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Book Reviews Extreme Horror Horror splatterpunk

Have You Met Billy Silver?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Latest Novella From Extreme Horror Author Daniel Volpe

Billy Silver, a low-life, self-downtrodden junkie, needs some cash to get his next fix. After getting kicked out of his own band, Shit Fist, losing his girlfriend, and left with no other options, he decides to sell his flesh to the ink of a needle at a newly opening tattoo shop.The mysterious artist, Talia, tattoos a cryptic design he’s never seen. Shortly after getting inked, compulsions burn underneath his skin. His need to satisfy a newly arisen addiction to self-mutilation begins a descent into darker places than his miserable life never dared go. Eventually, violence against himself is no longer enough to satisfy his cravings. The urge to commit the grotesque brings his brutal tendencies to others… To strangers, to acquaintances, to his prostitute ex-girlfriend…When Billy finds out his band replaced him, with a new vocalist singing his lyrics on stage, Billy’s desires reach their peak, and Talia, behind the fire of his rage, bears witness to all.

Synopsis / Amazon Product Description

I don’t know if I would have found this book if I wasn’t in the Splatterpunk FB group, and it certainly helped that the author is there, too. But, I must say, those guys DO know their horror, and have damn fine taste, so… it would have been mentioned. Either way, now I need to make sure you never wonder the same thing – you need to check out Daniel Volpe’s latest story ‘Billy Silver‘!

The story is dark, it’s gritty, and I kinda wanted to wash my hands when it was over. It’s the perfect backdrop for the characters you’re about to meet. You feel the loneliness, the abandonment, the despair… Hell, you almost feel the needle go into your arm! Perfect time to add a trigger warning, wouldn’t ya say? There is some intense addiction horror here, so blahbidy blahbidy trigger warning.

We interrupt this review with breaking news… I just learned that I’m not allowed to use Addiction Horror as a category. I like to make sure I save my drafts every couple minutes, and the latest draft would not save. “You are not allowed to assign those perimeters”… WTF? I back tracked and tested, and it’s those two words next to each other. Well. Alright. Apologies to Mark Mathews, I guess. This is weird, I used the term with Aron Beauregard recently with no trouble. This must be a new thing. I must research! (I can still say ‘fuck’, so I won’t go into panic mode just yet.) (and p.s., I love how this post’s tags read like ‘101 Reasons To Read This Book!’ ) Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming –

Where were we? So, after a particularly shitty night, Billy wakes up and those all too familiar feelings start crawling in… he needs to score, and soon. This time his hustle is… selling his skin! Lol, no! Not like that! He goes to a new tattoo shop that is about to open, and he is going to let an artist work on him so she can refresh her skills before the shop opens for business. (I’d do for a hundred bucks.) He can feel a difference in his body almost immediately. He’s essentially traded one addiction for another, but this new desire isn’t like any drug he’s ever done before. He doesn’t want the high. He wants pain. When he finally gets home and gives into the urges that overtake him, self-mutilation doesn’t even come close to describing the things he’s doing! He just fucking brutalizes his self, (loves it), but the violence and depravity can’t satiate the dark urges. He needs more – so he goes out and gets it!!

It’s 🎉 time for another warning! Yay! Some animal violence is hinted at in here, but it’s not bad. I don’t think it’s much to worry about, but blahbidy blahbidy trigger warning.

This is a great book, it’s different – no cookie cutter, or assembly line horror here. I love it! I’m excited to go pick up SCARED OF THE DARK, and BITS OF BONE. All three books are available on KU, so you can read for free if you’re a subscriber.

You can scoop up Billy Silver, and all of Daniel Volpe’s books on Amazon, and don’t forget to review them all on Goodreads, (and wherever else you post your reviews!)

Connect with Daniel Volpe via social media – Facebook @Daniel J. Volpe, and Instagram @dj_volpe_author

2020 may have been a dumpster fire of a year in every other aspect, but we’ve definitely gotten some great books to read! Extreme Horror has finally gotten some recognition. Books by new EH authors are flying off the shelves, and our favorite EH authors continue to disturb and terrify us in exciting new ways. I’m proud to be a member of this community, in good company with some truly outstanding people!

