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HUNGER PANGS: DARK CONFESSIONS

Published June 29, 2014 by Shadow Girl

I realized that I didn’t have anything here about HUNGER PANGS, (the cannibalistic anthology that started at ZF, and was completed at MDC). I cannot find any of my old notes or files, so it was the perfect opportunity to read it again!

Those green eyes sure look familiar!

Those green eyes sure look familiar!

❝From the ravenous Donner Party expedition to the twisted mind of Albert Fish, and verily even the fictitious Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs to the recent rampage of carnage spawned by the Florida Face Eater, fascination with cannibalism has always been intense. How hungry do you have to be…or how sick to eat another human? You are cordially invited to dine with some of the finest authors in the horror genre as we savor the delights of these tales; dress code is relaxed, bring a friend, regrets only, RSVP not required.❞

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FOR ELISE by Evan Roy
After a seemingly never-ending series of tragedies, finding the broken fuselage of what was once a military aircraft felt like a miracle to Eric. He knows that they wouldn’t have survived the winter without it’s shelter, and the meager supplies found inside. But, the supplies didn’t last. As spring approaches, Eric knows what has to be done to keep his daughter alive. While he mentally prepares for the task, he remembers the days, and the events that led them here.
FOR ELISE is a heartbreaking story. While Eric defends his family from the things that are hunting them, he learns that humans can be the most frightening monsters of them all.

The face - a horror movie villain. The font - bacon. Awesome.

The face – a horror movie villain. The font – bacon. Awesome.

MEAT DOCTOR by Cal Miller
When times are hard, and the food is scarce, you need to be able to use every bit of the meat that comes from your livestock. So, if the animal died on it’s own, and wasn’t butchered for it’s meat, you called your local vet to tell you if the meat was infected or good to eat. Hence the nickname ‘The Meat Doctor’. But, these days are harder than ever before, livestock isn’t as easy to come by, people are getting hungry. Behind closed doors, you call on the Meat Doctor to look at your dead family member. Meat is meat, and, you need to eat to survive. It didn’t take long for people to start nudging the sick or the elderly toward the Meat Doctor, or his cleaver, one less mouth to feed is also protein for the rest of the family.
This particular case that the doctor is called to… this one is a little different…

END OF TRADITION by Trevor Smith
Silent rage & sweet revenge.
This story, told in verse, is about the brave man who rebels against tradition, in his own way.

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STILL LIFE by Dave Jeffery
A highly secretive scientific experiment [‘Project’] gone wrong, leaving a city full of human statues in it’s wake. One man awakes to find his town utterly still. While trying to make sense of the surreal scene before him, he feels the beginnings of the changes within him.

THE SMOKEHOUSE by Kim Krodel
Ellie gazes longingly at the empty smokehouse while trying to nurse her babies. Her husband, Kenny, is basically useless is this new world. The only bacon he manages to bring home these days is his own inadequate member, and Ellie has begun to find that thing just as useless as the rest of him. When he forcefully planted another seed in her belly, she makes a decision; one way or another, he WILL provide the meat to place in the smokehouse.

COMPROMISED MORALS by Rebecca Besser
William was brought-up with beliefs that he never thought to question – until now. Raised from birth to think one way, challenging these ideas was an alien concept to him. Now he’s forced to rethink everything he has ever known to be the truth, and more than just life & death hang in the balance of his decision.

JUST ONE DAY by TL Decay
Sometimes, just one day makes all the difference in the world.
This piece of poetry from TL is very unsettling.
Needless to say… I love it ❣

RUMP ROAST WITH A SIDE OF THIGH by S.P. Durnin
Freelance Zombie Eradicator & Death Dealer, Van, has more to deal with than just maggot heads on this job in Reeves Crossing!
This ss by S.P. Durnin, (KEEP YOUR CROWBAR HANDY), is pretty damn witty, and I appreciate the originality of the outbreak.

PREY by Shaun Phelps
There are tales of a world where humans are not hunted, nor are they hunters. A place of hope, not of despair. Talks or questions of Pilgrimage were forbidden while growing up, thus making it even more desirable.
If Pilgrimage were real, would it be the utopia that you so desire, or would it be an unimaginable nightmare with no escape?

