Not your mama's best-of horror annual.
This year brings 22 more in-your-face stories that break boundaries and trash taboos, transgressive tales you can't "unread" (as Chuck Palahniuk says).
Some of the stories you'll find here are loaded with very graphic descriptions of violence, sex, and depravities, while others may contain only one shocking moment of brutality. In others, the hardcore aspect may be less graphic and subtler than you might expect. Some of these quieter tales offer the listener some time to recover from the more disturbing ones preceding.
Table of Contents
Michael A. Arnzen "55 Ways I'd Prefer Not to Die"
Jasper Bark "Bed of Crimson Joy"
Christa Carmen "The Girl Who Loved Bruce Campbell"
Marvin Brown "The Field"
Adam Cesare "Please Subscribe"
Matthew Chabin "Father of Dread"
Jose Cruz "American Gods, American Monsters"
Andrew Darlington "Coming of the Darkula"
Paolo Di Orazio "The Contract"
Stefanie Elrick "Mother's Nature"
William Grabowski "Out Hunting for Teeth"
Sarah L. Johnson "Little Sister, Little Brother"
Eric LaRocca "Miss_Vertebrae"
Alessandro Manzetti "Kozmic Blues"
Tim Miller "Backne"
Alexandra Renwick "Redux"
Bryan Smith "Implant"
Jeremy Thompson "The Hallowfiend Remembers"
Tim Waggoner "A Face in the Crowd"
Wrath James White "Ownership"
Stephanie M. Wytovich "On This Side of Bloodletting" & selected poems from "Brothel"
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By Platypire Bob on 23-08-17
Bob @ Platypire Reviews
*I requested and was granted an audible code for this audio edition*
This. This is not for the faint of heart, y’all. It’s a deliciously macabre collection. I was super into a lot of them, and started off making short reviews of each story, but only got through 3. Sorry! Part of the reason I like audio books is so that I can do household chores, drive, go for a walk or jog, or go fishing while I listen to the book, so I wasn’t able to keep track. I WILL give you the few I did get, though! With no further ado:
Chapter 4 is AMAZING. I think it was called Gods and Monsters. The Editor’s dogged obsession was intriguing to listen to, and I did not see that twisted ending coming! Very well done, and super creeptastic. Quite possibly my favorite of the entire collection.
Chapter 5, Mother Nature, is trippy. It’s very well written and puts me in the mindset of a fever driven nightmare. I liked it!
Don’t remember what chapter this one was, but it was too much for me. Not the gore or language, but the sex got too violent for me. Not saying there was anything wrong with it, and it felt well written, but I ended up skipping the ending because I’m a wuss lol.
Overall, this is a mixed bag. Some murder, some paranormal, some BDSM, all horrifying and beautiful in their own rights. Some weren’t exactly for me, but I’d be hard pressed to find a collection that WAS made up entirely of books any one person loved. And even the ones that weren’t up my alley were well written and I knew they were good.
The narrator did a wonderful job, he seemed to know all of the stories and had a steady pace. Nice voice and tension, as well.
If you like horror, REAL horror and tales from the darkest corners, if you can handle gore, terror, and short servings of all of these – and if you are over 18! – I would definitely recommend this for you.
Bob says: 4 Platypires!
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By Simone K on 23-08-17
Not as good as Volume 1, but still good!
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I seem to remember enjoying Volume 1 of this series more than I did Volume 2. Perhaps the first batch of stories spoke to me more than the second batch! As per usual with anthologies such as this one, some of the stories really tickled my fancy while others I ended up skipping. I particularly didn't enjoy the very short poem type stories. There is a time and a place for two sentence stories, and it's not in a horror anthology, at least not for me. Joe Hempel delivers a fantastic performance, as always!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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