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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: 8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,378,352 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

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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.

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The stories are an interesting mix of modern horror tales.
Nancy Doris
Decayed Etchings is a quick read that anyone who enjoys suspense and horror will delight in reading.
Alan Draven
It was very good but I wanted more from that bowl, and from that story.
Thomas P. Riddell

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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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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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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 J. K. Neilson on March 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Full review, with all eighteen stories summarized, is published here: [...]

Eighteen tales of horrific violence, murder, and bloody retribution stalk the pages of Brandon Ford's enjoyably nasty Decayed Etchings. With a nihilistic streak a mile wide, at first the female characters seem to take the brunt of payback to an unpleasant extent. However, Ford's wickedly intelligent writing lifts the majority of these stories far above simple labels like `torture porn' and they're nearly all properly shaded by very blackest comedy. Both girls and guys alike will occasionally need to cross their legs at certain moments. That effect seems fairly even handed, as horror goes. On the whole, these stories were enormous fun.

Occasionally lacking empathy, these stories mostly understood the fine line between writing about bad things happening to good people, and total bastards getting their just desserts in a darkly funny way. Not a pretty read, but generally very well executed. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Brown on February 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Decayed Etchings" is an anthology of short stories by acclaimed horror novelist, Brandon Ford. Having been very familiar with Ford's writing over the past few years, I was very excited to be able to read some of his short stories which had not been published yet. Some may argue that certain stories aren't particularly horror, but every story includes some defining element of horror. "Band of Gold" is an exceptionally gruesome tale about a man who loses his wedding ring inside a prostitute, and the results are... Well, I'll let you find out for yourself. Ford writes in a way that is very perverse and disturbing (which is not necessarily a bad thing and actually carries the stories along very well) but at times, darkly amusing. Each story presents a new and refreshing tale of terror that has never been told before, and I am shocked that there is still somebody out there that can still entertain with new and original material that has not already been done to death. Pick this book up, along with Ford's other work (I strongly recommend you read "Pay Phone," "Crystal Bay," and "Splattered Beauty") - you definitely will NOT regret it!
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