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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148958479X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1489584793
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,373,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Mundt has published one novel, "Reanimated Americans" with Creeping Hemlock Press; a novella, "The Cranston Gibberer" with Bad Moon Books; and two collections of short stories, "The Dark Underbelly of Hymns" (originally published by Delirium Books), and "The Crawling Abattoir" (originally published by Twilight Tales Publications). Both collections were re-issued in 2013 by Dark Arts Books at www.darkartsbooks.com. He had three stories appear in the anthology "Candy in the Dumpster", the first book published by Dark Arts Books in 2006. Mundt founded the webzine www.feralfiction.com in 2004. His play, "The Jackie Sexknife Show", was produced by the Crooked Twilight Theatre Company in Chicago in 2003. Seven of his short stories have received Honorable Mention in "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror" anthologies. His film reviews can be found at www.Talestoterrify.com. He won the Flash Fiction contests at the World Horror Conventions in 2005 and 2006 with stories that cannot be read in front of children. He can be found in cyberspace at www.martinmundt.com

More About the Author

Martin Mundt has published one novel: "Reanimated Americans" with Creeping Hemlock Press; two collections of short stories, "The Dark Underbelly of Hymns" (originally published by Delirium Books), and "The Crawling Abattoir" (originally published by Twilight Tales Publications), and both re-issued in 2013 by Dark Arts Books at www.darkartsbooks.com; as well as a novella, "The Cranston Gibberer" with Bad Moon Books. He had three stories appear in the anthology "Candy in the Dumpster", the first book published by Dark Arts Books in 2006. He founded the webzine www.feralfiction.com in 2004. His play, "The Jackie Sexknife Show", was produced by the Crooked Twilight Theatre Company in Chicago in 2003. Seven of his short stories have received Honorable Mention in "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror" anthologies. His film reviews can be found at www.Talestoterrify.com. He won the Flash Fiction contests at the World Horror Conventions in 2005 and 2006 with stories that cannot be read in front of children. He can be found in cyberspace at www.martinmundt.com

Customer Reviews

I have had a hard copy of this book for years.
rob obrien
This collection is filled with fun dark horror, and dark fantasy, and dark science fiction and any variations in between.
Liz Scott
It is rare to find a writer who can both turn a phrase and twist a convention.
Tracy Lanier

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan "Atari" Chaffin on March 18, 2013
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On a scale of "horrific" to "hilarious", this book turns the scale into a Möbius strip. Sweet dark confectionary; this book was great! Every story was well constructed, creepy, and probably funny as hell, if you are significantly bent. (Dear Abby letters from a necrophiliac? Guy pulls half his teeth out, at once, on purpose, and it's the best decision open to him? Sentient skin tags? Awesome).
Really, I will be tracking down everything else Martin Mundt has written. These are a very, very well crafted short stories. A few complaints about a few of the stories, but nothing even remotely close to spoiling the joy of any of them. Buy this book. You know you want it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Casper on March 9, 2013
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Mundt is scary. And funny. If you enjoy Jeff Strand's humorous horror then Mundt is for you. You can't be too squeamish though or you may get grossed out.
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Great book. Some of the stories I didn't read but the ones I did were hilarious and horrid at the same time.
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As with most Anthologies of short stories there are some better than others but oveall a worthwhile and fun read.
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By Amazon Customer on June 4, 2013
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some was eh..some was decent. but the last story..well I'm done laughing. Spending time in the ER and only have encounter one mishap from a couple, the last story sent me laughing. Nice way to end the book. Now I can get the image out of my head
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Originally released some time ago, Martin Mundt's The Crawling Abattoir has been released again with a new cover and a few updates. It's a collection of short stories loosely tied together under the banner of humorous horror. The collection is definitely odd. From the opening story about a desperate necrophile seeking love in all the wrong places to Pogo references, the stories run the gamut of bizarre.

Perhaps it's me, but this collection seemed far less humorous and far more gross in a twelve year old boy sort of way. The jokes about Leslie the hermaphrodite just don't come across the same way now as they might have a decade or so ago. Chuckling over a nail gun attack, bowel jokes after reincarnation, tanning beds and the Kevin Bacon references gave the stories a dated, tired feel. Slappo the clown and slaves of the Manic Worm tipped into silly rather than the haunting suspense and Gothic horror that I favor.

Some of the stories did have an interesting angle. "Emptiness, Shaped like a Man" dealt with a shapeshifting being of sorts. Able to become anyone, the being shifts from body to body and changes the course of each individual's life permanently. Mundt's prose also has moments of eloquence with phrases like "into the shadows of entropy" that lure you in seductively. The problem is that there are not enough of those moments throughout to keep the stories focused.

Mundt has a very particular style of writing and the key to his success with readers is locking into that style. I did not. Humor and horror don't mix well for me and these stories are definitely in that category. The humor is dark and comes with a razor's edge. For those who appreciate that style of horror writing, Mundt will succeed. If you are looking for more complex, psychological horror, he doesn't come through.
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By Grant P O'Neil on April 22, 2013
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i look forward to reading more of your work,I have grown bored with horror. You have revived my interest again!!!! THANK YOU
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This collection is an absorbing mix of horror, dark humor and general weirdness that is sure to please the most discerning reader of fantastic fiction. Frankly, it's worth the price of admission for the first story alone.
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