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September in Review

Other books read in September:
Get Me Out of this Shimmering Oasis – Lucy Leitner (Godless)
Jessica Jones Vol. 1-3 – Brian Michael Bendis (Marvel)
vViIrRuUsS: I Never Forget – Jazalyn
A Perfect Union of Contrary Things – Maynard James Keenan

The TIKTOK QUEEN in the house
Samantha Hawkins

“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

Fang Fiction by LM Kaplin
Vampire fiction of FANG and FLESH!


“Fang Fiction” by LM Kaplin. I was sent my copy in exchange for a honest review. #horrortok #booktok #fyp #spookyseason #vampires #foryoupage

♬ original sound – Samantha Hawkins

The lovely Karla Kay returns with some Chandler Morrison and The ABC’s of Terror from D&T Publishing.

Read her full 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.”

Read her entire alphabetical review HERE

“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….

August in Review

Letters of the month L and W

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.

What a great opening! I loved the origin story of Joseph and the grueling details on the concentration camp. The second half of the book tripped me up and hated Joseph for the choice he made. Overall such a great book. Recommend for horror fans!

Slasher literature is so much fun. Robinson serves it after hours, dropping bodies under a restaurant with death on the menu and the free breadsticks are served directly into your facial orifices, and it’s not marinara dripping from your mouth.
Hell yeah we need more wait staff like this.


Also read in August
The Land of Broken Sky – Jeremy Thompson
Lushbutcher- Saturday Night’s Alright for Butchering – Lucy Leitner
The Woods (Graphic Novel) Volume 1-2 – James Tynion, Michael Dialynas

The lovely Karla drops in with a Splatter Western and William Pauley III.

Cover Design by
Justin T. Coons

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.

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

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“Where The Dead Go To Die” by Aaron Dries and Mark Allan Gunnells

♬ original sound – Samantha Hawkins

Our close out song for the month comes from Nefarious Foodie.
You can find their entire music selection on Bandcamp. Here is the recent release. Check them out!

Coming Soon


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.

UPDATE: We have sent the files over to the printers, which quoted an 8-10 week turnaround. When the books arrive we will begin shipping out Preorders. Reminder if you ordered a copy overseas additional fees may apply. If you have further questions please email us. If you have already emailed us in regards to your copy, then we will reply soon. Thank you!
hybridsequencemedia (at) gmail (.com)

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.

Signed Bookplate Edition # 36/60

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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


“Only The Stains Remain” by Ross Jeffrey

♬ original sound – Samantha Hawkins

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!
Read her review on GOODREADS!


June in Review

Letters of the month H (and) S

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

Make sure to follow her on TikTok

Her Name was Amber – Matt Shaw
Sex Blood – Rick Wood

@samanthas_shelf “Sex Blood” by @rickwoodwriter ♬ original sound – Samantha Hawkins

“Her Name Was Amber” by Matt Shaw

♬ original sound – Samantha Hawkins

Introducing Karla Kay to our Street Team

Karla is from Minnesota and has a strong passion for reviewing books. Follow her on Goodreads and her blog
Karla’s Literary Korner

“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 🌟


Cover Art by Jaundre Van Breda

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

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Closing Song:

May in Review

Letters of the Month F & G

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.

New Favorite Cover Design from Daniel Tinagan
He is also the hand behind A Predisposition For Madness

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

from Stitched Smile Publications


The Filthy MaraudersThe Filthy Marauders by Bob Freville
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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!

From Evil Cookie Publishing

GasparGaspar by Matthew M. Bartlett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

Collector Copy #111

From Dim Shores

Other books read in MAY

Field Guide to Invasive Species of Minnesota – Amelia Gorman
(Interstellar Flight Press 2021)

Glaring Through Oblivion – Serj Tankian (It Books 2011)
Global Frequency, Vol. 1 – Warren Ellis (Graphic Novel – Wildstorm 2004)
Fragments of a Revolution – Seb Doubinsky (Stalking Horse Press 2021)

Samantha Hawkins – The TikTok Queen

Goblins On the Other Side – Carlton Mellick III
Finlay Donovan Is Killing It – Elle Cosimano


“Goblins On The Other Side” by Carlton Mellick III

♬ original sound – Samantha Hawkins

“Finlay Donovan Is Killing It” by Elle Cosimano

♬ original sound – Samantha Hawkins

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Bad Wolves Cover