Saturday, December 17, 2016


Morbid Metamorphosis is a chilling anthology. Yes, I might be prejudiced since I was the editor, but my editing was indeed an easy and pleasurable task. I used a light hand and allowed the authors to write their stories their way. As my introduction says, it worked out well.

I am very proud of my wife, Terri DelCampo, for her great story The Skelly Effect. Bear in mind that I did not chose the stories for this anthology. Jo-Anne Russell, owner/publisher of Lycan Valley Press did. Terri's great reviews below show her talents for what they are. That being said, all the tales in this tome are superb and showcase a solid representation of horror.

Read the free sample on Amazon. Read the fantastic reviews. I'm certain you will want to purchase this great collection of horror.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 This book contains 22 stories from authors around the world. Together they bring you morbidly terrifying tales of metamorphosis, transformation, and deep horror that will follow you for days long after you've read the last page. Beware reading this book at night, and alone - for the mind is a powerful thing, and you may find you have company in the shadows!

Format: Kindle Edition
The theme for this anthology is ‘terrifying tales of transformation,’ which makes for a wide range of possibilities. From curses and lycanthropy to torture and medical miracles, from primal nature to the supernatural, here for your disturbed enjoyment are twenty-two such tales.

My top pick of the bunch has to be Terri DelCampo’s “The Skelly Effect,” a fun, gooshy, grisly take on the pandemic apocalypse. Forget infected crazies or zombies; how about stripping society to the bare bones? I wouldn’t mind seeing more stories or a whole book set in that world … fleshing it out, so to speak.

Other standouts for me included: “Little Spark of Madness” by Simon Dewar (with which many creative types will surely identify), Tina Piney’s “The Death Vaccine” (ah, the quest for eternal youth, but at what cost?) “Danger’s Balls” by Ken MacGregor (there’s always a need for more organ donors!), “The Lake” by Stacey Turner (those teenagers and their hijinks!), and “Hyde and Seek” by Nicholas Furr (an interesting twist on the classic). 
Format: Paperback
How ghastly is it growing up in life? How frightening are the feelings that come with it? How absolutely disturbing does it make one feel going through life altering changes that completely shift ones perceptions, ones complete being? How vomits does it feel looking into the mirror and knowing, "OH God, I can't escape MYSELF!!!"

Assembled herein are tales that will rattle you to your nerves in a way that is as gruesome and alienating as all those things mentioned above and far, far worse. Things that will linger in your skull are written in this book that will make you desperately reach for the phone and call a friend to reel you back into a sense of safety. There is not an emotion here that isn't accompanied with the pangs of guilt, anger, fear, list and so much more that is riddled in the existence of living life. Of changing. Of metamorphosis.

Kafka couldn't dream in his worst nightmares the stuff that is in these tales, nor would he be kept from an asylum after reading them. There are few anthologies that cut as deep and penitrate so proficiently and precisely in attacking nerves and emotions the way this one does and does so in such a manner that it sneaks in like a virus, creeps in like a disease, and feeds on the darkest parts of your psyche.

This book is not to be confused with splatter, nor is it quiet. It is not in any way something that is nice or comforting or cozy. However it is cathartic. Like that cold slap of water on your face that drips into the wash basin as you look up into the mirror and then realize your face has begun melting. It is inate and acutely aware of the emotions and themes it tackles with a predators mentality, a surgeons skill, and the candid capability that only the most souless of journalists could become equipped with from having witnessed decades of unfathomable horror.

Morbid Metamorphosis is the stuff that night terrors come from. And it is made of all those horrible feelings of going through life's horrors. The ones that change us forever. It is eternal in an everlasting sense of showcasing what it means to truly mutate and change as life does to the many on this planet. Through soul searing and psyche burning valor, it captures the most frightening of all things in a mirror scribbled with words that is reflected right back at us, ourselves.

Open this book with caution, because in the end. It will change you.
Format: Kindle Edition
Review of MORBID METAMORPHOSIS (Lycan Valley Press)

Used to be, when reading anthologies, I could single out a favourite story (or several). Not so with MORBID METAMORPHOSIS, the debut release from Lycan Valley Press. Here I find it impossible to choose just one, so I'll say I have 22 favourites! A reader can't go wrong with this collection, which contains something (multiple somethings) for everyone. Lycan Valley Press has collated an outstanding collection, well worth reading in each and every one of the stories. I also much enjoyed the Introduction by Blaze McRob, and the Afterword from Publisher Jo-Anne Russell.

MORBID METAMORPHOSIS provides high hopes for the future of Lycan Valley Press. Looking forward to new releases!

The publisher generously provided a digital ARC for review purposes, without remuneration. The above constitutes my fair and honest opinion/

Format: Paperback
Author Franklin E. Wales has a story within this anthology, hence my reading it. Wales' story - Pickin' to Beat the Devil - is a continuation in his Dramos Saga (*you do not have to have read anything prior - it is better if you have, but this is a stand-alone story that I guarantee will have you wanting to read the others!) For those of you not familiar with Dramos, he is a [*spoiler*] vampire hunter, and his tales take place, mostly, in the Old West - great reading!
Pickin' to Beat the Devil adds a new (Irish) character (Patrick O'Dea) in the mix, and if you are a fan of Robert Rodriguez' El Mariachi or Desperado, then you will love this character! [Now that I think of it, Robert Rodriguez would be an ideal director to bring the Dramos Saga to the Big Screen. . .]

Obviously, there are other stories/authors within this anthology, so how did the rest compare?

Out of the 22 stories, there wasn't a single one that I didn't like (which is pretty impressive!) Most were 3-Skull quality; entertaining in their own right. Several more were well-above average - just to mention a few... Terri Del Campo's 'The Skully Effect' (an extremely bizarre tale that you won't soon forget!), Suzie Lockhart's 'Vile Deeds' and Cameron Trost's 'The Corkscrew and the Void' were some other well-above average tales.

As for the stand-outs: Jo-Anne Russell's 'You Are What You Eat', Stacey Turner's 'The Lake' (loved this one!), Tina Piney's 'The Death Vaccination' (cool concept!), Suzanne Robb's 'The Moonlight Killer' [man, the women are killing it this anthology!] Of course, the aforementioned Wales' tale, and then Ken MacGregor's 'Danger's Balls' (If you are a fan of the 1991 flick 'Body Parts', you will definitely dig this tale!)

As I stated earlier, each of the stories within this anthology are entertaining, in their own right - there are many more gross, sick, and twisted tales that were not mentioned. Those that were are just the one that rose to the top.

If you are a fan of anthologies, or are just looking to try some new authors, then this one is for you!
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In this book are 22 stories on the theme of transformation. The stories range from vampires and werewolves to a unique take on the Jekyll/Hyde story. In a few of these tales the transformation is not physical but mental. Every single one was entertaining. If you like your horror/paranormal with a bit of gore and a lot of thought, this is the book to buy. Thoughtfully entertaining.

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