Hulu’s recent Texas true crime story, Candy is a tale of murderous intrigue. The special mini-series is on its third episode and has shown an immense depth in Jessica Biel who plays the role of the untangled and manipulative Candy. The articles from Texas Monthly originally told the story of the macabre and strange events that the case was made up of. Those articles were written by both Jim Atkinson and John Bloom. The John Bloom who became none other than Joe Bob Briggs. Or, the Joe Bob that was John Bloom hard to tell these days.
The two Texas Monthly articles titled “Love and Death in Silicon Prairie, Part I: Candy Montgomery’s Affair” and Love and Death in Silicon Prairie, Part II: The Killing of Betty Gore are artful work of true crime weaving that goes over the details of the events. Of course, the articles do go into the ins and outs of the crime, but it also brilliantly explains the events and characters that were involved in everything leading up to the crime as well.
Both articles are fantastic and ended up in the book titled Evidence of Love by the two authors. It’s been great watching the series’ narrative structure and watching how it has compared to the articles by Bloom and Atkinson. It’s been even more interesting to see the actors that were cast in each of these huge colorful roles.
I highly recommend reading both articles. It’s always great to go back and check out Bloom’s early work as well as the earliest works of Joe Bob Briggs himself. Plus, what better time to get further immersed right now? I mean, we are currently only on episode two of the The Last Drive In on Shudder. So, why not fill the rest of the time reading John Bloom’s early works? Good times all around.