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Is Horror Bites Any Good?

Is Horror Bites Magazine #6 any good?

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Full disclosure, I was provided with a free copy through Tony Evans. But, if you question whether or not that makes me biased, then check this out. My first impression of the cover was that it was difficult to read with text blending into the artwork. Something that could easily be fixed with a few drop shadows added to the text. Easy. For that I’ll dock one star.

Do you consider me biased now?

When I read an anthology, I hope that at least half of the stories are strong enough to hold my attention and entertain. Since this is a horror magazine, I also hope that the stories that hold my attention can at least take me to a dark place, at least for a moment anyway. For me horror is a cleanse for the constant serving of sugar-coated plastic content, the family friendly crap, the good vibes and blinded optimism found on TV, in popular music, and such.

Horror Bites Magazine #6 meets this criteria, and the stories that come to mind are In The Closet by G. H. Finn, Come In by DJ Tyrer, Nowhere to Land by Rick McQuiston, and The Annual Soiree by Tony Evans.

In The Closet tells a story of a writer that tries to get away from distractions to better catch that muse, something most writers can relate to. However, what happens next not so much. Told with a strong presence of foreboding dread, the story leads us to the crux like how good cheese leads a rat to a trap. We know the protagonist shouldn’t explore the nagging curiosities, yet they pester and pester until the voice of reason just gives in.

Interesting fact, I had the chance to publish this story. I don’t recall the anthology that we were working on during that time. I want to say it was Real American Horror, and I felt then that the story wouldn’t fit in. With that said, I’m glad to see that it found a home.

Nowhere to Land messed with me mentally. A very strange and bizarre read that kept me captivated as a widow tries to find her husband in a backyard that is no longer just a backyard. The vivid imagery was so surreal, leaving me breathless and wondering what did I just read.

I’m familiar with some of McQuiston’s work. He was published in the Tome back in the day, and I still enjoy reading one of his subs when they come in. Perhaps, I ought to become more familiar, because from what I know so far this was the most surreal and existential piece of his yet.

Lastly, let me talk about The Annual Soiree. Tony gave me a free copy so I should be as objective as possible, right? The Annual Soiree tells the story of an employee that received an invite to a secretive annual soiree that people speculate leads to better promotions and jobs elsewhere.

As someone who has worked office jobs, the characters are very believable, even the eccentric boss towards the end. The way the gossip and rumor circled around this mysterious party seemed very plausible.

While the plot isn’t new, and the story had a few grammatical errors, the same could be said for some of the others. Regardless, Tony’s willingness to go all out in the end, to deliver the gritty details, made for a good, entertaining, and disturbing story.

Overall, Horror Bites Magazine #6 is a good horror anthology that is totally worth your time and money. I don’t say that lightly.

 

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Urban Legends that You Can’t Ignore!

Check out what The Scary Reviews said about Monsters Exist!

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Growing up we have all heard stories or urban legends about monsters and creatures. We’ve seen footage or reports that feel sketchy at best. But we all want to believe them, and why not, it’s fun to think the impossible could be possible. Monsters Exist has 14 short stories covering a variety of monsters. I found a number of stories in this anthology really good. Many hit the spot fulfilling my horror expectations while many fell short and could use more polishing. I’ll cover a few that really hit the spot for this horror fan.

The first story Legend Trippers was a solid tale, an urban legend, and very well told. I liked the characters and plot. I thought the ending gave it that little extra kick to seal the deal making it feel like a story I’ve heard as a kid. Never Sleep Again was a breath of fresh air. This was my kind of story with a beginning, middle and end. I was reminded this was one of my own fears as a child. It was a nice expansion and twist on the classical childhood fear of monsters under the bed. The Voice from the Bottom of the well was a slow mover but the twist at the end gave it a nice finish for me. The antagonist was strongly written to be hated, making the twist better. Eclipse at Wolfcreek was creepy as hell, and well-constructed. We get two monsters, one was the Mothman, the other an old lady. I’m not sure which one was more frightening but I enjoyed the scares equally. No. 7 had great pacing and tension. The monster was never explicitly revealed or described but it wasn’t necessary here. There was enough hints and clues for the reader to fill in the blanks. Criatura was a fast read and fun read with a good sense of humor about the monsters. It had plenty of the blood and guts variety horror but not over the top. I’m a horror fan through and through but I find spiders one of the nastiest creatures in existence. Bitten took that weakness and repulsion of those eight-legged monsters and made me cringe all the way to the end of the story. This was a perfect length for a short story. It had a solid plot, including an ending to raise the hairs on your arms. Well done sir, well done.

