Spotlight: Toni Odell
Since I have started Rune Morgan Horror I have meet so many wonderful people in the horror community. So when author William Pattison, the man who brought us the Camp Crystal Lake YA novels, announced Artists in Horror month I thought it would be a great time to introduce you to some of them. Yesterday, your phantom librarian spotlighted the work of R.M. DuChene over on Death Rattle, a blog featuring his wonderfully visceral brand of dark. Today…
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS, STEP RIGHT UP AND BE AMAZED! STEP INTO THE TENT AND MEET A FIEND UNLIKE ANY OTHER! SO TOSS ME A DIME AND COME SEE TONI ODELL AND HER TRAVELING SIDESHOW OF FREAKS!
Toni Odell is a fiend I had the pleasure of meeting over on Twitter. As I do with the vast majority of the people who follow me, I checked out her website which I met with devilish glee. Odell has recently published her first novella, The Devil Brigade, which has been met with some pretty enticing reviews. The book is set during 1890, the back end of the Victorian era and a time to which I feel a personal connection. But instead of focusing on some haunted house or Steampunk fantasy, as so many books about this era will do, Toni’s book looks at the freak shows that were so popular at the time.
The blurb on her website read as follows:
1890s: Freak shows are at the height of popularity in the US. Carnival goers rush the stage to see what oddities will leave them awake at night. The most popular freak on display at Ringmaster Tom’s show is Ben, known to the fans as Bubonic Boy: Black Death – Alive!
Despite his success, he is never content as he can’t seem to remember who he was before he met Ringmaster. He begins to seek answers and comes across dark, strange secrets that could cost him his life…
Victorian era, freak shows, and horror… I could barely contain myself. Apparently with good reason too. Nelson W. Pyles, host of The Wicked Library, stated that, “Odell delivers the goods in a strong voice evocative of a darker Twain or more accurately, Joe Lansdale if he were from New York and not Texas.” And from over at Horrorhounds.net comes, “Toni Odell hit one out of the park with this gem.”
Since following her, Toni has proven to be a very “pay-it-forward” kind of author also. Friends and followers are able to send images of their own projects to her and she will provide them with free exposure through her site’s Friends and Horrorhounds section. I strongly suggest heading over to her site, Toni Odell Books, and finding her on Twitter, @ToniOdellBooks. Oh, and that image at the start is the cover and, if you happen to click on it, you will find that you can purchase a copy of The Devil Brigade.