“This story blew me away. I wasn’t expecting the creativity or the ending that left me needing more. I truly think that’s my only complaint about this story, it just ended too soon for me but it also left the perfect gateway for a sequel 😉. I was also surprised to learn that Aquamation is in fact an actual method of disposing human remains. I think this story would be perfect for the upcoming fall season, especially Halloween. It’s super creepy and outlandishly shocking.” Watch her TIK TOK review HERE
“In Chandler’s #thighgap we are introduced to Helen Troy and join her on her miserable journey through the darkness of suffering.
She suffers from body dysmorphia, drug addiction, addiction to laxatives, binging and starvation which leads her to severe bulimia and anorexia. She is also addicted to how others perceive her and needs their constant attention and praise.”
A very poignant and important topic written with raw truth. It has moved me to heartfelt tears and raw emotions and there is no denying that this story is intensely heartbreaking.”
“An amazing line-up of authors, shining in their creativity! I had a lot of fun reading all of these, each one centering on the theme of neighbors written in each author’s own style. Showcasing their talent in horror stories!”
“B is for Beyond the Rift by Benjamin Chadwick Oooo….Cosmic horror, love, love this one! “I’ve seen the beyond, and it is filled with terror.”
“Z is for Zimmer Frame by Peter Caffrey Youth begets youth in the most vile way possible! Jeepers creepers, that was one sick and twisted story!”
Close out song for September…. Now I AWAKE for OCTOBER!
We are getting closer to the best month of the year October. 56 days until Halloween and these busy hands are getting ready for next year. Here is our small month in review, stay tune for next month where we’ll try something a little different.
From laziness, washed up nobody to cleaning house, of an organization of dead bodies. Larry’s world goes into a spin cycle of bubbling blue messes, and not-so-clean happenings, only to discover he was meant to save the dead from living in a repeated death cycle. Get yourself some quarters and detergent because you know nothing about working at a laundromat.
Why did I leave this book in the wash for so long? Recommended reading for all you Bizarro Heads and extreme horror.
One does not have to be a fan of westerns to enjoy a Splatter Western, it’s a whole new world of the sinister and macabre. This has the setting of an old style western town including a saloon and brothel, but there are hidden secrets within.
Combining a fantastical realm alongside the earthly realm with devilry, alienish creatures, walking corpses, gunslingers, death and destruction, and splatting it with blood, guts and gore, abhorrent sexual endeavors, murder, destruction, and a battle between good and evil makes for a very entertaining and often times comical story to let oneself be immersed in. READ Kayla’s FULL REVIEW HERE!
Being the second installment of The Bedlam Bible Series, I could not wait to get started. I was excited to once again visit The Eighth Block Tower.
Although this sticks with the theme of the strange and bizarre, dripping with gross moments, it also has deeper content that is very relatable. Creatively creepy! Five Star Worthy! Gloom and Doom Horrific and uncanny! Mind Blowing!
TIKTOK Queen Samantha Hawkins, had a busy month, but still drops in with here review of “Where The Dead Go To Die” by Aaron Dries and Mark Allan Gunnells.
“Where the Dead Go to Die is a chilling, post-modern reimagining in the zombie canon . . . you don’t want to come back as a Bone Eater!” – John Palisano, author of Dust of the Dead, Bram Stoker ® award-winner
When young Sarah McPhee discovers a beautiful blue rose growing in the garden, it transports her imagination to a new world – one filled with blue rose horses and blue rose streams. But there’s a gray city nearby this wondrous world, one where a boy is trapped, sad and scared. Now it’s up to Sarah to do whatever she can to help him and, in doing so, discover the magic of The Boy with the Blue Rose Heart. Brought to life with gorgeous illustrations from the wonderful Luke Spooner.
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July was another busy month. We would like to thank all the readers out there who has purchased our books during our SUMMER HORROR DEAL and SUMMER POETRY SALE. We have our Bizarro Sale starting soon and a few more FREEBIES.
Darkroom is brilliant blindfolded horror that unfolds a past of childhood dramas. The traverse throughout the house with the sisters and their progress to create a photo album of their late father sleeping in a chronological reverse is creepy to the end. I could see this story as a A24 movie production.
SadFace is a futuristic mental illness story that follows one woman’s path to hide her true self to only face the sadness in the end. This novella I did not care for so much, but the consequences that unravel gives the story its interesting ending.
