Patrick Frievald is an Apiarist. He makes part of his living working with bees. He is also an author of several books in the horror genre. When you combine beekeeping and creative writing, interesting things can happen.
In the new anthology called “Behold! Oddities, Curiosities, and Undefinable Wonders“, Patrick has a story titled “Earl Pruitt’s Smoker”. It took me awhile, but I finally got to read the story.
Having read most of the other books by Patrick Frievald, I was curious how this would turn out given his great passion for bees and beekeeping and making delicious, spicy honey things and his supernatural thrillers that make up most of his author endeavors.
I’d bee lying if I said that “Earl Pruitt’s Smoker” was an innocent walk through the flowers in regards to telling a tale based on beekeeping. It’s an earnest story though, giving us a passionate tale of bees, beekeeping and the smoky motives and pressures of the people who find the practice nearly an obsession.
Patrick spells an imaginative painting using his own passion for beekeeping to give an honest rendering of the world of beekeeping as only a beekeeper can see it. I like it a lot. It’s engaging and challenges preconceived notions about who people really are beneath the veil.
I hope you get a chance to read this story. There just aren’t enough ‘good’ things to read about the world of beekeeping. In fact, I can see this single tale being the beginning of an anthology in it’s own right both in following the possession of the smoker in question and the lead for other stories based on the beekeeping theme in general.
Bee Smart and read “Earl Pruitt’s Smoker” by Patrick Frievald.