Paul M. Sammon: Splatterpunks II: Over the Edge

Raped andor tortured but on the whole they re way interesting and nuanced than that or at least interested in women s experiences agency and interiority That said many of the pieces in SPLATTERPUNKS II still have a kind of immature try hard edgelord factor that seems very very 1990 s and is very very much what tends to make me roll my eyes at splatterpunk even when it doesn t read like a Ted Bundy wet dream A few are tinged with the kind of libertarian I hate everyone euallyYou re all just sheeple misanthropy that would feed into alt right culture 20 ears down the line it s fascinating and depressing to consider the ideological trajectory there as this anthology definitely hails from an era in which misanthropic libertarians tended to side with the left on at least some issues eg trans rights racism is bad Most of the content in this anthology isn t actively bad but a lot of it just wasn t uite to my taste Still an engaging read and a funweird blast of pure unadulterated 1995 goth bullshit Elizabeth Massie s Hooked On Buzzer which I first encountered in a different anthology about ten ears ago still freaks me out I highly recommend it Kathe Koja s contribution is also memorably horriblehaunting and original although I felt it lapsed too much into summary and telling the reader that things happened instead of depicting them in the last third before recovering admirably for a strong surreal conclusion I wouldn t have wanted to pay than 3 or 4 for this collection but in no way do I regret spending that fifty centsPS Much like Androgyny from BORDERLANDS II there are a couple stories in here that deal with trans characters specifically trans women in a way that clearly tries for empathy and emotional realism but does come off as VERY dated by 2019 standards and which may be upsettingoffensive to some readers Poppy Z Brite s Xenophobia attempts a satirical critiue of dumb white bro racism but ends up just being kind of actually racist so heads up for that one too Beginning a re read of the horror authors I read back in High SchoolPost College An average of 3 stars for this collection Some good ones but a lot that just hit the trying to be shocking that ou can get from horror The better stories don t feel so early 90s But a good start Splatterpunks I and the two Book of the Dead anthologies and single author books Another reviewer mentioned that the editor did a lot of spewing his liberal claptrap around but I didn t read any of the notes or the introduction only the stories so I couldn t tell The Defense (Eddie Flynn you about that I have mixed feelings about this book Splatterpunk is kind of hit or miss for me I like scary intense shocking stuff but I prefer it to have some substance and originality Some fo these stories did some didn t I liked For You the Living a zombie story with the twist that the virus affects everyone slightly differently but they all become crazed sexually in one way or another All Flesh is Clay was interesting about a man who sculpts people s bodies after they did and brings them back to life Heels was good about a serial killer who is a foot fetishist and how he meets his fate Lacunae was a cautionary tale of a transgender woman whose forray into strange illegal drugs leads to madnessOverall there was some stuff that was good and overall it was worth readingI was bored with the interviews and didn t read them or the other material I only read the stories I would say three to three and a half stars Often a bit much I guess I prefer my horror with aesthetic style and less abuse some of the stories weren t bad though some good authors featured I probably would have liked the book as a whole better if the editor weren t so keen on defining and validating the term splatterpunk at every given opportunity. S and Bram Stoker Award winners Nancy Holder Melanie Tem and Elizabeth Massie Steve Rasnic Tem and Michael Ryan Zimmerman help round out this second daring collectionProvacative shocking and frightening as well as literate intelligent and revolutionsary Splatterpunks II Over the Edge promises to openour eyes to a new and perhaps dangerous way of looking at the wor.

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Permanent Mercies Kathe Koja A callous photographer Ellis witnesses an accident involving a little boy Andy and his unlucky dog True Bizarre disturbing for animal lovers and excellent work3 One Flesh A Cautionary Tale Robert Devereaux Multi layered horrific and laugh out loud clever story about the conjoined reincarnation of a son and father and all the tragedies that stem from it Great work with a chuckle worthy finish4 Rant Nancy A Collins A divine white supremacist being with conspiratorial leanings tells the tale of his undoing Darkly hilarious and chilling his rhetoric is disturbingly media realistic piece5 Heels Lucy Taylor A shoe fetishist turned serial killer Theo meets a woman Jules whose sexual predilections impact his own Blunt read with concise and masterful explanations for why Theo and Jules are the way they areThe resulting film short was released stateside on August 2 2014 Jeremy Jantz scripted and directed it Brian Adrian Koch played Theo Julia Angelo played Felicia6 Scape Goats Clive Barker Two couples on an island crashed sailboat uickly recognize that there s something wrong about the rocky mass their boat is abuttingAtmospheric solid read with an interesting island backstory Scape Goats also appeared in the single author anthology Clive Barker s Books of Blood Volume Three 7 Cannibal Cats Come Out At Night Nancy Holder Two cannibals Dwight and Angelo who are also best friends approach a crossroads event which may undo their bond of amity While the event itself isn t surprising there is a well foreshadowed twist to it making this exemplary fast moving story even better8 Embers Brian Hodge Entertaining good read about an arsonist for hire Mykel whose reaction to a shocking personal tragedy drives him to revenge9 Xenophobia Poppy Z Brite Two Goths roaming through Chinatown find themselves working an unexpected morbid job Brite s deft writing keeps this dark hued morality tale humorous and fresh10 Calling Dr Satan An Interview with Anton Szandor LaVey Jim Goad Interesting philosophical and provocative in a productive way conversation between Anton and Bianca LaVey and the author11 Within You Without You Paul M Sammon A post gig campfire hang out with her favorite industrial noise band Detour leads Reba down heady and dangerous by waysThe direction and ending of the story aren t surprising nor are they meant to be Sammon s worthwhile writing with its theme appropriate media savvy references renders the destination less important This one is about experienceThis review originally appeared on the Reading Writing By Pub Light site There s some good stories in here but a lot of it is embarrassing cringey bullshit uite disappointing This book was ok Certainly nothing to write home about There were some interviews other essays that I don t feel really went with the stories They may have been ok with of the same but they didn t work mixed in with the fiction I bought it used and certainly don t feel an overwhelming need to go out find the first one Probably the best thing about it was it was a pretty fast read Splatterpunk usually isn t a genre I m especially fond of but I bought this anthology because it was fifty cents at a book sale and contained work by writers I know I tend to enjoy Also its focus on fiction by women or featuring female protagonists made me hope that it would be free of the aspect of splatterpunk I m most often put off by that is stories that read like straight dudes boring misogynist sexual fantasies about raping and torturing women disguised by the thinnest possible patina of no don t ou see it s satiresocial commentarybold literary transgression in the spirit of the Decadentswhatever I was right about that there are several stories here that deal with women being. Lection for horror fans willing to go all the way Kirkus Reviews and a work of 'dangerous visions' Booklist Splatterpunks II Over the Edge continues in the groundbreaking tradition of the first volume by featuring acknowledged masters of the bizarre Clive Barker Martin Amis and Brian Hodge; established women writers Kathe Koja and Poppy Z Brite; underground favorite.

