Saturday, April 18, 2015


Michele Garber is my Woman In Horror today! Michelle writes some great Splatterpunk. Wikipedia says "Splatterpunk refers to a movement within horror fiction distinguished by its graphic, often gory, depiction of violence and "hyperintensive horror with no limits."It is regarded as a revolt against the "traditional, meekly suggestive horror story". Splatterpunk has been defined as a "literary genre characterised by graphically described scenes of an extremely gory nature."

I guess one could say that this is true. No mamby-pamby stuff is included in Splatterpunk. I feel it certainly has a place in horror. Horror should not be limited to specific styles of writing. There is room for everything within our great genre. Truth be known, I even have a co-authored collection coming out this year which certainly fits in with what I just described.

Clive Barker, Jack Ketchum, Poppy Z. Brite, Joe R. Lansdale, and Richard Layman write in this sub-genre. Michele is in great company here and holds her own very well.

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I shamelessly stole this from  because I feel it describes Michele as I could never do. I hope she doesn't splatter me.

"First thing you should know about Michele–she doesn’t like third-person biographies. She prefers, or rather I prefer, to speak directly to you, my Fearless Reader!
When I read bios, I often think of the Little Prince, the title character of one of my most favorite books. Grown-ups love figures, and facts, and because I masquerade as an adult much of the time, I can give those to you.
I grew up in northern Indiana, studied psychology for quite a long time and earned degrees with impressive titles, acquiring an equally impressive amount of debt along the way. I also acquired a lovely husband, a cat, and a wonderful extended family, so I guess we can call that even. I live and work on the outskirts of St. Louis, a pretty cool town despite its reputation as “dangerous.” My work can be found in the War of the Worlds: Frontlines anthology by Northern Frights Publishing, Interpretations by Columbia Art League, and in Splatterlands: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution by Grey Matter Press. I’ve written a novel and am searching for an agent to take me on as I write another.
But I’d rather tell you that I prefer tulips to roses most of the time, like falling asleep to the sounds of a gentle rain, and am a cheese junkie. That I love writing and yet sometimes fear it, because it feels not like taking off my clothes, but like taking off my skin, my veins and muscles laid bare for everyone to see. That I routinely look up phrases like “getting your Mac on” to see exactly where the heck it came from, to most people’s amusement. The important stuff, in other words.
And if this isn’t enough of “me” for you, just read my work–you’ll get to know me. That much I can promise you. Thanks for journeying with me, Fearless Reader, through the dark and the light. I hope you enjoy the ride."

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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

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To the books!

Splatterlands: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution

Book Description

October 2, 2013

Almost three decades ago, a literary movement forever changed the landscape of the horror industry. SPLATTERLANDS 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, ground-breaking and hyper-intensive horror.


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.

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.

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.

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 to evangelize to a congregation of drug-addicted souls, 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
On the outside, Geoffrey seems like most young men. Some might say he’s the life of the party. But on the inside he’s very different. And he’ll take you on a horrifying journey into mania that you won’t soon forget.

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 in which 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.

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 that's frighteningly expensive.

Editorial Reviews


"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

From the Author

"In less than two years, Grey Matter Press has managed to establish itself as one of the premiere purveyors of horror fiction currently in existence via both a series of killer anthologies--SPLATTERLANDS (2013), OMINOUS REALITIES (2013), EQUILIBRIUM OVERTURNED (2014)--and John F.D. Taff's harrowing novella collection THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS (2014)." - FANGORIA

5.0 out of 5 stars Embrace the darkest corners of horror October 30, 2013
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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.

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and terrifying February 21, 2014
By Melen
Format:Kindle Edition
Usually when I read anthologies there's a story or two that I don't like. Not so with Splatterlands!

DEVIL RIDES SHOTGUN by Eric Del Carlo was my favorite out of this collection. It's a story about a cop who is willing to pay a high price for some help catching a particularly nasty killer (or artist?). Short stories tend to always leave me wanting more, due to the length, but this short was very satisfying.

THE DEFILED by Christine Morgan was disgusting in all it's glory. Easily my second favorite.

If you like reading authors such as Bentley Little, you'll like this. It's very graphic at points, which is the point really, but just a warning if you have a queasy stomach.
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Well, my friends, this is one hell-of-a book! There are no punches held back. Boundaries are pushed aside and nothing is held sacred. In short: this anthology is a must read!

