“Kill ‘em all,” he thought. “Let God sort them out.”
Have you ever read something and then sat back and said “Hmm, what was that?” And so you go back and read it again. That’s how I felt when I first read Little Jimmy Combat. What an interesting and deceptively creepy story. Now of course I was eager to get on to the next story, Hellbound Hillary, again I am blown away! Another story that impresses! Wow, I eagerly read on and I am not disappointed. This is such a great collection of stories, well worth the time spent reading.
Besides the 2 short stories named above there is Smileys’ Grave, On Strike, Suicide the Hard Way, Scream for Me, and Roseblood. The stories alone are worth the price of admission, but then we are given a bonus; also included are 3 short screenplays and if this isn’t enough, lyrics and poetry. I think it is with the lyrics and poetry that you really get a sense of who Christopher the artist is. I am quite impressed by the versatility shown within these pages.
The stories aren’t going to make you jump or scream; no, they are much subtler than that. These are stories that will seep beneath your skin. Some may make you cringe or squirm, some may garner a twisted chuckle, but all will stay with you. I really do hope you pick up this book and enjoy it the way I did. Oh and I would like to give a nod to Danilo Montejo for the great cover art. He also did the cover of The Puzzleman, which I must say first attracted me to Christopher’s books!
Christopher Alan Broadstone, like his films in "3 Dad Girls" delivers a very intense and ominous style of horror in many of the tales in this work. Whether it be a sympathetic women plunging into ruination of addiction and self-mutilation, or a poor schmuck in bondage being dissected by a religious lunatic, there is nowhere this book won't go. Don't be alarmed, Mr. Broadstone gives us respite with a couple of more poetic or elegant tales. Woven in with the carnage are stories about an elegant seductress with nefarious intentions and a satire of a divine nature. Whatever level the stories in this work.....our author shines. These are stories that will stay with you and are delivered with an exclamation point. See my longer review on zisiemporium.blogspot.com
"Suicide The Hard Way:And Other Tales From The Innerzone" is a hefty tome of dark and unnerving horror. A thick miscellany of varying works promoting a higher level of horror consciousness and entertainment. From behind-the-scene looks at the film making process to thought provoking prose, from a soundtrack provided by the Judas Engine to (not so) straight forward short stories, this release has a tremendous amount of something for everyone who finds themselves moved by the horror genre.
What's included? Seven dark and disturbing short stories, three screenplays and thirty-two pieces of lyric/ prose. Add a handful of guest intros, forewords and essays and then top it off with hyperlinks to music pieces corresponding to the lyrics/ screenplays, and what you have is less of a read and more of an experience. An unchaperoned journey through the multifaceted psyche of Christopher Alan Broadstone, who may possibly be a mad genius. Either way, he is definitely raising the bar on horror entertainment and letting the community know that they are not trying as hard as they could.
My favorites of the pieces included: -Little Jimmy Combat -Smiley's Grave -Suicide the Hard Way
"Take a little risk. And commit a little (literary) Suicide"
*I received and read a review copy. These are my honest thoughts.
This is some book. Broken up into three parts, short fiction, screenplays, and then song lyrics and poetry. And it is a tour de force. I had a hard tome getting through the screenplay part only because I've never read on before so falling along that was a bit tricky. But ti was still good. The stories and the poetry totally made up for that bit of discomfort. I picked favorites, it's hard not to, but Little Johhny Combat and On Strike from the short stories were amazing, and on the poetry end I loved Black Cab and Color Of Flame.
This is a serious piece of work, had I not been trying to complete my one a day, I would have taken longer. I may go back and reread some of the poems again, they were that good. The imagery Mr. Broadstone writes with is beautiful and really pulls you in.
Having read and reviewed Christopher Alan Broadstone's first novel, "Puzzleman: A Novel," and his collection of three short horror films, "3 Dead Girls!," I approached this book with both anticipation and trepidation. Why this particular combination of emotions? Broadstone had already made a strong impression on me as a purveyor of serious horror. Both in print and on screen, his work has an intensity that makes it both immensely entertaining and profoundly disturbing -- which is exactly what I look for in a work of horror.
