Back when I read Mia’s story, ‘Brandy City‘ (in AfroSF – Science Fiction by African Writers) I knew that Ivor Hartmann had found a storyteller with loads of talent and balls, and Mia once again proves this with ‘Pigs in Golfs’.
On one hand, it’s a love story, showing us a husband and wife and giving us a snapshot of their lives together. They are sensual and driven, satisfied and happy, and unafraid of their appetites. She is hiding something from him, something important yet unproven, and he indulges in a dangerous hobby, dodging not only death but also the Law.
On the other hand this is the tale of a despicable killer, a murderer of twisted appetites possessed of an even more twisted worldview. He is so sick that he could very well be an ‘it’, though Mia manages to beautifully straddle the line between monster and madman with a creepy and brilliant balancing act – there are hectic scenes in this tale, scenes that will make you flinch and grimace and you may, perhaps, find yourself wanting to set down your eReader. You won’t, though.
Because it’s when these three people collide (and the reader can see the collision coming, like being stuck in traffic and seeing an accident unfold in dreadful slow motion) that the tale is at its most visceral and shocking. I was left silent and stunned as the events played out, and then got another kick in the stomach for good measure at the tale’s end.
I’m seriously looking forward to more from Mia – she’s the kind of storyteller that is unafraid and the kind of writer that knows how to use words to pull, pinch, torture, sicken and elicit smiles. An amazing talent!
10 / 10
Check out the awesome soundtrack to ‘Pigs in Golfs‘, composed and created by Adolf De Beer, at Fox and Raven’s SoundCloud stream – it fits in beautifully (and creepily) with the tale!
To order your e-copies of ‘Pigs in Golfs‘ click here for Amazon US and here for Amazon UK, and don’t forget to visit Fox and Raven regularly for more awesome fiction! And check out Mia’s WordPress blog for more info on her and her work.
Until Monday, have an awesome weekend and