Grotesquely equipped dystopia, disturbing and rich cannibalism cuisines. 4.5 ⭐️
Other Books READ: Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken. (Yuriko Publishing 2021) Three Little Birds – Tim Murr (Godless 2021) Our Blood In Its Blind Circuit – J. David Osborne (Broken River Books 2013)
Samantha scored an advance readers copy from Last Waltz Publishing Set to release on September 27th from Heather Miller.
This is my first read by Miller and I’m actually more familiar with her as a reviewer than an author . I was sent this copy in exchange for a honest review as a part of her launch team.
I thought everything about this book was just fabulous. The opening is wonderful and really reeled me in. I also really liked the authors notes about each story that Miller attached at the end. These stories are all super eerie and creepy. They’re the perfect type of tales to tell around a campfire or on a dark stormy night. The first story “Vice” really spoke to me and set the entire tone for the novel. I’ve been searching for shadows ever since .
“Beneath The Bed” and “Girl’s Best Friend” still literally give me goosebumps to think about. They are scenarios that could totally happen, especially “Beneath The Bed” and I get serious shivers when I think about either of these stories. “The Cold Man” touched on a question I’ve had since i was a kid… why do we wake up sometimes with a part of our body much colder than the rest? “Crybaby Bridge” is so heartbreaking and raw and my heart aches when I think about the descriptions inside this story.
This amazing collection is set to release September 27th 2022 and you definitely need to get it added to your TBR. All of the stories inside would be great fall reads and they’ll keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. 5
Set deep in the woods that feeling of isolation is ever creeping. Young campers having fun; sunbathing, skinnydipping, campfires and making whoopee. Lots of children are ready to have adventures at the campground. But the beast has arrived and it is hungry. Panic ensues as it feeds; viscera is flying everywhere, the crunching of bones can be heard and the bodies are piling up. Reminiscent of the classic 80’s slasher films, or as the author mentions in the Afterword, “Woodland Horror films.” A nostalgic creature feature that will surely please any fan of the genre!! **READ HER FULL REVIEW HERE**
Tales From the Parkland is a collection of 11 short stories and a novella. Including many horror filled themes: Aliens, oversized creepy crawlies, a childhood bogeyman, zombies, a serial killer in the making, monsters under the stairs, computer mishaps, a date night gone wrong, acid rains, altered personalities from strange weather, nightmarish realities, and a creature feature apocalyptic fight for survival. Brutality, paranormal activity, alien invasions, revenge, mutants, abhorrent characters and more.
Many of these stories had main characters that were children. That was a whole new level of creepiness. The fact they had to fight their own fears by themselves, to me that is entirely frightening. A few of these ended with a big surprise and my jaw dropped in shock. Mission accomplished. With all the themes there are surely many spine tinglers. Producing those heebie jeebies, checking around corners for shadows, and listening for strange noises. **READ HER FULL REVIEW HERE**
Hello peeps! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Scott J. Couturier, author of The Box, sixteen twisted tales to infect your psyche. Describe your ideal reader. Courturier: Anybody who enjoys Weird fiction, & moreover who appreciates being challenged by a read. I hope LGBTQ+ readers especially will find something of value. The futuristic story […]
Click below to read the Interview… I say Waffles too!
Editors Donald Armfield and Maxwell I. Gold have taken their book, Hybrid: Misfits, Monsters and Other Phenomena, very much to heart in selecting the poems and stories within (a hybrid format in itself), to include bizarro, noir sci fi, sword and sorcery, and speculative fictions for a reading that has something for just about anyone. These tales will either provide you with a straightforward reading or something to puzzle over, leading your thoughts to deeper meanings. Or maybe no meanings at all, just some go-with-it and enjoy moments. A good collection of mixed authors should always make you want to seek out their other works and this book will certainly have you doing that. It should be noted too that the cover design and illustration by Luke Spooner (we often overlook the graphic designers when doing reviews, don’t we?) is quite good.
The first story, Making Friends, is a comedy of errors involving a happy dog, a curious but unhappy creature, and a couple of farmers meeting the neighbors they never knew they had. Angela Yuriko Smith paces it all into a 1950s sitcom-like nocturnal interlude for Miriam and Bill. It is a good choice as the opening story, breezy and light, and visually funny: there be monsters here, but they are not all gloom and doom and gory pieces.
That is, except for what happens to the villagers in the Ruination of the Gods by Dr. Chris McAuley (Stokerverse) and Claudia Christian (Babylon 5 and Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator). A wizard tries to raise the dead but gets caught. As all diligent readers know by now, what happens to people who get on the wrong side of wizards, caught in the act of doing questionable things, means terror to come. Kail, the Conan-like warrior (or Kali, since the proofreader must have been out to lunch with this one), ignores the giant stew-pot death waiting for him for doing the same punishable act and gets into trouble quickly. Luckily for him the monsters from the sea provide a bloody good diversion for the villagers. While this story uses the standard sword and sorcery approach (an angry wizard, a beguiling witch, and a warrior torn between duty and personal need), McAuley and Christian handle the action, the gory pieces, and the tragic fallout of his decision well, leaving the path open for future adventures.
