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). 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.
Join four of today's best horror authors as they take you on a journey through dark lands and evil minds: An unfortunate prostitute joins a freak show to get away from her sordid past only to find that death follows her everywhere. A cooking show host is targeted by a jealous chef who wields a sharp blade and a supernatural grudge. A family man is given a choice by a deadly stranger to decide between love or survival. A former lover enlists the help of a shaman to find his kidnapped girlfriend in a land of mystical demons and gods.
When virgin warrior Braga learns from a cross-cult sorcerer that Fate has chosen her to steal the sword of a rogue angel, she lights out on a dangerous quest from mystical Hag Mountain to other worlds, and even into the bowels of hell. With her soul in the balance, she and the mist-walking sorcerer encounter all manner of damned souls, demons, the living dead, and noble fighters.