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By Gone Daze by Wllm Worth is about Red Gambly and his life in the Salvage Yard of this name, handed down to him by his grandfather via his father. Red is barely able to make ends meet, only covering his property taxes by doing two shifts a week as a bouncer at the local strip club. That is, until a new customer turns up, paying big bucks for odd items. And ‘odd’ is the word, because the stranger – dressed all in black – arrives to collect his purchases at midnight, driving a ghastly black, horse-drawn wagon and accompanied by a team of … well, who knows? Could the stranger be somebody that a good Christian man should not mix with? But his money is good and the extra income seems, in turn, to boost our hero’s chances with Norma, who works at the local store.
By Gone Daze is a very short novelette, just about 34 pages long but a good, well-structured and amusing read it is. This is classified as a horror story – but if you want to be scared then this is not the book for you. Red is so secure in his righteous Christianity that he treats the newcomer as just another customer, albeit a very rich one, so he is not intimidated by the horrors visited upon him. But the thought of a hillbilly redneck just chatting with the Devil is an amusing concept and the story draws you in. The author’s writing style recreates the dialects of Red, Norma and his visitor while making the whole thing believable and readable.