If you got a rando invitation from a company that produces snuff films, to appear in your very own [film], what would you do? Well, let break that down into two groups: are we the snuffer, or the snuffee? *¹ Assuming that it’s an invite to do some psycho shit with no repercussions, I bet a lot of people would jump at the chance, even if they won’t admit it.
The genius of snuff is not its existence but rather its universal appeal. While totally repugnant, it is still more enticing than the filthiest porn.”
Wrath James White
Well, that’s exactly what happened to Wesley, and it’s a wet dream come true! “Normal”, vanilla sex just doesn’t do it for him anymore. Besides, what if they see what he can do and offer him a contract?! (collective eye roll here for his ‘dude-bro’ way of thinking). He filled out his paperwork, and was on his way to an appointment that could potentially change his way of life forever!
And, did it ever!
Yes, this is extreme horror, and yes, it’s totally snuffalicious, but it was a fun read for me! It was way easier on my nerve than BOYS WILL BE BOYS, and I was left with a feeling of [sick] satisfaction🤘. We get a dash of the blackest of humor, and there’s a Girl Power vibe to it strong enough to almost call for an anthem.
Don’t go into this lightly just cuz I’m a psychopath – this is a gore drenched, blood splattered story, that very well might give you nightmares, especially the gentleman.
Times are hard in this terrifying new world dominated by the coronavirus –
You gotta do what it takes to survive.
WARNING: EXTREME HORROR – Not For Sensitive Readers! This story happens in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic – so if you’re triggered by daily events, here’s an extra warning.
The Author & The Reviewer
Small businesses around the globe are going belly-up. In the Cornish seaside town of Treeve, Cat’s husband, Brian Oxley, is on the brink of losing everything. Eight pubs, five restaurants, and six pasty shops worth of everything…
When a potential, financial bailout comes in the form of lottery winner Ewan Davies, it is the answer to all of Brian’s prayers. The creepy, ex-furniture restorer makes Brian an offer he can’t refuse.
His offer is twenty million.
And the price of Brian’s salvation?
Never in her wildest imaginings, could Cat imagine what lies in store for her at the millionaire’s mansion.
She will never look at a piece of furniture in the same way again…
The synopsis is very descriptive, so you know the beginning of the story. What you don’t know is ‘Why’. Not ‘why did Brian sell her’, cuz he’s a piece of shit, (besides, times are hard, ya know?). Not ‘why didn’t her side-piece try to help her‘, cuz he was a pussy all along. The WHY you need to be asking is WHY does Ewan want to buy her? ‘INDECENT PROPOSAL‘ was ‘One million dollars for one night with your wife’ – but Ewan is paying twenty mil!
Ewan must live in Broadgate. This kind of shit couldn’t happen anywhere else in the world!
I first read this within days of it’s release. At a certain point if I’d had Collette’s number I would have called, but I had to stop reading so I could at least e-mail her. I think I only said ”They’re going to Broadgate, aren’t they?!” UPDATE: I had to stop and look up the e-mail. I was wrong, I emailed her because for a second I was thinking they might be headed to Gary’s house in Broadgate! It would have been an entirely different story.
This is extreme body horror at it’s finest! You might not feel this, but I see some dark humor here, and can totally appreciate it! (See note in Ch.12.) I think I’m safe with my assumption here, but I’ve pissed off an author before by finding some dark humor in their world where there was most definitely none intended. ::leSigh::
I love that this is written along with what is going on in the world. It’s not ‘capitalizing’ on anything, it’s saying ‘Hey, things are fucked up, but look – they could be SOOOO much worse!” Lol! Some time had passed when I realized that this wasn’t posted, (again, all apologizes). I was going to skim through, just to refresh for this, but ended up reading from cover to cover for a second time! It’s such a great vakay from IRL for a little while, (but parallel to IRL 😉). I noticed that a couple readers do not like the ending of this story, but I wholeheartedly disagree. There are so many things that could happen, but no matter what – in our minds we’ve seen our perfect ending.
“I want you with me forever, Caitlyn.”
The most horrifying sentence in this book!
Alright. I’ve begun to babble, so that’s a sure sign that it’s time to wrap this up. When you need to stop seeing the news, and a distraction beckons because ‘those damn kids’ are just always there anymore, you can grab THE LOCKDOWN TRADE-OFF on Amazon, then rate it on Goodreads! Your stalking options for Sam West, and Collette Metcalf are as follows: Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, BookLikes, LibraryThing, and FictionDB, and @west_horror on Twitter. There is at least one Sam West #BleedingMeme in the Gallery, and the Sam West / Collette Metcalf ‘coming-out’ interview is a fun read and can be read here. Lastly…
IF YOU WERE GOING OUT ON HALLOWEEN AS A CHARACTER FROM ONE OF SAM WEST’S BOOKS, WHO WOULD YOU BE?
Answers in the comments please! You never know, this might end up not being just for fun, so comment, damnit!! lmfao… Until next time – Stay Healthy, and Stay Safe!