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War of the Worlds: Frontlines ( Wells Unleashed Book 1 )

Book Description

August 29, 2010
War of the Worlds: Frontlines is an anthology inspired by the classic HG Wells novel The War of the Worlds. For this collection, we asked for stories that revolved around aliens and human beings in conflict. As we put it, "...we realize that wars between man and alien could be fought on many fronts, and in many ways. Feel free to send stories that span time, space, and genres." What we have put together is a collection of stories that are touching, amazing, and horrific (sometimes all at once!).

War of the Worlds: Frontlines contains 23 stories by some of the small press's more established authors, including 2010 Stoker nominated Edward Morris, Anthony, Darrel, and Pushcart finalist James S. Dorr, and Writers of the Future winner Brent Knowles (3rd quarter, 2009). Additionally, prolific horror writer Eric S. Brown, the "King of the Zombies" was graceful enough to write a forward for the anthology, as his mash-up novel War of the Worlds plus Blood, Guts, and Zombies (Coscom Entertainment) was recently picked up by Simon and Shuster for national distribution.

Back cover text:

No one would have believed that in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched... These words marked the beginning of H.G. Well's classic science fiction novel The War of the Worlds...and marked the end of man's child-like belief that we are alone in the universe. Published in 1898, The War of the Worlds is one of the greatest works of science fiction ever written, and it cemented H.G. Wells' legacy as a founding father of science fiction. A 1938 radio play by Orson Welles caused mass panic when it hit the airwaves, and frankly we haven't been able to trust aliens ever since.
Here now, are bold new visions of Alien and Human conflicts on many different fronts, including: A man scours a distant world searching for something right under his nose...Two children terrorized by their own mother find an unlikely saviour...Giant war machines find love and more at the end of the world...A harmless looking birthday gift is really a portal to humanity's doom...

War of the Worlds: Frontlines contains stories by:

Michael Scott Bricker, Camilla Alexa, Vincent L. Scarsella, Sheila Crosby, Gerard Daniel Houarner, David Steffen, Mark Onspaugh, Bruce Golden, RJ Sevin, Kristen Lee Knapp, Harper hull, Auston Habershaw, Brent Knowles, Michele Garber, Gary Cuba, Michael Penkas, JW Schnarr & John Sunseri, Mike Baretta, Edward Morris, Jodi Lee, Victorya, James S. Dorr and Davin Ireland.

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Collection Fitting Homage to HG Wells September 6, 2010
By Vance
This is a group of well-written interesting stories tied together by the idea of alien invasion. Meant to honor the tradition of Wells' War of the World, most of the stories in this collection deliver. Michael Scott Bricker opens with a wistful view of post-Martian invasion in his story, "After Welles." "Weird Fruits," by Camilla Alexa is a frightening view of doppels taking over human counterparts reminescent of the body snatchers genre. Vincent L. Scarsella's "Killers," presents a horrific world in which humans are on the run from extraterrestial conquerers and their "killers" - humans put to work in killing their own kind in order to remain alive - with a surprise, chilling ending. "The Virus of Memory," by Gerard Daniel Houarner is another subtle, chilling tale about aliens known as "swarms." Other notable stories include accomplished sci-fi author, Bruce Golden's "Common Time," about an alien musician, "Usher" by Davin Ireland, and many others to make this anthology well worth it's purchase price. Hats off to editor JW Schnarr for another entertaining collection. 
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff But... January 10, 2014
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Moat of the stories in this book are very good and very enjoyable but, IMHO, very few of them seemed to have anything in common with "The War Of The Worlds". So, I think they missed the mark in that respect but otherwise it's an excellent collection of sci-fi short stories that you'll enjoy. Check it out. 
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I love science fiction tales, so this is a great read for me. I'm not exactly one to believe visitors from outer space will be looking out for our best interests either. Read this great collection and see if you don't agree with me.
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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
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. ;) 
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories August 4, 2014
By Kim
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Original writers. Quick fun reads.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great creepy stuff! November 11, 2014
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The variety of horror in this anthology is fun. Some stories subtly lead you into darkness until you realize things are going south, others push you in right away. I'm not a big horror reader and these tales are why. I'll need to get over the creeps before I sample more! 
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The fans love this book! Check it out!
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Well, I believe we have to agree that Michele is rather eclectic with her great horror stories. That is the mark of a great author.

Today is Michel's birthday. Happy birthday, Michele!

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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War of the Worlds: Frontlines (Wells Unleashed Book 1) by Camille Alexa, Brent Knowles, Harper Hull and Mark Onspaugh (Aug 29, 2010)


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