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Comet Press is extremely proud to present its third annual anthology featuring this year's hardcore corps of authors with the best extreme horror fiction of 2017 that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos. It was a killer year for horror fiction of the harder kind. Authors, editors and publishers presented readers with some startling works of horrific imagination, stories gr Comet Press is extremely proud to present its third annual anthology featuring this year's hardcore corps of authors with the best extreme horror fiction of 2017 that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos. It was a killer year for horror fiction of the harder kind. Authors, editors and publishers presented readers with some startling works of horrific imagination, stories graphic in the extreme yet with subtleties suggesting larger meanings, tales that explore humanity by plumbing depths of soulless inhumanity and, in some cases, outright depravity. The stories here represent the best of them, disturbing tales that dig deep and take you into the dark heart of horror itself, unrelenting and unapologetic. "So Sings The Siren" by Annie Neugebauer takes us onto a Dark Fantasy stage for a one-night-only performance of mythological torture. Then Ryan Harding's "Junk" gets right to the hardcore stuff with the ultimate dick-pic horror tale. Robert Levy's "The Cenacle" is a literary cemetery feast you may have a hard time stomaching (Tums won't save you). Nathan Ballingrud's "The Maw" treads surefootedly on Sci-Fi ground, right up to the edge of the Maw itself in a tale of stunning originality. Luciano Marano made his first pro sell when he sold "Burnt" to DOA III, certainly one of the year's best anthologies, and the tale has it own fiery fetishistic twist. "The Better Part of Drowning" by Octavia Cade treads waters of both science fiction and fantasy but it's pure horror at its biting depths. Tim Waggoner's "Til Death" is Lovecraftian Post-Apocalypse horror at its absolute best. "Letter From Hell" comes with that special delivery you only get from Matt Shaw. Dani Brown gets down and very dirty in her "Theatrum Mortuum," which may be the most extreme thing you read all year. Glenn Gray's "Break" is a hard-to-take anatomy lesson given to a man weary of doing hard time. In "Bernadette" Ramiro Perez de Pereda gets medieval in his tale of a djinn summoned by a desperate priest. Brian Hodge takes you on a trip to Mexico you will never forget in "West of Matamoros, North of Hell." This story is a masterpiece of suspense, a grueling experience that may well leave you exhausted by the end. You might even feel like a vacation afterward, but we're betting it won't be to Matamoros. Bracken MacLeod's "Reprising Her Role" takes us behind the scenes of a porno snuff film for a gut-wrenching reprisal and unexpected bonus footage. A real-life death threat inspired Doug Ford's "The Watcher" and we think it shows. "Scratching From The Outer Darkness" showcases Tim Curran's descriptive prowess and gives you a tale of hardcore Cthulhu Mythos. Brace yourself when Adam Howe's "Foreign Bodies" takes you deep into the bowels of a nasty abyss-which might make a good echo chamber for the laughter Adam's patented black humor is likely to elicit. Sean Patrick Hazlett introduces us to "Adramelech," an ancient demon with a taste for broiled children. Daniel Marc Chant's "ULTRA" jacks into a popular VR game called Slut Slayer. But what if it's more than a game? Nathan Robinson takes us into the trees with a group of militant environmentalists who will discover a tree hugger of the deadly sort, entirely alien to their experience. Scott Smith (A Simple Plan and The Ruins) wraps up this year's fat package of the hard stuff in a big bloody bow with "The Dogs." The canines in this tale are not Man's Best Friend variety, nor are they Woman's Besties, as you will see. Thanks for coming along into this year's heart of hardcore darkness. We hope to see you on the other side.


