day he’d take pen to paper and show those monsters what for.

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Parks is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association (HWA).


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