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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.”

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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
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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

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“A Predisposition for Madness” by Aurelio Rico Lopez III. I was given this in exchange for an honest review.

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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

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February in Review

Letters of the Month E or M

Bob Freville, author of The Proud & the Dumb
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REVIEWS – Music is Over! – Ben Arzate

Poverty, Power & Pornography
In a Ben Arzate story, you shouldn’t expend energy by comparing it to anything else because it will turn on a dime, heading in a wholly different direction from where it started out.


In spite of its basis in this esoteric bit of underground rock history, Music is Over is not an oral rock biography, nor is it the noise rocker’s long-awaited autobiography. The book’s jacket might suggest an American bizarro take on Céline’s Journey to the End of the Night, but it isn’t that, either.


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Goodreads Review:
Moon Mayor – Chris Meekings

This book seriously had a little bit of everything inside. There’s zombies, alien invasion, pixies, bears, Mr. Frosty. I did get lost about half way through this read because it was SO much more bizarre than I had anticipated, but I pushed through and I’m glad I did because this story was incredible. The cover is stellar and in typical bizarro fashion, the story goes out on a killer note 🤣 3/3.5 🌟

Goodreads Review:
Exercise Bike – Carlton Mellick III

What a bizarre read! I loved the concept of the health food dystopia. It was a pretty original and creative idea. I could imagine the bike and the outfits and the bike store perfectly. I giggled a lot while reading, was even appalled a few times! The ending wasn’t at all what I was expecting. Overall, this was a fun read. It kept me entertained. 4 🌟

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Books Read in February:

Even Wimps Can Be Alien Overlords – Ben Fitts (Self Published 2020)
Everafter Volumes 1-2 – ComiXology – (Vertigo 2017)
Eyeheart Everything – Mykle Hansen – (Mykle Systems Labs 2000)
Machine Smile – Gina Ranalli – (Bloo Skize Dark 2015)
Mutagon II – Jamie Grefe – (Dynatox Ministries 2014)
Mutants of Mugwump – Frank J. Elder and Friends – (Godless 2022)
Moriah – Daniel Mills – (Zagava Books 2017)

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January Review

Letter of the month A or B

The Modern Custodian

“’B’ is for Berger: Meeting Evil Neighbors with Empathy & Eloquence

Bob Freville shares an essay on Tom Berger’s Meeting Evil


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Blood Red Flags

By: Ben Arzate

Tears of a Komosol Girl is an excellent first novel. It mixes the genres of true crime, coming of age, historical fiction, and surrealism in a seamless and unique way. Szasz’s prose is excellent and vivid. Between this and her novelette Invisibility: A Manifesto, she’s one of the most exciting newer writers I’ve come across.
Highly recommended.

Ben Arzate is the author of
Elaine (Atlatl Press 2020)
Music is Over
(Malarkey Books 2022)

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January 2022 Release:
Beautifully Broken

“Fitzgerald is a warrior of words and this collection is nothing short of some of the best poetry of our time.”

Anna Fletcher: Plymouth, UK

Life Between the Lines

Laura Fitzgerald – Beautifully Broken

“POETRY has proven to be a lifeline for a Killaloe woman in overcoming depression and breaking a cycle of pain sparked by childhood trauma…
At an early age, she developed a love of writing and turned to poetry to help her explore difficult issues and the sense of having been born irreversibly broken
Ultimately, Beautifully Broken, is a collection laced with hope and optimism. There is a deep sense that, for Laura, “as life endures, my story unfolds / another new chapter to be told.”

You can read the entire interview with the poet. HERE

photo credit: John Kelly

“The poems are often very raw,” Laura said. “I want to write from the soul. I don’t shy away from issues. It also means people contact me to say they have had the same emotions. When we write and share poetry, we realize that we are not alone. I take great comfort from that.”

“I had a memory of sweeping up a collection of porcelain dolls which were broken during an argument, and some of them stained with blood. I knew I had to capture that image and begin to deal with that memory.”