Excerpt from the introduction:
Editors Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax put the call out to horror writers and editors of extreme stories, the hardcore stuff that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos, the transgressive tales you can't "unread" (as Chuck Palahniuk says). We staked out our territory and nailed this to the wall to guide us:
Year's Best Hardest Horror
Not your mama's best-of horror annual.
This stuff comes from the edge of the abyss,
stories you read at your own risk
because you feel the abyss looking right back into you
through the tainted lens of each twisted tale.
Some of the stories you'll find here are loaded with very graphic descriptions of violence, sex, and depravities, while others may contain only one shocking moment of brutality. In others, the hardcore aspect may be less graphic and subtler than you might expect. Some of these quieter tales offer the listener some time to recover from the more disturbing ones preceding.
Most of the stories collected here are from small and specialty press anthologies, with a few from periodicals, like the prestigious Splatterpunk Zine in the UK and Thuglit here in the US. Bizarro is also represented with a couple of tales from the unlikely anthology Blood for You: A Literary Tribute to GG Allin from Weirdpunk Books. (If you're not familiar with the late GG Allin, you can find snippets from some of his outrageous and obscene punk shows online, which will increase your appreciation of those two tales.)
So for now, forget about that neighbor you suspect is a serial killer, don't worry about the drunk driver that could take you out on your next trip to the store, push those troubling news stories to the back of your mind, and immerse yourself in the imaginary horrors at hand.
But don't be surprised if you sense something dark staring back at you from between the lines. That is to be expected when you enter these forbidding realms. With any luck, you may find something useful to help you survive the approaching Apocalypse.
©2016 Comet Press (P)2016 Comet Press
I love audiobooks!!!
I'm a big fan of extreme horror, and these are some of the most vile and disgusting stories I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. I actually had to space this out over several days because some of the conjured imagery was so nasty. Super happy with the narration. A lot of times,anthologies have different narrators for each story, and sometimes it's appropriate, but in this case, I'm glad they stuck with just one.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
This book has it all for horror fans. It's not for the faint of heart. Great collection of stories which define the depths of craziness. Great job by Joe as always.
Yes, it really got me through long drives to work with great ease.
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As anthologies go for hardcore horror, this is one of the better ones. Because of the intense subject matter, it's best if digested in small, bite-sized (body) parts! Are all the stories killers? No, but the ratio of "OMG!" reactions to "meh" or "yawn" is very high. If you don't like taboo-breaking defilement of bodies (not dead, near-dead, or dead) and graphic, in-your-face descriptions of oozing or spewing bodily fluids in all forms, you best avoid this book. The narration is fine and never detracts from the stories. I look forward to Volume 2.
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High among favorites.
The Downtown Dixonville Dismemberer.
The same answer to the previous question.
Enjoyable and exciting to listen to.
Dedicated Audible reader - love the average apocalyptic dystopian horror story!
All in all this was a very well done collection of short story horror. The narration was well done too. For me, the strong sexual narratives were a bit over the top, but each story appealed to me in some way. That in itself is not common. I enjoyed the fresh perspective brought out by these writers. Some stories completely original, others had excellent twist on existing themes such as zombie apocalypse. I would recommend this collection to anyone who likes this genre especially in short story. Well done.
I love audio books.
At first I thought I wouldn't like the format of a series of short stories. Boy, was I wrong. That is exactly what I liked most about this book. I could finish a story while finishing the dishes and be ready for the next one tomorrow. Perfect! The stories are all different and run the gamut from bizarre to completely gruesome.
Joe Hempel breathed life into each and every one of the characters. The stories weren't just narrated, but performed. It was like listening to an old radio show; I absolutely loved his work. I would listen to his books any day!
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I successfully scared myself again. Excellent collection of horror stories written by several horror writers. I recommend this audiobook who love this genre.
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It's taken a bit of time to get this review out because I had to stop between stories... often. This has a bit of everything. Horror in fear, to the horror of disgusting vileness. Supernatural, apocalyptic and way to real. All there. A story for every (dis)taste. IMO, some stories were very engrossing and others were just gross. LOL.
Joe Hempel is very talented and does an outstanding job.
If edge-hanging horror is your genre, don't miss this large selection of shorts!!
I have this book all 5 starts because the story and performance exceeded my expectation. This book does discuss death, gore and sex. I do not recommend this book to children but an adult horror fan will love it. It's pretty raunchy.
I come away from this book with a mixed review. Some of the stories are terrific, gory, interesting and left an impression in my mind later on. Others I didn't find interesting at all and found my mind wandering while listening. It's definitely a different kind of book which horror fans will enjoy.
Joe Hempel is a great narrator. His performance is good on many of the stories. He is clear, articulate and changes his voice up in different stories. He also changes up the tempo.
*There is alot of cussing and graphically gory scenes in these stories
For fans of horror definitely a good buy. Range of story's covering a vast array of topics but all equally harrowing. Not for the faint of heart
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