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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Pill Hill Press (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617060453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617060458
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,761,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Petunia on January 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book has zombies. It has monsters under the bed that figure out a way to get their target. Its got a vision of afterlife that is not what a dead little boy expected. Its got shadows that come to life. Its got demons. Its got cannibals. Its got corpse photography. And guess what? It's all hilarious.

The cover alone made this a must buy for me, and I was pretty happy with the content. Like the other reviewer said, there are some misfires. But they arent so widespread that it makes the book a failure. This is just a plain old good time and my latest favorite guilty pleasure.

Will there be a volume 2?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JKR Revised on January 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've never heard of Pill Hill Press before. I've never heard of a single author in this book. But I picked this up on the strength of the cover alone. I was surprised to find several high-quality stories to go along with the hilarious cover art. Specifically, I really enjoyed Brian Ray's The Woman on the Horse, Maurice Broaddus' Snapping Points, Kris Triana's Before the Boogeymen Come, and TJ Wagner's The Stuff of Dreams. What is striking about these stories is that each has a totally different feel. The Woman on the Horse is very surreal, Snapping Points is disturbing, Before The Boogeymen Come is a funny twist on Pixar's Monsters, Inc., and the Stuff of Dreams is comedy from start to finish.

The book overall is a bit uneven. There are some stories that are just misfires. But you find that with all anthologies, I think. Also, the stories really run the gamut in terms of tone. Some are straight horror (with a comedic element). Some are more literary with a gruesome or unexpectedly 'wretched' element. This was a little bothersome, but it did keep me on my toes.

At the end of the day, this book made me laugh out loud a number of times. I was pleasantly surprised with this purchase. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shroud Magazine's Book Reviews VINE VOICE on June 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
It is ironic that many of the images we encounter that most people consider cute can also be the most horrific. Dolls. Clowns. Cherubic kids with really big eyes. All of these symbols of innocence are also the subjects of our deepest fears. One of the things that dark fiction does best is to take these pastel shapes and cast them into shadow. So naturally a collection of stories taking on the worldview of a certain notorious set of precious figurines would be a premise so brilliant as to be obvious. Wretched Moments, a new anthology from Pill Hill press, sets out to celebrate "the worst of times" by turning the maudlin to the macabre, and, with some exceptions, gets it right.

The collection is comprised of a solid set of twenty-two stories covering a pretty wide range of material. Stylistically the stories run the gamut from the elegant and literary ("Woman on the Horse" by Brian Ray) to the downright weird ("Resigned" by Scott Lininger). The editors seem to have gone for a wide spread, hoping to cover most tastes. As with most anthologies, some material works better than others. Particularly noteworthy are "Before the Bogeymen Come" by Kris Triana, the aforementioned "Woman on the Horse", and the fiendishly macabre "Grannibal" by Eric Dimbleby.

Some of the stories follow the initial premise more subtly than others. For example, "Carly is Dead" by Shane McKenzie turns the classic Charlotte's Web on its ear with a very bizarre twist. But too many of the entries are fine stories that don't seem to really fit the theme. "When the Zombies Came" by Shane Collins is a fun tale of post-apocalyptic survival but it simply doesn't subvert any of the sweet conventions implied by the collection's premise. As a result, even with some very strong stories, Wretched Moments makes for very uneven read.

Reviewed by Shroud's Shedrick Pittman-Hassett
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mushy Mush on January 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
I like books that look cool. I have books on my shelf that I absolutely hate, but I love the covers. I buy books based on covers. And that's why I bought this. It was just so playfully wrong! I had to have it.

The stories aren't so bad. Some could definitely be better, and some shouldn't be in there at all. But the good really outweigh the bad. Carly's Dead is probably my fave, but I liked a lot of the other ones too.
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