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Deep Cuts: Mayhem, Menace, & Misery [Kindle Edition]

Mehitobel Wilson , Nancy Holder , Yvonne Navarro , E.S. Magill , Chris Marrs , Angel Leigh McCoy , Lisa Morton
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Book Description

Warning: cuts may be deeper than they appear.

19 short horror stories to give you shivers plus 60 recommendations for powerhouse tales written by women—those bloody stylings and chainsaw rhythms that have lain hidden like deadly gems among other great works.

"Deep Cuts smartly sidesteps the bloody 'women in horror' debate and puts its money where its mouth is. This fantastic collection, featuring both genders, pays tribute to the best dark tales told by women. A deeply cerebral experience that is at times honest and intimate, but always chilling." —Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Beautiful Sorrows

Cover art by Anja Millen.

Contributors include Nancy Holder, Yvonne Navarro, Mehitobel Wilson, Lisa Morton, Sandra Odell, Samael Gyre, Sara Taylor, Michael Haynes, R.S. Belcher, Stephen Woodworth, C.W. Smith, Colleen Anderson, James Chambers, Ed Kurtz, Rachel Karyo, Kelly A. Harmon, Scathe meic Beorh, Patricia Lillie, Satyros Phil Brucato, and Rob M. Miller.

Product Details

  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615750893
  • Publisher: Evil Jester Press (January 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0S06AK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Horror! January 14, 2013
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I was thrilled with these stories! "Deep Cuts" is a great set of short tales bound to provide horror lovers with hours of excellent reading! (One thing I could have done without the introduction of the book which I thought trivialized the abuse of men and included some misinformation regarding sexual assaults/abuse of boys/men. In fact, it's more likely to be true that both genders suffer similar rates of abuse and boys/men suffer much more physical abuse. Overall, boys/men are less likely to report sexual abuse than girls/women. It's my area of expertise.) But aside from the introduction, the stories in this anthology were amazing and much better than the last three anthologies I've read. Congrats to the short story writers of Deep Cuts. Congrats to Evil Jester Press. Well done!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Cuts Epic Horror January 14, 2013
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Absolutely amazing. A Must Have for any horror lover. The authors are so talented and I look forward to future works by them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! March 4, 2013
I never thought myself a virgin to the world of horror. After all, I'd read King, Koontz, Rice, Laymon, and others. Yet, after reading this bountiful collection of short stories (many of which raised a hair or three!), I have to consider myself a complete novice to this genre. I think not only the stories themselves, but rather the brief essays on the work of other writers is an inspiration to me as to what I've NOT read in horror. I am inspired and thankful to the editors for bringing this to life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 1, 2013
I've never read an anthology before, but this was a kick in the pants! Short stories, but spooky. Don't read before bedtime.

Altogether excellent, especially if you can only read a little at a time.

A fascinating blend of horror.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Darkeva
"Deep Cuts" is full of fantastic horror fiction tales both from men and women. It's a treasure trove of good horror fiction, both in terms of the stories and the recommendations of `further reading' of women writers to check out supplied by those who submitted pieces to the anthology. Featuring stories from both established and lesser-known writers, "Deep Cuts" fills the gap of the need for there to be more horror fiction by--and in celebration of--women.

Still, I long for a day when there won't be a need to have this gender debate, and readers will all agree that gender, whether male or female, doesn't determine whether someone is a good writer, or if their stories are interesting or compelling. With great introductions both from the editors themselves and from acclaimed horror writer Lisa Morton, "Deep Cuts" is a must-have for any die-hard horror fan, and it makes for perfect Women in Horror Month reading, but of course can be enjoyed all year round.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Horror Novel Reviews: Honesty in the Terror August 2, 2013
The premise for this anthology is fantastic. The theme is women in horror, but as the editors stress in the forward, it is not a collection of female writers. Instead, the themes focus on women as the central force or protagonists. It is supposed to celebrate women in horror, but as I read story after story, I kept asking myself the same question. How?

The collection is divided into three sections just as the title suggests. In the first section "Mayhem" we have stories of battered women, tough-talking thugs, throbbing cocks, and the undertones of misogyny throughout. This is how horror honors women? I lost count of the number of women brutally slaughtered in the stories here. Many of the protagonists were male, even by the female authors. We have the strong mother role here and there, but not much beyond that traditional function. Do women participate in horror or are they spectators and/or punching bags? The one-liner support only? The perpetual rape victim?

Colleen Anderson's "Red is the Color of My True Love's Blood" stands out by showing us that women can be as cold, calculated, and methodical a killer as men without dipping into stereotypes, but overall it's a collection of brutality against women, dominant/ violent males, motherhood cliché, and weak females. Very disappointing.

Written by Drake Morgan from Horror Novel Reviews. Horror Novel Reviews does not receive payment for reviews. All books are promotional copies.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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It's great to see a horror anthology dedicated to female horror writers, and the recommendations of stories written by these women. The premise was an interesting one and the anthology contained a diverse collection of tales with some well presented recommendations. Typical of any anthology, there were some stories I really enjoyed and others I wasn't so keen on. In my opinion, the most enjoyable tales were gripping and straight to the point - as Chuck Wendig says:"Plain Stakes, Stabbed Hard Through Breastbone". I believe a writer can hone in on the terrifying in either an obvious, visceral way or a more subtle, invasive way, and some of the stories achieved that. The stories that didn't work for me were the ones that were too metaphorical, in some instances chaotically so, with endings that didn't make much sense to me or seemed unnecessarily abrupt. Other readers may love these stories, but I didn't. I think the editors may have been looking for a more "artistic" approach to horror with these, but I found them less engaging and less frightening as a result.

Overall, this was an entertaining anthology, but there were a couple of things that disappointed me - first was the number of stories written by men in an anthology dedicated to female horror writers. Submissions were open to all writers, so it didn't come as a big surprise, and I understand the editors wanted to show female horror writers have influenced both male and female writers alike but I feel the best way to honour females in the genre is to showcase their work, not just praise it. I also didn't like certain parts of the format. What I consider the best story in the anthology was first in the line-up, lending to a bit of a let-down after that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This anthology was such a pleasant surprise. The stories were mostly from authors I have never heard of, and now I can't wait to learn more about them.
Published 3 months ago by Deana V.
2.0 out of 5 stars Deep Cuts
Very unusual and hard to follow for me. It was not the book that I thought it would be, very dry.
Published 5 months ago by Rmhevol
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid collection
Like most anthologies, there were some wonderful stories and some that missed the mark. I liked the various authors talking about their favorite horror stories by women. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ShazzaNorth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Horror Authors, Sharing Great Horror!!
It's very rare that I will find myself actually taking notes while reading a book of short stories, but that is exactly what I found myself doing with this one. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Crystal R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish I liked it more, But I didn't.
I bought this anthology hoping it was all shorts by Nancy Holder, and looking at the amazon listing now to write the review, it shows just Nancy Holder under author's name, but... Read more
Published 14 months ago by WhorableAdorable
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't waste money on the full version
I just downloaded the sample, and after reading the introduction, I was sure I was going to want to purchase the book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by L. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome collection
Thank you to these amazing women writers for an incredibly entertaining reading experience! I loved every single story and look forward to more in the future.
Published 16 months ago by 07pony
3.0 out of 5 stars this book is very s&m. yikes.
I don't really like the material. It's written quite well, but the subject matter just turns me off.
I don't like being told how many words I have to put n my reviews. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nyan
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