As a youth, Watt O’Hugh III made up his name when taken into an orphanage work house on Randall’s Island off the Manhattan, New York shoreline. Eventually Watt outgrew the system and set out to make his way in the world with the aid of a new hat and cheap suit.
From here, Watt recounts some of his many adventures which took him to the depths of a prison cell out west to a strange cult community and beyond. One of many such Roamers, Watt is able to hopscotch through history yet never actually has a lasting impact on events as he seeks to reconnect with Lucy Billings, the one true love of his life. Facing fanatics, his own dime novel persona, a murder rap and more, Watt must rely upon his wits and good sense to survive the many perils of an old west unlike anything in the history books.
Those who grew up with the serial productions of the 1950’s (think The Perils of Pauline) will see instant parallels between those cliff-hanger tales and this fun romp through the wild west.
The convoluted plot folds back on itself a few times but always manages to move the story forward with sarcasm and humor.
From deadlings and mystical power to a utopic society, this strange mix has a bit of everything, the surprise is that it actually does come together to create a rollicking tale with enough lose ends to fuel a sequel.
The Ghosts of Watt is available in stores and via Amazon.