Book Info

Length: 148 Pages

Release date: June 12, 2017

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From the time we are young, we fear the monster under the bed or in the closet, making it impossible to sleep without a nightlight. Then, we hear stories of Bigfoot, and maybe even the Mothman around campfires. When we are adults, we wonder if there might actually be supernatural creatures lurking in the shadows. Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for what horrific things humanity is capable of-or do monsters exist? Go to some terrifying places with this cast of authors. You will be dragged into mystifying realities where demonic fairies hide, where devil monkeys lure carnival-goers to their demise, where Goatmen seek to destroy their prey, and where the goddess of death puts out a hit on victims of her choice. These shocking tales will have you biting your nails and locating that childhood nightlight. Because, in the end, we all know monsters do exist.

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Monsters Do Exist Here’s the Proof!

This is such a great anthology about monsters of all shapes and sizes. This book holds monsters that we all have feared since our childhood. It is the things that go bump in the night. It is the stories we tell around campfires. They are the urban legends and the tall tales.

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Let me be straight forward with you now. I have never read any of these authors before. Now that I have, I will definitely be reading their other work. Each author brought something to the table. I thought the editors did a great job of ordering the stories as well. There was not a bad story in this anthology! With that being said, let’s get to the stories.

The anthology gets off to a strong start with Master Vermin by Wallace Boothill. This story is about rats taking over Baltimore. Think the bubonic plague with a twist! It is a great story!
5/5 rabid vermin!

Legend Trippers by Theresa Braun is amazing! Ever wonder why there is never any proof of urban legends? Read this story and you will know why! The story is about a Goatman. Great story!
5/5 horns!

The Murder of Crows by S.J. Budd is crazy cool! A mysterious lady gets into a serial killers cab. He tries to kill her, but he can’t. Turns out he owes her a debt! I will never look at crows the same way again!
5/5 crows!

Wicked Congregation by Gary Buller is terrifying! This is about sacrifice and fairies. This story is told as a confession or a recounting of events. I have wanted to visit England for a while now, but I might hold off due to the fairies that reside there. Great story!
5/5 wicked fairies!

Playing Dead by S.E. Casey is amazing! Who doesn’t like a circus that pops up overnight in your town? I don’t know what it is about them, but you just have to check them out. Am I right? The story is set in New Hampshire at a circus. This story deals with loss, nightmares, and depression. Great story! Didn’t see that ending coming!
5/5 devil monkeys!

Lake Monster by Mr. Deadman is crazy! Two friends go on a fishing trip, but things go terribly wrong! Great story!
5/5 bloated carcasses!

Never Sleep Again by Calvin Demmer is creepy! There is a serial killer on the loose. The serial killer has killed 4 people. The only thing left behind is dirt under the victims’ beds. This story will make you want to leap from your bed. You never know what might be under your bed! Great story!
5/5 sleepless nights!

The Voice from the Bottom of the Well by Philip W. Kleaver is mind blowing! Johanna hears a voice at the bottom of an old well near her house in Massachusetts. The thing at the bottom of the well is hungry. Johanna must feed it, and boy did she! Awesome story!
5/5 creepy wells!

Eclipse of Wolfcreek by Sylvia Mann is eerie! I have heard of the Mothman, but this story takes the legend to the next level. Great story!
5/5 red eyes!

No. 7 by William Marchese is crazy! This story has zombies and soldiers. Great story!
5/5 zombies!

Criatura by John Palisano is great! He breaks down in the desert. He runs into La Criatura, a desert creature with white fur. He finally makes it to his destination the next day, but he is different. He has transformed. Great story! I honestly have never heard of a Criatura until I read this story.
5/5 Criaturas!

Bitten by Christopher Powers will make your skin crawl! Charles goes to the Congo Basin on a trip and gets far more than what he was looking for. He finds a new species of spider in the sausage tree. The spiders are great hunters. One spider has hunted Charles down. Great story!
5/5 creepy-crawlies!

Kelpies by Leo X. Robertson is wicked! This is the first time that I have ever heard the term Kelpie before. A Kelpie lures a man into the water. Turns out he can go home anytime he likes, but he doesn’t. Years later he meets his son. Crazy story!
5/5 wicked Kelpie!