What book has made a definite impression on you this year? Talk to me! Post your answers, and whatever else you’d like, in the comments. Until next time – stay healthy, happy, and horrifying 👹

P, L & N 💕

sg

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Book Reviews Horror

AUTUMN BLEEDS INTO WINTER by Jeff Strand

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Jeff is going to be so famous.
He is already well known, but I mean ooper-duper famous. Watch and see.
I also predict that AUTUMN BLEEDS INTO WINTER is going to be made into a movie. It’s going to be the kind of movie that has you yelling at the screen, cursing at the characters, and pacing the floor. I did all three while reading the book! The author picks you up, and sets you down right in the story, and I couldn’t tear myself away until the very end.

Curtis has had a pretty normal life up till now, normal enough for any fourteen year old in 1979. He knows that kids are missing – being snatched up by an unknown psychopath, because nothing like that really happens to you, right? Especially in Fairbanks, where the darkest it gets this time of year would remind you of early evening anywhere else. Bad things happen in the dark… Don’t they?

Everything changes in the span of a bad yo’ mama joke.

You remember being fourteen… (if you don’t, you will! It all came rushing back while reading this!), sleepovers, junk food, bad jokes, farts, all of it happening with your best friend by your side… Jeff paints the awkwardness of adolescence so perfectly that I’d find myself cringing I’m remembrance of my teenage years. I’m hoping this one example can convey everything I’m trying to explain… The boys are sleeping over at Curtis’s house, and they get into an argument. For one reason or another, Todd gets way more pissed than usual and he’s just done. Eff this, I’m going home. Been there, both sides. Remember, it’s 1979, you don’t wake the ‘rents for these things. Just after Todd leaves, Curtis decides he needs to follow him. Not because he wants to apologize, or to make sure Todd makes it home OK. No. He’s going after him so he can scare the shit out of him before he makes it home! It’s not being childish. It’s not being mean. It’s being fourteen, with your best friend.
Before he gets the chance to scare him, Curtis sees a car pull up and someone start talking to Todd. His mind races as he watches his best friend willingly get into a strangers car at 1:am, and drive away. While he’s trying to think of any reason that this isn’t what he knows in his heart that it is, Curtis realizes something very important… he knows who is driving that car!

That’s just the beginning of the story. Just wait until you see how tough it is for a fourteen year old to get any adult to take him seriously, and how many wrong turns he makes while trying to find the answers about what happened to his best friend. I know, I usually don’t give details like that. But A: we already know what’s happening from reading the synopsis, and B: I had to try to explain how Jeff is able to make you ride shotgun through everything that happens, experiencing everything as it happens. It’s a draining experience, so much happens and this story went places I never expected.
You’ve got to read this – highest of recommendations here.

P, L & N 💋

sg

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#coronageddon Events Horror Writing

You Should Be Writing!(?)

If we turned the pic right now – what would your paper say?!

It’s almost time to get my cheerleader outfit on! We’re just about mid-way, how’s your NaNoWriMo going?

I’ve done my best to stay off social media, so I’m not seeing everyone’s word counts and goals. I stick my toes in the water a little each day, but I’m not seeing #NaNoWriMo like it used to be. Am I not seeing it, or are you not doing it?

Leave me a comment – are you participating this year?

At the halfway mark – how are your goals?

What am I going to be reading? 😉

Why are you still reading this when YOU SHOULD BE WRITING!?

P, L & N 💕

SG

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#coronageddon #SelfIsolationShenanigans Anthologies book discussions Holiday Horror Horror Short Story splatterpunk

Celebrating National Metal Day!

Heavy Metal & Horror – A Match Made For Screaming!

Celebrating National Metal Day by watching horror movies is easy. It’s FUN, but the hardest part will be deciding what movie to watch FIRST. If you’re in a state where you’re still strongly encouraged to stay self-isolated, picking up a book and getting lost in a blend of music & madness sounds much more appealing! But – what to read? Here are a few choices…


We’ll be celebrating doubly hard since The Dark Defender & I Joined Forces nine years ago today.

Joined Forces 11/11/11

If you don’t already have THE SCREAM by John Skipp & Craig Spector then this is the book you should pick up and start reading today. It’s HORROR. It’s SPLATTERPUNK. It’s ROCK AND ROLL.