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Comet Press is extremely proud to present its third annual anthology featuring this year's hardcore corps of authors with the best extreme horror fiction of 2017 that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos. It was a killer year for horror fiction of the harder kind. Authors, editors and publishers presented readers with some startling works of horrific imagination, stories gr Comet Press is extremely proud to present its third annual anthology featuring this year's hardcore corps of authors with the best extreme horror fiction of 2017 that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos. It was a killer year for horror fiction of the harder kind. Authors, editors and publishers presented readers with some startling works of horrific imagination, stories graphic in the extreme yet with subtleties suggesting larger meanings, tales that explore humanity by plumbing depths of soulless inhumanity and, in some cases, outright depravity. The stories here represent the best of them, disturbing tales that dig deep and take you into the dark heart of horror itself, unrelenting and unapologetic. "So Sings The Siren" by Annie Neugebauer takes us onto a Dark Fantasy stage for a one-night-only performance of mythological torture. Then Ryan Harding's "Junk" gets right to the hardcore stuff with the ultimate dick-pic horror tale. Robert Levy's "The Cenacle" is a literary cemetery feast you may have a hard time stomaching (Tums won't save you). Nathan Ballingrud's "The Maw" treads surefootedly on Sci-Fi ground, right up to the edge of the Maw itself in a tale of stunning originality. Luciano Marano made his first pro sell when he sold "Burnt" to DOA III, certainly one of the year's best anthologies, and the tale has it own fiery fetishistic twist. "The Better Part of Drowning" by Octavia Cade treads waters of both science fiction and fantasy but it's pure horror at its biting depths. Tim Waggoner's "Til Death" is Lovecraftian Post-Apocalypse horror at its absolute best. "Letter From Hell" comes with that special delivery you only get from Matt Shaw. Dani Brown gets down and very dirty in her "Theatrum Mortuum," which may be the most extreme thing you read all year. Glenn Gray's "Break" is a hard-to-take anatomy lesson given to a man weary of doing hard time. In "Bernadette" Ramiro Perez de Pereda gets medieval in his tale of a djinn summoned by a desperate priest. Brian Hodge takes you on a trip to Mexico you will never forget in "West of Matamoros, North of Hell." This story is a masterpiece of suspense, a grueling experience that may well leave you exhausted by the end. You might even feel like a vacation afterward, but we're betting it won't be to Matamoros. Bracken MacLeod's "Reprising Her Role" takes us behind the scenes of a porno snuff film for a gut-wrenching reprisal and unexpected bonus footage. A real-life death threat inspired Doug Ford's "The Watcher" and we think it shows. "Scratching From The Outer Darkness" showcases Tim Curran's descriptive prowess and gives you a tale of hardcore Cthulhu Mythos. Brace yourself when Adam Howe's "Foreign Bodies" takes you deep into the bowels of a nasty abyss-which might make a good echo chamber for the laughter Adam's patented black humor is likely to elicit. Sean Patrick Hazlett introduces us to "Adramelech," an ancient demon with a taste for broiled children. Daniel Marc Chant's "ULTRA" jacks into a popular VR game called Slut Slayer. But what if it's more than a game? Nathan Robinson takes us into the trees with a group of militant environmentalists who will discover a tree hugger of the deadly sort, entirely alien to their experience. Scott Smith (A Simple Plan and The Ruins) wraps up this year's fat package of the hard stuff in a big bloody bow with "The Dogs." The canines in this tale are not Man's Best Friend variety, nor are they Woman's Besties, as you will see. Thanks for coming along into this year's heart of hardcore darkness. We hope to see you on the other side.

30 review for Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Janie C.