Bloodstream Revolution by M.R. Tapir was a good read! This story is about Chupacabras during the Mexican Revolution. I enjoyed this story!
4/5 Chupacabras!

This is a great anthology that everyone should read! This book doesn’t have any low points because the stories are balanced out so well. I highly recommend this book to fans of horror, tall tales, and legends!

5/5 bumps in the night!

Review by Curtis at Cedar Hollow Horror

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Deadman’s Tome Book of Horrors II Review

Format: Kindle Edition

A surprisingly strong collection of dark, often extreme horror, Deadman’s Tome Book of Horrors II is a slender sampling of the genre. There are stories of both supernatural and human horror contained herein, all said to be torn from a cursed tome that has driven men to madness, murder, and more.

The Valley of Sex by Joseph Rubas was an early favorite for me, a vintage pulp-style horror/adventure story in the vein of Howard and Lovecraft, with some nasty supernatural sex deep within subterranean ruins. DOSE by Marc Shapiro was an odd one, with some really stellar moments (the insatiable whore with no face upon her smooth, egg-like face stands out for me), but I expected something more from the climax.

The Chasm Bridged by Carson Winter was another favorite, a haunted house story that effectively shocks with what you can’t see, before taking an unexpected twist. Easily the most human, most contemporary story in the collection, An Identity For Sam Piles by Spinster Eskie is also the most surprising, in that it effectively humanizes a monster, and starts building our empathy before ever engaging our disgust.

The next three stories fell flat for me, but the collection ends on a high note with a pair of Jack the Ripper tales. The Woman in Red by B Thomas was my favorite of the two, giving us a very sad, yet somewhat sexy motivation for the murders, while The Adler Street Boarding House by Kel y Evans takes a more subtle approach, setting up a soft climax that teases a fictional parallel with Edgar Allan Poe.

While it doesn’t sustain the erotic shock value of the first two tales, Deadman’s Tome Book of Horrors II is a better collection for branching out and really delving deep into the depravity of the genre.

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[Review] Mister White by John C. Foster

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If your novel can’t captivate a reader with in the first three chapters, then the wonderful idea you spent months on will sure as Hell never sell to any respectful publisher. John C. Foster’s Mister White, published by Grey Matter Press, not only knows of this golden rule of publishing, it proudly passes the test.

Mister Whiter delivers a compelling story that will grip readers from the first chapter. John C. Foster does not waste time with clutter and sluggish prose. No. Mr. Foster presents engaging adrenaline pumping scenes after the other, while fully aware of how to manipulate the tension and suspense.

Who is Mister White?  An entity that lurks behind the scenes in the gritty profession of international espionage where only the ruthless and cutthroat survive. An manevolent entity inadvertnaely released by a group of rogue black operatives. Readers will learn to fear Mister White right from the very first chapter when a gruesome crucifixion is discovered. Readers will learn to abhor him when Mister White inflicts terrifying physical and psychological torture on its victims. And, if for some reason readers doubt Mister White’s efficacy, chapter three will seal the deal for sure.

John C. Foster’s Mister White combines the suspense of mystery and bizarre of the supernatural to create a inricate plot that delivers an unrelenting thriller.

Not just recommended. Highly recommended.

 

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[Review] The Goat – Bill Kieffer

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The Goat by Bill Kieffer explores the abusive relationship between Frank (a homophobic homosexual) and Glenn (a cock addicted homosexual), while Frank works to turn Glenn into the perfect victim.

Frank is hardheaded, homophobic bully that gets a chub from going out of his way to beat down on gays. Frank tormented fags in high school for sport, and while doing so, paid Glenn a lot of attention.So much attention that Frank eventually finds himself in a car receiving head from the guy, all the while denying that he’s gay.

Frank, out of frustration, welcomes Glenn into his home as long as he knows his place: a cum dumpster with eyes. Glenn, for various reasons, seems more than willing to play the role of the perfect victim.

The Goat takes place in a world with anthropomorphic characters and magic spells. For those that don’t like that don’t groan just yet. I honestly had no idea what the premise of the book was before reviewing, and it didn’t really occur to me until the gay bar fight scene that the story involves magic (wards). 

If you’re turn off from anthropomorphic animals and furries, then I would still recommend checking out The Goat as it might actually creep on you. The Goat advanced on me like a gay guy at a bar. You talk, have a good time, but then later on shrug off his advance with a mutual understanding., but he leaves with a lurking thought: a mouth is just a mouth, right? Seriously, there is so much dude on dude cock sucking that after a while even a straight dick might move a little. The Goat’s inclusion of furries and magic is not like a flamboyant and in your face like an Elton John, but is a fabulous conservative fag like Milo Yiannopoulos, except with less appetite for black cock. A Milo joke, anyone?

