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Monsters Exist Review!

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With a healthy four out of five stars, Monsters Exist stands out as a bold and engaging title. Everyone with a Kindle knows that Amazon lets just about anything in, and because of that there is a lot of dumpster stories flooding the Kindle store. Well, Monsters Exist is far from that. But don’t take my word for it, check out this review.
on July 5, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What are we reading?: Deadman’s Tome, Monsters Exist, edited by Mr Deadman and Theresa Braun.

Give me the short version: No, really, it’s all in the title.

If you haven’t checked them out yet, online horror magazine Deadman’s Tome (founded 2008 as Demonic Tome) has been rapidly spreading its tentacles of outré horror. Monsters Exist is a wonderfully neat concept with wide appeal; short stories about monsters; and from a publisher known for edginess this collection is actually very accessible – you can read it over lunch without losing it.

People always want something different from stories and of course we all have our best and brightest cryptid. I’ve got a nose for what bends the brain so I’m calling out my favourites as:

• The traditional brutal simplicity of Christopher Powers’ Bitten.

• Some unexpected silver-tongued social critique in Leo X Robertson’s Kelpies.

• Mr Deadman himself’s Lake Monster, with its quick-step dialogue and the hilariously great characterisation.

• And my top highlight: to join SE Casey in a frictionless slide into the unnerving with Playing Dead is always a treat.

Something which I haven’t seen much of in other anthologies, Monsters Exist popped author bios at the end of each story. This was super convenient and I loved being able to look the author up (and buy more stories) while still in the moment.

My favourite bit: “The kissing tent’s side flaps were rolled up allowing a glimpse of Ms. Pinn, the retired town librarian, making out with a much younger man. Harry’s heart jumped at the sight of her grey hair that had been torn away from its bun, the feral kiss too deep and passionate to be appropriate in any context.” – Playing Dead, SE Casey.

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Krampus Christmas Review!

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There are more scares in this anthology than there are kids in Krampus’s basket! Grant Butler begins with a poem that introduces the malicious Krampus, as well as the collection’s themes of despair and retribution. Gary Buller’s “The Present,” the longest tale, shows the effect of a mysterious gift on an ordinary, middle-class family. Buller turns up the tension quickly, and has a knack for disturbing imagery. The kitchen scene will stick with me for a long time! “Snowman Town,” by Chris Powers, presents a unique supernatural force that wreaks havoc on a quiet town. It’s a quick read that left me wanting more. I’m hoping for a sequel, or a novella-length expansion. The next story, “Santa’s Bag,” by Mark Slade, reads like “Gremlins” meets “Street Trash.” (Anyone remember that one, with the melting hobos?) S.E. Casey’s “Sugarplums and Other Carrion” was perhaps the most disturbing and pessimistic story in this dark collection. In the climactic scene, a line about “dead weight” (you’ll know it when you read it) made my stomach churn. That kind of visceral reaction is a testament to the quality of Casey’s writing. The anthology closes with William Marchese’s “The Plasticization of Christmas,” a manic, psychosexual story featuring a Santa Claus who would probably get along with Patrick Bateman. The tongue-in-cheek play on a “picture perfect” Christmas provides a much-needed (albeit nervous) chuckle. Read this one in one setting, while your family is distracted by Trivial Pursuit or a viewing of It’s A Wonderful Life.
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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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The Bleeder Review

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Some stories merely delve into darkness only to pull the reader out from it with some light humor. Others, however, not only descend into the abyss, they thrive in it. Dumping the reader into a dark, brutal, hopeless world so that she has no other choice but to face the fear!

Order The Bleeder on Amazon
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The Bleeder began as a series of short stories. Following a monstrosity that is both alive and dead. This monstrosity, this colossal of decay and rot, looms in the dark, taking the lives of anything that crosses it’s path, but is it human? Is there a shred of humanity left inside the monster?

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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Review

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Boy scouts customizing weapons to take on hordes of zombies sounds like a great concept. Watching people take on waves of the undead in a manner similar to that of Dead Rising would be great for a fun popcorn flick. Yet, somehow Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse manages to take a should be easy to execute concept and just take a giant diarrhea dump all over it. You would think Scouts Guide would be about killing zombies, taking on the undead rotters, yet for some reason the movie focuses on stereotypical characters as they flop around.

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If you’re expecting a Zombieland, where a nerdy socially ackward teenager starts off gunning down zombies, you’re in for a complete and total bore fest. Instead of moving fast into the main plot, the meat of a zombie film, Scouts Guide focuses on the awkward relationship between the characters like an American Pie imitation.

In the end, I would not recommend paying full ticket price at a movie theater. If you really want to see it for yourself, then Showbox it.

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Your better off playing Dead Rising.

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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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Kiss Me Like You Love Me Review

Do remember those moments, when you’re reading through your favorite book, and the author goes on and on about the details of a coat? Looking at you Anne Rice.

What would it be like to read a gripping, engrossing story that doesn’t pussy-foot around the point? What about a story that doesn’t have all that cumbersome filler and delivers an entertaining experience from cover to cover?

It would be Kiss Me Like You Love Me by Wednesday Lee Friday.

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A horrific yet humorous tale that delves deep into the mind of a serial killer with mommy issues. Sounds familiar, and may even sound a bit tired for the genre. But it’s so much more than just another copy. Kiss Me Like You Love Me stands on its own with a narrative that flows like a train on consciousness. Wednesday Lee Friday’s unique style gives each paragraph energy to keep you engaged, and the tone may even have you sad for characters you should hate.

And for those that struggle to find time to enjoy a good read, take this as an example. I received a copy of Kiss Me Like You Love Me last night and stormed through it this morning, losing track of time, losing previous stress, and feeling like I went through an experience I would surely read again today.

Kiss Me Like You Love Me by Wednesday Lee Friday is highly recommended.