I've heard the name Norman Partridge bandied about once in a while as a name in horror and fantasy literature to look out for. Well, I've been looking, but his is a name among many on my watch list that never appears on my local bookshelves.
From what I understand the guy has a real knack of blending the horrific with the fantastical that is akin to days of yore when "The Twilight Zone" was on TV with Rod Serling looking into your soul. I love "The Twilight Zone" and if an author who can write well and offers a chance to remember those childhood chills, I'm game.
This year marks the publication of a collection of short stories from Partridge called Lesser Demons. First of all, I love the title. Secondly, the descriptions by Subterranean Press of some of these stories makes me salivate.
One story called "The Iron Dead" involves a pulp-style protagonist "with a mechanical hand built in Hell." And other story deals with a mutant spider battling toy soldiers in some dystopian wasteland. Oh yes, this sounds like it's right up my alley.
Have you heard of his work before? If you've read it, what did you think of it?