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Review: HYSTERIA by Stephanie M. Wytovich

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , on August 22, 2013 by Scott Emerson


Stephanie M. Wytovich delivers a powerhouse knockout with this debut collection of dark verse. Deftly weaving Gothic sensibilities and pop culture savvy, HYSTERIA offers an unflinching glimpse into the disorienting, frightening, and often hellish worlds of the mentally unstable. Wytovich’s poems–or “patients,” as she frequently presents them here–are blunt and visceral, consistently breathtaking in their convincing portrayal of madness and macabre beauty, rendered vivid in Wytovich’s rich imagery and voice.

HYSTERIA is a collection of immense talent and promise. Highly recommended.

Order your copy from Raw Dog Screaming Press here.


Review: Vegan Zombie Apocalypse by Wol-vriey

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2013 by Scott Emerson


(Full disclosure: Wol-vriey is a fellow Burning Bulb author, having been published alongside me in the anthologies Westward Hoes and The Big Book of Bizarro, and BB editor Rich Bottles Jr. gave me a copy for review.)

Those looking for the standard Romero-esque “Lock the doors, the zombies are coming!” story will want to search elsewhere; you certainly will not find what you want here. But if you’re jonesing for a new, fiercely imaginative, and disturbingly erotic take on the living dead, Vegan Zombie Apocalypse will provide a rich feast.

In the future, zombies are unable to consume flesh, and must use human bodies to harvest blood potatoes for sustenance. That’s all the further I’ll describe the plot, as most of the fun in VZA is discovering the myriad twists and twisted concepts Wol-vriey whips out. Not content to merely turn well-worn zombie tropes on their head, Wol-vriey creates a staggeringly bizarre sf landscape peppered with memorable characters, breakneck action scenes, and enough deviant sex to stuff a dozen books. (Seriously, Wol-vriey devised some sick-erotica scenarios that boggled even my jaded mind; I loved it.)

A taste for bizarro is probably required (by the third act Wol-vriey’s throwing out so many insane developmentsnt that the book threatens to go off the rails), but adventurous readers with a fondness for weird sex will find Vegan Zombie Apocalypse a rare treat.

Amazon currently has this on sale. Get your copy here.

Now Available: Poetry from the Grave

Posted in Books, Writing with tags , , , , , on November 9, 2012 by Scott Emerson

POETRY FROM THE GRAVE, a new anthology of zombie poems compiled by Rhonda Kachur of Dollar Bin Horror, is now available for most e-reader formats. Featuring 19 authors including Michael McCarty, Eric Polk, and Seven L. Cooper, as well as my new poem “Habit.” And it’s FREE.

Get your copy here:

Beavis & Butt-head: The Shocking Origin?

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on October 7, 2012 by Scott Emerson

I don’t know if Mike Judge ever divulged where the character designs of B&B came from, but taking a look at the above image I’m tempted to assume the 1959 creature cheapie THE MONSTER FROM PIEDRAS BLANCAS served some inspiration.

Review: Trolley No. 1852 by Edward Lee

Posted in Bizarro Brigade, Books, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on July 14, 2012 by Scott Emerson

(Review for Bizarro Brigade.)

In 1934, a cash-strapped H.P. Lovecraft receives an unusual invitation to submit a brand-new story to a clandestine group of literary enthusiasts. There’s only one requirement–the story must be pornographic. Tired of subsisting on cold beans, Lovecraft accepts the request, weaving his penchant for otherworldly beings into a tale of a trolley-bound bordello racing through the bowels of New York where sex acts that defy description occur.

With TROLLEY NO. 1852 Lee delivers the kind of pulpy, visceral story that helped earn him the King of Hardcore Horror crown, told in a fine facsimile of Lovecraft’s verbose, rococo style (and it’s easy to imagine his glee in describing the kinds of scenarios the man from Providence never could’ve gotten away with). His way of filtering Loveraft’s sweeping cosmic terrors through his own sensibilities should make this a treat for fans of either author, as there’s no shortage of surreal imagery and aberrant sex. TROLLEY is a thrilling pulp-era homage with plenty of bite.

Review: Just Like Hell by Nate Southard

Posted in Bizarro Brigade, Books, Writing with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2012 by Scott Emerson

(Review for Bizarro Brigade.)

High-school football phenom Dillon has been keeping his homosexuality a secret as an act of social survival, but when his teammates discover the same-sex romance he’s been having he finds himself literally fighting for his life; kidnapped and bound in a remote cabin by his so-called friends, Dillon and his lover are trapped in a cruel prank that quickly escalates into a night-long ordeal of shocking violence.

JUST LIKE HELL mines the same vein of intimate, disturbing horror of such works as Ketchum’s THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, rendered stark and vivid in Southard’s straightforward prose. This compact novella races at a rapid clip, upping the deadly ante before the characters (or its readers) can catch their breath. With its violence and virulently homophobic antagonists it’s a sometimes difficult story but also a resonant one, and Southard does a fine job fleshing out his cast in a limited space so that we really get to know these people (even the unpleasant ones).

A well-executed slice of extreme horror that reminds us that the scariest monster is always man.

Review: Like Porno for Psychos by Wrath James White

Posted in Bizarro Brigade, Books, Writing with tags , , , , , on July 12, 2012 by Scott Emerson

(Review for Bizarro Brigade.)

With this collection Wrath James White peels back the scabs on modern society to reveal the raw, seeping putrescence underneath. This is not comfort reading or something to unwind with after a stressful day; this is an unflinching portrait of mankind at its lowest, which White bravely and accurately details with painstaking precision.

In ten stories and two poems White presents enough murder, necrophilia, sexual extremism, and self-mutilation to reel the mind of the average reader (though it’s a safe bet anyone opening this book’s beautifully grotesque cover can’t be considered “average”) with his no-holds-barred, striaght-to-the-gut style. Happy endings are few and far between in the world White depicts, yet he often gives us an understanding of people and places we’d never dare visit on our own.

LIKE PORNO FOR PSYCHOS comes in at a mere 87 pages, though after ingesting the stories within it becomes apparent that the abbreviated page count is an act of mercy (one of the few offered here). The book can be a bitter pill to swallow, but as life often teach us, the most valuable lessons are the most painful.