If you lean towards a 3 Stooges-like bizarro storyline, go to Hopital Automatique by D. Harlan Wilson first. It defies description, as any good bizarro fiction should, but if you have watched the 3 Stooges in the comedy short, Men in Black (1934), that provides a bit of a warm-up to the absurd mayhem wrought here. It is an I-don’t-know-what-is-happening narrative and therein lies the fun. The pace is frenetic, the characters and milieu insane, and this opening line will sum it all up for you: “The car didn’t run over the nurse until she had changed my bedpan and injected a second dose. It was a Datsun.” I question how a Datsun got into his hospital room in the first place, but at least it was not an elephant*, and that second dose sounds like a clue. On the plus side, she did manage to change his bedpan before being run down. The only other meagre clue I can give you for this one, without giving up and speaking to Wilson first, is that Hopital is the French word for hospital. For the rest, you are on your own.
More sensible humor will be found in Alicia Hilton’sSavages Anonymous. A funeral home basement in Trenton, New Jersey, provides haven for a nude extraterrestrial with two heads, an extraterrestrial arachnid and other assorted aliens—along with some mutants—griping about the challenges of getting along with humans. A boy’s ghost interrupts their proceedings, sending Xapanna (the two-headed alien) on a vendetta for the boy’s murderers. The Crime Stoppers Tip line sends her in the right direction. The action and humor are conveyed through very short paragraphs, many one to two lines long, and an endearing ending that ties back to the difficulty of getting along with way-out others.
The Scoocoom of Big Rock Mountain is a more serious weird western with a more traditional approach to hybrid terror. Taking place sometime between the 1860s to early 1900s, a former buffalo hunter, Max, now sheriff, has family and Big Foot problems (skookoom is a Chinook word meaning Big Foot). Max, having helped to decimate the Indian tribes by hunting the buffalo to near extinction, is partially responsible for the scoocoom putting the bite on the settlers for its food source. Max also has a drinking problem that makes his aim a bit tricky and his step a lot unsure. Once you get past the proofreader still out to lunch (scoocoom flips to skoocoom a few times), Michael Knost delivers a simply plotted western with all the right emotional and weird elements for his characters and events.
The Big Foot theme is seen again in Maero by Lee Murray, a poem where a day packer is enjoying his hike until he comes across a severed limb and “glossy giblets quivering.” This first-person account with the Maero (Māori for Big Foot) is not the usual “train-train” encounter. A sadder one is to be felt in Kolkata’s Little Girl, in which Bandhura is “waiting, in front of a blue-clothes shop for someone to tell her story.” A too long and heavy mala hangs around her neck, hinting at a deeper meaning hidden among the poem’s lines. Alessandro Manzetti’s acheri is haunting and begs for a longer treatment.
There are many hybrids to be found in this collection of twenty stories and poems. The editors have crafted an engaging reading experience across genre types, of which this review has only scratched the surface. As Dark the Night will trap you in Stella’s depression-fueled shadows; the noir science-fiction Vis-à-Vis puts you there in Punktown among the low-lives and no-lives; and Slo-Mo will make you mind the sloths and give them a wide berth and forget the selfies. All these stories make for an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
*For those not familiar with the Marx Brothers, the reference comes from Groucho’s quip as Captain Spalding: “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got to my pajamas I don’t know.” Feel free to also substitute proofreader for elephant if you are so inclined.
June was a busy month for us. We released two new books of Horror/Speculative Fiction and have some exciting news we will be announcing soon!
Kristi DeMeester has quickly become a favorite author. Her feminist touch and original voice in the horror genre is absolutely gorgeous. “DeMeester can tell a story! Haunted by her mother’s heritage Lila tries to piece together these murders that makes her mother feel uneasy, she’s hiding something… And what is hiding inside herself? Switching between timelines, beautiful prose and an otherness that hunts the purity of young girls. Such a Pretty Smile is a haunting, magnificent book!”
16 short pieces of dark surrealism and folk horror, many of which are being published here for the first time. J.M. originally conceived of these stories as akin to unsettling campfire tales.
