Friday, August 5, 2016


Do you enjoy raw-boned horror from some of the best authors in the genre? Fresh Fear is for you. A number of my favorite authors are in this superb collection. Pick up your copy now. You'll be glad you did!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

FRESH FEAR: An Anthology of Macabre Horror* is a collection of horror from some of the genre's best writers of dark fiction.

In the introduction, a selection from W.J. Renehan's The Art of Darkness: Meditations on the Effect of Horror Fiction, we are reminded that, "Horror serves to reconnect us with our primal selves, provides temporary respite from the droning conditions of modern life."

With over 450 pages, Fresh Fear is packed with stories written by both masters and up-and-coming maestros of the horror genre. Tales steeped in psychological horror sit alongside visions of strange worlds and fantastical landscapes drenched in blood. 'Quiet horror' sits comfortably next to more visceral portrayals of the monsters that lurk deep within the human heart. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famously once said, "where there is no imagination there is no horror" - the horror expressed by the authors in Fresh Fear show that imagination is indeed tantamount to excellent story-telling.

Prepare yourself for 28 tales of fear-inducing horror from some of today's best authors of dark fiction.


Scathe meic Beorh – God of the Wind
Robert Dunbar – High Rise
Ramsey Campbell – Welcomeland
Lily Childs – Strange Tastes
Lincoln Crisler – Nouri and the Beetles
Jack Dann – Camps
Thomas Erb – Spencer Weaver Gets Rebooted
Brandon Ford – Scare Me
Carole Gill – Raised
Lindsey Beth Goddard – The Tooth Collector
JF Gonzalez – Love Hurts
Dane Hatchell – ‘takers
Charlee Jacob – Inside the Buzzword Box
K Trap Jones – Demon Eyed Blind
Tim Jones – Protein
James Ward Kirk – Block
Roy C Booth & Axel Kohagen – Just Another Ex
Shane McKenzie – So Much Death
Shaun Meeks – Perfection Through Silence
Adam Millard – The Incongruous Mr Marwick
Christine Morgan – Nails of The Dead
Billie Sue Mosiman – Verboten
Chantal Noordeloos – The Door
Don Noble – Psych
WH Pugmire – Darkness Dancing in Your Eyes
William Todd Rose – The Grave Dancer
EA Irwin – Justice through Twelve Step
Anna Taborska – Out of the Light

*WARNING: R 18+ - Contains graphic scenes of violence and psychological horror. Not suitable for younger readers.


Psychological Horror
Fantasy Horror
Dark Fiction
Literary Horror
Genre Fiction
Horror Anthology
Modern Gothic Horror
Contemporary Horror
Adult Horror Fiction

Format: Paperback
This collection has a powerful kick of horror. Many well know names come together with Fresh new stories and gives the reader a fear of what may be around the next corner.

God of the Winds by Scathe meic Beorh I'm in need of more by this author. He has a great ability of storytelling. Very poetic and visualizing. This story is a powerful Indian mythology twist a must read....."Enter The Flesh House"

Strange Taste by Lily Childs What are you eating tomorrow night or tonight for a midnight snack. Let this author but a taste in your mouth. A cannibalism twist that will have you drooling for more of its find writing taste.

Nouri and The Beetles by Lincoln Crisler This is the second story I have came across by this man. I'm not sure which one I liked the best....I also have his novel "Skin Jumper" to dive into as well. As for this piece AMAZING! "Eat the heart and gain the strength, in this case its fight for beauty. Digging skin deep should be enough"

High Rise by Robert Dunbar A sexual ghost story and a brother determination to make this ghost see the light. Interesting read.

So Much Pain, So Much Death by Shane McKenzie Instead of death knocking on your door. How bout death ticking in your skull? And the only thing that can stop it is buried six feet deep. A gorey spectacular read!!

Psych by D.F. Noble Noble opens up the doors to psych ward where the tunes are heard through the vents. A physiatrist struggle to hear what they hear. Betcha he wished he choosed and easy feat.

Those are some of my favorites but the collection has a Fresh Fear for all readers. Open your eyes and let them fall out on to these pages, they will bleed with excitement. 

Format: Kindle Edition
If you are a fan of horror stories... Do NOT pass this book. This is a fantastic collection of short stories by an amazing group of authors. Each story is a chilling tale that grips you and won't let go. Highly recommended!

Format: Paperback
Fresh Fear (edited by William Cook) provides everything WJ Reneham promises in his opening essay on the effect of horror fiction: shock, repulsion and that paradoxical intrigue that the imagery invokes. As Renehan rightly points out, “Fear is a wonderful reminder that we are indeed alive,” and with tales of necrophilia, human sacrifice, cannibalism, abduction, torture, and mutilation, Fresh Fear as all the accoutrements for a spine-chilling, life-affirming night on the couch. But whether the demons are lurking in the vents or under the stairs, or in our childhood heroes like the tooth fairy, the themes of these stories are universal, covering jealousy, desire, loneliness, despair, bullying and mental illness. Luckily, there are one or two lighter stories in the mix: one abduction story, in particular, made me smile. This is a great anthology for readers to reacquaint themselves with their favourite horror writers, while also discovering some newer talent. But for those squeamish and prudish sorts, you might prefer something tamer. Bungy jumping springs to mind.


  1. Thanks for sharing, Blaze - much appreciated.

  2. My pleasure, William! Quite a horrific tome!