This collection of horror stories will slap you in the face, kick you in the teeth and burn cigarette holes in your couch. These stories of pool halls, whiskey, junkies, and angel-tinged lunacy reach to the edge of human endurance and push all the harder. A detective wakes up in a shallow grave with a bullet hole in his chest and a taste for brains. A drug dealer tortures the privileged. A whorehouse keeps a strange "pet" and a man discovers the secret to all human passion. These seven stories, written by some of the best writers of modern fiction including Garry Kilworth, Ron Damien Malfi, Michael Boatman and Michael Hemmingson, will dull the pain of the hole that Hubert Selby jr.'s death left in your nasty bitter heart.