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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

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  • Chad G.
  • 09-14-18

Simply not as good as volume 1

I really really enjoyed volume 1....Nearly every story was a hit

I ended up skipping a fair few of these stories in volume 2 half way through just down to simple boredom

This was far less shocking than the first too

This is defo the B side of stories

Very let down :(

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  • Cannibal
  • 10-26-17

If you’re a sensitive wee flower with a nervous disposition... move along. Nothing to see here!

On the other hand... if you’re a depraved fiend like me, look no further for your next read. Packed with explicit sex, offensive language and Themes. Plus plenty of gratuitous violence. It does just as advertised on the box. Both volumes, 1 and 2, are equally capable of scratching even the deepest horror itch.
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  • 04-29-18

Mostly Good

I discovered this one on the Goodreads app and decided to give it a try. I enjoyed it for the most part, although there were a couple of stories which were a little over the top for my tastes. Ironically, the longest stories on this collection are the best.

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