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The Boogeyman’s Intern by Matt Betts

June 1, 2018 - 4:43 am 1 Comment

I have the pleasure to kick off the blog tour for The Boogeyman’s Intern. The Boogeyman’s Intern takes a lighthearted look at things that go bump in the night.

The Boogeyman’s Intern by Matt Betts
Published by Raw Dog Screaming Press 1st June 2018
218 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

As a child, did you have an imaginary friend. Did the tooth fairy visit you when you lost a tooth. These and other creatures all live together on the Hill, rubbing shoulders with the Gods from the ancient beliefs.
Abe was an imaginary friend, good at his job until he got bored. On his final strike, the committee gave him one more chance, find out who killed one of the elite, the boogeyman Ira. Being the first policeman on the Hill, he puts together a team involving his friend Zane another boogeyman and career counsellor Brady. One big problem, he did not know where to start, so had to rely on his connections in the otherworld.
Living in a land of imaginaries, you come across quite a lot of weird and wonderful characters and it is not often that you read about Norse Gods rubbing shoulders with tooth fairy assistants. Ade was a comical character who relied a lot on his quick comments. Coming across as sarcastic he did rub quite a few people up the wrong way. One of my favourite characters was Brady, who reminded me of one of those aging hippies who would be at camp singing Kumbaya.
I enjoyed how the author brought some of the human world into the Hill, Zane’s obsessiveness over a police badge and Ade would fall back on police TV shows he watched when he was an imaginary friend. What starts out with a mysterious death soon turns into a matter of life and death. The story was a quick read and I really got into it until about 50% as Ade was shown into a cave housing all sorts of strange creatures. This stopped me in my tracks as I could not understand where the story was going but as I kept reading, it became clear the reason for that particular journey. Throughout the story you find out more of Abe former life and his relationship with the human boy Truman. There are some laugh out loud moments thanks to Ade and a unlikely character of a deranged Tooth Fairy, and there were times when you felt sorry for the life Ade had and the troubles he had to overcome. The story reminded me of Monsters Inc. for adults as like the film, the imaginaries relied on children to believe in them
This is the first book I have read by this author and I am interested in to reading more of his work. If you like your fantasy read with a difference than pick up this book.

About the Author
Each night Matt Betts fills a bathtub full of pop culture and then soaks in it, absorbing it through every pore. It’s not pretty. The Ohio native is the author of the speculative poetry collections Underwater Fistfight and See No Evil, Say No Evil, as well as the novels Odd Men Out and Indelible Ink. He lives in Columbus with his wife and their two boys.
Raw Dog Screaming Press’ Science Fiction/ Adventure Imprint, Dog Star Books, Thrives
In 2013 RDSP celebrated its 10th year in publishing by launching a Science Fiction imprint, Dog Star Books, to much fanfare. The initial releases have received lots of critical praise. Dog Star Books brings readers’ favorite sub-genres of Science Fiction Adventure under the imprint’s unifying brand. Explosive covers by artist Bradley Sharp invoke the ideas of new pulp, strange worlds, and futures that never were or will be. Dog Star is the destination where meta meets pop, where intellect is fun, and where imagination pulses in all its sensual glory.