#FeaturedFriday Review -Judge Santiago Burdon

As a part of our effort to showcase new authors on our website, we are using the FREE publicity section to publish one featured review from an author every Friday to help authors find new readers, and readers new books.

This week, we are featuring author Judge Santiago Burdon from the Horror/Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre


On an unseasonably cool July morning in Chicago, equivalent to David Copperfield , Judge Burdon was born on a Friday. The Bronte Sisters, Keats, Burns and Dickens inspired his study of English Literature. He attended Universities in the United States, London and Paris directing his focus on Victorian novels and authors. His short stories and poems have been featured in; The Remnant Leaf, Stay Weird and Keep Writing, Independent Writer’s Podcast, Spillwords, The Beatnik Cowboy, Down in the Dirt Magazine, The Raven Cage, Eskimo Pie, Across The Margin, Story Pub, Scarlet Leaf Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, The Stray Branch and Anti-Heroin Chic. Judge’s first book “Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales.”was published in January 2020 by HST PRESS. He is presently engaged in finishing his Novel “Imitation of Myself.” A non-fiction story encompassing his experiences as a drug runner for a Mexican Cartel. Judge celebrated his 66th birthday last July and lives modestly in Costa Rica.

Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales

Wayne F. Burke Review of “Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales” Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2020 “clouds like art in the sky…the angel’s Play Doh.” these stories are expeditions into dangerous states of mind and body. Borrowing from the script of the godfather of “gonzo,” Hunter S. Thompson, Burdon has created something memorable. The narrator of these twisted and oftentimes hilarious tales is “Santiago” (“Santi”), an unregenerate and mostly unrepentant druggie and ex-jailbird. A roster of campaneros serve Santi as sidekicks on his nefarious journeys running drugs and seeking kicks. None–with a notable exception–bring to the narrative the same menace and deranged sensibility as did Raoul Duke’s partner in crime, “Dr. Gonzo,” Duke’s hulking Samoan “attorney” (in FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS). The exception is Santi’s ex-prison carnal Johnny Rico, a drug and alcohol-fueled loose-canon whose outrageousness rivals that of the “Dr” and leads Santi into all manner of adventurous mayhem…Burdon’s prose is clear, and language concise: spiced with the Spanish of his streetwise bilingualism, and not without serious intent either, as you can gleam from his sketch of New Orleans at night: “…the sun begins to set, permitting the night to spill its darkness into a jealous sky pouting over the absence of its stars, their sparkle obscured by the clouds bullying their way into the space left by the sun’s retreat. The moon grows larger and brighter as the earth turns, spinning night’s beacon of light into a brilliant white.” Serious and jokey by turns, though the black humor and indelible portraits of even minor characters, like Becky the fearful chatterbox of “Father Guy”; Andy the loser wanna-be drug-dealer of “Watermelon Round-up Run”; and the gas station attendant of “Weed”–make this collection something to get high on. For sure.

Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild

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