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"A sub-breed of fiction quite tasty...and emotionally challenging if you dare embrace their themes." -- William P. Simmons, Cemetery Dance

"As a group, these guys are comfortable with the many forms terror can take..." -- Garrett Peck, Hellnotes

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I'd have to say that this collection is one of the strongest collaborations I've seen in awhile. Not only are Keene, Huyck, Cooper and Oliveri friends, they're great writing partners. Each feeds off of the others' ideas and creates their own very unique effect to each of these stories in 4 x 4. All four authors in the collection are great minds in the field of horror and they mesh so well with another. This book offers a taste of their individual talents and their combined styles to form a very remarkable and entertaining read for any lover of the horror genre.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Delirium; 1st edition (October 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929653204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929653201
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,326,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Brannon on February 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
First thing's first-if you don't know who these guys are then you, then you haven't done your homework for Horror Fiction 101. Oliveri, Cooper, Keene, and Huyck are the proverbial sparkplugs of the small press, and for good reason. It's apparent in every story that they know when to walk the well-trodden paths and when to leave the trail entirely in search of monsters. Yet there is an intelligence to the horrors in this book that defies the repetetive vampire-ghost-werewolf standbys which continue to be recycled and rehashed by less inventive writers. Where most small press writers would automatically go to their well worn copies of King and Koontz for inspiration, these four draw on a wealth of sources for their ideas that mirrors the depth in their writing. Keene cites a picture he saw in National Geographic as the stimulus for the epic "Earthworm Gods" while Oliveri mentions Nietzsche in his notes on the well-crafted "To Fight With Monsters." As you might imagine, the stories in this book definitely transcend your basic run-of-the-mill horror.
In addition to having depth, this book is simply a lot of fun. It reminds me of a greatest hits collection from my favorite band in that there isn't a bad track in the lot and there's never any desire to skip to the next song. What's more, there's a little something for everybody-from the undead animals in "Wild Kingdom" to the homicidal tattoos in "Dealer's Wheel" to the brutal description of a man getting his comeuppance in "Harvesting Sorrow." There's even a new Brackard's Point story.
The bottom line: if you're going to ride with these Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, make sure you've got a taste for blood, a strong stomach, and a love for the horror genre in all its forms. Definitely recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Travis Deputy on October 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
Well I must say I'm disapointed with this book. I would guess the reason why is it's so overhyped. There is such a high demand for this because it has Brian Keene in it. Also because it is one of Delirium's earlier titles. Prices on ebay for the paperback(only 300 copies of it) can reach $150 easily and the hardback(only 100 copies of it) I've seen fetch $600 bucks on ebay. I guess this is part of the reason it's overhyped, because it's relatively rare. However just because something is rare doesn't make it a good read. I'll get to what 4x4 contains in a moment. First, let me say that these publishers like Cemetery Dance and Delirium and Necro and so forth are ruining the book industry by publishing these limited edition books that not alot of people can afford and even more can't get a copy to read. Even worse is once you pay these high prices for these books alot of the time the stories aren't even worth spit. There are certain stories that I would like to read but can't afford because of high book prices. Most of the time the books don't get reprinted to a cheaper paperback like Leisure. Anyways I had to get that off my chest. Now for 4x4! There are 8 stories in this book. In my opinion, only 3 of them are good. Actually 2 of those 3 are great. One of those that is great is called Earthworm Gods written by Keene and the other is To Fight With Monsters written by Keene and Michael Oliveri. This is the only place you can find Earthworm Gods except for the No Rest books by Keene, which are also pricey. This is the only place you can find To Fight With Monsters and is the first part of a sequel. The second part of the story is a novella called To Walk Among Men and is equally great and was written by Oliveri and is in New Dark Voices.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "gammasorrow" on February 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
Brutal, unflinching, unapologetic, and downright HORRIFIC. Think there's nothing new in the field of horror? Then read this book and be proved wrong. The 80's/90's brought us the splatterpunk era. 4X4 kicks off the gangsta' era! I look forward to more from each of these authors.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
and keep all arms inside the car. This is one heck of a ride!
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