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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Comet Press (June 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982097972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982097977
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FANGORIA MAGAZINE--What's the best criterion by which to appraise an anthology such as SICK THINGS? With the gut, this reviewer is guessing--and within the first six stories, mine was properly knotted. That the anthology hits the ground slipping and sliding in its own viscera with Randy Chandler's sexually explicit "Devils" is no accident. There is something of a mission statement implicit in Chandler's sopping assault: Read on at your own stomach's peril...

...Mullenax has assembled a rogue's gallery of intelligent grotesqueries that will temper one's appetite hours after closing the book... --Fangoria Magazine

About the Author

John Shirley, Simon Wood, Randy Chandler, Michael Boatman, Tim Curran, Aaron Polson, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Ralph Greco Jr., M. Shaw, Harper Hull

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Gustafson on July 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Sick Things is a sequel of sorts of Vile Things. Instead of body horror though, this time we get creatures. Now body horror is my favorite but creature horror comes in at a very close second. God Bless Comet Press for giving us great collections of wonderful NEW ideas. What a revelation. Gone are (most) of the creatures herein are new and different ideas. Hell the only "zombie" story here is unconventional, funny, gory, and written by former Spin City star Michael Boatman! I'm so sick of zombies and vampires I could spew and I'm so glad the editor of Sick Things saw fit to keep the genre tropes down to a minimum. Many of the same authors that were included in Vile Things and/or The Death Panel return here, and again they're the best of the bunch. Fred Venturini turns in a story about creatures that steal secrets, Randy Chandler tells us about a woman raped by demons. Tim Curran gets my award for most descriptive tale in the bunch, a retelling of Hansel and Gretel, Sean Logan's tale, "The Neglected," was so disturbing and uncomfortable I almost couldn't get through it. One of the more creative and bizarre of the bunch, Legacy of the Last Invader by M. Shaw, is about a now exstinct group of aliens whose sole purpose was to repopulate their race with our women, the problem is they're hung like baseball bats and kill nearly every woman they meet. The always impressive John Shirley turns in a story about the after life and Jefferey Hale finishes the set with a story every adolescent male would cringe at. 17 stories in all and not a bad one in the bunch. Some are more successful than others but all were a good read.

Comet Press once again has produced a superior collection of extreme horror. Honestly I feel like this one's the best yet from them.
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By Bonemonkey on February 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Really enjoyed this one. A creature feast of sometimes weird, sometimes horrific, and often nauseating stories to get your teeth and claws into. Sorry but I just can't agree with the other review below. The one story which the reviewer sites as being good, is also the only story which doesn't feature an actual creature (it does have a witch), so maybe this just wasn't the book for them. Anyway, for me the stories were all good with many real gems and one absolute gem, that I had to read again the next day. The stories are as follows -

1) Devils (8/10) An amateur film maker gets in over her head when making a documentary about Devil worship.
2) Threshold (7/10) Two friends get more than they bargained for when they imagine that they are on a promise.
3) This Is My Body (9/10) A man realised how much he loves food, after food shows how much it loves him.
4) Hunger Pangs (9/10) When a mothers appetite gets out of control, her daughter tries to worm out the problem.
5) Fly On The Wall (8/10) Going for a drink with the new boss gives a man a buzz that he wasn't expecting.
6) Legacy Of The Last Invader (10/10) Things get messy when an ex-criminal doctor is charged with the task of delivering an alien baby.
7) Acceptable Losses (7/10) During the war, information comes at a high price, and from a strange place.
8) An Unfortunate Incident At The Slaughterhouse (8/10) Zombie cattle have got a beef to settle with their farmers.
9) Rotsworth (7/10) An old man refuses to let his crumbling council estate lead to him falling apart.
10) Evil, Bent And Candy Sweet (7/10) A grim version of Hansel And Gretel.
11) Heat (7/10) An old rancher finds a way to change his wife into the dog he always wanted.
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By Charle_67 on July 13, 2012
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Although this book wasn't as good as another book that preceeded it, called "Vile Things"... This book was still a really great book... it had the right amount of "grossness" to keep me reading it up until the last page. I doubt you'll be disappointed if you decide to buy it... just don't eat before reading it... maybe not even AFTER reading it. :-)
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