    Volume 3 of Year's Best Hardcore Horror has something for anyone who loves the genre. There is plenty of body horror, though some of it was a bit much for me. Demons, a djinni, and an aberrant monstrosity in a hotel closet will satisfy those with a craving for monsters and otherworldly forces. There is surreal and cosmic horror to be found to stimulate the imagination. Not all of these stories were for me, but I greatly enjoyed others. My favorites: The Maw - by Nathan Ballingrud, master of atmosp Volume 3 of Year's Best Hardcore Horror has something for anyone who loves the genre. There is plenty of body horror, though some of it was a bit much for me. Demons, a djinni, and an aberrant monstrosity in a hotel closet will satisfy those with a craving for monsters and otherworldly forces. There is surreal and cosmic horror to be found to stimulate the imagination. Not all of these stories were for me, but I greatly enjoyed others. My favorites: The Maw - by Nathan Ballingrud, master of atmosphere and emotion. West of Matamoros, North of Hell - by Brian Hodge, who paints the darkest picture. Foreign Bodies - by Adam Howe, who puts humor in all the right places. The Dogs - by Scott Smith. If you go home with someone and they have dogs, make a dash for the night table. Trust me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    Contents: 009 - Killing It Darkly:Introduction Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax 013 - Annie Neugebauer - “So Sings The Siren” 017 - Ryan Harding - “Junk” 027 - Robert Levy - “The Cenacle” 039- Nathan Ballingrud - “The Maw” 053- Luciano Marano- "Burnt" 065 - Octavia Cade - "The Better Part of Drowning” 077 - Tim Waggoner - “Til Death” 089 - Matt Shaw - “Letter From Hell” 097 - Dani Brown - “Theatrum Mortuum” 115 - Glenn Grey - "Break" 125 - Ramiro Perez de Pereda - “Bernadette” 141 - Brian Hodge - “West Contents: 009 - Killing It Darkly:Introduction Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax 013 - Annie Neugebauer - “So Sings The Siren” 017 - Ryan Harding - “Junk” 027 - Robert Levy - “The Cenacle” 039- Nathan Ballingrud - “The Maw” 053- Luciano Marano- "Burnt" 065 - Octavia Cade - "The Better Part of Drowning” 077 - Tim Waggoner - “Til Death” 089 - Matt Shaw - “Letter From Hell” 097 - Dani Brown - “Theatrum Mortuum” 115 - Glenn Grey - "Break" 125 - Ramiro Perez de Pereda - “Bernadette” 141 - Brian Hodge - “West of Matamoros, North of Hell.” 179 - Bracken MacLeod - “Reprising Her Role” 187 - Douglas Ford - “The Watcher” 199 - Tim Curran - “Scratching From The Outer Darkness” 213 - Adam Howe - “Foreign Bodies” 229 - Sean Patrick Hazlett - “Adramelech” 241 - Daniel Marc Chant - “ULTRA” 259 - Nathan Robinson - "Tree Huggers" 279 - Scott Smith - "The Dogs" 308 - Author Bios 313 - Acknowledgements Cover and interior by Inkubus Design

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 3 is a very good collection of shorts from some of the best horror/dark fiction writers in the business. As with most collections, there are some here that I liked more than others, but the hit to miss ratio in this entire series is extremely high. I will never tell you which ones I didn’t care for because everybody’s tastes are different, but I will tell you that my favorites in Volume 3 were the animal themed “Foreign Bodies” by Adam Howe and “The Dogs” by Sco Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 3 is a very good collection of shorts from some of the best horror/dark fiction writers in the business. As with most collections, there are some here that I liked more than others, but the hit to miss ratio in this entire series is extremely high. I will never tell you which ones I didn’t care for because everybody’s tastes are different, but I will tell you that my favorites in Volume 3 were the animal themed “Foreign Bodies” by Adam Howe and “The Dogs” by Scott Smith. Now, go get you some Year’s Best Hardcore Horror. You can’t go wrong with any of the series so far.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    You may recognize a favorite horror authors of yours in one of these nineteen short stories of science fiction, fantasy, apocalyptic and dystopian, and horror at its darkest. Wanna cross the line of decency and uptightness? My favorite is Junk by Ryan Harding...OMG! It is vulgar and disgusting, yet I couldn't help but smile at Nick's bit of payback. Warning: Hardcore and graphic. I don't think it is easy to write a story, just because it's short. A few words must be well said, and the authors ha You may recognize a favorite horror authors of yours in one of these nineteen short stories of science fiction, fantasy, apocalyptic and dystopian, and horror at its darkest. Wanna cross the line of decency and uptightness? My favorite is Junk by Ryan Harding...OMG! It is vulgar and disgusting, yet I couldn't help but smile at Nick's bit of payback. Warning: Hardcore and graphic. I don't think it is easy to write a story, just because it's short. A few words must be well said, and the authors have done a fabulous job. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 3. See more at fundinmental

