SMOOTHEN SILKY: DEMON FIGHTING PIMP shouldn’t work.
Well, it shouldn’t work as anything other than a short sketch on a TV comedy show. The premise is that there’s a super cool pimp – so not a real pimp in anyway; instead an amalgam of a thousand blaxploitation movies, 1970s cop show stereotypes and, yes, TV sketch shows – who works for an agency which fights demons. Oh yes, and these demons largely come in the form of frat boys.
It really is that silly and ridiculous. But here’s the thing, Derek Slaton just about makes it work. It should be a sketch on a TV show, but he manages to force the idea it into a full length entertaining novel.
Even so it’s hard to miss that the characters are one note, it’s plot utterly ridiculous and – with its central character being who he is – the female characters are little more than breasts and attitude. And yet I still ended up reading it with a stupid smile on my face.
Whether I’ll read the second in the series, I don’t know – that might be pushing things too far. But then maybe one day, I’ll want something brash and silly which doesn’t take itself at all seriously, and MIDGET WITH A CHAINSAW is what I’ll go for.