Hit or miss In general the stories are technically good However many of them are also badly dated The fact that trans bodies were ever considered appropriate fodder for body horror says a lot about how far we ve come but aside from that throwing a trans woman into a story and leering over her body anxiety just feltcheap Use of kink for shock a couple times contributed to this feeling These authors were trying HARD to make it stick Sometimes I felt like I was reading a horror version of The Aristocrats If ou re going to construct horror construct it the Barker and Petoud stories were good examples of the genre and Petoud was as gory as ou could possibly want but the gore had a purpose ou know And what is up with horror writers leaning on lesbian relationships I swear the book had eight to ten incidents of girl lovin and precisely zero of boy lovin Aside from general use of male homosexuality for shock value in For You The Living It s not just this book and I still see it in modern works but the phenomenon really stuck out here and it made me wonder once again about the relationship of the ueer community to horror and how that relationship has evolved There s probably a doctoral thesis in there somewhere but I ll leave it for someone with coffee and less time You re welcomeMoments where I was truly viscerally disturbed by these stories were fairly rare considering It s hard to say if that was a reflection on their uality or the fact that they were tapping into a zeitgeist that is twenty Falling Through Clouds years gone The Human Centipede and Saw have ruined us apparently Alas to be so jaded andet to have paid three bucks for this book Some people think disgusting or plain weird euals horrific If that s the case any halfway talented writer could write horror stories and this is what has happened in this collection for the most part Some stories are enjoyable others are forgettableThe worst part about the book though is editor Paul M Sammon s shrill histrionics over female empowerment and such claptrap Now I am not speaking of someone who makes a strong expression of his desire for women s euality in the book s introduction No Paul M Sammon is the kind of liberal nutcase who is out for blood spewing his ugly hatred and filth all over the pagesIn his personal acknowledgments refers to Reagan Bush Sr Pat Buchanan among others as criminals here on earth who should also after death rot in the agonizing eternities of their own private hellsThe editor s immature pathological spewage is NOT why I bought a horror anthology I got this to be entertained and discover some good writers not hear some liberal nutjob s ravenous rants over some kind of delusional war meant to keep women second class citizensSammon if The Art of Acquiring you re still involved in publishing keepour opinions to ourself Thank God I bought this used so that no cent of my cash ended up in our pocket You psychotic liberal twit Stories in this collection were of generally good uality and enjoyable to read However this collection definitely lost the over the top right on the brink edgy feel of the first Splatterpunks collection Sure it has its share of necrophilia gratuitous gore usw but it just didn t do it for me It s worth the read if A Menagerie of Heroes you can pick it up cheap but don t expect it to live up to the first collection Overall reviewExcellent gory horror anthology Of course in a work featuring twenty eight stories there are bound to be a few stories I don t care for but that is due to personal preferences regarding writing tenses overwriting and other relatively minor issues Ifou re a horrorgore fan get this collectionStandout stories1 Accident d Amour Wildy Petoud Excellent witty cut to it tale about a woman s literally sick vengeance against an ex lover Memorable vivid2 Im. Reach beyond the limits of convention and rationality and into the darkest corners of the human soul in this new volume of taboo shattering short fictionReviewers called Splatterpunks Extreme Horror a forceful anthology cum manifesto of splatterpunk that makes a strong case for splatterpunk as valuable morally confrontational art An authoritative and intelligent col.

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Paul M Sammon has written for The Los Angeles Times The American Cinematographer Cahiers Du Cinema and Cinifantastiue His fiction has appeared in many collections and he is editor of the best selling American Splatterpunks series As a film maker Paul M Sammon has produced edited and directed dozens of documentaries on films such as Platoon Dune and Robocop He is the author of Future Noir