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Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2 Audiobook

Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2

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Publisher's Summary

Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2.

Not your mama's best-of horror annual.

This year brings 22 more in-your-face stories that break boundaries and trash taboos, 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. Some of these quieter tales offer the listener some time to recover from the more disturbing ones preceding.

Table of Contents

Michael 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"

Full list of authors includes: Stephanie M. Wytovich, Paolo Di Orazio, Sarah L. Johnson, Adam Cesare, Michael A. Arnzen, Jeremy Thompson, Stefanie Elrick, Eric LaRocca, Wrath James White, Tim Miller, Bryan Smith, Tim Waggoner, Alessandro Manzetti, and Jasper Bark

©2017 Comet Press (P)2017 Comet Press

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    Daman 07-11-17
    Daman 07-11-17 Member Since 2016

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "Horror at its finest collection"
    Where does Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great horror trilogy with a unique cast of characters and impeccable narration.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Hempel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Strong, commanding performance as always from Joe.


    Any additional comments?

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."<br/>

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Geoff 07-10-17
    Geoff 07-10-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Great overall"
    Any additional comments?

    These collections from Comet are great listens. Look forward to the next one. Hope to hear Adam Howe in the next volume.

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    Paul Freund 06-24-17
    Paul Freund 06-24-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a retired educator. I have spent a lifetime serving the disabled. I currently volunteer in areas where my life's lessons can be shared.

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    "Hardcore Plus"
    What did you like best about this story?

    While some of the titles were a bit over the edge, none of them were shocking. I enjoyed most of the short stories. None of the had the time to build a real momentum of suspense.


    What does Joe Hempel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Joe Hempel did a was very good and at times had a real opportunity to express the feelings of the story. His limitation was the material itself. Some of it lacked the substance to allow express.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found part very interesting, but personally, compilations just do not give me time to get into a storyline. I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.


    Any additional comments?

    Short stories I found extremely interesting were "The Field" By Marvin Brown, "Redo" by Alexandra Renwick, "The Girl Who Loved Bruce Campbell by Christa Carmen.

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    willee 06-19-17
    willee 06-19-17
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    "Good Anthology"

    This is one of the good anthologies around but enjoyed volume 1 more. It does contain disturbing, sexual, gore, bizarre and even a ghost. It was hard to choose one favorite one as I could pick out several and leave that for you to decide. I always enjoy Tim Miller, Adam Cesare, and Byran Smith and found a couple more authors I’m going to check out Recommend to anyone who enjoys short horror stories. . I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-18-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Not sure if its really my cup of tea?"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Joe Hempel?

    Hmmm hard to say since its a ton of different authors. The Narrator was decent, could have used a little more feeling when telling the stories. S


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Bunch of different stories. Some good, some not so good. Though I would definitely put the first story somewhere else than the beginning of the book. Wasn't a fan of the style and it was hard to get through.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Joe Hempel?

    He was a decent narrator, needed a bit more acting out of characters though in my opinion.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would be one hell of a dark anthology. Not sure I would. I don't mind gore or violence in books, but some of this just felt like it was to shock the listener. I didn't feel scared or creeped out really.


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    Lomeraniel Spain 06-14-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 06-14-17
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    "All the right ingredients for any horror fan"

    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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    Jen Hansen Cedar Bluff, Virgina 06-09-17
    Jen Hansen Cedar Bluff, Virgina 06-09-17

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    "Worth the listen"

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

    Although NSFW, this book was fun. Each story gave different outlooks and with it being different authors there is something for everyone. It has a few triggers, and so when it says not for the faint of heart it meant it. My favorite had to be Mother Nature. It was a fantastic look at human evolution.
    If you like blood violence sex creepy things, it's worth reading.

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    Christine Newton 07-15-17
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    "Mixed bag of horror stories"
    Any additional comments?