Dim Shores always brings the new goods to our shelves. Mixed with a few poetic pieces and some gorgeous prose. Bédard excites the body horror, plagues the mysteries of dark surrealism and carves out the folk horror. This collection may be slim but holds a powerful debut and I think the author is only breaking the ice. Collector #111
If you like Audiobooks or Short Stories. Check out PseudoPod
Found this podcast while searching for more of Kristi DeMeester’s work. She has two tales premiered on PseudoPod. I listened to Slipping Petals from Their Skins. Inspired by Kristi’s childhood obsession with Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies books and imagining that if she ate flowers, she could become one of those fairies.
Other Books in June The House from Hell: The True Story of Gertrude Baniszewski (True Crime Seven 2022)
Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 1-4 – Keith Giffen (Graphic novels – DC Comics 2017) Sensor – Junji Ito (Manga – Viz Media 2021)
The TikTok Queen drops in with some Extreme Horror
“Sloths luring the curious into its rainforest, watching and waiting. Backpacking amongst beasts of legend. A vindictive clone and a story of obsession, passion and revenge. Entertaining the consciousness and machines. A progeny of origami with a selfish mother. An ancient, monstrous beast that hungers for children. A mothers hidden secret and the power that lies within. Vampire/human hybrid, hunted and rebirthed. Extraterrestrials and the fight against the injustices of humanity. The dishonoring of mother earth and the monstrosities blooming into life.
The unique writing style and creations within evoke emotions from the depths of the mind. It wraps around like a shadow reaching out, clawing, grabbing, and then letting go for only a moment. Pondering each story, reveling in its dark beauty in words, the hybrids are imaginative creatures, discomforting and yet there is love and light that shines from the darkness. A labor of love for the unnatural, unusual and the monsters that lurk around corners.” 5 🌟
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Bizarro is so much fun to read. The creativity in this is amazing. There is a lot of horror elements that had me cringing and tons of humor that had me chuckling. All the elements in this were just crazy imaginative. It plays out like a full on movie production in your mind with it’s vivid imagery and detail.” Read Full Review HERE
May was National Short Story Month we dug up a collection from 2019
Brian Evenson’s blurb caught my eye “Here, things almost happen, and the weight of their almost happening hangs over the narrative like a threat.”
Most of Ha Seong-Nan’s stories are open-ending leaving the reader to take in the story and leave the imagination running. The surreal and strange at hand is mundane, yet entertaining and interesting. Open Letter Press and their translators find some of the best collections and novels to bring to life.
With Zombieland vibes and survival tactics at hand, Lopez journalizes events of the coming feast. This fast paced novella drops you right into the plague and chases you to the last page. Daniel Tinagan cover design is remarkable. Definitely in my top ten favorite covers. Recommended Reading for fast paced Zombie Fans! Aurelio Rico Lopez III will return to HsM in 2023 with a NEW RELEASE… Stay Tune
A punch gut laugh track over the roaring engines of motorcycles. Freville’s absurdities, violence and pornographic measures holds a madness that drapes the curtains over an applaudable encore. Rev up your reading pleasures and get on the road to Delacroix, that puts the Olympic Games to preschool levels and Adult Swim Cartoons on blast!
Returning to Leeds for another helping of Bartlett’s grotesque design of literature. The build up to the final minutes (or pages) is a deadly delightful dance with answers of destiny and diabolical terror.
The artwork by Aeron Alfrey and Dan Sauer’s stunning cover design compliments the monstrous visions of Bartlett’s GASPAR.
💥Proceed with caution in regards to this read as it is an extreme horror novel and NOT for the faint of heart💥
What a short, sick, and utterly disgusting read. The descriptions are superb at making you recoil and gag. I can’t really describe this read as it’s really one you have to delve into and experience yourself but I give this a solid 5 🌟 for being one hundred percent vile and repulsive and even a bit funny at times.
“Enter into this tragicomic melodrama the author himself in a stroke of metafiction that predates the emergence of postmodernism by nearly fifty years—Unamuno the Author intervenes in Augusto’s suicide attempt, informing his central agonist of his fictitiousness and insisting that a figment of the imagination does not have such luxuries as the right to die.“
This is a book by Miguel de Unamuno and anyone familiar with the late Spanish essayist can tell you, that means it is a psychic stew. Whether writing of Cervantes’ crowning creation, Don Quixote, or the agony of Christendom, the infamous rector is impassioned, distracted, and all over the place. He is also on fire, on point, and knows exactly where he is going, whether he realizes it or not.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
“The web of life is being woven and unraveled at the same time. And from time to time we get breaths and vapors and even mysterious murmurs from that other world, from that interior of our own world.”
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