Monday, June 23, 2014

MICHELE GARBER - WOMAN IN HORROR!



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Michele Garber is my Woman In Horror today! Michelle is an author who writes some great Splatterpunk. Some people's conceptions of the genre are flawed. Splatterpunk is a movement within horror, they say, which is graphic, gory,  and violent. Okay, so it is. What's wrong with that? But there is much more to it. Sometimes horror must be written at a certain level to tell the truth. That's what Splatterpunk does. Just as some readers prefer a more mild form of horror, and there is nothing wrong with that, others want what might be much more gruesome. Lest anyone degrade Splatterpunk authors, might I mention that Clive Barker, Jack Ketchum, Poppy Z. Brite, Joe R. Lansdale, and Richard Layman write in this genre. Michele is in great company here and holds her own very well.

Here is a book description and review for Splatterlands: Reawakening The Splatterpunk Revolution:

 

Book Description

October 2, 2013
WARNING! DO NOT ATTEMPT TO READ THIS BOOK IF YOU'RE UNWILLING TO CHALLENGE YOUR CONCEPT OF HORROR. NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART OR WEAK OF STOMACH, THIS BOOK WILL LEAVE YOU QUESTIONING EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT ABOUT EXTREME FICTION.

Almost three decades ago, a literary movement forever changed the landscape of the horror entertainment industry. Splatterlands: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution is a collection of personal, intelligent and subversive horror with a point. This illustrated volume of dark fiction honors the truly revolutionary efforts of some of the most brilliant writers of all time with an all-new collection of visceral, disturbing and thought-provoking work from a diverse group of modern minds.

Exploring concepts that include serial murder, betrayal, religious fanaticism, physical abuse, societal corruption, greed, mental instability, sexual assault and more, Splatterlands delivers on the promise of the original Splatterpunk movement with this collection of honest, intelligent and hyper-intensive horror with a point.



FEATURING:



HEIRLOOM by Michael Laimo
- After the death of her mother, Father is all Lucienne's got. But she's in competition for his affection with an antique rifle. Soon her admiration for the weapon becomes far greater than she imagined.



VIOLENCE FOR FUN AND PROFIT by Gregory L. Norris
- Economic collapse hurts everyone, except the greedy. For one newly-homeless it's a time to discover all-new talents. And they open doors to vicious and profitable opportunities.



EMPTY by A.A. Garrison
- Navigating the streets of a tortured, future city, a devoted wife will stop at nothing to help her husband regain his faith in religion. But, from the faithless, questionable gods require a dire payment.



AMPUTATIONS IN THE KEY OF D by Jack Maddox
- Danny is a rock star and charlatan. After a routine surgery changes his life, he discovers there's far more painful methods of finding one's true talent.



HOUSESITTING by Ray Garton
- A suburban housewife agrees to housesit for her neighbors when a routine visit to feed the pets changes her world forever. She soon realizes the definition of a horrifying secret.



DIS by Michele Garber
- Things aren't going well for Dr. Tony Weiss. He can't deal with his patients or his quadriplegic wife. Then there is the demon that escapes from his nightmares and enters his waking world.



DWELLERS by Paul M. Collrin
- During a fateful trip into the desert, a would-be prophet opens the schism between Heaven and Hell. He and his atheist partner soon become participants in terrifying battle over religion.



PARTY GUESTS by Chad Stroup
- Geoffrey seems like most young men. Some might say he's the life of the party. But he's very different. And he'll take you on a horrifying journey into mania that you won't soon forget.



THE VISCERA OF WORSHIP by Allen Griffin
- Inherent in all of us is the desire to belong. Searching for his place in the world, one man takes steps down a path into true darkness to find his ultimate purpose.



THE DEFILED by Christine Morgan
- On the run from their enemies, a group of vicious thieves and rapists seek refuge within a community of swamp dwellers. It isn't long before they realize their safety is anything but certain.



THE ARTIST by James S. Dorr
- There are countless mediums for an artist to choose to ply their trade. Vince is drawn to the unusual--creating masterpieces from slabs of meat. After all, isn't art intended to be shared?



A LETTER TO MY EX by J. Michael Major
- While on a trip to Paris there's a dire change of plans for divorced Alan and his nine-year-old daughter. It's only then that Alan pens the horrifying letter no parent wants to receive.