  5. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Joyce

    Labels. How does the saying go? “They’re only good for one thing; marketing.” They can be very misleading. Take Hardcore Horror, for example. Some fans of horror fiction may be put off by that term. Gore for gore’s sake, shock value, too much blood, not enough substance. However, just as horror itself is best utilised as a broad term to encapsulate a more complex idea, so to is hardcore horror. The variety of tales presented in the latest volume of the Year’s Best Hardcore Horror is a perfect ex Labels. How does the saying go? “They’re only good for one thing; marketing.” They can be very misleading. Take Hardcore Horror, for example. Some fans of horror fiction may be put off by that term. Gore for gore’s sake, shock value, too much blood, not enough substance. However, just as horror itself is best utilised as a broad term to encapsulate a more complex idea, so to is hardcore horror. The variety of tales presented in the latest volume of the Year’s Best Hardcore Horror is a perfect example. “So Sings the Siren” by Annie Neugebauer tells the story of a mother and daughter at a musical recital with a difference. The musician uses a strange and disturbing technique to elicit the music from the instrument. Using a young narrator, and restricting the horror to what the young girl hears and keeping the visual element off-stage, is a great technique expertly employed here by Neugebauer. Luciano Marano’s “Burnt” explores the complex and fraught relationship between Vicki and her mother, Catherine, especially in the aftermath of the deep fryer accident that leaves Catherine’s face disfigured. Her behaviour grows increasingly disturbing, especially in her sexual relationships with a string of men and the attention she pays her son. As you may expect, this has a detrimental effect on Vicki, who eventually takes employment in a burn unit. Marano’s is a disturbing story, yet his exploration of human behaviour is enticing. Octavia Cade’s “The Better Part of Drowning” takes place in a very unique setting, in a coastal village where the children live below the houses and docks and just above the salt water where danger lurks. But, equally, danger lurks in the shacks above. Cade’s world-building is very impressive, as is her character development. Glenn Gray’s “Break” takes place in Alcatraz as a former doctor utilises his unique knowledge to attempt the seemingly impossible and break free. This is yet another story where the author has done a lot of research and found a way to deliver it in a very entertaining way. Told in excruciating detail from the protagonist’s point of view, we follow every painful second as we will him on to freedom. Gray’s notes on the origin of the story show that sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. But it planted a seed in the author’s mind that blossomed into a great story. Known for his winning mixture of horror and humour, Adam Howe delivers a typically top-drawer tale with “Foreign Bodies”. Told from the point of view of Hollywood fixer Joe Conklin (“The A-list gets Ray Donovan; the lower end of the alphabet gets me.”) as he is summoned by troubled children’s entertainer, ventriloquist Buddy Mortimer, after he has a “mishap” with a gerbil. You may feel that you know where the story goes, but fans of Howe’s work will attest that you can never take anything for granted and the ride is always worth it. He has a talent for filling his stories with colourful and entertaining characters and witty dialogue and this is no different. It will have you laughing and wincing in equal measure. Daniel Marc Chant’s “Ultra” takes a look at the idea of violent video games and what effect it can have on the human mind. But he also blends it with mind control and futuristic virtual reality and the dog-eat-dog world of the stock exchange. Wilbur is stressed from work as a trader, but he blows off steam with a harmless game of Nazi Hunter. But what happens to him when he is introduced to the world of Slut Slayer? Chant explores this concept, and the human psyche, in this exciting and thought-provoking story. With every anthology, even the year’s best, each reader will have different reactions to each story. There are some they will enjoy more than others, and some that they may not enjoy at all. But the good news is that, with such a strong line-up of stories, there is something for everyone in the third volume of hardcore horror. Whether you prefer your horror blood-soaked or subtle, infused with humour or offering a peek at terror on a cosmic scale, fantastic monsters or monstrous humans, you’ll find it here.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patty Ward

