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  • 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
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Dybbuk Press doesn't suffer from the Sophomore slump with its second anthology, Badass Horror. Following in the entertaining, if rather uneven, footsteps of its Freshman effort, Teddy Bear Cannibal Massacre, Badass is a solid collection of tales set in the noir side of nightmare. The best stories are Pool Sharks, featuring a game of pool that turns into a battle for survival, Hardboiled Stiff, wherein a zombified private detective solves his own murder, and All the Pretty Girls, about a very special wreck of a car hidden in the desert. Less effective, but still making for worthwhile reading, are the stories Moving Pictures, where a tough guy does battle with a tougher tattoo, and The Essences, about an insurance fraud investigator who finds the very essence of humanity, and wishes he hadn't. Badass isn't bad at all, it's quite good, in fact. Recommended.
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The second book from Tim Lieder's Dybbuk Press, the follow-up to the solid anthology edited by Lieder, Teddy Bear Cannibal Massacre, is another anthology of horror stories (more or less) edited by Michael Stone and Christopher J. Hall. Gerard Brennan starts off the volume with "Pool Sharks," a story where metaphor meets extreme violence when Northern Ireland meets the south in a game of pool to the death. Brennan's tale reeks of authenticity (I get the feeling he's spent a good deal of time in pool halls) and moves quickly, up until its ending, where it turns philosophical and trite and just about loses all the punch it brought in the beginning. Endings are notoriously hard, but this one was too soft.

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.
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This anthology of horror stories is not for those with weak stomachs. Therefore, if you are looking for a chill, but nothing hard core, go elsewhere. It seemed to me that no one was spared or granted any mercy within these pages. If you are still interested, this is what you will get:

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.
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Ok. First off, I'm biased. I published this book. I paid the writers. I will make money if you buy it (hopefully enough to pay the writers some royalties). I'm sure you will find more critical reviews above and below this one. However, I did not edit the book and I didn't pick out or write any of the stories. The editors sold me on the book after they had done most of the work.

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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