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Satan's 3-Ring Circus of Hell Paperback – July 14, 2005
“Good gory humor! Writer Rhine is clearly a horror fan. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.” --Jack Abramowitz, Comic Buyers Guide, July 2001
"Gross, putrid and downright offensive. Higher praise just doesn't exist.” --Alan Katz, producer/writer HBO's "Tales From The Crypt", September 2003
"Rhine is the maniacal master chef who keeps stirring the pot until it rises to an enormous satirical boil." --Hilary Barta, Marvel/DC artist, The Man With The Screaming Brain, July 2005
From the Inside Flap
Ladeez and Gentlemen... Welcome to the sickest sideshow on earth! STEP RIGHT UP and SEE... SATANs 3 RING CIRCUS of HELL! written by The Grin Creeper himself, Robert Steven Rhine, and edited by his parasitic sidekick, the freakish cover artist, Frank Forte. The superlative artwork inside this tent represents four years of hard labor in haddes by 43 of the most astounding, amazing and incredible illustrators in the netherworld! So, lets get this show on the road! I just hope you can find your way out of the freak house. Ballyhoo kids!! Heh... heh... heh...
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Right out of the chute the book pounds the reader with morbid ferocity and oodles of slimy, sticky gore, but often infused with a dark sense of humor. "Separation Anxiety" with art by Frank Forte tells the story of the freak show sisters of Satan, a pair of conjoined twins, one a beautiful woman, the other a small, goblin-like beast. Their affair with the tattooed man goes awry when he wants to separate the pair.
"Bone Soup" was a favorite of mine with gorgeous art by Joe Vigil. Set sometime in old Eastern Europe during a great famine, a mysterious visitor to an inn decides to cook up bone soup. But he needs to acquire all the ingredients first: Bones, tongue, liver, heart...
A truly ghastly story of revenge is "The Roast" as hundreds of victims of botched cosmetic surgeries get their just revenge on the doctor who disfigured them, turning this tribute into a true roast!
"The Haunted Hood" is an outrageous story of the Braddock Downs Housing Projects filled with Hos, pushers, pimps, gangstas...and things much worse. It's a wonderful slapstick horror farce. "Fungus Among Us" with art by Nenad Gucunja is another favorite about a little boy who is unwilling to part with his foul, odorous sneakers that he used to score the winning goal in a soccer championship game. His mother learns the hard way that she should never throw her son's stuff out!
In addition to the stories there are some hysterical parodies of old comic book ads such as for the box of mini-plastic soldiers, Sea Monkeys, etc, and there's even a little bit of anti-Bush humor tossed in for good measure.
It's a wildly ghoulish ride from beginning to end and I highly recommend it for horror fans.
Reviewed by Tim Janson
"Satan's 3-Ring Circus of Hell"... I have to tell you folks, that it's made a fun read as I sit by the pool with my cigars and Gin & Tonic.
One story in particular "The Party Clown"... very cool. Also I dug : "Separation Anxiety" and "Fast Acting Xylotryptomine". All in all, it's a great summer book. I always loved comics anyway, and my favorites when I was a kid were always the Horror comics.. I never liked the Superman or Batman stuff. I did however love Mad Magazine.
Cudos to Mr Rhine for putting this all together. Additionally, there are some very funny full page spoofs on the advertisments in comics from the 1960s.