    Extreme Loved it! Extreme horror, great authors..enjoyed a bedtime story everynite..slept like a baby bound to a bbq being eaten by rats..being eaten by cats..being eaten by dogs..centipede formation.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Octavia Cade

    Okay, it has to be said: one of the stories in here is mine - "The Better Part of Drowning" - and so I am clearly biased, but I do love horror and this anthology is full of it. There's a wide range of horror stories in here too, and range is I think always a bonus in any anthology, as it increases the chance of coming across stories that will really appeal to the individual reader. Personally, I tend to prefer horror that's as much story as gore, tending more to the contemporary than the cosmic, Okay, it has to be said: one of the stories in here is mine - "The Better Part of Drowning" - and so I am clearly biased, but I do love horror and this anthology is full of it. There's a wide range of horror stories in here too, and range is I think always a bonus in any anthology, as it increases the chance of coming across stories that will really appeal to the individual reader. Personally, I tend to prefer horror that's as much story as gore, tending more to the contemporary than the cosmic, and so I was well-served by a lot of the pieces in here. The stories that particularly appealed to me were the excellent "West of Matamoros, North of Hell" by Brian Hodge, "Burnt" by Luciano Marano, and the beautifully written "So Sings the Siren" by Annie Neugebauer, which is going down as one of my favourite horror stories of all time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angel McCoy

    The stories in this book have a whole lot of heart to go with the hardcore horror. It's a thoughtful, intelligent, and non-gratuitous collections of stories. Loved it! The stories in this book have a whole lot of heart to go with the hardcore horror. It's a thoughtful, intelligent, and non-gratuitous collections of stories. Loved it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Martinez

    Year's Best Hardcore Horror Vol. 3 is the most horrific book I have ever read! Red Room Press has compiled a truly amazing bunch of horror stories from some really talented and creative writers. With every story comes a new horror, unique in the darkest ways. Gruesome, chilling, violent, haunting, horrible, whatever you are looking for in a horror story, you can find it in this book. The stories are not only unique, but also very vivid. The authors have done an outstanding job at painting horror Year's Best Hardcore Horror Vol. 3 is the most horrific book I have ever read! Red Room Press has compiled a truly amazing bunch of horror stories from some really talented and creative writers. With every story comes a new horror, unique in the darkest ways. Gruesome, chilling, violent, haunting, horrible, whatever you are looking for in a horror story, you can find it in this book. The stories are not only unique, but also very vivid. The authors have done an outstanding job at painting horrors with their words. From the burning of skin and breaking of bones, to the human monstrosity in "Til Death,” everything is so clear you can actually see it. I'll admit that there were some parts in this book so horrid, I skimmed over the text as if to look away! Though they are all incredible stories, my personal favorites have to be the letter stories, particularly "Bernadette.” The fact that these stories are written as letters make them so much spookier. Reading "Bernadette" felt like reading something that was actually written in medieval Spain. It left me wondering whatever happened to the priest, his brother, and Bernadette.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    Wow.Guess I like hardcore because there were so many great stories. I am not going to review all the stories but just pick out the best and the worst: The stories I enjoyed: Break Burnt Junk (loved the black humour) The Cenacle Bernadette My favourite story was The Dogs by Scott Smith. Pure excellence My least favourite was Theatrum Mortuum: Too disgusting and I am going to be honest I was shocked when I learned a woman had written this. Letter from Hell by Matt Shaw. Mwmm what to say? Because this rea Wow.Guess I like hardcore because there were so many great stories. I am not going to review all the stories but just pick out the best and the worst: The stories I enjoyed: Break Burnt Junk (loved the black humour) The Cenacle Bernadette My favourite story was The Dogs by Scott Smith. Pure excellence My least favourite was Theatrum Mortuum: Too disgusting and I am going to be honest I was shocked when I learned a woman had written this. Letter from Hell by Matt Shaw. Mwmm what to say? Because this really happened and I wonder if all readers know this but there was a guy Albert Fish who visited a family and he managed to lure their young daughter with him and then he killed and ate her. Afterwards he wrote the parents to tell them she had tasted exquisite. So maybe that is why it did not impacted me as much? So Sings the Sirens also not one I enjoyed but so many great stories. Loved it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Josh Warfel

