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She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror [Kindle Edition]

Catherynne M. Valente , Gerri Leen , Stephen M. Wilson , Elissa Malcohn , Romie Stott , Daniel Kaysen , D.K. Thompson , Christi Krug , Lyda Morehouse , Tim Lieder
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Book Description

Do you read the Bible for the sex? Did the story of Solomon threatening to cut the baby in half seem very messed up - but in a good way? Then this is the book for you. A prophet washes up on the shores of an hellish city. A doomed king speaks to the dead. A modern day Samson takes up arms against the British. These nine stories are full of drama, passion and divine exuberance.

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Starred Review. This darkly fascinating anthology of nine stories shows humans trembling in the presence of mighty, unknowable powers and their predatory servants. In Gerri Leen's "Whither Thou Goest," Ruth is revealed to be a psychic leech, giving freshly disturbing meaning to her touching vow never to leave her aged mother-in-law. Jesus' exhortation to drink His blood is taken literally by a congregation of vampires in D.K. Thompson's "Last Respects." A modern Daniel finds that his gift of prophecy can serve the greedy gods of a multinational security corporation in Daniel Kayson's "Babylon's Burning," and Stephen M. Wilson's "Swallowed!" puts a Lovecraftian spin on the tale of Jonah and the whale. Brief but potent, these stories are recommended for readers with very strong nerves. (Nov.) (c)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 255 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0976654679
  • Publisher: Dybbuk Press (June 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003R7LA48
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new look at old tales November 24, 2010
I was concerned about coming to this collection of biblical retellings as a secular reader, knowing too little, but I found quickly that knowing the original tales in their various versions isn't a prerequisite for enjoying this collection. From start to finish, the stories in She Nailed a Stake Through His Head (Dybbuk Press) are well-crafted, beautifully written, and freshly conceived, tearing into the sanitized versions of these biblical tales to get to some disturbing hidden horrors, and definitely stirring up new considerations for stories that have lasted hundreds of years.

"Whither Thou Goest," by Gerri Leen, begins with a confident narrator telling a history that wants vengeance: Lot's daughters, the narrator says, "learned to turn the words of servitude into words of angry potency after their father raped them." But power and vengeance works on itself, and what we steal might also be stolen from us. This story is haunting and resonates with the feel of legends and what's hidden beneath old tales.

Daniel Kaysen's "Babylon's Burning" shifts us to modern times at a flashy corporate party, that shifts from a casual lack of ethics to talk of losing the human soul. The tale twists and turns so that the reader never stops trying to guess the protagonist's fate, feeling more and more horror at what this company--that worships gold and silver and "the shock and awe of Iran"--will ask a person to do.

The third tale, "As If Favorites of Their God" by Christi King, is told in multiple voices, each as compelling as the next, as King Saul visits a witch to speak to the Prophet Samuel. As the story unfolds and the visions begin, the two find unexpectedly their fates intertwined.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biblical terror. Awesome. September 22, 2010
This collection of horror stories based on stories found in the Bible is as entertaining as it sounds. You don't need to know the stories on which they are based to enjoy these tales, but if you're someone like me who has read the Bible cover-to-cover it's even more fun to look at the original stories and in most cases see just how few modifications were required to make them fit soundly into the horror genre.

It begins with the story of Ruth told from the point of view of a vengeful demon and ends with a Jesus-as-vampire tale, an idea that I honestly thought had been completely done to death (so to speak) until I encountered the author's fresh and original take on it. In between you will find Daniel cast as a prophet for a modern multinational corporation, a retelling of the story of Jonah inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and much more.

All in all, this is a great anthology for those interested in the esoteric and horror fans alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A choice pick for any unique fiction collection October 9, 2010
The Bible isn't a G-rated affair. "She Nailed a Stake Through His Head" is a collection of stories inspired by the more debauch stories within the Bible, the stories of the things that incur God's wrath. The raving of questionable people of the cloth, violence of the spurned, the dark arts, and more, Tim Lieder brings readers stories with a dark tint on the Holy book, making for an intriguing read. "She Nailed a Stake Through His Head" is a choice pick for any unique fiction collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Through the Word, Darkly. February 10, 2013
By Chaim
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As someone who reads the Bible first and foremost as a nuanced, often intensely bleak document of human growth, struggle, desire, and suffering, and who also enjoy his stories with a nice helping of the red stuff, I found this collection of short stories to hit the spot between genre and interpretation. The opening tale "Whither Thou Goest", by Gerri Leen, tells the story of Ruth and Naomi, by way of Stoker, and starts us off in the oddly familiar but newly disorienting cast the book takes with some of our most beloved biblical figures. My personal favorite was "Babylon's Burning", a postmodern riff on the Writing On The Wall, complete with sex, blood, and corporate malfeasance. It exemplifies what is so unique and interesting about this collection, the warped and new perspectives on these old stories, and does so in a well written, crackling style. This is well worth a purchase, for a quiet cold night.
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