This volume includes the screenplays for the three shorts ("Scream For Me," "My Skin!," and "Human No More") that make up the "3 Dead Girls!" collection. Having watched the films, reading the scripts made me understand better both where Broadstone is coming from and how he develops and adapts his material. As an added bonus, an essay on Broadstone's trilogy by film critic Matthew Sanderson and an article on "The Making of HNM" by Lee Bailes (who flew all the way from England to help out with the production) provide valuable context for, background on, and insight into Broadstone the filmmaker.
A selection of song lyrics and poetry allows the reader a glimpse of the original Broadstone, the young rocker who modeled himself in part on virtuoso percussionist and lyricist Neil Peart of the iconic band Rush. While not as strong as the work in preceding sections, it presents a raw, unfiltered Broadstone. While they do not stand as well on their own as the stories and screenplays, these poetic creations work surprisingly well as epigraphs for the former and as content and soundtrack for the latter.
Broadstone's short stories, which pull no punches, make up the bulk of this volume and also provide his most powerful material. The title piece, "Suicide The Hard Way," contains a strong dose of Broadstone's pessimism about life and the human race. Its young, average, middle-class protagonist, Oswaldo H. Benadick, overvalues his control over his life's circumstances, overestimates the availability of second chances, and has a relentless need to learn arcane secrets. These characteristics lead to his demise at the hands of the vultures of the Innerzone.
"Smileys' Grave" is an example of another common aspect of Broadstone's work, its setting in the North Texas area, in and around Dallas. Based (I assume) on an actual haunted graveyard, the Mills Cemetery in Broadstone's hometown of Garland, the tale revolves around a tortured poet whose love affair with the Moon and penchant for spending nights in the cemetery sets him up as a dupe for the spirits that haunt the boneyard. Also set in Texas, "Little Jimmy Combat" shows what happens when a boy's obsession with playing soldier becomes all too real. There are four other excellent stories, including "Scream For Me," the basis for the short film of the same title.
Anyone wishing to experience the full creative madness of the Innerzone -- Christopher Alan Broadstone's fictional world -- needs to read this collection of his horror work. You'll also come away with a better understanding of this multi-talented author-filmmaker-musician, whose work needs to come before and be appreciated by the wider horror audience.
Christopher Alan Broadstone is still challenging good taste, still bending his critics out of shape, and still creating ambitious works of philosophical horror. This volume demonstrates his world class talent in horror fiction, filmmaking (3 screenplays of his short films) and music (his dark lyrics with links to music tracks online). Included also is film criticism by myself and insight into film production by Lee Bailes who worked on one of Chris' films. This book has it all and marks the official debut of Roseblood, perhaps Chris' most cruel and obsessive tale.
I've just spent the better part of two days writing up a review that does this book justice, and upon reading it back to myself, I realised my review basically included half the book! I usually review cosmetics, skin, and hair care products, so you will have to bear with me as I fumble my way through this.
There is a theme that runs through this book that really stood out to me, and that is how many of the main characters always look outwards to find what it is they are missing in life, when that very thing can only be found within. That is one of the most truest things of humanity. People always look to others in order to make sense of something, when the only person who can do that is you. Nobody else can do it for you. Nobody else can help you understand, and in many instances in this book is an absence of understanding.
I can't say any more without spoiling, but suffice to say you will understand when you read it.
This book is very well written, and to say it's thought provoking is an understatement. Christopher Alan Broadstone is a tale spinner through and through, and the tales he spins are just how I like them. Dark and disturbing, with a side order of psycho, and drizzled with crazy dressing! One of my favourites is Little Jimmy Combat, mainly because the scenario is something I have often wished would happen to those who constantly seek to destroy the planet on which we all live, but that is another rant for another day!
Suicide The Hard Way is the first book I've read from this author, but it certainly won't be the last, and fellow horror loving members of my family will be receiving this as a recommendation for sure.