Rock ‘n’ Roll. Hell. Two great tastes that taste great together. Long before Elvis gyrated on the Sullivan Show or the Beatles toiled the smoky red-light bars of Hamburg, music has been sowing the seeds of liberation. Or damnation. With each new generation the edge of rebellion pushed farther. Rhythms quickened. Volume increased. Lyrics coarsened. The rules continued to be broken, until it seemed that there were no rules at all.
And as waves of teens cranked it up and poured it on, parents built walls of accusation to explain their offspring’s seeming corruption. Sex and drugs, demon worship and violence are the effects. Music is the cause. Or so the self-styled guardians of morality would have us believe.
Meet The Scream. Just your average everyday mega-cult band. Their music is otherworldly. Their words are disturbing. Their message is unholy. Their fans are legion. And they’re not kidding. They’re killing. Themselves. Each other. Everyone. Their gospel screams from the lips of babes. Their backbeat has a body count. And their encore is just the warm-up act to madness beyond belief.
It emerged from a war-torn jungle, where insanity was just another word for survival. It arrived in America with an insatiable lust for power and the means to fulfill it. In the amplified roar of arena applause there beats the heart of absolute darkness
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As your punk rock horror hostess in this event, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show you this ‘battle’ anthology!

• Thirteen Rounds. • Twenty Six Stories. • No Holds Barred.

Grab your guitars, turn the volume to eleven, and launch yourself into a world where heavy music rules over all!

Your teammates we will include 13 of these authors as you battle head to head for the Ultimate Title! David Owain Huges, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lawson – The Sisters of Slaughter, James H. Longmire, Dani Brown, Robert Holy, Andrew Freudenberg, Easel Pratt, Kitty Kane, Sebastian Crow, J.L. Lane, G.H. Finn, Jason Morton, Brian Barr, Michael Noe, Jim Richardson, Seth Moore, R.E. Lyons, Toneye Tyenot, William Bradley, John P. Collins Jr., Lucretia Stanhope, Brian Glossup, K. Trap Jones, Michael Fischer, and Jim Golforth.


I love the vibe happening right now, so the 3rd place tie between THE RITUAL by Adam Neville and SHOCK ROCK edited by Jeff Gelb has just been broken! ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO SLAY …

The stars of shock fiction know what metalheads & moralists, punksters & preachers have known all along. Rock and roll. With its hot licks and raw glitter, has a dark side too – where the party stops and the terror begins.

Put on your headphones. Open this electrifying book. Rock to the world of horror where martyred musical super-legends return from the dead at 120 decibels… where radio stations sponsor ghastly giveaways that no living soul could want … where other-earthly pirates bootleg not records, but human souls… where people are strange … and the devil rocks all night.

THE NEW SOUND OF HORROR comes from Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, David J. Schow, Nancy A. Collins, Ronald Kelly, Don D’Ammassa, Graham Masterton, Paul Dale Anderson, Michael E. Garrett, Brian J. Hodge, R Patrick Gates, Rex Miller, Bill Mumy & Peter David,R Richard Christian Matheson, Michael Newton, Mark Verheiden, Ray Garton, John L. Byrne, Thomas Tessier, and John Shirley.

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Extreme Horror Horror horrotica New Release splatterpunk

Hot Off The Presses!

MAGGOT GIRL

Episode 1: A Maggoty Metamorphosis

Maggot Girl is sick, violent and dangerous.

She leaves a trail of brutal pornographic perversion in her wake. Add mind-blowing gore fans of extreme horror and Splatterpunk will love! Nothing will be left to the imagination in this utterly disturbing and sickening series. Maggot Girl is definitely not the girl next door, unless you live next door to a psychopathic nymphomaniac from Hell!

Get your copy of MAGGOT GIRL on Amazon, and don’t forget to leave a review, (just a couple words helps more than you realize). It’s not on Goodreads yet, but my bet is that it will be posted by the end of the day.

I’ll edit in an author bio ASAP – Otis Bateman is a name you won’t soon forget!

Let me know what you think!

P, L, & N💋 (seems more relevant today, huh? haha!)

sg

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Horror

Ghostland by Duncan Ralston

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GHOSTLAND!!
If you haven’t read this one yet, what better way to help celebrate?!

The Bloody Book Blogger

People are dying to get in. The ghosts will kill to get out.

Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the park in the world – GHOSTLAND! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, safely protected by our Recurrence Field technology! Visit Ghostland today – it’s the hauntedest place on earth!

