”...glutted with graphic scenes of torture, dismemberment, evisceration...” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
YEAR'S BEST HARDCORE HORROR VOLUME 2.
Includes author story notes and bonus content, The Mosh Pit, a humongous list of reader-recommended hardcore and extreme books.
Comet Press is extremely proud to present its second annual anthology featuring this year's hardcore corps of authors with the best extreme horror fiction of 2016 that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos.
Selected from indie publishers and magazines such as Weirdpunk Books, Necro Publications, Splatterpunk Zine, Corner Bar Magazine, Carrion Blue and Raw Dog Screaming Press, these stories represent the state of the art of extreme horror fiction. Whether extreme in theme or with gore galore, these disturbing tales will be hard to forget even though you may wish you could.
Yes, there will be blood. Lots of it. Gore galore and plenty of the gushy stuff. But you'll also find tales less graphic but with hardcore attitudes, transgressive stories you're not sure you should be reading, stories showing you things you shouldn't see. Visceral fiction.
This year's best hardcore fiction features work by Michael A. Arnzen, Jasper Bark, Christa Carmen, Marvin Brown, Adam Cesare, Matthew Chabin, Jose Cruz, Andrew Darlington, Paolo Di Orazio, Stefanie Elrick, William Grabowski, Sarah L. Johnson, Eric LaRocca, Alessandro Manzetti, Tim Miller, Alexandra Renwick, Bryan Smith, Jeremy Thompson, Tim Waggoner, Wrath James White, and Stephanie M. Wytovich.
The most effective selections in this second annual compilation of gory and sexually explicit horror rely more on characterization and drama than on their extreme content. Sarah L. Johnson's "Little Sister, Little Brother" concerns a weird m nage trois involving two landlords and a renter, and the supernatural benefits that each one reaps from the relationship. Adam Cesare's "Please Subscribe" explores the underbelly of social media as webcam stars go to desperate lengths to be popular online. In Christa Carmen's "The Girl Who Loved Bruce Campbell," a chainsaw-wielding young woman defends herself against a trio of ravenous mutants in a bloody spree that gleefully spoofs the more outrageous moments in the Evil Dead movie franchise. Most of the book's 20 other tales are thin on plot but glutted with graphic scenes of torture, dismemberment, evisceration, and pornographic sex. Those who weary of this will appreciate Michael A. Arnzen's subversively funny "55 Ways I'd Prefer Not to Die," a tongue-in-cheek appraisal of some outlandish ways to meet one's maker, which seems to be winking at the rest of the book's contents as much as at the reader.