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Monsters, Movies & Mayhem Kindle Edition
Winner of the 2021 Colorado Book Award!
Lights! Camera! Monsters?
Sometimes you go to the movies. And sometimes, the movies--and their monsters--come to you. At any moment, without notice, monsters once relegated to the screen become a reality. Aliens and demons, dragons and ghosts, werewolves, vampires, zombies, and seemingly ordinary people who are just plain evil.
Join award-winning authors Jonathan Maberry, Fran Wilde, David Gerrold, Rick Wilber and others for 23 all-new tales of haunted theaters, video gods, formidable demons, alien pizza, and delirious actors. Each story takes you to the silver screen with monstrous results.
Funny or grim, unsettling or cozy... You'll laugh! You'll sigh! You'll scream!
Grab some popcorn—and good running shoes—and enjoy the show!
"The authors' palpable love of supernatural cinema is infectious; horror fans won't want to put this down."—Publishers Weekly
Anderson (Stake) assembles a fun, nostalgia-filled anthology of 23 original, lighthearted horror tales riffing on the movie monsters of both modern cinema and B-movie favorites. The majority of tales are short and snappy, like Jonathan Maberry's fresh, surprising zombie story "Gavin Funke's Monster Movie Marathon" and Karina Fabian's playful "Josie's Last Straw," both of which hit the ground running and pack a quick punch. Fran Wilde's "Welcome to the Underhill Cinema," is one of the longer offerings, taking the time to settle in to a more weird and sinister register. Linda Maye Adams's especially delightful "Alien Pizza" features friendly aliens so enamored with low-budget monster movies that they make one of their own. Every aspect of horror movie production gets its moment in the spotlight in stories featuring tortured directors (Kevin Pettway, "Love Your Mother"), ambitious PAs (Brendan Mallory, "Make Me a Star"), washed-up creature feature screenwriters (Sam Knight's "Whoever Writes Monsters"), and, of course, classic cinematic monsters--vampires, werewolves, kaiju, gods, demons, and zombies all make appearances and are frequently given the opportunity to be protagonists instead of villains. The authors' palpable love of supernatural cinema is infectious; horror fans won't want to put this down. (July) --PW--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B087T997CY
- Publisher : WordFire Press LLC (July 15, 2020)
- Publication date : July 15, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2429 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 406 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #242,669 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed by: Karen Pellett
Having been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) two years ago, I stay away from reading horror. Nothing like a good slasher story to trigger night terrors after all. I dove headfirst into reading horror through the anthology Monsters, Movies & Mayhem--a compilation of short stories by a variety of authors. The stories' imagery pulled me in like a fish on a hook, and the range of tales was impressive.
Jonathan Maberry's tale, Gavin Funke's Monster Movie Marathon, was a rollercoaster ride, throwing my expectations out the window. What I thought was not. What I was sure of, I questioned. In the end, all I thought about was Holy Crap. And, that is one of the reasons he is a genius. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure.
C.H. Hung's story Last Sunset Home was the best story I have read from her so far. I could smell the popcorn, feel the emotions along with the characters. The plot was emotionally absorbing, brutally honest, and came at the theme of Monsters, Movies & Mayhem from a gut-wrenching twist I was not expecting. It was brilliant.
There were a few stories that left me feeling, Eww, yuck. That was gross. That's horror for you. Then there was Alien Pizza by Linda Maye Adams that I sat back in my chair and thought, Now that was a fun ride.
The brilliant benefit of reading anthologies is that they introduce you to new authors you might not be familiar with, but come to love quickly, and snippets of longtime experts sharing golden nuggets to new audiences. That is why they continue to be one of my favorite avenues of literature; and why Monsters, Movies & Mayhem will now hold a place on my top ten favorite anthologies of all times.
There are multiple times throughout these stories where I thought I knew what was going to happen at the end, but then I was completely surprised. Even if you're not normally a horror fan, I think you will enjoy this book! There were even times I couldn't help but laugh out loud. I recommend this book not only to those that enjoy horror stories, but also to those that enjoy paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy books.
“Z is for Zombie” by Steve Rasnic Tem turns his horror lens deftly focused on aging. Here we follow a zombie film extra who can no longer get reliable gigs due to his health issues. The thesis of this story is encapsulated here:
“Although the official line was that zombies were no longer “people,” their souls and personalities gone, leaving only these strangely animated shells behind, Lee never played them that way. Maybe it made no difference in the end, but he never thought of them as dead. He just thought of them as really old people with some rare disease. And, after all these years of playing them, he was at that advanced age himself. Minus the disease, although he hadn’t seen a doctor in a very long time. Even the teenagers and little kid zombies were just old people in his eyes. A bit empty, sadly alone, just walking out of habit because thaťs all they knew. Nothing ahead of them and everything behind. Their bodies did rot, the flesh fell off their bones, but that was just a symptom of their disease.”
Probably my favorite of the bunch was “Flickering Dusk of the Video God” by Luciano Marano is an excellent story about old gods keeping their esoteric texts alive. The monsters in here are draped in celluloid gore and are tensely unspooled for maximum effect.