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D.O.A.: Extreme Horror Anthology Paperback – March 9, 2011
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For me, the extreme parts *must* be in service to the plot, otherwise, it's gratuitous and violence just for the sake of just having it.
Having said where my line is draw, D.O.A. contains 30 stories total of which I found 10 of them really hit the nail on the head in terms of extreme horror. There were: "Caterpillar", "Cold Air", "Artistic Subject", "Plague Hulk", "Spiric Satisfied", "The Boogeyman's Key", "Digital Media", "My Dark Lover", "Sickened", "Go to Your Room" (Not really "extreme" horror).
There were a couple as well which felt like there was something to them that only fell a little short like "In the Make Out Room", "Glutton for Punishment", and "NREM Sleep".
Then there is "Sisters" which goes into the realm of bizzaro horror fiction.
The rest of the stories in this anthology fell very flat in which they had little to no plot or seemed like a fragment or scene from a story. However, what bothered me most about this anthology was nearly every story, even the better ones, featured a sexual assault, rape, or consensual sex scene which seemed tacked on rather than natural to the story. After a certain point, it felt like I was reading horror erotica with all the descriptions of throbbing cocks and penetration going on. This isn't what extreme horror should be about. I understand there are supposed to be unsavory elements in these stories, its why I purchased the book, but you cannot rely on a constant barrage of sexual deviation and assault to drive the majority of an anthology. There needed to be more variation between the stories.
Hopefully, D.O.A. Vol. 2 will be better.
types of tales.
I say a collection, because they cover a wide range of topics,
some funny, some strange, some scary, and some that will
leave you saying, what was that.
There are times when a short story hits the spot, over a full
So, if you are in that frame of mind, I would say, this is a good
But make sure your doors are locked.........just a friendly warning.
Editing is somewhat careless, unfortunately, with a lot of avoidable typos. But I have seen a lot worse out there.
All in all, if you are a fan of the genre, one of the best collections of shorts I have come across, lately.