Hoods, Hot Rods, And Hellcats is an anthology of original crime fiction set in Postwar America, the era that gave birth to our consumer driven culture. For the emergent superpower, a good consumer was a patriot. Dollars bought “happiness” and undermined the diabolical Red menace. Even more than that, a good consumer was a homogenized suburbanite—making Draper’s job cake.
However, for the men and women changed by the war, accepting the lockstep didn’t come easy—if at all. If you throw in the “teen-ager” and a bunch of hillbillies singing rock’n'roll, you’ve got trouble…
“…the world of Hoods, Hot Rods, and Hellcats is a dirty cocktail of fact, fable, fears, and fantasies. The 1950s are recreated one more time but here it’s with a savage, razor-honed edge you’ll never find in Grease, Happy Days, or American Graffitti.” —From the Introduction by Mick Farren.
There’s murder and robbery, shootouts and knife fights, car chases and drag races, good girls and bad girls, and a lot of troubled men. Hoods opens with a brilliant introduction from counterculture icon Mick Farren, then busts you in the mush with eight lengthy tales from Eric Beetner, Chad Eagleton, Matthew Funk, Christopher Grant, Heath Lowrance, David James Keaton, Thomas Pluck. Oh, and I managed to sneak my way in somehow.
So what’s inside?
-A young woman constructs her murderous identity from her father’s stash of lurid paperbacks.
-A hot rod mechanic’s relationship with his troubled wife redlines when his brother returns home from the War.
-Passing through a small town, a former Marine finds his girl and a whole lot of trouble.
-A pair of brothers on a robbery spree cut a bloody swath through the Southwest until they encounter a little girl with a stuffed rabbit.
-A young boy discovers just how far he’ll go for rock ‘n’ roll.
-A lonely girl and an emotionally scarred vet face a beachside showdown with a violent motorcycle gang.
-A teenager follows the girl of his dreams into a high-octane nightmare.
-Two generations of men named Jake obsess over a girl named Cherry.
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