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Splatterpunks II: Over the Edge Paperback – April, 1995

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Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Those looking for something very different, very bizarre, and very shocking may find this collection of visceral, graphic, lurid, often disgusting short stories compelling, but it's doubtful the book should be recommended for any but the most open-minded and strong-stomached reader. Written by some of the better-known authors in the horror genre (Kathe Koja, Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, among them), the stories go beyond the bounds of taste and descend into mind-boggling shock/schlock. These tales sear the mind, evoking fright, horror, and disgust and revealing primal, instinctive (and perhaps best-forgotten) reactions. And yet, it's possible to admire the sheer courage of these authors for their fearlessness at penning such "in your face" works, to respect the bizarre brilliance of the minds that dream up such grotesque plots and characters, and to believe that such stories--offensive as they may be to some--do in fact have a place in today's libraries and bookstores, if for no other reason than to expand our minds, jolt us out of our complacency, and make us thankful for the mundane, traditional, and safe. Emily Melton

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A mosaic of viscera, excrement, sex, and degradation whirls before our eyes in this anthology of stories and essays that run the gamut from lame and pretentious to genuinely stunning. Sammon, a former film publicist turned literary schlockmeister (he edited Splatterpunks, 1990), introduces this volume with the boast, ``They're bad. They're back. They're women.'' Yes, female authors and characters do feature heavily in this Splatpack, but stories like Sammon's own flaccid entry, ``Within You, Without You'' (in which a rock band sexually mutilates a female teenage groupie on video), and essays such as Martin Amis's self-serving, decade-old interview of filmmaker Brian DePalma (whose oeuvre includes the sexist classics Body Double and Dressed to Kill) serve as a curious counterpoint to the stated focus. Among the better entries are Gorman Bechard's ``Pig,'' a wickedly funny tale about an all-woman vigilante hit squad in 21st-century Los Angeles that simultaneously evokes Philip K. Dick and the frenetic violence of Japanese adult comics; Nancy A. Collins's ``Rant,'' a chilling glimpse into the mind of a deluded messiah; Anya Martin's ``Rockin' the Midnight Hour,'' which examines the connections between horror and rock; and ``Calling Dr. Satan,'' Jim Goad's interview with Anton LaVey, self-proclaimed ``Black Pope'' of the Church of Satan and author of The Satanic Bible. A genre that alternately craves and shuns acceptance, Splatterpunk is (for those not familiar with buzzwords used to pigeonhole literature) an amalgam of slasher films, brooding metal/Goth-inspired rock, and basic naughtiness disguised as nihilism; the editor describes it as ``a method. An attitude. A state of mind.'' This exercise in combining incongruous media elements into one discordant whole could be the real cutting edge--but Sammon dulls it in introductory passages whose smugness and hipster wannabe posturing frequently undermine the authors' contributions. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312857861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312857868
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I used to own this book 10 years ago and it was one of my favorites. I haven't been able to find it at bookstores for a long time and was so excited to find it here! It's a must-read for serious horror fans!
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Paul M. Sammon (ed.), Splatterpunks II: Over the Edge (Tor, 1995)

The first Splatterpunks anthology was, for me, one of those life-changing books that points a person in an entirely new direction; given that, I have no idea why it took me twelve years to pick up the second in the series. But I did, finally, and once again Paul Sammon has collected a bunch of truly nasty pieces of work. Not quite as nasty now, in the age of Charlee Jacob and her ilk, as they likely were in 1995, but they still pack quite a punch.

As with most anthologies, there's some variance in quality, but not as much as one might expect from a book this thick. The best of the bunch, by my count, is Wayne Allen Sallee's novella "For You, the Living," an account of a Chicago whose population has, in the majority, been turned into sex-crazed zombies. (Shades of David Cronenberg are always a welcome addition to the bookshelves of Goat Central) Other highlights can be found from the names you recognize already: Clive Barker's "Scape-goats" is wonderfully, unmistakably Barker; Kathe Koja's "Impermanent Mercies" is typical of the brilliant stuff she turns out; Steve Rasnic Tem's "Boxer" is, in Sammon's words, "just so weird". It should also be noted that this volume contains the first published work of Christa Faust (Hoodtown), and a fine little piece it is. The book is also shot through with nonfiction pieces, which I found kind of surprising; Jim and Debbie Goad's interview with the late Anton LaVey is the best of the bunch, just as interesting as any of the fiction to be found here. Good stuff, all this, with a slip now and again, but that shouldn't stop you from checking this one out. *** ½
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This book is the second of the best horror compilations I've ever read. I've had copies of them since 2000, and wear them out every time. I recommend this and Splatterpunks I to any fan of extreme horror short stories!Queer Fear 2: Gay Horror FictionBorderlands 1 (Borderlands No 1) (v. 1)Borderlands 3 (Borderlands Series , No 3) (v. 3)Borderlands 2 (Borderlands Series , No 2) (v. 2)
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A must read for truly devoted horror fans. Disturbing in similar ways as Hellraiser and Candyman...it will make you cringe with joy!
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Stories were decent, not as strong a collection as the first. The book was NOT in good condition on receipt.
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