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After a near-death experience caused by the park’s star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won’t let her live life to the fullest. She’s come at the insistence of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech’s psychological effect on the user.

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31 Days Of Halloween Horror Reading Is Sexy

Kiss My Tuffet

I’m sad to be ending this series of pics, because I was having a blast with them! And even though this one looks a little juvenile and elementary, it makes me laugh, and takes the edge off the fact that I never finished the ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ one I’ve been messing with for a week. And, damnit! I just figured out exactly what would have made it work, and that would have been the last! Oh, I hate that! Here’s proof that when I talk about it, it works itself out 90% of the time. Oh well. I’m going to finish it and save it for next year.

Reading will go back to being merely ‘Sexy‘ again… unless I can think of a different monthly theme like I was trying here…

Any suggestions?

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31 Days Of Halloween book discussions Book Reviews Horror horrotica Series

Feelin’ Witchy on Devil’s Night

Rating: 5 out of 5.

LIFE’S SHORT. LIVE A LITTLE!

Sabine

Sexy Sabine is definitely going to be THIS Witch’s Guilty Pleasure from now on! Laurell K. Hamilton never had me giggling like Regina Watts did in this book!
This is my very first time with Sabine, and I was falling in love with her as I listened (TTS) to her talk about different taboos, and society’s general disapproval of anything more than mere vanilla bean. Then… cable dog. Cable Dog took me by surprise, and then things really got fun!
I’m not going to spoil this book for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but I can assure you that I’m about to dive into all things Sabine! Regina has a dark and twisted sense of humor that I can’t get enough of, and if flows out effortlessly through the character. Sometimes so subtly that it took a second for my brain shout ‘Wait! Turn that back… did she just, omg…’! She’s the type of character I know I’d be friends with IRL – part of my tribe.
And did I mention that this is Horrotica? Oh, yeah, I definitely noticed the ‘rotica ::winks:: Thankfully, this is a pretty quick read, and I didn’t get swept up into the throes of passion. This time.
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There is so much to love here, in such a short story. But, it works – it doesn’t feel forced, or ‘packed’. (see what I did there? The next three days are gonna be full of ‘Thats what she said‘s, then probably a divorce.)
I’ll keep you posted through the next five books, but I can already say with 100% certainty that I’ll highly recommend this series.

So far, Regina Watts is proving her versatility as a writer, and I can’t wait to see what she’s done with BABYSITTER BLOODBATH!

So, where can you find THE WITCH’S GUILTY PLEASURE? It’s a secret! Shhh… I’m only teasing. But it is a secret edition of the Sabine series, for subscribers only. I got it when I signed up to Regina Watt’s newsletter after reading Feeling Dottie. You can find all the information on her official website.

Now, where can you find the Marquise d’Oregon?

On Amazon, Goodreads, The Official Regina Watts Webpage, the Painted Blind Publishing website, @WritesWatts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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31 Days Of Halloween Anthologies Free Horror

Happy Halloween From Matt Drabble

Did you miss any of the the AFTER DARKNESS FALLS anthologies? Then now’s your time to catch up! Here’s what Matt says…

“Tis the season to be scary. For all of you out there who like to curl up by the fire and read something spooky by the dancing light here’s a FREE offer for you. You can now pick up my After Darkness Falls anthology collection for free via Amazon. That’s 30 tales of terror & the macabre all with a wicked twist in the tale. Available free from Thurs 29th Oct – Mon 2nd Nov.

Author Matt Drabble

Download: Amazon US, Amazon UK,
Website: mattdrabble.com
Twitter: MattDrabble01
Facebook: matt.drabble.3

“Also if you haven’t picked up a copy yet “CAPES” is out now, a Horror/ Thriller/ Mystery set within a realistic dark superhero universe.”

— Matt Drabble

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Horror

A new anthology #AcceptingSubmissions #CarnivalOfTheWicked

The deadline for submissions is creeping up, did you send your story in?

Samie Sands

Calling all authors, I am looking for submissions for my new anthology. Here are the details:

Theme: Whatever your imagination conjores up when it thinks of the spooky carnival…

Genre:Horror

WordCount:500 – 15,000

Deadline– November 1st

If this is something that you’re interested in, the nitty gritty details can be found in the sample contract posted below. If you would like to submit or have any more questions, my email islockdown@writeme.com:

Contract

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