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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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    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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    Rabid Reader 06-19-17
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    "Graphic and gritty"

    This is a eclectic mix of short hard core horror stories and poems. It is gritty, graphic, gruesome and often disturbing. From demons into BDSM, graphic dismemberment, serial killers, gross fae and alien invaders; these no holds barred tales from a variety of authors will appeals to the hard core loves. Even though I found some of the tales were a bit much for my tastes, the great narration kept me listening. Hempel did a great job of entertaining and definitely brought the horror of these 21 tales to life.

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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!!

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The Lovely Rod Adelaide, South Australia 06-12-17
    The Lovely Rod Adelaide, South Australia 06-12-17

    I suffer an Audio Addiction & professionally review audiobooks for 2 sites. I've been a professional reviewer for 30+ years. Please enquire!

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    "Putting the 'gross' in 'engrossing'!"

    This anthology of short horror stories comprises 21 tales by 21 authors, with contributor Stephanie M Wytovich being selected for an additional entry of six selected poems from her earlier work, Brothel.

    The collection focusses on graphic action and gore more than tension or atmosphere. In fact, there was very few edge-of-your-seat moments but that’s not to discount the fact that they put the gross into engrossing. Highlights include, but are certainly not limited to Tim Miller’s Backne, a disgusting short story about an infectious outbreak; Paolo Di Orazio’s The Contract, a sexually sick peek at fairies, lust and family; Kozmic Blues, a story of cannibalism by Alessandro Manzetti; and the supernatural Redux by Alexandra Renwick, which tells of Peter, a man who discovers just how much he enjoys murdering the same woman over and over again.

    Despite the apparent singular aim to be grotesque, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2 succeeds in offering a good variety of styles and place, including William Grabowski Out Hunting for Teeth, a sample of bizarro fiction set in Japan.

    The opening tale of 55 Ways I'd Prefer Not to Die by Michael A Arnzen was perhaps not the best way to open an anthology but it was curious enough to keep one’s attention. Rather than a narrative, Arnzen offers a shopping list of quirky and bizarre way to die with a sentence about what happens in each scenario.

    Some of the tales are extremely short while others help push the length of the collection to over 12 hours of listening. Most entries also include a brief author’s note at the end of each.
    There’s a rising fad in audiobooks of using multiple narrators to represent the different viewpoints of characters. It works a treat and an anthology series such as this could benefit greatly from different voices to separate out each story, particularly when listening in short bursts. Multiple readers would help break up the contributions, even if only using two alternating readers.

    Joe Hempel is a prolific audiobook narrator and one of my current favourites. In fact, you can read my reviews of some of his other audiobook narrations (particularly in the horror genre) on my audiobook review site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com. Hempel is consistently excellent and he is no different here, with my criticism above being a directorial decision rather than a comment on Hempel’s skills. He’s particularly adept in the horror genre and never fails to set the mood and read fantastical text with the sincerity needed to draw you into the moment. As always, he’s absolutely convincing in his narrative, no matter how grotesque or absurd the action becomes.

    With so many notable contributors to Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2, I won’t list all the remaining author’s here. They are already listed on Audible’s product page, although not in the correct running order. Kudos to editors Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax for putting it all together however.

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

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    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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    JessTexan 06-12-17
    JessTexan 06-12-17
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    "Need a better there narrator."

    I didn't like the narrator. Was hard to listen to the stories. Was like listening to a news castor.
    He was just reading the written words.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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