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GOING GLOBAL 2019. The year certainly made its mark on the world—and more than its share of scars. It also made for a bounty of good horror stories of the extreme kind, the best of which the tales herein serve to illustrate. 2019 was the year Year's Best Hardcore Horror went global. Not by design but because the stories inside just happened to have been written by author GOING GLOBAL 2019. The year certainly made its mark on the world—and more than its share of scars. It also made for a bounty of good horror stories of the extreme kind, the best of which the tales herein serve to illustrate. 2019 was the year Year's Best Hardcore Horror went global. Not by design but because the stories inside just happened to have been written by authors hailing from various parts of the globe. From Australia by way of South Africa, to Italy, Scotland, Norway, Taiwan, North America and India--the common denominator being that their tales come from darkest regions of imagination. TABLE OF CONTENTS GOING GLOBAL: INTRODUCTION by Randy Chandler & Cheryl Mullenax FEAST FOR SMALL PIECES by Hailey Piper GODDESS OF GALLOWS by Kristopher Triana LATE NIGHT INCIDENT AT THE WHITE TRASH MOTEL by Duane Bradley A NEW MOTHER’S GUIDE TO RAISING AN ABOMINATION by Gwendolyn Kiste UPPER CRUST by Michael Paul Gonzalez REDLESS by Annie Neugebauer A TOUCH OF MADNESS by Tim Waggoner PARADISUM VOLUPTATIS by Joanna Koch RADIX MALORUM by Sean Patrick Hazlett LACKERS by Leo X. Roberson WHY DO BIRDS SUDDENLY APPEAR? by Rajiv Moté DARJEELING by Syon Das MRSA ME by Alicia Hilton WHAT DID YOU DO TO THE CHILDREN? by David L Tamarin HAVE A HEART by Matthew V. Brockmeyer SWINGS AND SUSPENSIONS by D.A. Xiaolin Spires KIRTI by Alessandro Manzetti THE TEA AND SUGAR TRAIN by DEBORAH SHELDON SCREAMS FOR STARGIRL by Ben Pienaar QUEER WEATHER by Scáth Beorh


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GOING GLOBAL 2019. The year certainly made its mark on the world—and more than its share of scars. It also made for a bounty of good horror stories of the extreme kind, the best of which the tales herein serve to illustrate. 2019 was the year Year's Best Hardcore Horror went global. Not by design but because the stories inside just happened to have been written by author GOING GLOBAL 2019. The year certainly made its mark on the world—and more than its share of scars. It also made for a bounty of good horror stories of the extreme kind, the best of which the tales herein serve to illustrate. 2019 was the year Year's Best Hardcore Horror went global. Not by design but because the stories inside just happened to have been written by authors hailing from various parts of the globe. From Australia by way of South Africa, to Italy, Scotland, Norway, Taiwan, North America and India--the common denominator being that their tales come from darkest regions of imagination. TABLE OF CONTENTS GOING GLOBAL: INTRODUCTION by Randy Chandler & Cheryl Mullenax FEAST FOR SMALL PIECES by Hailey Piper GODDESS OF GALLOWS by Kristopher Triana LATE NIGHT INCIDENT AT THE WHITE TRASH MOTEL by Duane Bradley A NEW MOTHER’S GUIDE TO RAISING AN ABOMINATION by Gwendolyn Kiste UPPER CRUST by Michael Paul Gonzalez REDLESS by Annie Neugebauer A TOUCH OF MADNESS by Tim Waggoner PARADISUM VOLUPTATIS by Joanna Koch RADIX MALORUM by Sean Patrick Hazlett LACKERS by Leo X. Roberson WHY DO BIRDS SUDDENLY APPEAR? by Rajiv Moté DARJEELING by Syon Das MRSA ME by Alicia Hilton WHAT DID YOU DO TO THE CHILDREN? by David L Tamarin HAVE A HEART by Matthew V. Brockmeyer SWINGS AND SUSPENSIONS by D.A. Xiaolin Spires KIRTI by Alessandro Manzetti THE TEA AND SUGAR TRAIN by DEBORAH SHELDON SCREAMS FOR STARGIRL by Ben Pienaar QUEER WEATHER by Scáth Beorh

51 review for Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 5

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leo Robertson

    Yeeeeeeehaaaaaaa guess who has a story in this? It me!! I went from "Who's that" to "Year's Best" before your very eyes!! Living the absolute dream. (Maybe I should start my own online course to teach others how to do this. I'd just Skype you and say, "Read and type for a decade, okay good luck!") Oh and this is my first reprint sale! And with that payment I bought a hamburger! I bought a hamburger with my imagination!! The magic of literature is real, alive and well, everyone! :D So many great stor Yeeeeeeehaaaaaaa guess who has a story in this? It me!! I went from "Who's that" to "Year's Best" before your very eyes!! Living the absolute dream. (Maybe I should start my own online course to teach others how to do this. I'd just Skype you and say, "Read and type for a decade, okay good luck!") Oh and this is my first reprint sale! And with that payment I bought a hamburger! I bought a hamburger with my imagination!! The magic of literature is real, alive and well, everyone! :D So many great stories in this book, from insanely talented people around the world! So cool. Check out this book!!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    timj26

    One of my favourite series is back and better than ever The stories goddess of gallows, what did you do to the children, and the tea and sugar train are some of the best stories in the entire series Huge step up in narration and production quality this year compared to vol 4 Overall fans of the series or extreme horror in general are going to be happy with this offering I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine Dunne

