Saturday, September 24, 2016


Joe Mynhardt and Crystal Lake Publishing have put Gutted into countdown on Amazon. For the next one day and seventeen hours, from the time I'm writing this, you get this best selling collection of fantastic horror stories for only 99 cents. That's not a long time, so take advantage of the offer now. Take a peek below at the superb authors in this collection. Don't waste time. Get it while it's available at this fantastic price.

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Book description:

 From Bram Stoker Award-nominated publisher, Crystal Lake Publishing, and the editing duo who brought you the best-selling and critically acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian horror anthology Shadows Over Main Street, comes Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories—a disturbing journey into the beauty that rests inside the very heart of darkness.

Awe meets ache.

Terror becomes transcendence.

Regret gives way to rebirth.

Fifteen short stories and one poem span nearly every twisted corner of the horror and dark fiction genres:

A woman experiences an emotional reckoning inside a haunted house.

A father sees his daughter rescued after a cold case is solved, only to learn the tragic limits of his love.

A man awakens a vengeful spirit and learns the terrible price of settling scores.

A boy comes of age into awareness of a secret universe of Lovecraftian scale.

A young woman confronts the deathly price of existence inside a German concentration camp during the Holocaust.

And much, much more…

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories features the most celebrated voices in dark fiction, as well as a number of exciting new talents:

Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Tremblay, John F.D. Taff, Lisa Mannetti, Damien Angelica Walters, Josh Malerman, Christopher Coake, Mercedes M. Yardley, Brian Kirk, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Amanda Gowin, Richard Thomas, Maria Alexander and Kevin Lucia. Edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward.

With a foreword from Cemetery Dance magazine founder Richard Chizmar.

Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing.

Editorial Reviews


"There is inky glimmer to these dark tales ... together they open up that wondrous space that dark fiction at its best inhabits, where it's just you and the story and whatever is scratching at your window, and where no one can hear you scream. And you will." -- LitReactor
"We've grown accustomed to horror that pulls us into the depths and leaves us there, but this compilation shows that even at the worst times, humans instinctively cling to any ray of hope they can find. While it may not be the hope they thought they were looking for, sometimes, it's still enough." -- Bleeding Cool

"Enough big-hitters to propel this collection to the top of any horror enthusiast's to-read list." -- This is Horror

"Have you ever been punched in the stomach? You know, just hit so hard that it knocks the wind out of you and all you can do is sit there and try to catch a breath. That's how I felt after reading this book." -- Horror Novel Reviews

"I would say this collection is appropriately named and deserves to earn each and every author worldwide acclaim. Yes, it's that good." -- Mass Movement magazine

"It's a book for readers who love language as much as story, who understand that horror can be beautiful, ecstatic and revelatory as well as down-right scary." -- James Everington

"Up-and-coming writers such as Mercedes M. Yardley, Brian Kirk, and Maria Alexander deliver the goods alongside Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Clive Barker, and other established writers. If you only buy one collection of stories this year, this should be it." - JG Faherty, multi-award nominated author of The Cure, The Burning Time, and Ghosts of Coronado Bay.
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a fantastic collection of "beautiful horror stories". The beauty is literary, in phrasing and in the way the words paint a portrait. These are not the kind of stories that rely on graphic violence for shock, and there are no stereotypical characters. Instead, these are stories that wreck us psychologically, get under our skin and make us shudder.

Sometimes reviewing a collection of stories by various authors can be a challenge, as not every reader will like every author. I didn't have that problem with this collection. Yes, there were some stories that held me riveted more than others, but I did enjoy them all.

If you like your stories to cross over to the dark side, with some psychological torment, then this is the book for you. 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I keep reading that "the Horror genre is dead." Obvious pun aside, Gutted:Beautiful Horror Stories deliciously drives a stake in that theory. One of the best anthologies I've read in a while. I would be remiss if I didn't first give credit to editors Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward for another superbly crafted collection of stories (as an aside, check out Shadows Over Main Street, their Lovecraftian anthology).

The stories within do exactly what true horror should--tear at the soul. From Stephanie M. Wytovich's opening poem that sets the tone for the entire work, to Brian Kirk's tale of abduction and parental love; through Mercedes M. Yardley's extreme love story and Richard Thomas' "Repent..."

Look. It's simple. Every story in this anthology is horrifyingly gorgeous. Other reviews break down a story by story commentary, check those out if that's what you need. For me, Gutted was a few hours of reading enjoyment followed by days of emotion, reflection and a dark desire to read more of the same. I picked up the paperback version because Caitlin Hackett's cover and Luke Spooner's interior art are a stunning compliment to the works within.

If you like dark, then pick up a copy. But be warned...these stories will haunt your dreams well after the reading is done. And that's just as Horror should be.

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