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Bone Meal Broth [Kindle Edition]

Adam Cesare
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The world is full of horrors both real and imagined. Bone Meal Broth adds a few more.

The nine stories in this collection vary in style and content, but all of them strive to unsettle.

Inside Bone Meal Broth you'll meet a P.I. who works the dark streets of a post-biological-cataclysm New Orleans, a sleazy glamor photographer with a pest problem, and a misanthrope who's just made the most important (and deadly) purchase of his life. And those are the heroes.

You'll visit the grotesque inhabitants of America's backwoods and shrink from the quiet terrors of suburbia. No matter your dark preference: a cup of Bone Meal Broth will hit the spot.

Editorial Reviews


Bone Meal Broth is a collection of short stories. Praise for the novels of Adam Cesare:

"I'm gonna venture a little prediction here: Adam Cesare is a Fango superstar in the making. Of all the new writers busting out on the scene, Cesare's the young guy with the greatest encyclopedic gorehound know-how, blistering cinematic pace, unquenchable love of both fiction and film, and hell-bent will to entertain."-John Skipp, reviewing Video Night for Fangoria

"The prologue of The Summer Job is one of the best and scariest openings to a horror novel I've ever read. The rest of the novel is equally great." -Cameron Pierce for LitReactor.

"When it comes to entertaining, throwback, film-centric horror, Cesare has invented his own subgenre. It started with Tribesmen, but Video Night pushed it to a new level while simultaneously establishing its author as one of the most talented and engaging voices of horror fiction's newest wave." -Gabino Inglesias, HorrorTalk 

"The best new writer I've read in years. Wonderfully lean prose and edge-of-your-seat thrills. Drop everything else and start reading 
Tribesmen." -Nate Kenyon, author of Day One and Starcraft Ghost: Spectres

Product Details

  • File Size: 120 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MRYV22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and Original April 13, 2012
By Hyata74
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A well-written contemporary horror anthology is a sad rarity nowadays. Well-written *and* scary? Good luck on that Sasquatch expedition.

Adam Cesare's BONE MEAL BROTH breaks the mold.

With his concise narrative and penchant for the grotesque, Cesare skips any superfluous nonsense and goes right for the reader's throat. Each of the nine stories is wildly original, yet they all share a common denominator in being wholly unsettling.

If you like your horror fiction hard, visceral, and unrelenting, Cesare's BONE MEAL BROTH is essential reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunningly terrific collection of dark fiction April 4, 2012
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The vast preponderance of short story collections I have read contained at least one stinker in the bunch, regardless of the remaining entries' quality. Adam Cesare's BONE MEAL BROTH bucks that trend with malevolent gusto--every one of the nine stories contained herein is fresh, startling, and wholly original. Cesare has a dark vision of the world around him, but he transcends it with black humor and a certain degree of empathy for the poor characters he dooms with his brutal, beautiful imagination. His is a completely new a vital voice, and he is bound to become indispensible to genre literature before too long.

Adam Cesare blew me away with his debut novel, TRIBESMEN, and continues to do so with everything he writes. BONE MEAL BROTH is a worthy addition to his growing body of stellar work, and will undoubtedly leave any reader clamoring for more broth in their cup.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bone Meal has something for everyone. September 20, 2013
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What you see
and what you get
are different things
than you suspect.
I saw a weird cover
and overlooked
reading anything
inside this book.
The stories were entertaining
made me think of telling you,
That's why I'm recommending
that others might like it too.

by Nikki

3 Stars - The Still

4 Stars- Flies in the Brain

5 Stars- Rollin & Jeanie

4 Stars- Pink Tissue

4 Stars- Border Jumper

4 Stars- Trap

4 Stars- The New Model

3 Stars- The Girls in the Woods

2 Stars- The White Halloween

Glad I read this treat of a read. The stories were all interesting and better than a lot of collections I have read.

Highly Recommended. Will Definitely check out his other reads. Video Night sounds good~
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bone Meal Broth by Adam Cesare September 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I usually steer clear of short story collections. I never feel invested, and if it has the makings of a good story, it's over before you know it. Due to the length there is always a lack of depth. After having really enjoyed Tribesmen by Adam Cesare, I decided to take a punt on this collection, Bone Meal Broth, featuring nine stories. The eBook price is a steal.

