Rodney is the hilarious, fast-paced story of what happens when a horny teenage boy becomes an incompetent vampire.
"Dick Baldwin’s novel Rodney is the most brilliantly appalling, magnificently discomforting, and grimly outrageous work of fiction I have ever lifted to my once-innocent eyes. For society’s losers, it is a revelation and a gospel, sacred in its uproarious profanity; for society’s winners, it is a Voice from Below – an uncompromising reflection of the all-enveloping Mediocrity that equally defines the greatest and the smallest of men.
"The oppressed, overlooked, and miserable have found their new hero in Rodney; in Gulpo Plains and the exquisitely conceived Underworld of Baldwin’s imagination, their new reality-beyond-reality: the dark reverse of the glowing screen, where humans and demons differ only in shape.
"Every reader – whether willing or no – will become a permanent captive of Mr. Baldwin’s bleak, bewildering, and horrifying world, and will go forth hereafter with eyes newly opened, saying, 'God help us! Everything is just as he says!'”
- Damien T. Tomanauthor of The Poet and His Muse and The Language of Scars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DICK BALDWIN drifted into writing after an acting career he felt was unfulfilling. Being a member of the founding chapter of the international organization The Sons of the Desert, and acting as its first corresponding secretary, Baldwin began writing short comedy pieces for other members. Marvin Kaye, a fellow Son, discovered these writings and gave Baldwin an opportunity to submit a short story of a serious nature to an anthology he was preparing at the time. The book was published in 1975 by Popular Library as "Fiends and Creatures" and it contains Dick Baldwin's "The Shadow Watchers", which he describes as a satire of a creaky old melodrama dressed up as a modern horror story.
Born and raised on Long Island in New York, he now lives in Bronxville, just forty-five minutes from Broadway. When not writing he spends his time in pursuit of the numerous films and books he's missed over his lifetime, and perfecting the art of tea infusion.
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