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MR. PAKOOL’s SPICE by JZ Murdock
Jake is an amazing father. On the run in the woods of Oregon, he is keeping his son & daughter safe, and teaching them the skills to survive in this new, post apocalyptic world. While they try to search for a new place to call home, and avoid the *PUDS, they cross paths with another survivor. He has a name that’s hard to pronounce, and they start referring to him as Mr. Pakool, because of his odd cranial accessory – his pakool hat.
When Jake is able to fit the pieces together, he realizes that he knows who this man is. The PUDS aren’t the only things he needs to protect his family from.
*Poor Unfortunately Dangerous Suckers

SAFETY IN NUMBERS by Alan Wismer
It’s hard to survive on your own. After a while, though, ‘on your own’ is all you know.
Readapting to NOT being alone is difficult, but it’s harder for Cal because he cannot speak. He couldn’t decide whether his uneasiness in this new camp of survivors was due to his lengthy period of solitude, or if there was something more sinister afoot.
Safety in numbers comes with a price, and he’ll soon realize it’s a price he’s not willing to pay.

DEEPLY DISTURBED by Jeremy Peterson
This is the journal of Sidney Stout.
35 years old, and the manager of the meat department, aka The Butcher, at The SuperSave Mart in Lincoln, Nebraska.
He started keeping the journal while hiding in the basement after the weirdest lightening storm he’d ever seen. As you read his thoughts, you’ll see that Stanley The Butcher is a Deeply Disturbed man.

FINE DINING WITH OSCAR by Jennily French
This is Alyssa’s account of her time in the Z-Poc.
After leaving the city with her roommate, Waylon, and their friend, Oscar, things quickly went to Hell. Oscar was on a lot of prescription meds, and even with cutting his doses in half, they didn’t last long.
Alyssa is worried about finding food, and Waylon’s increasingly strange behavior. She needs to keep a close eye on him!

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THE HUNGER by Scott M. Baker
“THIS IS HOW THE WORLD ENDS. NOT WITH A BANG, BUT WITH A MOAN.”
Sure, eating human flesh may be gross the first couple of times – you’ll probably puke. But, after a while… you acquire a taste for it. Janet tries to explain this to Buford, but, he’s being so pissy about it!

Amazon Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Pangs-Confessions-Mayday-Collective-ebook/dp/B00A6IJ76Y/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1402886139&sr=1-2&keywords=Hunger+Pangs

Goodreads

Evan Roy

Cal Miller

Trevor Smith

Dave Jeffery

Kim Krodel

Rebecca Besser

TL Decay

S.P. Durnin

Shaun Phelps

JZ Murdock

Jeremy Peterson

Jennily French

Scott M. Baker

Alan Wismer is playing hard to get… I’ll update as soon as I find a way to connect ☠

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TRIPLE SHOT OF SOUTHERN HORROR By Tonia Brown

Published January 23, 2014 by Shadow Girl

TRIPLE SHOT OF SOUTHERN HORROR is my latest read in Tonia Brown’s TRIPLE SHOT series, and… I think it may be my favorite so far.

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Devil Drink: Butch Buchanan¹, the sheriff of Black Ridge & regular Good Old Boy, takes his new officer up the mountain to introduce him to Beulah Walker*. Officer Kirk Durham is like Simon Pegg in the beginning of HOT FUZZ – a straight-laced, by the book, kind of prudish guy, who arrived from a big city job – with a stick up his butt. The new officer doesn’t take too kindly to Beulah, but he will soon find out that she is more than a mere bootlegger – the town of Black Ridge relies on her to keep the ‘quo’

Sickened: There are some strange, old customs around – ones that we don’t ever think of, or know exist. Some folks take these customs very seriously. This story is about the town’s local Sin Eater², Clem. Somethin’ he ate over at the Widow Baxter’s last night isn’t agreeing with him. In fact, it won’t stop disagreeing with him! He’s been vomiting something vile -and it won’t stop. He makes it to the hospital to see Doc Pearson, a modern doctor who doesn’t put much stock into what Clem claims to do. Nevertheless, he sees that whatever is wrong with Clem isn’t something that his modern medicine can fix. Something else needs to be done.

Home Cooked Meal³: Life after the zompocalypse is not easy. Mary Shull is living day to day, on the road and on the run. Hungry, dirty, and tired – so tired – she’s ready to pack it all in. If she was dead, well, undead, she wouldn’t have to run anymore – just shuffle. And, she wouldn’t be hungry anymore – food for zeds was easy to find. As for being dirty, two out of three ain’t bad, besides – she supposed she wouldn’t care much afterwards. Unexpected salvation comes in the form of Joshua Bender. Josh lives not far from where they are, and if she would like to come with him – he’d love to have her over for dinner.