    With such a large volume of short stories, it's inevitable that readers will enjoy some more than others. Also, as the editors explain in their forward, the definitions of 'hardcore' and 'horror' are different for everyone. Thus, there were a number of stories in this collection that I didn't find appealing because they didn't meet my personal definition of either of those terms.<br/><br/>I'm ambivalent, also, about the other part of the title: 'Volume 2'. I think, subconsciously, that I'm predisposed to like this stories slightly less because they didn't make it into 'Volume 1' --- a part of me figures that the cream of the crop is in Volume 1 and these are the 'B-side' stories that didn't make the final cut. That's unfortunate, because sometimes the B-sides are just as good as the A-sides (I'm thinking of Pink Floyd's album 'The Final Cut' which, I've heard, includes songs that weren't considered to be good enough to be added to 'The Wall'. Ironic, because many of my favourite Pink Floyd songs are from 'The Final Cut'.)<br/><br/>My favourites in this collection were "The Field", "Redux", "Little Sister, Little Brother", and "Bed of Crimson Joy". I also liked "Ownership", but I think I would have liked it better if it were a longer story. That way, I could understand the characters, the supernatural context, and the significance of the missing book better. Also, in terms of negotiating safe, sane, and consensual bdsm scenes, I've always had the understanding that there's a difference between a hard limit and a soft limit. In this story, one of the characters calls something a hard limit even though it turns out to be a soft limit. The main character ignored the hard limit and the submissive character allowed the scene to proceed anyway. A very minor thing, but it actually was what turned me off most about the story.<br/><br/>I've listened to other audiobooks narrated by Joe Hempel before and typically enjoy his narration. However, I didn't think this was one of his better projects. Some of his pronunciations were off (for example, I always thought that "Redux" was supposed to be pronounced as "re-ducks", not "re-do"). Also, some of his character voices weren't especially effective for me in this audiobook. I'll definitely listen to him again in the future, based on my enjoyment of some of his other audiobooks.<br/><br/>I provided my opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publishers.

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    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 07-13-17
    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 07-13-17

    I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.

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    "Lots of Creepy Stories, NO SPOILER REVIEW"

    Collections are always nice because they give me the chance to tune into authors that perhaps I don't know. This is a nice collection of creepy stories written by a variety of authors. I recommend this for anyone that enjoys horror and wants to find new horror writers to enjoy. It's also a great way to commit to listening to a new writer without getting into a 10 hour book. These stories are short with a little something to please any fan of horror.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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    eris 07-13-17
    eris 07-13-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Some solid stories in a field of blood and guts."
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the idea of getting into an anthology of horror stories, that might resemble movies or shows from years gone by. I will say some of these were either interesting and some were good, but on the other end there were definitely quite a few i didn't click with at all. The most interesting stories to me were : "The Girl Who Loved Bruce Campbell" by Christa Carmen, "Please Subscribe" by Adam Cesare, "Redux" by Alexandra Renwick, and "Little Sister, Little Brother" by Sarah L. Johnson. I also thought "A Face in the Crowd" by Tim Waggoner was really interesting, and "Backne" byTim Miller was wonderfully gross. As for the things I found less than enthralling other than maybe not connecting to some of the stories would be the order. I thought "55 Ways I'd Prefer Not to Die" by Michael A. Arnzen was not the best way to start the book, even though once you read the whole book it is book ended by poetry. I still feel it is not a great hook into the book. I personally didn't get into any of the stories till about halfway through the book, so from my perspective the placement of other stories might have made the whole book flow better for me, but that is totally subjective.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favorite?

    I think he did a great job, and this is a hell of an undertaking to try and pursue. As a fan of Ash I liked his portrayal of die hard fan Kartya and thought he did an overall good job on all the stories.


    Could you see Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I can definitely see some of the shorts from this being on an anthology horror show on maybe a network like HBO or Showtime, but there are quite a few I think would not be making it onto any tv show.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt conflicted when writing this review up. I am not super versed in the world of the anthology horror in the written format. I have previously only read a handful of them, like Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk and a few others, but with those they were all the same author doing all of the shorts. You know generally what you are in for in that case, if you are a fan of the author. So going into this threw me for a loop from story to story. I generally listened to one or two shorts at a time. Some authors writing styles and stories clicked for me and some did not. I think if they had moved some of these stories around it would have had a better ebb and flow. Overall I think it is worth checking out if you like morose tales, and the dark side of short stories.. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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