HEAVENLY PAIN, a short story.

I enjoy writing what I call Border Pulp, heavy in violence and the paranormal. There are places like Hector Rosales’ Tuna Club, a bar and brothel. But the name and the characters are imaginary. Hector and Rocky with no last name appeared in The In-Ko-Pah Spirit, the first in this series. Both are bad guys, but with redeeming qualities, which gives them interesting layers.

One of the strongest characters is the landscape, the dark hidden canyons, caves and quiet springs that hide danger. Not to mention the back streets of a border town. I’ve been through a lot of them. But ignoring the back streets that exist in every city including the U.S and Mexico, Mexicali is considered one of the highest educated of the Mexican/American Border cities.

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“Heavenly Pain” was one of the strangest stories I’ve read in quite a while, and I don’t mean that in a negative way, since it was also one of those stories that I couldn’t put down. Hector Rosales, a brothel owner, was a tough guy, a man that no one who valued their life messed with. When the lowly woodcutter and deeply religious Arlo showed an interest in Hector’s mother, Hector made it clear to both of them that if Arlo came near his mother, he would kill him. So when Hector caught the couple in flagrante delicto, Arlo’s fate was sealed. In a bizarre twist, Hector and Arlo agreed on a cruel, painful punishment that would satisfy both of them. At this point in the story, things got a bit gruesome, but to say any more would be a spoiler.

It’s a nice piece of imaginative fiction by the author, Wally Runnels.

A review copy of the book was provided by the author.


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