The Haunted Hillbilly: A Novel

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Soft Skull Press, Sep 13, 2004 - Fiction - 112 pages
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A new title in Soft Skull’s ShortLit series, The Haunted Hillbilly reads like both a vintage 1950s issue of Tales from the Crypt and a 21st-century re-imagining 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 and 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  - Carol420 - LibraryThing

My Thoughts: A factious Hank Williams, a factious Grand Ol' Opry, a factious Nudie (the Western Wear guy) who happens to be a gay vampire who runs a sideshow on the side complete with wax museum and ... Read full review

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User Review  - blakefraina - LibraryThing

Derek McCormack’s prose is honed to a razor sharp point. It’s so precise, the words are so well-chosen, that you scarcely notice how few of them there actually are. This is a lean, mean little novel ... Read full review

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Derek McCormack is the author of the short story collections Dark Rides and Wish Book (Gutter Press 2000 and 2002; forthcoming in a single volume from Akashic Books, June 2004). He has been nominated for the City of Toronto Book Award and for a National Magazine Award. His non-fiction has appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including Nest, Saturday Night, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post. He was born in Peterborough, Ontario; he lives in Toronto.

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