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is my The opening story about a world in which a siren is not only a real-life occurrence but a night out on the town create a world that I very much want to know more of. I don't know yet whether it is a t cry compliment that it left me wanting so much more. Ryan Harding delivers the goods in junk in the Second Story about a man who gets what is coming to him after exposing himself online. It is everything you would want a hard I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is my The opening story about a world in which a siren is not only a real-life occurrence but a night out on the town create a world that I very much want to know more of. I don't know yet whether it is a t cry compliment that it left me wanting so much more. Ryan Harding delivers the goods in junk in the Second Story about a man who gets what is coming to him after exposing himself online. It is everything you would want a hardcore story to be. The Cenacle is a great exploration of grief. Maw seems to have gotten a lot of attention from other readers but fell flat for me. Burnt on the other hand is an incredibly visceral and cronenbergian lovetale that delivers on all fronts. Matt Shaw manages to deliver an incredibly disturbing tale that is great because it doesn't rely on visceral reactions grotesque imagery in like his work often does in order to elicit a response. Dani Brown leans hard into the grotesque and disgusting imagery so often present in hardcore horror it delivers the goods. This stories inclusion is an exception example of what a great author can do with such hardcore language and images, but doesn't rely on this as a crutch, but uses it as a tool. Break is a great story, made greater by the authors note on its origin being a non-hardcore horror seed planted for the origin of the story that morphed into a hardcore story. Foreign Bodies falls in line with Dani Brown's story of a truly revolting concept that grabs you by the throat and demands you read it. A great great story. Finally, Dogs by Scott Smith manages to entertain, confuse, and enthrall throughout. second volume in the Years Best Hardcore Series ( the 4th being my out of order first) and this collection is a true representation of what hardcore horror can be.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara ✨ Next Book Review Blog ✨

    *********** AUDIOBOOK REVIEW *********** There were a few short stories that made me laugh entirely too long. Like “Junk” featuring Nick, who likes to flash his stuff and gets his own facial from someone upping the ante on flashing genitals. That was quite an interesting story! It ending up… well bloody! My delicious need for revenge was definitely satisfied! Some were creppily scary, some not so much, some… ok, a lot, were really gory and a bit gross! I seriously LOVED it! The narrator, Angel Lei *********** AUDIOBOOK REVIEW *********** There were a few short stories that made me laugh entirely too long. Like “Junk” featuring Nick, who likes to flash his stuff and gets his own facial from someone upping the ante on flashing genitals. That was quite an interesting story! It ending up… well bloody! My delicious need for revenge was definitely satisfied! Some were creppily scary, some not so much, some… ok, a lot, were really gory and a bit gross! I seriously LOVED it! The narrator, Angel Leigh McCoy, had an amazing voice. She narrated the entire 15 hours. I was captivated by her voice. It was fascinating… her voice could give me chills but it also could confuse me and give me this false sense of ease. Ms. McCoy was really able to channel all the various characters… and there were a lot. She did a young ladies voice… an old ladies voice. She was a fantastic narrator, really could be a top favorite!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hush

    I was uncertain what I would be getting with this book. I assumed it would be all guts and porn but I was completely wrong. The anthology starts with So Sings The Siren, a story that acts as a kind of aria for the book and one that sets a very unsettling mood indeed. What follows is a collection of stories that invoke various emotional reactions. I was genuinely scared, horrified, sickened and upset by what was on offer and I loved every line. This is my favourite anthology of the year so far.