When I read books by [author:Tonia Brown|3160763], I always switch my Kindle’s internal dictionary from ENGLISH (United States) to ENGLISH (United Kingdom). I do that with some other UK authors, mainly because I love learning the slang. (My goal – someday I’ll speak fluent UK slang, and will use it regularly). For Tonia, I have a different reason.
You know those words… you don’t hear them every day, you know what they mean, but… do you, really? Having a Kindle has made looking up words so easy. I find myself checking random words all the time, just to make sure that what I think I know is correct, and to learn other forms or uses of the word. Sometimes you know what a word probably means by the way it’s used. I look those up a lot with Tonia, too.
For TSO Southern Horror, the word was ‘tetchiness’
– “The kid’s voice was laced with tetchiness.”
TETCHY: Bad tempered; irritable

* – I feel like Beulah’s character has a touch of [book:Lucky Stiff|8515643]’s Madame Sangrail in her. Whether that’s the case or not – it gave me a warm fuzzy, and this close to Valentine’s Day, I think it’s time to go visit the Madame again, get a little ‘Peter’ in me!

¹ – For Tonia,
Thank you for the show out that you wrote for me before you met me! I got super excited and misread BUTCH as BUCK at first… My Uncle Buck (Buchanan) is a Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy.

² – From //www.wisegeek.com/
A Sin-Eater is a traditional type of spiritual healer who uses a ritual to cleanse the dying of their sins. The sin-eater absorbs the sins of the people he or she serves and typically works for a fee.
As the sins are usually consumed through food and drink, the sin-eater also gains a meal through the transaction. Sin-eaters are often outcasts, as the work may be considered unsavory and is usually thought to lead to an afterlife in hell due to carrying the unabsolved sins of others. The Roman Catholic Church regularly excommunicated sin-eaters when they were more common, not only because of the excessive sins they carried, but also because they infringed upon the territory of priests, who are supposed to administer Last Rites to the dying according to Church Doctrine.

The sin-eater saves the dying not only from hell, but also from wandering the earth as a ghost – thereby performing a service for the living as well. In some traditions, sin-eaters perform their work for the moribund, while in others, the ritual takes place at the funeral. The sin-eater is usually associated with the British Isles, but there are analogous customs in other cultures as well.

A sin-eater typically consumes bread as part of the ritual of taking on the dying person’s sins. He or she may also eat salt or drink water or ale. Sometimes, special breads are baked for the purpose of the sin-eating ritual, perhaps featuring the initials or image of the deceased. The meal is sometimes passed over the dead or dying body or placed on its breast to symbolize its absorption of the person’s sins. The sin-eater may also recite a special prayer.

Some cultures have customs that are similar to sin-eating and may have evolved from more traditional forms of the ritual. Instead of a designated, outcast sin-eater serving a village, for example, the deceased’s nearest relatives may perform the service, as was once traditional in Bavaria and the Balkan Peninsula. In the Netherlands and some parts of England, ritual baked goods were given to the attendants or pallbearers at a funeral. This latter tradition lived on for a time in New York. Today, the custom of the sin-eater has largely died out, though it is often referenced in popular culture.

– Another article describes the Sin-Eater as someone who performs the service at little or no cost, with the meal itself being payment. To me, that seems like people are taking advantage of a shitty situation – the Sin-Eater‘s probable outcast status is likely to make him/her live like a hermit, lonely, broke, and probably hungry. The widowed are then perfectly positioned to get the service performed on their terms.
Things like this are why Hansel & Gretel got eaten! If people treated the witches/healers/wise-ones with respect instead of disdain – many outcomes would be more pleasant!!

³ – Again, for Tonia,
I’ve read this story before! It seems like it was a submission for the ZF/MDC [book:Hunger Pangs: Dark Confessions|16896514] anthology. I know you said your story didn’t make it in, for whatever reason, but – I distinctly remember… Whatever you told me your submission title was, I did not have it in the batch of stories I BETA’d for JK/SG. (All titles were given to me anonymously, no author names attached. We had this conversation after the final stories were chosen by the editors.)
So – WHERE HAVE I READ THIS?

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