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April in Review

Letters of the month C or U

National Poetry Month

The fifty poems in American Primitive make up a body of luminous unity.

Recommended
Poet


Oliver’s poetic enthusiasm over nature is pure magic.

Read for National Poetry Month 2022



This month Samantha reviews:
Clockwork Girl by Athena Villaverde
Unbortion by Rowland Bercy Jr.

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It was alive, confused, and pissed!

💥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.


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“Clockwork Girl” by Athena Villaverde

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The Modern Custodian RETURNS!

Beneath the Current of Our Existence:

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.

aka “MIST”

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.”

Modern Custodian says: “If you took something from this exploration of Niebla, please consider subscribing to my newsletter (it’s FREE!!!) and be sure to keep an eye on my Substack for future updates on my top-secret Miguel de Unamuno project, a literary restoration I am curating with Donald Armfield for Hybrid Sequence Media’s forthcoming Hybrid Mended Series.”

HYBRID MENDED SERIES 2024
MORE INFO COMING SOON
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Books Read in April

The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon (Harper & Row 1990)
Cool Gardens – Serj Tankian (MTV Books 2002)
Can You Sign My Tentacle – Brandon O’Brien (Interstellar Flight Press 2021)
Commodore – Philp Fracassi (Strange Aeons Publishing 2021)
Cinderella: Fables are Forever – Graphic Novel (Vertigo 2012)
UFOlogy – Graphic Novel (Boom! Studios 2016)
Under the Shanghai Tunnels and Other Weird Tales – Lee Widener (Strangehouse Books 2017)
The Undoing of the Undone – Jaundre Van Breda (Self Published 2022)

March in Review

Letters of the Month N or P

The Modern Custodian Returns
with Nanny Knows Best


A Comedic Buffet of Old Whores and New Homes: The Short Stories of James Burr
Available in HsM Shop

Doomed Clients

Nanny Knows Best is the finest short story collection I have read since Benjamin Weissman’s Headless and twice as smart. This collection had me enthralled from the very first page of its prologue, a darkly comical vignette that deftly skewers the hospice arm of the health care industry with all of the cheeky inventiveness of vintage Vonnegut and the physical comedy of classic sitcoms.


The Lovely Samantha Hawkins from The Panic Room Radio ShowHellBound Books

Her honest TikTok reviews have become widely popular in the Horror Community and she returns with Parasite Milk by Carlton Mellrick III and A Predisposition for Madness by Aurelio Rico Lopez III


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“Parasite Milk” by Carlton Mellick III

♬ original sound – Samantha Hawkins
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“A Predisposition for Madness” by Aurelio Rico Lopez III. I was given this in exchange for an honest review.

♬ original sound – Samantha Hawkins

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A Predisposition for Madness

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A STRANGE SURPRISE

Aurelio Rico Lopez III has provided readers with a robust assortment of free-verse narrative poems. There are literally dozens of stories and set pieces conveyed through poetry in this collection, and it’s well worth the time spent properly digesting each and every one. A Predisposition for Madness has certainly put this writer on my radar in a good way. In these pages, you’ll discover monsters both human and far from it, you’ll witness new pandemics and sickness ravaging households and the world, you’ll see warfare and apocalyptic scenarios played out, and you’ll encounter things far more challenging to describe. There’s most certainly something in here that will suit the tastes of any reader, assuming that reader enjoys poetry. Even if you don’t typically enjoy it, I’d recommend giving this collection a chance. The title is an apt one, the cadence of the poems coming across almost as if the stream of consciousness ravings of a madman in a padded cell, alternating between mumbles and screams.

Books Read in March:

Nobody Move – Denis Johnson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009)
Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen – Helen Mullane (Comixology 2020)
Night Boat to Tangier – Kevin Barry (Canongate 2019)
Nightmares From A Lovecraftian Mind – Jordan Krall (Dynatox Ministries 2012)
Nightbreed #11-12 (Clive Barker) – Marc Andreyko (Boom! Studios 2015)
Penetralia – Jordan Krall (LegumeMan Books 2012)
St. Patrice Day (Godless League #5) – Lucy Leitner (Godless 2021)
Puritea – Lucy Leitner (Godless 2022)


Closing Song from Nefarious Foodie

Video by Alan Sessler

HyBriD

We are ecstatic to announce the ToC for –
Hybrid: Misfits, Monsters and Other Phenomena
All these talented writers we get to work with is a dream come true.
Stories and Poems by:

As Dark the Night – Nicole Givens Kurtz
Clawing Through Mud as More Leaves Silt Down, as Plastic Bags, as Cast-Off Bottles – Romie Stott
Fracking-lution – Linda D Addison
Home is Where the Howl Is – John Claude Smith
Hopital Automatique – D. Harlan Wilson
How Does Your Garden Grow – Gene Flynn
It Calls To You – Jamal Hodge
Kolkata’s Little Girl – Alessandro Manzetti
Madre Tempesta – John Palisano
MAERO – Lee Murray
Making Friends – Angela Yuriko Smith
Mother Eve – Marge Simon
My Farther’s Ashes – Philip Fracassi
Raven-Wolf – Cindy O’Quinn
Ruination of the Gods – Chris McAuley & Claudia Christian
Savages Anonymous – Alicia Hilton
Scoocoom of Big Rock Mountain – Michael Knost
Slo-Mo – Michael Bailey
Strange Progeny – Bruce Boston
Vis-a-vis – Jeffrey Thomas
Introduction by: James Aquilone
And this creepy, gorgeous cover design by Luke Spooner


Luke Spooner: CARRION HOUSE

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TOMORROW’S GONE

A poetry collection by Philip Fracassi in a dark set of emotions, beautifully illustrated with 11 full color images by Mark Licari

Cover Design by Steve Santiago

Fear
Osmosis

“In “Tomorrow’s Gone”, Philip Fracassi gives us beautiful melancholy vignettes of the inner self, marvelously illustrated by Mark Licari. A journey through the seasons and colors of the soul, “Tomorrow’s Gone” is a moving catalogue of emotions and intimate images, sometimes humorous, mostly dark, that will appeal to both fans of the writer and newcomers to his work.” – Seb Doubinsky, author of “The Word For Poetry Is Poetry

HARDCOVER $25.00

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Tomorrow’s Gone

Collected over the span of a decade, these poems reveal the inner-musings of a man reflecting on issues of love and hate, of beauty, and despair, —when the nights are fast, the days are long, and tomorrow’s gone.

$25.00

Snailbutter .99¢ on Kindle

Cover Aritst: Jaundré van Breda

Snailbutter

I began reading this book on a whim and was immediately drawn in by the interesting and oddly relatable characters. Once you are pulled into this bizarre and strangely humorous world, it is very hard to leave it behind before the last page forces you out of your shell of surprise and wonder.

Ben Fitts

Ben Fitts is a writer, musician, and zinester from New York City. He is the author of the books My Birth And Other Regrets (NihilismRevised, 2019) and over forty published short stories, and is the creator of numerous zines. He currently lives in Brooklyn, where he plays guitar in the indie rock band War Honey and puts too much hot sauce on everything.

Devin Sams

Gobpile Press

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CLIMB OUT YOUR WINDOW AND RUN WITH IT / SONGS FOR THE DOORKNOBS WHO MISSED THEIR TURN by Devin Sams

The first book from the press. A double volume of Devin Sams’ first two out of print poetry books. Sams’ poems are inspired by the dive bars of Salt Lake City.

Also check out Devin Sams’ New Collection. From ————- Hybrid Sequence Media Available in SHOP or AmazonKindle


Tales from the Vinegar Wasteland

Blast from the Past

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Blurb taken from previous edition.

“Clever wordplay and ingenious absurdity rendered in well-wrought prose.” -Douglas Hackle


NEW EDITION

The return of Vinegar Wasteland slaps the absurdity on the table like a slab of beef. Fracalossy’s surreal and psychotic hallucination is hysterical, romantically short-lived and madness; all spun together into outlandish antics that may just remove a part of your face. Including two new tales and the novelette “mOsbURand.”


Paperback is LIVE!

This collection is a superb touch on factualism and its virtual connection that no longer borders a territory. Looming over a future from personal high grounds, looking down at what’s to come.  Devin Sams plays with realities’ obstacles and humanity under its masked lifestyles. This is not just poetry it’s the new map that allows the next event to unfold and show us what happened to this corporeal living we once sustained. Fun, inspiring and funny at times, this only adds to the map with no territory.

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This collection is a superb touch on factualism and its virtual connection that no longer borders a territory. Looming over a future from personal high grounds, looking down at what’s to come. Devin Sams plays with realities’ obstacles and humanity under its masked lifestyles. This is not just poetry it’s the new map that allows the next event to unfold and show us what happened to this corporeal living we once sustained. Fun, inspiring and funny at times, this only adds to the map with no territory.

 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09D9W9ZHQ/