    Thank you The tales are has different has night and day and I enjoyed that each one by Rings its own concept of horror and a touch of beauty they can't exist without each other. I look for your next collection with a sense of time please hurry five was not enough.Christine Dunne Harlingen Texas Thank you The tales are has different has night and day and I enjoyed that each one by Rings its own concept of horror and a touch of beauty they can't exist without each other. I look for your next collection with a sense of time please hurry five was not enough.Christine Dunne Harlingen Texas

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Sheldon

    What an eclectic mix! (I have a story in this anthology, which I'm leaving out of my review.) Thriller, torture, body horror and so much more. You never know what's coming...which makes this anthology all the more scary because you can't anticipate anything. Highly recommended. What an eclectic mix! (I have a story in this anthology, which I'm leaving out of my review.) Thriller, torture, body horror and so much more. You never know what's coming...which makes this anthology all the more scary because you can't anticipate anything. Highly recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Larsen

    Super messed up short stories! Just the way I like them!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Farrah

    𝙀𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙧𝙤𝙧 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 Some were really good, some were trying too hard, and some I would consider fantasy rather than horror. My favourites were - 𝙇𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙉𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙄𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙝𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙨𝙝 𝙃𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙡 𝙗𝙮 𝘿𝙪𝙖𝙣𝙚 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙡𝙚𝙮 𝘈 𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺'𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦. So obviously this story was racially charged but it was also funny. Not the embarrassing, cringy funny that some authors attempt, but genuinely humorous. 𝙐𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙧 𝘾𝙧𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙗𝙮 𝙈𝙞𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙚𝙡 𝙋𝙖𝙪𝙡 𝙂𝙤𝙣𝙯𝙖 𝙀𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙧𝙤𝙧 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 Some were really good, some were trying too hard, and some I would consider fantasy rather than horror. My favourites were - 𝙇𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙉𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙄𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙝𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙨𝙝 𝙃𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙡 𝙗𝙮 𝘿𝙪𝙖𝙣𝙚 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙡𝙚𝙮 𝘈 𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺'𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦. So obviously this story was racially charged but it was also funny. Not the embarrassing, cringy funny that some authors attempt, but genuinely humorous. 𝙐𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙧 𝘾𝙧𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙗𝙮 𝙈𝙞𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙚𝙡 𝙋𝙖𝙪𝙡 𝙂𝙤𝙣𝙯𝙖𝙡𝙚𝙨 𝘐𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘱𝘺, 𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭. Really this story was about the evils of greed and privilege. 𝙇𝙖𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙗𝙮 𝙇𝙚𝙤 𝙓 𝙍𝙤𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝘈 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘴. This story was purposely written in Cronenberg style and the author nailed it. 𝙃𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙖 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙗𝙮 𝙈𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙬 𝘽𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙢𝙚𝙮𝙚𝙧 𝘈 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘧𝘢𝘳𝘮 𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘰 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦. This story made me feel every possible emotion. Please only read this book if you are able to handle gore and disturbing content. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone under 18. One of the stories was so brutal that I skipped it. Because of that the publisher should have included a warning or age restriction.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fox

    I would have given this four stars similar to vol 3 that I read last year for having overall more good stories than bad ones but the story “What did you do to the children?” Was so bad it brought the whole book down a star. Contrary to what the author of that fecal smear of a story thinks I am not upset by the extreme lengths that they went to trying to shock their audience nor do I believe it should be banned or censored making them the great martyr for free speech that they ape themselves to b I would have given this four stars similar to vol 3 that I read last year for having overall more good stories than bad ones but the story “What did you do to the children?” Was so bad it brought the whole book down a star. Contrary to what the author of that fecal smear of a story thinks I am not upset by the extreme lengths that they went to trying to shock their audience nor do I believe it should be banned or censored making them the great martyr for free speech that they ape themselves to be in the author’s note. No I just found the story to be the most desperate and pathetic attempt at an attention grab I’ve seen this side of an ICP album. I feel dumber for having read it. Simply regurgitating swearing and body horror onto a transcript doesn’t make you a horror writer. Suspense, terror, and shining a spotlight on the parts of humanity and the world around us that we don’t want to look at is what makes you a horror writer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bryce Jenkins

  10. 5 out of 5

    Literary Lion

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lloyd

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lucia

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matt Hoyt

  15. 4 out of 5

    David Woodall

  16. 4 out of 5

    Clara

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marco Acebedo

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sunny

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brian Mcclain

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mike E. Walsh Jr.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Allan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Johanna McNamara

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Cullen

  25. 4 out of 5

    PATRICIA BURNS

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Stewart

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Thompson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hail Hydra! ~Dave Anderson~

  29. 4 out of 5

    Travis Davis

  30. 5 out of 5

    Randy

  31. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv Moté

  32. 5 out of 5

    Nick

  33. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Hilton

  34. 4 out of 5

    Annie Neugebauer

  35. 4 out of 5

    Syon Das

  36. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Derwin

  37. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Hortel

  38. 5 out of 5

    Jarod Barbee

  39. 4 out of 5

    Suz Jay

  40. 4 out of 5

    Tom Over

  41. 4 out of 5

    Marc

  42. 4 out of 5

    Janie C.

  43. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  44. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Alexander

  45. 4 out of 5

    Craig Tampin

  46. 5 out of 5

    Horror Guy

  47. 4 out of 5

    Marija

  48. 5 out of 5

    Erika Schoeps

  49. 5 out of 5

    CG

  50. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Stone

  51. 5 out of 5

    Jason Peverly

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