The Fool Rules: “Magic Times” by Harvey Click

Ah, just look at him, in his jester hat, his snug, tattered jeans and red shirt – okay, he could use a little harlequin, but the effect is complete with that hat. And the way he walks in traffic. The vintage car is to die for, but I don’t really mean that literally. Don’t hit-and-run The Fool! He looks like the most awesome character I’ve seen in forever!

That said, I must hustle over to Amazon and order my own copy:

Magic Times by Harvey Click  via @amazon

Everybody wants a little magic—but just a little can do a lot of damage!

A young man not overly burdened with brains hitchhikes to Ohio in search of his runaway girlfriend, but he finds a lot more than he’s looking for. Soon Jason is chin-deep in a bizarre and perilous predicament involving a witch, a crippled magician, a sinister businessman, a mysterious stalker, and a book of magic that could bring about the end of the world.

Harvey Click, best known for his lurid horror tales, explores a different genre with this darkly comic coming-of-age novel. He mixes a tablespoon of black magic with a teaspoon of zesty sex, a sprinkle of savory satire, a dash of dire danger, a splash of spicy suspense, a pinch of pungent irony, a cup of coarsely ground comedy, and a full measure of sheer madness.

From the Author

… I set the novel in the not-too-distant past (1979) because I didn’t want its characters to have computers or smartphones. People today enjoy instant connection to the immaterial world of the Internet, and because of this there may be less interest than there used to be in the immaterial world of the mystical. Most of the characters of Magic Times are looking for some kind of magic or miracle to improve their lives; they’re seeking a non-Internet sort of connection to the immaterial, a hyperlink to a supernatural reality. Of course their quest doesn’t necessarily lead to enlightenment or bliss because, after all, this is a Harvey Click novel.

Despite the impossibility of finding any sort of genre to squeeze this book into, or maybe because of the impossibility, I’m quite proud of it, and I think it will please readers who like unusual novels that can’t be pigeon-holed. I can promise a quick-paced yarn with plenty of laughter and surprises, some chills and thrills, and maybe even a hint of demented wisdom flitting around in the madness.

5 out of 5 stars from Amazon Reviewer June 30, 2015: Coming of Age in the Comical Magical Hell known as Reality By Kevin Orth 

Horror master Harvey Click brings us a hilariously dark coming of age story in the comical magical hell known also known as reality–in Columbus, Ohio, 1979. Protagonist Jason leaves the hollers of West Virginia and heads straight for Ohio, like many before him, but instead of a normal college and capitol town he enters an occult maze full of shady characters, a demoness or two, some infernally hot sex, journeys to other dimensions and plenty of other wild adventures. He even reads a book, perhaps for the first time ever, and finds in those pages that “them was magic times”….. Magic indeed the hidden, just below the surface world of imagination, fantasy and diabolical surprises, as near as your next ride down the wrong–or right?–ride on the cosmic hitchhiker’s journey. Click takes us down some scary alleys, though as some prating Pollyanna once wrote about another great author, “Through all the blasphemies and obscenities of (his) tormented prose, one can perceive the sad but beneficent face of a man whose tender concern for human anguish transcends his vituperative imprecations.” Good stuff.

 Harvey Click earned an M.A. in English from Ohio State University, using his first novel as a master’s thesis. He has written five novels, four of them in the horror genre, and numerous short stories. He has taught English and creative writing for Ohio University, Ohio State University, the James Thurber House, and OSU’s Creative Arts Program.

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novelist, reviewer, editor, book critic for Liberty Island and Perihelion Science Fiction; native prairie/guerilla gardener; champion of liberty, indie authors & underdogs; one of the top two reviewers in Editors &Preditors Poll 2015; Amazon Vine, NetGalley Top Reviewer
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