- File Size: 2996 KB
- Print Length: 152 pages
- Publisher: Dybbuk Press (February 15, 2006)
- Publication Date: February 15, 2006
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001E97G62
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #572 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Anthologies & Literature Collections > Horror
- #875 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Horror > United States
- #919 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Anthologies & Literature Collections > United States
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Next up is Garry Kilworth's "The Stray," an is-it-or-isn't-it, what-am-I-supposed-to-be-thinking kind of tale about a fellow named Tom who hangs around a brothel. To say much more would give the point away, but it's kind of a one-joke piece anyway. Kilworth is a solid wordsmith, though, and doesn't waste time getting to the point. My main complaint is that it's not a horror tale (but, then, Teddy Bear Cannibal Massacre wasn't the epitome of truth in advertising, either).
Then, "Hardboiled Stiff" by Michael Hemmingson ups the title factor significantly. Hemmingson offers up a blend of the private-eye and zombie genres that works surprisingly well. Arthur Gideon awakens with two bullet holes in his chest, covered with dirt, no memory, and a inexplicable craving for fresh brains. We follow Gideon as he discovers how he got into this state, finding things out as he does. Hemmingson throws in some necrophilia for good measure (dead guys have needs, too!), but the effect is lessened by the fact that the whole thing reads like a first draft.Read more ›
Pool Sharks by Gerard Brennan is the first tale and is about just that...pool sharks. But in this game you win or die.
The Stray by Garry Kilworth is about a slow man that some ladies of night let hang around their place of business. Until, that is, a customer takes offense.
Hardboiled Still by Michael Hemmingson is the longest tale in the anthology. It is also the strangest. The way it is written, it reminds me of the old Dick Tracy comics. A private investigator wakes up one night to find out that he is a zombie.
All the Pretty Girls by Ronald Damien Malfi will appeal to you classic car lovers. The story revolves around a possessed 1962 Mercury Comet S-22 Coupe. (I sense you drooling already.)
Moving Pictures by Gord Rollo is my personal favorite. A new tattoo parlor is about to open in the area. When the enforcer appears to collect the protection money, the oriental man offers a free tattoo to buy time until he can get customers and make some money. But his tattoos are VERY special indeed.
The Essences by Davin Ireland refer to the emotions of people in the world. Each city has a Keeper (Watcher or Caretaker) who cares of the vials containing that city's essences.
Bloodbath at Landsdale Towers by Michael Boatman is my second fave. Two dark and menacing figures with interesting powers are out to get the names of all the dealers in the area. They also have the most interesting pet, a Death Puck with legs.Read more ›
What originally sold me on the anthology was Gerard Brennan's "Pool Sharks" - a story about a night playing pool that turns violent. Brennan has an ability to pack a lot of action into very few words. It reminded me of the scaled down, back-to-the-basics, let's kill the 5 hour guitar solo once and for all aesthetic of 70s punk. Brennan doesn't waste time on meaningless characterization or cliche atmosphere. He says what he has to say and moves on and the overall effect is extremely powerful.
To carry the punk metaphor further, Michael Boatman's "Bloodbath at Landsdale Towers" (love the reference) is the British "spit on the audience and poop on stage" punk. It's raw and offensive and Boatman has a great enthusiasm in making up descriptions like "as angry as a Republican with a snake up his..."
After reading these two stories, I agreed to publish the book. I was not disappointed when Chris and Mike gave me the finished product. To sum up the rest of the pieces - Garry Kilworth's story is funny. Michael Hemmingson's zombie detective novella is one of the most original zombie stories I've read in a long time. I'm always impressed with Ronald Damien Malfi's writing style (or envious). Gord Rollo's story is a great tough guy piece in the Breslin style and Davin Ireland's story is extremely thought-provoking.
So yeah. Buy it. I need to eat.
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I guess in one word it would be "eh", there was a gem or two one of which was a bloodbath at Landsdale Towers. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
Frankly, when one picks up the cellulite cool soft cover, Badass Horror, they do not give a shite about giggles, or celluloid hipster. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by A Ch R
The Kindle formatting is bad, the writing is bad, the characters are shallow. I'd be more specific, but nothing about the stories really stuck in my head. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by C. Schiavone
I am going to keep this short and sweet. I like a book that has substance, good build up and keeps you turning the pages. These shorts do just that. Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Bottom Line: fairly good stories, some hits and misses, some good writing, overall: nothing spectacular.
An intriguing title; the term "badass" is certainly attractive. Read more
Well, they certainly picked the wrong story to use in the free Kindle trial version. Not only was the story they picked incomplete (cut off before it ended), it wasn't very good... Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by C Mitt
This is a collection of tough guy horror featuring fellas who play hard, drink hard and usually make their living in nefarious and various shady ways. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Barks Book Nonsense
BADASS HORROR is! These seven tales are so singed with the macabre that they grab you from behind a dark door and don't let go. Read morePublished on April 20, 2011 by Grady Harp
Maybe I was hoping for more.
Worth reading if you find it on the discount rack.
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