I’m reading Matthew Davis‘ Red Sky Blues for the sixth time. This story, a fast paced tale set in the desert town of Hanford, California – a haven for dreadfully wicked and impossible beings, reminds me of the strange fantastical weirdness of our hometown. Certainly the weirdness in the book is exaggerated, nevertheless, it reminds me of the good things I miss about my home.
Twelve years of battling PTSD and learning to let shit I can’t change go, and the place I swore I had no love for I now find myself missing. The town of my youth was strange – small town USA filled with wonderful people, an odd history, rich folklore, and enough paranormal happenings to lend weight to the belief in the supernatural.
The Central Valley as a whole is an inspiration for all manner of writing. My town, specifically, has been a source of inspiration for the darker elements in my writing.
I never thought I’d say this, but I miss the desert. The unbearable heat, the unnaturally thick fog, the bitter winters, the farms, the dairies, even the smallness; I miss it all. Most of all I miss the incredible friends I left behind all those years ago.
Truth be told, if I could figure a way to support my family, I’d go back sooner rather than later.
As for Red Sky Blues, I can’t recommend this book enough. Any review I can offer falls short of the greatness of this book. If you enjoy weird occult thrillers, small town horror, mysteries of the supernatural hiding in plain sight, this is a book for you! The Kindle edition is fairly priced, but if you are like me, there is nothing quite like holding a solid paperback in your hand.
Red Sky Blues is the first in a new Urban Weird series. The storytelling is gripping and can be easily described as a page turner. It also comes stock with a few interior art pieces designed by comic artist Will Kirkby. –Z.