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July in Review

Letters of the month T and O

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.


OversightOversight by Michael Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

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Tender is the FleshTender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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)


TIK TOK QUEEN – Samantha Hawkins

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 🌟

Samantha brings one of her favorite reads back from May:
Ross Jeffery – Only the Stain Remains

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“Only The Stains Remain” by Ross Jeffrey

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The Lovely Karla Peterson reviews:

Their fate now belongs to the OGRE!

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**


Karla also read The Tower by William Pauley III. William is one of my favorite authors and I highly recommend the “Bedlam Bible Series” or anything from the DOOM FICTION CATALOG!
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CLOSE OUT SONG!

Author Scott J. Couturier, The Box — Priscilla Bettis

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!

Author Scott J. Couturier, The Box — Priscilla Bettis

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.

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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.”

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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)

Jaundré van Breda

The Cover Artist for Snailbutter


Jaundré van Breda is a writer of poetry, flash fiction and the occasional short story. One of his flash fiction pieces, The Ritual, is published in The Lobsters Run Free: Bath Flash Fiction Volume 2. Many of his poems appear on the AVBOB Poetry Competition website. Jaundré is also a traditional artist working in different mediums. He lives in South Africa.

Be sure to check out: Ben Fitt’s – SNAILBUTTER HSM SHOP or Currently only .99¢ on KINDLE CLICK HERE -Aug. 24th- 30th


Raving Reviews for A Heart Beats in the Dirt by JAUNDRÉ VAN BREDA

The author has many haiku-like phrases as well as two haibun within the collection for fans of short form verses. A lot of uncanny insights and tropes, especially for those who are looking to read real, straightforward accounts of heartbreak yet done with aplomb and without pity. -Paul Cordeiro


Van Breda’s most recent works read like a combination of Bukowski and Rupi Kaur but leave you with the same feeling of Gibran or Rilke. His voice resonates strongly in this book and has only grown more sharply with each published book.
If you are interested in one of the strongest voices and poets in modern poetry today, I highly suggest you purchase and read this exceptional book of poems. It is worth it.
-Anna McEnult


The author is a favorite do check him out!
-Sharon Ferrante, author of “The Choir of Crickets” -Coming this Spring 2022 from Hybrid Sequence Media-

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