The Haunted Hillbilly

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ECW Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Fiction - 124 pages
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The Haunted Hillbilly reads like both a vintage 1950s issue of Tales from the Crypt and a 21st-century reimagining of Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. This historical first-person narrative is told by Nudie, ``The Rodeo Tailor'' (perhaps most famous for dressing Elvis Presley), a gay couturier who, in Derek McCormack's world, also happens to be a vampire. As the story evolves with its magical poetic cadence and minimalist style, Nudie makes, then breaks, the career of Hank, a country-and-western singer at the Grand Ole Opry. Inspired by the real-life observations of country music promoter Oscar Davis, who saw it all and told it all in a series of tapes suppressed by the Country Music Foundation, The Haunted Hillbilly conjures the seamy queer underbelly beneath country music's sparkling, sequined surface.

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User Review  - Vestal McIntyre - Goodreads

A grotesque and utterly delicious little shocker. I read it years ago, but still get a chill when I think of the last line. Read full review

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User Review  - Joey Comeau - Goodreads

The first of Derek McCormack's weird, hilarious trilogy. Hank Williams and his flashy suits, made for him by a gay vampire obsessed with his ass. His wife doesn't like that one bit, but things don't ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

\Derek McCormack is the author of two short story collections set in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario: Dark Rides and Wish Book: A Catalogue of Stories. He is co-author of Wild Mouse, which was nominated for the 1999 Toronto Book Award. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies in Canada and the U.S.A. His non-fiction has appeared in the National Post, Saturday Night, Elm Street, and Blood & Aphorisms. In 2001, he received an Honorable Mention at the National Magazine Awards for "Boo! A Halloween ABC," which appeared in Saturday Night. Stargaze, a short movie based on his story of the same name, has appeared at numerous Canadian and international film festivals. Derek McCormack lives in Toronto.

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