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Posted April 4, 2014
If you’re bored by the teenage-oriented torture porn of modern day horror movies and you’ve reread your favorites in the genre until you’ve committed them to memory, do yourself a favor and read this anthology. It’s fresh. It’s intimate. It challenges you to consider what you value most. It taps into that dark, universal fear that lives inside of every human. It forces you to recall the depth and breadth of your emotions.
If you have experienced the real-life horror of watching helplessly and exhaustedly while a loved one suffered or you have been the one to drop through a black hole of despair or you simply want to know that someone else has seen your demons, you will find what you are looking for in these pages.
I faced my terror and found my solace in:
“True Horror” by Lori Michelle
“The Nightly Disease” by Max Booth III
“Unwoven” by Tim Waggoner
“The Funeral Portrait” by Christian A. Larsen
“Fight” by Jay Wilburn
“Slippery Love” by April Hawks
When you’ve finished reading your favorite stories from this anthology, go hug your sons and daughters; kiss your parents and grandparents; send a note to your close friends and anyone else you love. And know that you are not alone.
Posted October 21, 2013
How do you feel about cancer? Have you ever really thought about it? Have you, God forbid, had to experience it? If someone asked you to illustrate it or describe it--if someone asked you to put a face on it--what would cancer look like?
Pick up a copy of Bleed; a scary-as-hell charity anthology benefiting kids with cancer, and you'll get a vivid picture of just how terrifying it can be.
The contributing authors paint a sobering picture of the horror of the disease--perhaps not in the realism of the stories, but in the emotion fueling them. If you are a fan of the macabre, there's plenty to love: eerie things lurking beyond the surface, zombie cannibalism, murderous plot twists and an underlying sense of creepiness that spans throughout the anthology. Some of the stories build with a ominous foreboding; others hit you with a gut punch out of nowhere allowing no chance for preparation--again, like the disease they personify.
But the scariest elements are found in the authors' personal stories. The short bios preceding each entry detail their own experiences with cancer. It is in those stories--especially the introductory essay by editor Lori Michelle--that we see the true picture of how terrifyingly brutal the fight against this unseen enemy can be (fangs or tentacles may be easier to deal with). But we cheer just as hard for these real-life characters--these heroes--as the protagonists in the fiction. And their triumphs are better than anything any author can dream up.
Buy a copy of Bleed, enjoy some great stories and help some kids. There's no way to go wrong here.
Posted August 27, 2013
Fantastic collection of short stories, poems and essays. For all you horror fans out there don't miss the chance to enjoy some great reading and help out a worthy cause at the same time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.