I earlier received Hutching’s The New Death and Others, which I liked for the Dunsany-ish vibe of its stories and poetry, but Case of the Syphilitic Sister surprised me by going in a very different direction, this time emulating the style and tone of 1930’s pulps.
I’ll have to hand it to Hutchings – he got me where my weakness lies, but with enough modern touches that the reading feels new. I particularly like Hutchings’ riff on the superhero crimefighter team, a la The Shadow and his confreres, but with a very modern twist in the handling of identities.
That novelty and curiosity about the title case is enough to keep me following the serial, though I do have to say there are some rough spots in the writer’s changes of viewpoint character. Well, it’s a serial, so it won’t be difficult to improve the suceeding chapters. It’s really great fun to have pulp-style serials back though. Yep, it’s 2012, an era has ended according to the Mayan calendar, and the good stuff is back.