December 9, 2015

Undead Noir: a review of Stephen Kozeniewski's "Braineater Jones"

Braineater Jones
by Stephen Kozeniewski
Red Adept Publishing (2014)
5 hrs. 55 mins.

Braineater Jones is so steeped in the hard-boiled detective genre of the mid-twentieth century it pays homage to, you might say it is saturated. The tone, the characters, the dialogue, it all feels so pulpy in its approach, the addition of zombies doesn't seem like so far a stretch.

Jones is a zombie, and he's pretty sure that's a recent development despite suffering from amnesia. With foul play involved, he embarks to solve his own murder, taking on a zombified severed head named Alcibe as his sidekick.

Alcibe the talking zombie head kind of stole the show in a lot of scenes in which he was featured. From the get-go as he introduced himself to Braineater Jones and demonstrated his tenaciousness to escape his prison of a jar by basically wobbling about on his neck stump, I was pretty much on board with Alcibe. and credit to Steve Rimpici for great voice work, as well. Loved it.

Aside from Alcibe, Steve Rimpici's range of voices for this story was fantastic. While Braineater Jones' gruff private-eye voice dominated much of the story, that was fine by me. Maybe you remember Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'. That stalky, tough-as-nails, broken-glass-as-chewing-gum kind of voice is, dare I say, trumped by Rimpici's gravelly delivery as Braineater Jones.

Overall, the audiobook was a wholly entertaining experience with tremendous voice-acting that lifts up what few shortcomings may come from a story that involves so much genre mashing.


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  2. Thank you for the great review! Glad you enjoyed the audiobook.