Book Review: Bumps in the Road – A Horror Anthology
Review Written by Kerry E.B. Black
This 220 page anthology of seventeen short horror stories compiled and edited by Chad Lutzke is perfect for road trips. One of my favorites, SdroW by Suzie Lockhart and Bruce Lockhart II, followed a mother and her autistic child after an Apocalypse, but the diverse selections offer much to shiver over and think about, including interesting takes on alternate realities, homicidal truck drivers, and family vacations.
The book’s blurb explains “roads have been around for centuries, allowing mankind a convenient path to arrive at their destination… roadway treks can bring with them a lifetime of memories. But not all memories are good. And some things are best forgotten.”
Be it a hit-and-run incident or a strange roadside watcher, the stories by authors Donald J. Bingle, John Boden, Glen Damien Campbell, Pam Farley, the above mentioned Lockharts, James H. Longmore, Bekki Pate, Adam Vine, Stanley B. Webb, and Kyle Yadlosky joined Chad Lutze on his exploration down different streets and avenues. After reading “Bumps in the Road,” readers may have a changed perspective of stretches of highway and long drives.
Dragon. Golem. Behemoth. Godzilla. What is it about the idea of a giant creature smashing its way through civilization that people love so much? Perhaps we use them as a metaphor to represent our more unstoppable fears, like nuclear war. Or, maybe, it’s just fun to watch a big old beast smash stuff up.
Attack of the Kaiju: Age of Monsters is an anthology with a pretty clear theme. Featuring fifteen short stories from the contemporary masters of kaiju fiction, this collection runs the gamut, containing tales about everything from sentient Nazi killing machines to orphaned dragons throwing civilization’s peaceful co-existence out of alignment. Read more “DARK FANTASY PROJECT Kevin Holton – Book Review -“Attack of the Kaiju: Age of Monsters” edited by Matthew Dennion & Neil Riebe”
You might look at a book titled Ritualistic Human Sacrifice and get a pretty good idea as to what it’s about without needing to open the cover. You might also look at the cover design–a pentagram featuring a coat hanger, and a border of fetuses–and confirm those initial suspicions. Read more “DARK FANTASY PROJECT Kevin Holton – Book review- “Ritualistic Human Sacrifice” by C. V. Hunt”
Wow! “The Sleepless” is graphic, haunting, and terrifying. Nuzo Onoh transported me to a place I wish never existed, a place that filled me with indignation, disgust, and a desire to avenge. This book is powerful and well-written.
Here’s the gist. An innocent child is taken to a Witch Doctor by someone he trusts. His sister Obele “hears” grisly truths that endanger her. She relies upon some new friends, giggling girls from a cursed house, but wonders who-or what- they are. Read more “DARK FANTASY PROJECT Kerry Black – Book Review – “The Sleepless” by Nuzo Onoh”
There’s a lot to be said for a writer who self-publishes a book correctly, especially when that writer goes the extra mile to provide ISBN numbers, internal art, and dozens of pages of poetry. A. F. Stewart’s “Horror Haiku Pas de Deux” draws inspiration from the #HorrorHaikuesday trend on Twitter, spinning a social media phenomena into an entire collection. Read more “DARK FANTASY PROJECT Kevin Holton – Review – “Horror Haiku Pas de Deux” by A. F. Stewart”