My 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge So Far…

* 2016 READING CHALLENGE STATS * Participants 2,693,803 / Total Books Pledged 127,845,226 / Books Finished 28,625,135 / Avg. Books Pledged 47 / Challenges Completed [to date] 5,475 / Time Left 95 days / KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK EVERYONE!
I’ve completed the 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge, and have read about 128 of 125 books… so far – (that is just the Goodreads challenge, not Shadow Girl‘s personal goal… I am far from finished!) ¬†Just try to stop me – It’s not even October yet! ¬†
I may be 36 books ahead of¬†[the GR]¬†schedule, but do you realize just¬†how many books on my 2016¬†Must Read list are not even¬†published¬†yet?! (not to mention my ‘don’t judge me’ list or my ‘guilty pleasure’ list – No. I have no shame). ¬†
OMG, these authors are killing me! 
But, I wouldn’t want to go any other way.
Big, BIG, HUGE thanks to the minds behind the mayhem.
You guys are a large & very important¬†part of my life, and I’m lucky enough to call many of you my friends. Thank you for the journeys so far, and I can’t wait to see where we’re going next!! ¬† ¬† ¬†P, L & N ‚ô•¬†¬†~sg

Check out some¬†of my 2016 Books (so far…) ¬†¬Ľ

A Family of Violence by Jon Athan Mr. Snuff by Jon Athan Cyclops Road by Jeff Strand Lucifer's Angel by R.W.K. Clark School Reunion by Sam West My Brother's Keeper by Tim Miller The Uninvited by Mike Evans The Day Bob Greeley Died by Kimberly A. Bettes The Landlord by Brett Droege Unconditional by Blake Crouch The Criers Club by Kimberly A. Bettes Depraved by Michael Bray Brother's Keeper by R.W.K. Clark 8 Church Field by Stuart Keane She'll Never Know by Matt Shaw His For The Keeping by Myra FoxDisturb by J.A. Konrath The Revelation Room by Mark Tilbury Car Nex by Michael Thomas-Knight The Con Season by Adam Cesare Sarah Killlian by Mark Sheldon Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath Chat Show by Matt Shaw Woom by Duncan RalstonThe Eaton by John K. Addis A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay Twisted Bitches by Matt Shaw Family Business by Brett Williams Tradition by Kyle M. Scott The Girls by Emma Cline Final Review by Dawn Cano Little Terrors by David JesterMr. Monster by Dan Wells Suicide Hotline by Tim Miller An Idiot in Love by David Jester Offline by Kealan Patrick Burke Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales by Cameron Trost Hide and Seek by Jack Ketchum Teeth - a short story with bite! by Matt Shaw Hair of the Dog by Matt ShawDownward Spiral by Gary Pearson Exposed by David Owain Hughes I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells Cornered by Rhoda Belleza The Wild by Kyle M. Scott The Lost by Jack Ketchum Diary of a Madman by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff WEB CAM JACK KILBORN by Jack KilbornWords Kill Me by Evan Bollinger Fool's Blood by David Jester I Am Karma by Dawn Cano Mother by Angel Gelique The New Neighbor by Ray Garton Charlotte by Stuart Keane All or Nothing by Stuart Keane Blister by Jeff Strand Hillary by Angel Gelique Mean girl by Natasha A. Salnikova The Lonely Psychopath by Matt Shaw The Light by Matt Shaw VHS by Kyle M. Scott One Violent MotherF*cker by Matt Shaw Flesh Factory by Sam West Keith by Andrew Lennon Love Lies Dead by Kyle M. Scott Dread by Clive Barker March's Murder by Andrew Lennon February's Murder by Andrew Lennon January's Murder by Andrew Lennon Hillary by Angel Gelique Before the Harvest by Kimberly A. Bettes Hillary by Angel Gelique Splatterpunks by Sam West The Good Neighbor by Kimberly A. Bettes Zac's Haunted House by Dennis Cooper Rage by Kimberly A. Bettes The House That Hell Built by Matt Shaw Annie's Revenge by Kimberly A. Bettes 22918 by Kimberly A. Bettes Pushed by Kimberly A. Bettes Held by Kimberly A. Bettes Victim by Sam West Brazen by Matt Hickman Anniversary Dinner by Shaun Hupp Bound by Andrew Lennon The Funeral by Matt Shaw Hell, Texas by Tim Miller Bound by Andrew LennonCash Out by Dawn Cano Jeremy by Matt Hickman Caravan by Andrew Lennon The Customer Is Always... by Stuart Keane A Sting in the Tale by Matt Shaw Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts by Jasper Bark Strange Sex 3 by John Bruni Easter Eggs and Bunny Boilers by Matt Shaw Shoebox by Michael Bray Trouser's Edge by Carl Lee The Haunting of Emily Stone by Amy Cross The Tale of Sawney Bean by Kevin J. Kennedy Dead Man's Chair by Kimberly A. Bettes Bucket List by Dawn Cano Sleep Deprived by Dawn Cano Kids by Jack RollinsSHE by Matt Shaw Terrible Cherubs by Robert Brumm Despite The Roots by Matt Shaw Neighborhood Watch by Joseph A. Turkot Violent Delights by Dawn Cano The Dumping Game by Stephen Donald Huff Larry 2 by Adam Millard To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeConsumed by Kyle M. Scott Murder Girls by Christine Morgan The Book of Bunny Suicides by Andy Riley Scarecrows by Michael Bray My Family by Matt Shaw The Slender Man Initiative by Tim Miller Rage by Kimberly A. Bettes The Slender Man Initiative by Tim Miller The Slender Man Initiative by Tim Miller Active Shooter by Tim Miller Hexad by Andrew Lennon Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath The Slender Man Initiative by Tim Miller Fiends by Richard Laymon  Freddy's House by David Jester