  14. 5 out of 5

    S.A. Bradley

    If you are a connoisseur of the darker and grittier side of horror, I highly recommend this anthology series. The stories in this volume cover a wide swath of tones and styles and I was quite impressed by some of the subject matter. Some stories are as fast and abrupt as the recoil of a pistol, and others creep like a fog and patiently wait to spring the trap on the reader. There are no throwaway stories in this volume, but there are those that I personally feel stand out. The very first story, "S If you are a connoisseur of the darker and grittier side of horror, I highly recommend this anthology series. The stories in this volume cover a wide swath of tones and styles and I was quite impressed by some of the subject matter. Some stories are as fast and abrupt as the recoil of a pistol, and others creep like a fog and patiently wait to spring the trap on the reader. There are no throwaway stories in this volume, but there are those that I personally feel stand out. The very first story, "So Sings The Siren" by Annie Neugebauer, sets the stage that this collection is not going to be an unimaginative bloodbath but that the carnage would be hard-earned. The story is truly horrible-beautiful. Some of the stories show their hybrid vigor by mixing science fiction horror, like Nathan Ballingrud's "The Maw", which reminded me of the dark fantasy works of Harlan Ellison. There is a great, simple story in Glenn Gray's "Break" that is gleefully a cross between Roald Dahl and Stephen King and gleefully makes you wiggle your toes with the nastiness within its paragraphs. If you want a straightforward lesson in the art of dread and violent payoff, look no further than Brian Hodge's "West of Matamoros, North of Hell." The suspense and the set up of the story is masterclass stuff. Last but not least, is Scott Smith's "The Dogs", which will have you saying to yourself, "oh, he's not going to go there…" And, of course, he does. This may be one of the most upsetting stories of the year. I highly recommend all four of the volumes of this anthology series to those who want original and thought-provoking ideas and aren't afraid to get a little bloody to experience them.

  15. 5 out of 5

    timj26

    One of the best in the series Plenty of great stories with my top picks being Burnt one girls pursuit of love Letter from hell a letter written Albert fish style Reprising her role about an actress in a snuff film Ultra a VR gamers addiction The dogs a dog sitting job from hell Well narrated and a great way to discover new authors highly recommended I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    I really like this kind of stuff. Extreme horror shorts can be a really good palate cleanser between more 'serious' books. I remember the first Hardcore Horror anthology being very good, but unfortunately this one wasn't the best example of the genre. About half of the short stories were downright bad. The other half ranged from mediocre to great, but with a precious few greats. Better luck next time I guess. I really like this kind of stuff. Extreme horror shorts can be a really good palate cleanser between more 'serious' books. I remember the first Hardcore Horror anthology being very good, but unfortunately this one wasn't the best example of the genre. About half of the short stories were downright bad. The other half ranged from mediocre to great, but with a precious few greats. Better luck next time I guess.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gary Smith

    All the books in the collection have been good, this one has by far been the best. A few of them had been laughing so loud I had to quiet myself late at night while others were trying to sleep in the house. Foreign Bodies was great. A perfect mixture of scary, horrific, funny, gory and gross out. Top notch!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shane Sullivan

    Audiobook review YAWN....... The narrator made everything sound so unbearably dull that I could not get into any of the stories. I feel bad giving this Anthology just 2 stars but I had to fight the urge to give it 1 star thanks to how exhausting it was to listen to.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christine Dunne

    I grasp and understood most of these stories. It reached me on many ways and I enjoyed them tell you what you keep writing them and ill keep reading them sincerely Christine Dunne Harlingen Texas

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie Myers

    I really only enjoyed two of the stories. The rest were okay.

  21. 5 out of 5

    scott d. johnson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mike E. Walsh Jr.

  23. 5 out of 5

    bob macdonald

  24. 5 out of 5

    Glenn's kindle

  25. 5 out of 5

    Krystal Marieanne

  26. 5 out of 5

    Avgrma

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mark Deal

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ed

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nick Jones

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

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