Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2
YEAR'S BEST HARDCORE HORROR VOLUME 2.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.Read at your own risk.TABLE OF CONTENTSMichael A. Arnzen "55 Ways I'd Prefer Not to Die" Jasper Bark "Bed of Crimson Joy" Christa Carmen "The Girl Who Loved Bruce Campbell" Marvin Brown "The Field" Adam Cesare "Please Subscribe" Matthew Chabin "Father of Dread" Jose Cruz "American Gods, American Monsters" Andrew Darlington "Coming of the Darkula" Paolo Di Orazio "The Contract" Stefanie Elrick "Mother's Nature" William Grabowski "Out Hunting for Teeth" Sarah L. Johnson "Little Sister, Little Brother" Eric LaRocca "Miss_Vertebrae" Alessandro Manzetti "Kozmic Blues" Tim Miller "Backne" Alexandra Renwick "Redux" Bryan Smith "Implant" Jeremy Thompson "The Hallowfiend Remembers" Tim Waggoner "A Face in the Crowd" Wrath James White "Ownership" Stephanie M. Wytovich "On This Side of Bloodletting" & selected poems from Brothel

Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2 Details

TitleYear's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2
Author
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 1st, 2017
PublisherComet Press
ISBN1936964627
ISBN-139781936964628
Number of pages380 pages
Rating
GenreHorror, Short Stories

Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2 Review

  • Janie C.
    April 22, 2017
    "The hurricane screamed itself raw with its booming voice and electric words, and the girl took each strike, each hit, as her ragdoll body was flung side to side, beaten and bloody near the front door of her mind."  These words were born from the darkly creative mind of Stephanie M. Wytovich, one of the twenty-one authors included in this visceral yet cerebral collection.  There is a hurricane brewing, both physically and psychically, and each of these stories and poems takes its turn as the eye "The hurricane screamed itself raw with its booming voice and electric words, and the girl took each strike, each hit, as her ragdoll body was flung side to side, beaten and bloody near the front door of her mind."  These words were born from the darkly creative mind of Stephanie M. Wytovich, one of the twenty-one authors included in this visceral yet cerebral collection.  There is a hurricane brewing, both physically and psychically, and each of these stories and poems takes its turn as the eye.  The material is diverse, and the storm is quiet at times, only to erupt again in howls of anguish.  I must confess, I laughed a few times, too.  It wasn't me ... the humor was deliberate.  In 55 Ways I'd Prefer Not To Die, Michael Arnzen treats us to some incredibly gross unfortunate endings.  Disgusting, yes.  Humorous .. only if it's not happening to you.  Check out ENNUI and try not to smile.If BDSM is your thing, Wrath James White will take you to a club.  "I want you to flog me with the heavy flogger, as hard as you can" is an hors d'oeuvre.  Thwack!  Are you ready for the main ballroom?If growing pains and transformation are more to your liking, try Mother's Nature by Stephanie Elrick.  "Generations of butchery had made my family more inbred than the cattle, now their limbs mingled indiscriminately with the livestock's."  The narrator is a young girl who is on a path of self-discovery beyond imagination.Sentimentality takes it's turn as the serial killer in The Hallowfiend Remembers reminisces.  Author Jeremy Thompson gets right into his head.Tim Waggoner's short but effective story, A Face In the Crowd, had me breathing deeply to fight claustrophobia.  There is more than one post-apocalyptic nightmare to be found among the pages.  New realities and threats emerge in startling and creative visions.  In Coming of the Darkula, by Andrew Darlington, the enemy of the human race takes a unique and dangerous form.  Humans are also pitted against their own kind in brutal desperation.The internet gets a spot in Adam Cesare's Please Subscribe.  As a viewer, you can watch young Melody's vlog from beginning to end.  Each entry becomes more ominous, as do her subscribers.  One of my favorite stories was The Girl Who Loved Bruce Campbell by Christa Carmen.  The brave female protagonist asks herself "WWAD?" (what would Ash do) as she fights her own versions of Deadites.  A classic in itself.I have merely skimmed the surface of the horrors that are contained within this collection. I enjoyed each and every story. Some hit me harder than others, but that is a personal reaction.  If you enjoy extreme horror and vivid imaginings, then this book is for you.  The dread does not let up or let you down. In the words of Ms. Wytovich:  "But still she cries, still she screams pleas of amputation, cries operas of pain."  Welcome.I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Many thanks.  This was a treat.
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  • Bill
    June 17, 2017
    An eclectic mix of dark fiction writers – some established, some obvious up-and-comers, dish out twenty-one tales of terror with plenty of blood and gore to sate the most hardcore horror fans.Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax certainly did their homework with this one and put together a solid collection of shorts. Not a stinker in the bunch. 4+ Stars and Highly Recommended!*I received an advanced readers copy of this work from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This was it.Thank yo An eclectic mix of dark fiction writers – some established, some obvious up-and-comers, dish out twenty-one tales of terror with plenty of blood and gore to sate the most hardcore horror fans.Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax certainly did their homework with this one and put together a solid collection of shorts. Not a stinker in the bunch. 4+ Stars and Highly Recommended!*I received an advanced readers copy of this work from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This was it.Thank you, Comet Press! A worthy addition to the YBHH series.
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  • Rabid Reader
    June 19, 2017
    This audiobook is an eclectic mix of short hard core horror stories and poems. It is gritty, graphic, gruesome and often disturbing. From demons into BDSM, graphic dismemberment, serial killers, gross fae and alien invaders; these no holds barred tales from a variety of authors will appeals to the hard core loves. Even though I found some of the tales were a bit much for my tastes, the great narration kept me listening. Hempel did a great job of entertaining and definitely brought the horror of This audiobook is an eclectic mix of short hard core horror stories and poems. It is gritty, graphic, gruesome and often disturbing. From demons into BDSM, graphic dismemberment, serial killers, gross fae and alien invaders; these no holds barred tales from a variety of authors will appeals to the hard core loves. Even though I found some of the tales were a bit much for my tastes, the great narration kept me listening. Hempel did a great job of entertaining and definitely brought the horror of these 21 tales to life.
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  • Nicole
    May 1, 2017
    Totally stoked and lucky to have gotten my hands on a review copy of this book. With heavy hitting, no holds barred authors like Wrath James White and Adam Cesare contributing I knew I was In for a disturbing and stomach churning read. YBHH2 never wavered in delivering the nasty. From a rather disgusting fairy to a nightmarish glimpse of those prize claw machines, YBBH2 is simply a must have for fellow hardcore horror aficionado's! The only thing I didn't like was that unlike the first book (a Totally stoked and lucky to have gotten my hands on a review copy of this book. With heavy hitting, no holds barred authors like Wrath James White and Adam Cesare contributing I knew I was In for a disturbing and stomach churning read. YBHH2 never wavered in delivering the nasty. From a rather disgusting fairy to a nightmarish glimpse of those prize claw machines, YBBH2 is simply a must have for fellow hardcore horror aficionado's! The only thing I didn't like was that unlike the first book (at least as far as I know) all the stories in this one have been previously published. Not quite as exciting as reading all new stories specifically for this book but there is something to be said for having them all in one place. The bonus content brings the rating back up to five stars. The final pages offer a comprehensive list of other hardcore and extreme horror anthologies, magazines, collaborations and novels. Thanks for making my wishlist several pages longer! :)
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  • Elena Alvarez Dosil
    June 14, 2017
    Review originally published at: http://www.lomeraniel.com/audiobookre...I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.These are twenty one short horror stories from indie authors. They all explore different sides of horror: from psychological to gore, and in some occasions with a mix of science-fiction too, those were my favorites. I am not usually one to go for short stories, but I was curious about this one. And it was a hell of a listen! Som Review originally published at: http://www.lomeraniel.com/audiobookre...I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.These are twenty one short horror stories from indie authors. They all explore different sides of horror: from psychological to gore, and in some occasions with a mix of science-fiction too, those were my favorites. I am not usually one to go for short stories, but I was curious about this one. And it was a hell of a listen! Some stories touched me more than others, but on the whole I greatly enjoyed this book. There are great authors at play here, with the capability to evoke very vivd images on the listener. Warning for sensitive listeners: there several stories with very explicit sex scenes, including a couple of snuff stories. Not for the light of heart, but I have to say that to succeed in writing horror, one has to be bold, and these authors are. I especially enjoyed "The Girl Who Loved Bruce Campbell" by Christa Carmen, "Please Subscribe" by Adam Cesare, "Little Sister, Little Brother" by Sarah L. Johnson, "Miss_Vertebrae" by Eric LaRocca, "Backne" by Tim Miller, and "Implant" by Bryan Smith. Not that the others were not good but these were the ones which resonated most with me. Definitely, this compendium of horror stories has everything for everyone, and it is a must listen for any fan of the genre.Some of the stories have some notes about how they were conceived. I found this interesting and inspiring, since I am always curious about the creative process in writing a story.Joe Hempel's narration was perfect for these stories, even though I have to say that I have not yet found a book in which Hempel did not deliver a superb narration. But one can feel that he really enjoys this kind of stories and transmits this to the listener. He impersonated each one of the characters, making them unique, transmitting their emotions and bringing them closer to the listener. I love love Hempel's narrations, with him the good ride is guaranteed.
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  • Jasper Bark
    March 8, 2017
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