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Strange Sex 3

 Fancy a ménage à trilogy?

Have you ever felt the urge to fuck the photocopier at work? Or maybe you’re obsessed with panda sex. Perhaps you have a bomb in your cunt, or better yet, you have the Demon Vibrator of Eden in there. Whatever your taste, STRANGE SEX 3 has the scratch for your itch.

As usual, #SS3 is packed with awesome from cover to cover, and there is surely something within it’s pages for everyone’s hidden kink. ¬†(If it’s not your kink now – it just might be after you read about it!)

Once again the craziest perverts in the industry have gathered together to give us some of the most fucked up erotica you’re ever likely to read, and a possible #VVD (virtual venereal disease) in the process. 

Since this is our third installment of Strange Sex, I’m not going to touch on every story this time. ¬†I know, I know… you’re disappointed. Don’t worry – I’m not going to make you walk in to the madness blindly! Here are a few highlights to make sure you don’t stick to the floor…

Billy Tea taught us something¬†very important in #SS2 – Rule 34: If it exists, there‚Äôs porn of it. Now, in #SS3, John Bruni teaches us that it doesn’t matter how fucked up something seems…¬†there is ‘A Market For All Things’. ¬†People collect weird things –¬†especially Hollywood memorabilia. ¬† (I also learned “…they’re not called selfies if there is more than one person in them. Those are ‘usies’.”¬† Thanks, John!!)

Do you remember how you felt when you walked into an ‘adult book store’ for the first time? Mike Lombardo vividly describes Lee’s first excruciating foray into the neon paradise in¬†‘Just Like The Real Thing’. Poor kid.
There is a¬†scene in Clerks¬†that shows Randal on the phone,¬†placing an order¬†for RST Video – I think Kevin Smith should hire Mike Lombardo as a porn consultant for the filming of Clerks 3…

I’ve always hated when someone refers to themselves as a ‘foodie’, EVERYBODY¬†loves food, right?!¬†¬†MP Johnson¬†shows us how some people just take their love of food to an entirely different, (and lower), level in ‘Combo Platter Number Three’.

I think we can all agree that the ‘auto-correct’ feature on our cell phones was invented by Satan, right? If you’ve ever have had an auto-correct disaster in your life you’ll love the hilarious transcript, ahem…¬†story from Mandy De Sandra – ‘Duck Me In The Bass: An Autocorrect Anal Sex Text Adventure’.

