Reviews for Horrorwood PI
Jave Harron chapter 4 . 7/30/2011
Vamp City does indeed sound like an interesting arc. I like the in character little intro, reminds me of an old radio show intro or good cover blurb. I'll be following this to see what comes of it.
Jave Harron chapter 3 . 7/23/2011
This is my favorite Harrow adventure so far. A luchador, Aztec mythology (especially one of my favorite deities), and a nice twist at the end surprised me. I look forward to more of this series.
Jave Harron chapter 2 . 7/23/2011
Okay, this chapter seemed slower than the previous one, but also seemed a bit more tense. The events at the end were good ones, and Harrow as the combined sum of his parts and their "memories" makes for an interesting character. I did like Dr. Bones, and hope to see more of him.
dreamshell chapter 2 . 7/20/2011
I really liked this chapter; haunted Hollywood is such a fun and rich concept for pulp stories.

I was happy to see some more mention of Dwight's origins. I take it you'll gradually reveal more about the details, like the men he's made up from, particularly the one whose name he's taken on, etc., right? I certainly hope so. I liked the scene with Madame Strega and her comment to him; perhaps she'll pop up again (and maybe Big Eddie Brava)? One thing I would have liked to see was some brief glimpse or snippets of dialogue from some of the GIs Dwight's made from during the seance. That could've been some fun foreshadowing, but may have been too much too soon just yet.

I like the idea behind Bryce Bayard and Norma Oakes (I like the names you've been picking, btw). Were they based off of anyone from real classic Hollywood, either in regards to their history or people you might've modeled them after physically?

The implication as to Bryce's big secret is obvious, but I like that it wasn't stated outright. However, I have to question why Bryce doesn't get some sort of comeuppance in the end. What, just because he's sorry, he shouldn't at the very least go to jail? But I guess Dwight doesn't bother playing judge and jury.

Another minor quibble is that, although Van Sant was more of a plot device than a character, a tad more explanation could have been given for how he managed to actually invoke a ghost when he's a con. Just some offhand sentence or line of dialogue would have sufficed. Also, you do know Gus Van Sant is the name of a real director, right? It'd be less noteworthy except that the guy's alive right now and fairly well-known, at least in indie circles.

Anyway, enjoying the series. ;)
dreamshell chapter 1 . 7/18/2011
It follows closely to a formula, but you're definitely able to pull that stunt off well thanks to consistently stellar writing. Glad this one is sans the scared little kid. P
theparthenon chapter 1 . 7/10/2011
You did an amazing job with this story and I love the concept. You managed to stick to the time frame and even used realistic slang. I also loved the twists at the end and I love how you instantly get attached to the main character. You could easily make this into a series and I hope you do!
Jave Harron chapter 1 . 7/9/2011
Okay, this is a good way to introduce your new hero. Horrorwood PI is a bit more interesting than just a run of the mill occult detective. A franken-dick (pardon the language) is an interesting starting point. I do like Sophie, since she's a pretty cool conscience/morality pet character. Expanding your horizons is definitely a good move, and it paid off here. The squid, nereid, and climax was good. Looking forward to more.
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