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Rhonny Reapers Roadkill Cafe Paperback – July 11, 2011
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RHONNY REAPER'S ROADKILL CAFÉ is an amazing anthology published by KnightWatch Press. Who would have ever thought to have an anthology whose theme is strictly about dead meat on the side of the road? Just the idea itself deserves five stars.
That said, this book is filled with horrific, graphic, and disturbing stories, all of which are based around road kill. It starts off with US 20, written by David Naughton-Shires. This is a grand tale of how karma can be your worst enemy, no matter who you are. I really enjoyed how much the author built up his antagonist. Some people can never be satisfied... but then, others can...
Each and every story after was just as good. Stephen Dafoe's "Pavement Meat" was probably one of the most gut-wrenching stories that I've read in a long, long time. The explicit detail he went into really had my stomach somersaulting. I almost couldn't wait until it was done, just so I could catch my breath and forget about the hamburger I had eaten hours before.
Tonia Brown is a writer I know and have followed for quite some time, and her tale, "Waste Not, Want Not," is one of her best stories yet!
"Playing Possum," after conversing with the author, Stephanie Kincaid, is somewhat based on a true event, and it shows with how personal the story is.
Every story in this anthology is well worth the price of admission. And with the countless amounts of anthologies put out there by small and large presses, this one shines like a lump of gold in a bin of coal. Even Bigfoot makes an appearance, and he is crafted by the Bigfoot Guru himself, Mr. Eric S Brown.
I would recommend this anthology to any and every fan of horror. But let me warn you: You may never look at road kill the same. Hell, you may never look at that sizzling piece of meat between the two buttered buns from your favorite dining establishment the same again. Needless to say, if I ever find a Rhonny Reaper's Roadkill Café in real life, I'll be turning the other way and hightailing it to the closest police station or hospital or doctor.
There is something to be said about the originality of such an anthology as this. We are constantly drowned in a sea of paper in which lay the same stories, the same scenarios fleshed out by different authors and publishing houses... and this one stands tall over the competition. If "Soul Survivors: Hometown Tales" (KnightWatch Press' second anthology that I know of) is any bit as good as this, the company will have to keep a close eye on their email account, as I will be submitting and submitting until I finally get in.
The only gripe I have with this book is that some of the stories, in my opinion, could have used a bit more editing for grammar and punctuation, BUT, this never affected the flow of the stories as I read them. You tend to notice certain things when you read as much as I do, and I thought I should mention that to be fair.
Go out and BUY THIS BOOK! If you don't, you will never know the true meaning of road kill!