This collection is anything but fluff, containing some vivid and brutal imagery. Flies In The Brain really made me cringe - home performed lobotomy, wow. The lives we glimpse in each tale have a pervasive darkness and often a sense of decay about them. There is a good variety of settings for the stories both in time period and locations. As an adopted Louisianian, it was great to see the seedier side of New Orleans as a setting for the noir inspired Pink Tissue. Every story packs a significant punch, concise but effective. As with any short fiction collection, there were some stories I liked better than others. My favorites were The Still, Flies In The Brain, and Border Jumper. In my opinion, it did seem like the stronger stories were at the beginning and their power waned towards the end of the collection. There was only one story that I didn't care for. They were all interesting though, so I'm splitting hairs. I would love to see some of these stories expanded upon and they would be great as stand alone novellas.

It's a quick read with some stories that will stick in your head long after you've finished. Definitely worth reading. Don't even think about it, just buy it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nasty Stuff August 15, 2013
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A collection of well-written tales that takes you on a cold nasty ride. Bitter unhappy people together with vile rotting corpses. It's good stuff but be prepared for a journey through life's seamy underbelly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Interesting October 27, 2012
By Jane G.
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the first piece of work I read by Adam, and I knew it was of the horror genre, but I wasn't sure what exactly I was going to read. I can very confidently say that by the end of the first story, "The Still", I was completely sucked in and had to read all of the rest. The concept of each piece surprised me every time, and I was not disappointed. It tickled me that he added a little bit of home-town reference to his book, too.

Every story was interesting and had me telling the people around me about what I had just read. Thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for horror fans who get bored of horror. January 31, 2014
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As with any short-story collection, there will be tales that work for you, and some that don't. I suspect Rollin and Jeanie will blow you away, regardless of your tastes. Also loved Still, Border Jumper (it was like an episode of Tales from the Crypt) and Trap --though that one fell into the old short story trap of the reader wanting so much more by the time the story ends.
In fact, there's a few stories that almost fall into that realm of not-quite-satisfied, which in this case seems to be a good thing, as this appears to be something of a sampler of Adam Cesare's writing. A testament to the fact that in just a few pages he can hook you, keep you, and then do whatever he want's with you.

I got this for free (which at the time of writing it is still free) but I would definitely recommend picking this up at the .99 price too. There's a lot of crap out there on the K-store for .99, but this sure as heck ain't one of them. Check out this author. I know I'll be reading more from him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Crawling Horror
A collection of shorts that leave you wondering and some that crawl up your skin and leave you checking for bugs or mice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donald Armfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
Fans of Horror are in for some real fresh material to sink their fangs into! I am a hard core fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tammy Y. Bishop
2.0 out of 5 stars Started with promise, not too good by the end
This is a collection of macabre short stories.......just what I was in the mood for at the time. The first story showed some spark of promise, most were forgettable at best.
Published 9 months ago by Kim-dle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I'm starting to love this author more and more with every book of his that I read. Everyone should pick this up
Published 9 months ago by Larry Hogue
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable creepy stories
Not all are homeruns but there are enough quirky images to stick in your mind and suddenly reappear to bother you. It happens over and over again.
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look...
This is the first I've read from Adam Cesare. This book is filled with well written stories, but the payoffs were just so short. Even by short story standards. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Timothy R. Mcwhorter
5.0 out of 5 stars New, Old-School Horror
If you're in the horror fiction scene, there's a good chance you've seen Cesare mentioned somewhere - he seems to be a rising star at the moment. Is it warranted? Yes. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. G. Barr
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright...
The stories were alright. Most of them were more gross than scary. Some think that goes hand in hand, but I disagree. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Angela Hope
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More About the Author

Adam Cesare is a New Yorker who lives in Philadelphia. He studied English and Film at Boston University.

His stories have been featured in numerous publications, including Shroud Magazine, while his nonfiction has appeared in Paracinema, Fangoria and other venues.

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