He’s gone from odontophobia to odontophilia, and made it work so well that a couple of new odontophilia aficionados may be born from this! I have to say that Matt could have made this way more stomach turning, (he’s got the ability – I’ve seen him do it!), but he didn’t go for shock value and gross out factors. It’s a perfect blend to make this a book I couldn’t put down. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t for beginners, but it’s…balanced. I love the characters, I love their relationship, I really just love this story.
Notice how it says Book One… It looks like Revolting Romance stories are going to stick around, yay! How can Matt top what he’s already written in the past though? It’s going to be fun finding out! I get the feeling that it won’t be pretty, though. As long as I smile like I did while reading Romance Is Dead, I’ll be a happy me. Matt does his dark humor dry. I love it.
Now… I need to get ‘Our Demons Within’. (Update, almost finished, it’s awesome!!) One book of Matt’s is never enough, I always need a follow up…
*Warning* This story may contain graphic materials that not everyone finds suitable.
Ember Oaks is not your typical asylum and these are not your typical stories. Within these walls are deep dark secrets that give the entire building it’s depth. Each patient tells their chilling and terrifying stories about how they ended up at Ember Oaks. These stories will have your mind twisted sideways as they keep you up at night.
I love asylum stories, but there aren’t many out there that are worth picking up. And I’ve picked up a lot of ’em. A lot. That makes the really good ones stand out even more though, and I’m happy that I can add TWISTED SIDEWAYS to that invisible list in my head!
I was excited right from rip when I realized it’s a collection of short stories, encased in one. The author, Allisha McAdoo, walks us through Ember Oaks, and introduces us to some of the asylum’s more interesting residents. We learn their stories, and find out how they came to permanently reside in this seventh circle of Hell. (But it has nice curtains!)
Some of these stories are sick! They’re ALL twisted. And TWISTED SIDEWAYS is definitely worth reading. Grab a copy, you won’t be disappointed. Plus it’s hot off the presses, you can brag that you read it before all your friends! (pssst…hey… it’s free today – grab your copy today!) If you miss the sale, the book is available on KU – bonus points! +5 additional bonus points ‘cuz I love saying McAdoo! 😜
WARNING: This novel contains graphic content. Reader discretion is advised.
What would you do to protect your family? How far would you go?
Keith Klein, a beat cop in the small New Mexico town of Montaño, sets out to find his missing daughters after they vanish on their way home from school. He enlists the help of Gerald Greenwood, an old friend and a private investigator. When their investigation stalls and desperation creeps in, Keith’s methods become unorthodox, illegal, and extremely violent.
Meanwhile, Keith’s daughters, fourteen-year-old Carrie and eight-year-old Allison, witness horrors beyond imagination at the Wolves’ Den, a house in the middle of nowhere. In that house, a group of psychopaths in animal masks produce snuff films and other disturbing content for clients across the globe.
Jon Athan delivers another dark and disturbing horror novel filled with mystery, suspense, and gore. Can you handle a visit to the Wolves’ Den?
I have been waiting for this book, just like I do all of Jon Athan’s books, since the first time I saw it advertised. But, I anticipated this one a little more than the others. The picture on the cover is haunting. I don’t even remember reading the synopsis – I couldn’t quote it now if you paid me. I grabbed it as soon as it was available, but I put off reading it all day yesterday because I didn’t want it to be over already. (Like trying to avoid eating the marshmallows in your Lucky Charms until the last few bites.)
These [stories] are the ones that make you understand what Unrelenting Human Horror really means!
I’m not going to reiterate what you’ve read in the synopsis, we know what is happening here. Just knowing what sparked the idea of this story, and how true it could be, makes it all the more horrifying. Am I the fucked up one for knowing what the Daisy videos are, and who that guy is? I didn’t see them, hold your attitude. But, I know. I’ve read the stories, and know that guys like these don’t go away. They just keep reproducing. Like cockroaches.
Into The Wolves Den is really hard to read. The emotions are just vibrating off the pages. It always brings those ‘what-ifs’ questions, ur mind wanders – and nobody wants to go on THAT journey. The depravity of the bad guys might be hard to wrap your head around, but those things, and worse, happen every day. This isn’t just splatterpunk, or gore for the sake of it. UNRELENTING HUMAN HORROR. These are your neighbors, the parents at your kid’s school, the ppl you sit next to in church and PTA! It made me want to DO something! I keep telling people that this author is about to change everything about Extreme Horror. I don’t know how, but I feel it.
Maybe Extreme Horror can make a difference. Maybe it can be attached to something positive, instead of just some stupid shit a couple of other authors did. Just look at what BloodBoundBooks is doing 👍
WARNING: This novel contains graphic content. Reader discretion is advised.
William Keller, known as the Traveling Surgeon, is terrorizing the streets of Florida with two accomplices. They capture their victims, then they ‘operate’ on them. When they’re finished, they steal their victims’ large intestines and leave a bloodbath behind them. Unable to capture them, Homicide Detective Jamie Mills requests assistance from a peer—Homicide Detective Harvey Skinner. Together, they continue Harvey’s experimental program.
Sam Lee, the Heartless Heart-Ripper, is released from death row once again and asked to do what he does best: capture, torture, release.
