Narrator: Joe Hempel
Published by Comet Press on 01 June 2017
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
Source: Narrator, Submitted
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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This is an anthology of 21 terror-inducing stories by 21 authors and while some stories are shorter than others, their gruesomeness was no less. I was a bit lost in the first story – 55 Ways I’d Prefer Not to Die – as it seemed disjointed (I am assuming I missed that it was going to list in one or two sentences the horrible ways one can die).
While I enjoy (nay, LOVE) horror, I am not a huge fan of short stories; they prevent the listener from delving into the story deep enough. It’s like you are just getting into the story when it’s suddenly done. The Bed of Crimson Joy was definitely bloody and gruesome. I enjoyed “Out Hunting for Teeth, Little Sister – Little Brother and A Face in the Crowd” to name a few.
Definitely gruesome, horrific, graphic details and not something you want to listen to after dark or when alone! Trust me on this one! Each one was scary but each following one was just as scary if not scarier!
Joe Hempel did not add to the feeling of safety at all! His performance was versatile and carried just the right mixture to induce the feelings of terror and creepiness. His passion for horror is evident as there seemed to an undercurrent of pleasure in his performance – like the sound of someone who playing themselves or that is passionate about the subject.
A great combination of writers and narrator!
There were no issues with the audio quality or production of this audiobook.
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