DEVIL RIDES SHOTGUN by Eric Del Carlo
- Joaquim Abito is a burned out cop who's seen all the horrors that humanity has to offer. Desperate to solve the difficult case of grisly murders, he enlists some help. But it's help that's frighteningly expensive.

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Grey Matter Press delivers with a delightfully disturbing anthology that will render you speechless. I can honestly say as a fan of horror for some thirty plus years I have never read anything quite like this anthology and regret not a moment of it." -- Dave Gammon, HORRORNEWS.NET

"Screams terror in degrees you've never thought you'd read in print; at least not in a single anthology! These stories take you to the very precipice of your comfort level and without mercy, push you over the edge!" -- HELLNOTES

"(This) new horror anthology from Grey Matter Press (is) both interesting and imaginative. (The) Splatterpunk genre gets new life with the collection of horror stories." -- PLAY WITH DEATH

"A growing band of horror fans believe that the purpose of this much-maligned genre is to push boundaries, if not smash them down with a sturdy axe. And this collection endeavours to do just that, exploring such controversial themes as religious fanaticism, physical and mental abuse, societal corruption and good old-fashioned serial killers." -- Christian Saunders, MORPHEUS TALES

"The stories in SPLATTERLANDS reinvent splatterpunk by adding the thing it once lacked...meat. Pun intended. These are well written works with interesting characters and PLOTS. A few were tough for me to get through because of the subject matter, but the writing itself kept me reading, even when I wanted to turn my head away in horror." -- Alicia Banks, HORROR NEWS NETWORK

"SPLATTERLANDS is a heck of a collection and one you should check out... These stories are full of things many people would find reprehensible and even blasphemous. If you can look past that, however, you're in for the ride of your life." -- HELLNOTES
5.0 out of 5 stars Embrace the darkest corners of horror October 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a fan of the two Splatterpunks short-story horror books, edited by Paul Sammon, from the 1990s, I was intrigued to learn on Twitter about the Splatterlands book. This new book is a collection of 13 short-stories that seek to resurrect the "splatterpunk" theme, to offer numerous disturbing, graphic, gory, and extreme horror tales. However, it is meant to be more than torture porn, intended to tell intriguing stories as well. Overall, it succeeds in its purpose, though these are not stories for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. They reach into your soul with a icy, steel claw and twist.

Of the collection, some of my favorites include:

Housesitting by Ray Garton: When you snoop, sometimes you see things you wish you could forget.
The Viscera of Worship by Allen Griffin: An eerie, graphic tale that reminds me of the fiendish works of Clive Barker.
The Defiled by Christine Morgan: A tale of ravaging Vikings who pay an ultimate price for trespassing into the wrong area.
A Letter To My Ex by J.Michael Major: Maybe the most disturbing story in the collection, the revenge of a scorned husband.

Horror should push boundaries and these tales take several giant steps past that threshold.
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Another great anthology Michele is in is The Grotesquerie:

Book Description

February 2, 2014
Twenty-two short horror stories written by women are here on display for your enjoyment or your perverse fascination. Within these pages, beauty becomes deadly, innocence kills, and karma is a harsh mistress.

The Grotesquerie is now open...
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 28, 2014
By Rreader
Format:Paperback
The Grotesquerie is a fine example of how women authors can leave you with chills on your skin and your spine a tingle. Oh, and you better leave a nightlight burning. ;) 
This is a great anthology written by some great women horror authors. Don't miss this one!


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Amazon bio:

Michele Garber grew up in northern Indiana, which should not be held entirely accountable for the products of her imagination. She earned her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and although quite close to finishing her doctorate, decided to take her own advice for a change and pursue her true and secret dream of being a writer. Her first published short story, "Tequila Sunset," appeared in the WAR OF THE WORLDS: FRONTLINES anthology by Northern Frights Publishing. You can also read her work in SPLATTERLANDS: REAWAKENING THE SPLATTERPUNK REVOLUTION by Grey Matter Press and THE GROTESQUERIE by Mocha Memoirs Press. Find out more about her at www.michelegarber.com.


I am very impressed with Michele's writing and hope she writes much more. Please, please?


Michele Garber is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob



Splatterlands: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution by Michael Laimo, Ray Garton, Gregory L. Norris and J. Michael Major (Oct 2, 2013)

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The Grotesquerie by Eden Royce (Feb 2, 2014)

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War of the Worlds: Frontlines (Wells Unleashed) by Camille Alexa, Brent Knowles, Harper Hull and Mark Onspaugh (Aug 29, 2010)

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