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Pus Junkies – Book Review

By: Jay Kay

 

Pus Junkies – Book Review

 

Author: Shane McKenzie

Publisher: Eraserhead Press

 

Imagine your high school years for a moment? The aspect of acceptance, dating, studies, peer pressure and of course adolescence. We all have stories that make us shake our head on what we did during those four years molding us into the people we are today. Memories of our classes, dances, pep rallies, study halls and more flood our minds as we move through life. For author Shane McKenzie, those times imprinted the angst and uncomfortable feel of higher education on his already demented soul. These times are his playground in the spiral of horror literature entitled PUS JUNKIES. read more

‘Christmas Horror’ From Dark Regions Press

Introducing the new annual Dark Regions Press holiday anthology: Christmas Horror. Volume 1 features all new and original stories from authors Joe R. Lansdale, John Skipp, Cody Goodfellow, Jeff Strand, J. F. Gonzalez, Stephen Mark Rainey, Nate Southard, Shane McKenzie and (in deluxe hardcover retail editions only) William Meikle. Each story is preceded by a full page/full bleed color illustration by artist Zach McCain.

 

Table of Contents

 

“Santa Explains” by Joe R. Lansdale

“The Endless Black of Friday” by Nate Southard read more

DREAD: The Best of Grey Matter Press – Volume One Arrives in March

A unique volume of dark fiction containing stories chosen solely by fans and featuring an array of award-winning authors and masters from the horror, science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction genres, DREAD: The Best of Grey Matter Press – Volume One, will be released in March of 2016.

 

To commemorate its second anniversary, publisher Grey Matter Press kicks off the year with the publication of the reader curated DREAD, marking the beginning of a twelve-month-long celebration that signals the release of a full complement of novels, novellas and anthologies from the Chicago-based independent publisher of dark fiction. read more

Clive Barker’s ‘The Body Book’ Available from Dark Regions Press

Clive Barker’s latest literary volume is entitled The Body Book and it’s being offered for preorder now in three signed formats from Dark Regions Press at: http://www.darkregions.com/books/clive-barkers-the-body-book

Including two of Clive Barker’s classic stories from his groundbreaking collections Books of Blood, “The Body Politic” and “In the Flesh”, exclusive content from the cinematic adaptation of “The Body Politic” and detailed information on the “In the Flesh” film that never came to be, The Body Book will have award-winning filmmaker Mick Garris (Quicksilver Highway, Masters of Horror, The Stand) joining forces with Clive Barker in an effort to bring fans never-before-seen photos, writings, interviews and much more. read more

The Walking Dead-The Pop-Up Book Review

By Stephanie Shamblin Gray

 

Review – The Walking Dead:The Pop-Up Book

 

Wondering what to get your favorite Walking Dead fan for the holidays? I have got just the thing for you! It’s “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book.”  Since watching “The Babadook” last year I have been kinda waiting for pop-up books to catch on, especially with horror books. I mean, you just can’t get the same scare with a printed page as you can with a movie, am I right? Well, now we have the opportunity to be totally grossed/freaked out by a book. And it’s based on our favorite TV show. Score! read more

Tortures of the Damned Review

By Jay Kay

 

Tortures of the Damned Review

 

 “The original Dawn of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead go hand-in-hand. I used to fantasize about what it was like if the world ended and what it would be like to have the run of the whole place!” – Author Hunter Shea on inspiration for TORTURES OF THE DAMNED.