The Goat can be a provocateur at times with Frank representing the closeted, homophobic homosexual to the fullest. If you’re offended by gay bashing, then expect Frank to offend you. Likewise, if you’re homophobic and offended by a dude going down on another dude, then you’ll also be offended. But if you give Frank a chance, you might just learn to love him like Glenn does, and Glenn really seems to love his confused experiment.

The Goat reads well. The prose flows and the description is balanced and paced. The Goat does not spend pages describing scenery or the little buttons on a coat. The Goat focuses on the destructive and abusive relationship between a man and his scapegoat. Overall, I rather enjoyed the story and would recommend it.

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The Goat: Building A Perfect Victim

Pre-release—available October 1, 2016. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,910. Language: English. Published by Weasel Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark

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Bukkake Brawl Review

Bukkake Brawl written by Made in DNA

9828707Chances are the title caught your curiosity, and chances are high that perhaps your curiosity was followed by a moment of shame, maybe even guilt because you know what a bukkake is.

However, don’t allow the guilt and shame to cloud your interest. Bukkake Brawl delivers an intense and engaging story of aspiration and revenge set in a dystopian 80’s envision of the future where sex, perversion, and cybernetic enhancements are the norm. Imagine Total Recall (original) in the hands of a perverted Japanese film studio (only the bast ones are) that focused on the underground fighting scene.

Through this book, graphic scenes of brutal violence and raw smut fucking fire at you rapidly through a series of tweets, but the story is far from an erotica. The sex takes a backseat for the brutality, while the bleak, doom and gloom, technopunk environment creates the aesthetics.

Now, this isn’t the sort of story you allow you child to read, but then again, Made in DNA clearly knows that his target audience are perverted dudes (and dudettes) raised in the late 80’s and very early 90’s. Mei, the protagonist female Bukkake Brawler of the story, is controlled by her debtor\pimp by a cocknami code. You read that correctly. A cocknami code. If you don’t get the reference then I’m willing to be most of the humor will just slip right by you. If you do get it, then do yourself a favor and check out Bukkake Brawl.

 

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Daredevil Season 2 Minor Complaint

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Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching a good, solid beat down and Daredevil delivers that in droves. From street thugs, biker gangs, to Irish mafia, our blind hero proves over and over again that he can kick total ass. Ninjas can barely touch him, and even the sharp edge of a katana can’t stop him. 

What annoyed me, and perhaps it’s just me, but the second half of season 2 was a constant ninja show. Cloaked Asian warriors would sneak around and fail, charge from the shadows and fail, and even surround and detain and yet fail. I understand Daredevil is of comic origin and some elements are going to seem impractical, hell, even impossible. The idea that hundreds of trained ninjas armed with katanas can’t even take out one blind guy is hard to believe.

But Daredevil is the hero, he is to overcome these impossible odds, while The Hand, the mysterious ninja group, continues to send waves and waves of assassins to dispose of our blind warrior. These ninjas take on Daredevil like three, four, sometimes six at a time just to end up crippled.

I get that it makes for an exciting show of surmounting impossible odds, but there comes a point where you got to ask how the fuck does the Hand recruite so many ninjas?

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Prime Cuts Graphic Novel Review

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Gritty like rough sandpaper, deprived like a German nightclub, Primal Cuts, graphic novel written by John Franklin and Tim Sulka, illustrated by Rob Gutman, tells a disturbing and yet hilarious tale of revenge.

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Todd Sweeny, released from cosmology prison, sets forth to kill the man responsible for killing his family. He also has a skill like no other, a master of the cut, with his own special golden blades, and a sick collection of golden banes.

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What makes Prime Cuts standout is the how the gritty art style emphasizes the dark atmosphere, as Todd meets a set of characters that couldn’t pass a background check. From the dirty trucker to the greasy Italian, Prime Cuts features a slew of characters that thrive in a morally deprived underworld of sorts.

Having only read the first volume of Prime Cuts, I have more questions than answers. Todd’s backstory is still a mystery and I’m interested in finding out how he and his newly acquired friend navigate his bloody mess of a murder. Overall, Prime Cut is a series I would be following up on, and one that I recommend to those that enjoy a dark, twisted story.

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