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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Black Bed Sheet Books (July 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983377391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983377399
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,349,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gruesome revenge, delightfully twisted circumstances, vicious irony... Decayed Etchings is worth a read." --Dread Central

"[Brandon Ford's] ability to create rich, textured characters and set up a creepy atmosphere is second to none." --Anything Horror

"One of the best collections of stories I've had the pleasure of reading." --Pop Culture Beast

"It packs an emotional wallop!" --Crimson Screams

"Decayed Etchings will leave you begging for more of Ford's work." --Brittle Endings

"You'll be amused, shocked, and satisfyingly haunted..." --WebbWeavers

"Disturbing... Horrific... Sadistic... A gore-soaked blood-fest." --Dark River Press

About the Author

Brandon Ford has published several horror/suspense novels, including THE FINAL GIRL, OPEN WOUNDS, and PAY PHONE, as well as the collections DECAYED ETCHINGS, MERCILESS, and COFFEE AT MIDNIGHT. He currently resides in Philadelphia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The stories are an interesting mix of modern horror tales.
Nancy Doris
We get such a solid build up, great character arc, and gore, that it's a shame he ends the story on such a rather bland note.
Scott Shoyer
With Decayed Etchings, he gives us 18 tales that are full of interesting characters and tense situations.
Mark Gunnells

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott Shoyer on July 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Just finished reading this anthology of short stories from author Brandon Ford. Ford already has three novels under his belt (CRYSTAL BAY, SPLATTERED BEAUTY, and PAY PHONE) and also has short stories in seven different anthology collections. But with DECAYED ETCHINGS Ford showcases 18 of his own stories collected in one anthology. This is the first work I've read from Brandon Ford and in many ways he hits the mark by giving us some interesting, well-developed characters and, in some cases, puts them in some very interesting situations. What surprised me the most, though, is that the majority of stories here really aren't "horror" stories. To be fair, Ford never claims that they are, but the description of the book does say that Ford "delivers 18 brand new, never before published tales of the dark, twisted, and macabre." This kind of implies that we're dealing with the horror genre. The stories are good, have you, and some of them are excellent, but at most I'd call them "thrillers" or "suspense stories" more so than horror. Let's look at some of them.

The first story, "Goodbye, Elsie," is about a man, Victor, who isn't taking the break up with his wife very well. He snaps and starts trashing his apartment and anything that was Elsie's. As the story progresses we learn a few things about Victor that paints a different story of what caused the break up and there's even an interesting element that Ford throws in but never fully explores. "Goodbye, Elsie" has interesting and well developed characters, but it falters a little with the ending. These are elements I see over and again in Ford's writings.

"Band of Gold" is by far Ford's goriest story as Bill frantically searches for his wedding band that he lost when he was cheating on his wife with a prostitute.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Doris on November 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Exceptional collection of short stories. The collection is unique and bizarre. The stories are an interesting mix of modern horror tales. After I read the second story I realized that this author is gifted. The author takes the reader on a journey of different types of horrors. Brandon Ford is a talented horror writer. I am looking forward to his next work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gabino Iglesias on July 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Many people say variety is the spice of life. In Brandon Ford's Decayed Etchings, the short fiction is a celebration of variety. While darkness is the underlying element of cohesion that brings the story collection together, Ford throws in everything from gore and depression to noir humor and absolute weirdness. The result of all this variety is a very engaging and a truly entertaining collection of short horror that contains something for everyone.

The first tale, "Goodbye, Elsie", serves as a great introduction to the collection and might also be considered an excellent starting piece for those who are not familiar with Ford's work. The narrative follows an angry, vindictive husband who's basically destroying everything his wife left behind when she left. He comes across a rat while on his rampage and the rodent suffers a very painful demise, but karma strikes back at the husband with a vengeance.

The next two stories, "The Suitor" and "Prognosis Negative", progress into even darker territory and help Decayed Etchings hook its talons into the reader. The first is a strange combination of sexy and sad that works perfectly well. The second is about a pregnant woman who's kidnapped by a man who thinks she's responsible for his horrible disease even though the only thing she did was take his blood. The narrative is tense and the woman's anguish is described in rich detail, making it a tale that stays with the reader after the last word.

I generally try to steer clear of comparisons, but in the case of Decayed Etchings, comparing Ford to a couple of writers might be the perfect way to explain just how richly diverse his fiction is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Feardex on October 10, 2011
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I've finished reading the book, Decayed Etchings, written by Brandon Ford. This was the first book I've read from his collection of written works, and I would say that I enjoyed reading Decayed Etchings. The 18 stories that are found in this book were a blast to read from beginning to end.

Reading through each story, I found that I really liked how each story had a twist at the end that would leave me with feelings such as, "damn!" or "crap that sucks for that guy!" Because of these types of endings, I would almost relate these stories to episodes of the Twilight Zone, where each story isn't exactly horror or frightening, but by the end, things end up pretty crazy and would change the character's life forever. As I read, I couldn't wait to see the end of the story and how things would work out.

As with many anthology collections, I enjoyed reading Dark Etchings because of the short stories themselves. Not that I don't enjoy a full novel experience, but I find short stories good in their own way because they allow me to read a couple of them in short bursts. This is great because you may not have hours to sit down and just read full chapters of other books. I am one of those readers who typically reads in short bursts at a time, so this kind of book was right up my alley.

One of the mysterious stories I found enjoyable was A Walk In The Park. What would happen if you found yourself woken up in the middle of the city, with hardly any thing on, at the early hours of the morning? And to top it off, it's practically freezing outside? Things go constantly downhill for the poor guy up until the very end with things go from confusing to horrifying.

Another story that I liked, and seemed to be a bit gory was Band of Gold.
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Brandon Ford (b. 1981 - ) is an American author of horror and suspense fiction. To date, he has written four novels (CRYSTAL BAY, SPLATTERED BEAUTY, PAY PHONE, and OPEN WOUNDS) and two collections (DECAYED ETCHINGS and MERCILESS). He has also contributed to several genre anthologies, including: CREEPING SHADOWS (a collection of three short novels), THE DEATH PANEL, SINISTER LANDSCAPES, MADE YOU FLINCH, RAW: BRUTALITY AS ART, and most recently READ US OR DIE and FRESH FEAR. He currently resides in Philadelphia.