 

Taking a different spin on the aspect of the apocalypse/end of the world style storytelling, talented author Hunter Shea (The Dover Demon and The Graveyard Speaks) brings you his latest descent into a realistic hell with TORTURES OF THE DAMNED. Creating the end of the world against the New York City skyline, Shea tells the story of two surviving families units, both different in many aspects but built on love and a strong family structure which differs from the usual horror family structure, within the locations of Yonkers, the Bronx and the surrounding boroughs of New York City. “I set it in Yonkers because it is very close to NYC, I know all the nooks and crannies but Yonkers is a very diverse and a big city. I live near to the Manhattan skyline and you know we are target. It’s always possible. However, the location dictated what they would come across with the dangers of the story” said Shea on the reality of the New York City backdrop and influence.  read more

Devil May Cry 3142: Graphic Arts Review

Review by: Stephanie Shamblin Gray

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

An art book for Devil May Cry makes nothing but good sense. This is an extremely stylish game that had people playing it for the imagery as much as the exciting gameplay. But what really makes great sense is taking the time to really showcase all of the effort put into creating, drawing, and bringing the DMC hero, Dante, to life. Dante is arguably the most meticulously crafted male character in video games. Most of the time the developers are satisfied to just stick a helmet on some dude and call it a day. At best they modify something resembling a “Ken Doll” and add some bulky muscles. But not Dante. He’s sort of the Brad Pitt of video games with some serious added swagger. So having a book that walks us through the process of creating this memorable character is really long overdue.  read more

Katerina: A Review

 

Writing a literary work in which the narrator is an unpleasant person is always a gamble. The writer needs to stay true to the character and his/her point of view and yet if the character’s thoughts and actions are too hostile and disturbing, then the reader may be alienated from the work and not become immersed in it (just ask Bret Easton Ellis and Patrick Bateman).  Author Erik Hofstatter strikes just the right balance of disgust and intrigue in his novella Katerina. The story opens with an extended self-inventory of the sexual experiences of the narrator expressed in the most crude and nasty way possible. Clearly, this character has issues with woman and these issues are explored through his initial encounter and subsequent obsession with “Ginny,” a mysterious prostitute with feral behaviors. Hofstatter’s brutally honest depiction of not only a prostitute’s life on the streets but also the borderline sociopathic world view of the narrator make for compelling but very uneasy reading. As the story unfolds, the narrator’s own insecurities and anxieties are projected onto Ginny, and she becomes not only the receptacle for his sexual desires but also for his need to exert control, power, and dominance in his life, personified by his interest in medieval weapons. The horrors in Katerina are the horrors of a dead end world that can only find excitement and meaning in anonymous sex, misogyny, and a vain preoccupation with the body. Masculinity in Katerina is only validated by traditional male tropes like working out, degrading women, scoring with a chick, and then bragging about it afterwards, while femininity is used and abused in a cynical, business-like fashion.  And yet, for all her weird tendencies and demeaning existence, “Ginny” is a much more alive and exciting character than the narrator or his dead souled buddy as her primal energies survive and adapt even in the midst of hellish conditions. Erik Hofstatter’s writing is not pretty and he certainly doesn’t pull any punches, but that’s what makes Katerina such an absorbing work. read more

‘The Dreams Come True Anthology’ & Aspirations Press

The new generation of horror is here! ‘The Dreams Come True Anthology’ & Aspirations Press

Information about The Dreams Come True Anthology and Aspirations Press:

 

Welcome, and thank you for reading this! I’m Kya Aliana and I’m here to talk about the importance of the Dreams Come True Anthology and Aspirations Press.

 

I have been writing since a very young age. I wrote short stories since before I can even remember, and I completed my first novel at thirteen. I self-published my first novel at fifteen-years-old. Now, at twenty-one, I am the proud author of nine novels and counting. I’m working hard, writing every day, taking workshops, striving to improve, and following my dreams. read more

Read Advance Chapters of ‘The Catcher’s Trap’ on Inkshares

First-time author Ricardo Henriquez debuts his 240-page dark fantasy novel, The Catcher’s Trap, one of the novels in the running to be published as part of Nerdist’s Inkshares contest, ending September 30. The Catcher’s Trap is the story of a young man fighting for his life and his freedom in a world where demonic supernatural beings have enslaved humans. This is the origin story of a hero born out of the darkest struggle of the human soul. The Top 5 books entered into the contest get published and sold in stores. The book costs $9.99, but registering for Inkshares gives you a $5 credit, so the book will only cost you $5.  read more