Jon Athan brings you the highly-anticipated sequel to The Good, the Bad, and the Sadistic in this gruesome story of questionable ethics, violent vengeance, and human horror.
Jon Athan is back again with a splattery, gore drenched, and drippy piece of Unrelenting Human Horror that’s gonna fill your violence quota for about six months! The Heartless Heart-Ripper is in perfect form, ever the consummate professional. I appreciate a man who takes pride in his work.
I like how meaty this one is. The characters motivations, the ache of those who are skating the razors edge between good and evil, and, of course, the brutality. I could talk for an hour about the characters, but I’ll save it for a no-spoiler blog. I’m excited to know that the next book is in the works, (omg, Eric! Right?!), but even more excited to know that there is a chance for ‘The Heartless Heart-Ripper’ – a pre-quel! THAT is going to be amazing, I already know it. I’m also glad I’m not alone anymore in liking “The House That Jack Built”.
WARNING: This book contains scenes of graphic violence and disturbing themes. Many of these scenes involve violence committed by and against minors. This book is not intended for those easily offended or appalled. Please enjoy at your own discretion.
On his thirteenth birthday, Jacob White discovers his older brother, Kevin, is a violent serial killer. Kevin doesn’t want to hurt Jacob, though. Kevin wants to teach Jacob about the world—from his twisted perspective. He wants to mold his little brother into a serial killer so that they can kill together. However, as his brother goes on a murder spree, Jacob finds himself wrestling with his conscience… Can one rotten apple spoil the whole barrel?
Jon Athan, the author of A Family of Violence and The Abuse of Ashley Collins, brings you a provocative horror story of family, adolescence, and violence. Could you keep your brother’s secret?
Brothers Who Slay Together, Stay Together!
I just read this for the second time – it’s sooooo good! I am enjoying Jon Athan’s more realistic ‘human horror stories’ even better than the fun & sadistic extreme horror that made me find him in the beginning. It’s not very common to get emotional while reading extreme horror, but this author seems to get me every time. I highly recommend Rotten Apples.
You all know that I have been fan-girling on my blog since… what, 2015, or 2016(?), but, you also know it’s for damn good reasons. He somehow keeps getting better, and his stories shine a light on real human horrors, helping to bring attention to subjects that matter, but people want to ignore. Stories based on real cases, like Into The Wolves Den, and The Groomer. Please Check him out so we can talk about these books, and share fangirling moments… Until next time…
WARNING: This book contains some suggestive scenes and themes, some violence, and some vulgar language. It is not intended for those easily offended or appalled. Please enjoy at your own discretion.
Jamie, a single father, spirals into a horrific tailspin when his beloved son, Casey, begins to exhibit extreme signs of aggression. When Casey’s behavior challenges the realm of human explanation, Jamie questions and tackles every sinister possibility. Enlisting the aid of doctors, a parapsychologist, and a priest, Jamie delves into a frightening world of uncertainty. A severe mental illness? A spiritual ailment? A supernatural attack? The terrifying truth emerges from the most fiendish corner…
Can Jamie save his son from an eternity of torment?
I just re-read A Boy Possessed / In The Name of the Devil for the second time.
We are watch as a man does everything he possibly can to find out what is wrong with his son. Doctor after doctor find nothing medically wrong, but try to tell this man that there is nothing wrong, after the late nights trying to soothe his only child, after all the things he has been witness to?! We get to see just how far a father is willing to go, and the pain he endures, to save his son from something he doesn’t (yet) understand. It’s an emotional ride through doctors, psychiatrists, old frenemies, and finally a priest – all to explain something that can’t possibly be happening to his baby boy. He soon realizes once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth, and nothing will keep him from trying to make it end. The additions and rewrites did improve on the story. If you haven’t read A Boy Possessed or In The Name of the Devil, what the HELL are you waiting for, a second coming?!
WARNING: This novel contains graphic content. Reader discretion is advised.
A group of young drug addicts—led by drug dealer Jared Hatcher—plan to rob the wealthy Cohen family on Halloween to escape their dead-end town outside of Las Vegas. They devise the perfect plan with the perfect victims and the perfect getaway. But one act of violence quickly leads to another, triggering a chain-reaction of never-ending mayhem.
Can the desperate trespassers successfully complete their robbery and leave their lives of despair? Or will the fragile Cohens fight back and save themselves?
Jon Athan, the author of Lovesick and Into the Wolves’ Den, presents a bleak, disturbing, and gory home invasion novel—an unforgettable night of desperation and carnage.
Original Goodreads and Amazon reviews lost –
A perfect plan, with perfect victims and a perfect getaway goes horrifyingly wrong – bringing brutal, and bloody results. If your “Perfect Team” happens to end up being just the opposite – maybe give it a minute to rethink things, instead of trying to keep them abord with threats and violence. (I’d stab a bitch in the throat for questioning my loyalty once things get rolling, and if said bitch tried that in front of a victim… I might not stop there. Who’s loyal now? This lonely rich gal right here 😉). <—– yeah… in my dreams, right?! That was a dream sequence, haha! But I’m a badass too when I’m in the middle of a story, yelling out at the characters!!!