Leonard Delaney tells us a touching story about falling in love, (complete with ¬†heartbreak, and betrayal), that almost everyone can relate to in ‘The Office Photocopier Wants To Fuck Me’.¬†

There’s a thin line between love & hate, and ‘Mine’ by¬†Elle Stanger sits dead center.¬† “They say that love can be like a fire, quick and unpredictable. But what they don’t tell you is that love can burn your house down.”

The Stories:

‚ÄúJust Like The Real Thing‚ÄĚ by Mike Lombardo¬†
‚ÄúCombo Platter Number Three‚ÄĚ by MP Johnson
‚ÄúTanuki vs. the Aokigahara Swingers Club‚ÄĚ by Arthur Graham
‚ÄúEctoplasm Orgasm‚ÄĚ by Adam Millard
‚ÄúThe Mark Of Zorra‚ÄĚ by Rich Bottles Jr.
‚ÄúSnowballin’: I Fucked Frosty‚ÄĚ by Auralie Vierge
‚ÄúCuntBomb!!!‚ÄĚ by TruckDrivingMagicMamma
‚ÄúRat Fuck‚ÄĚ by Robert Tannahill
‚ÄúDuck Me In The Bass: An Autocorrect Anal Sex Text Adventure‚ÄĚ by Mandy De Sandra
‚ÄúA Market For All Things‚ÄĚ by John Bruni
‚ÄúBigBoobenstein And The Demon Vibrator Of Eden‚ÄĚ by Jeff O’Brien
‚ÄúThe Office Photocopier Wants To Fuck Me‚ÄĚ by Leonard Delaney
‚ÄúMine‚ÄĚ by ¬†
‚ÄúThe Aliens from HerAnus‚ÄĚ by Made In DNA
‚ÄúBionic Bonkers Feline Sextacular 3000‚ÄĚ by Jason Wayne Allen
‚ÄúRed Hot Panda Love‚ÄĚ by Danger_Slater


Get your horrotica in 140 characters or less:

@tusitalabruni, @ReelSplatter, @freaktension, @adammillard, @Rich_Bottles_Jr,  @auralievierge, @MandyDeSandra, @jeffkissarmy, @Leonard_Delaney, @ElleStanger, @idiotandroid, @jasonwayneallen, @Danger_Slater


Find more stories from these deviants on Amazon:

John Bruni,¬†Mike Lombardo,¬†MP Johnson,¬†¬†Arthur Graham,¬†¬†Adam Millard,¬†¬†Rich Bottles Jr.,¬†Auralie Vierge,¬†TruckDriving MagicMamma,¬†¬†Robert Tannahill,¬†¬†Mandy De Sandra,¬†Jeff O’Brien,¬†Leonard Delaney,¬†Elle Stanger,¬†Made In DNA,¬†Jason Wayne Allen,¬†Danger Slater¬†





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Tales of Questionable Taste

Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Purchase Date: April 15, 2013
So…WTF happened, self? What took you an entire YEAR to have a discussion about this book?
::smh:: w/ ::finger of shame::

For fans of the bizarre, the weird, the strange, StrangeHouse Books brings you a whirlwind of eighteen tales sure to amuse, confuse, horrify and leave you questioning your lack of taste. From the warped synapses of John Bruni come stories of the destruction of earth, via a humongous totally nude man in space, a portal to another dimension inside of an office worker’s desk, a sordid love affair between two nefarious euthanasia enthusiasts, and many other yarns that span from psychological terror, to comedy, to downright disgusting!

This is another great collection of SS put out by SHB – all from author John Bruni. I first read Bruni during my HOLIDAY HORROR – Binge & Purge Christmas of 2012. His story FAMILY MAN is in the HACKED UP HOLIDAY MASSACRE anthology, and I really liked it – it’s pulls off a great twist that shorts usually aren’t able to accomplish. Remembering that, I knew that this book was going to be a fun read for me!

I really, REALLY love that the author added a section at the end of the book where he talks a little bit on each story. It makes it feel a little more personal, like I got to chat with him a bit.

One last thing before I tell you about these tales –
I’m finding that a reoccurring thought comes into my brain every time I read a Strange House anthology. There is always one short that I want more of. Usually, there’s already more story there – and it’s dying to be released!
In this collection from John Bruni, it’s THE SKYSCRAPER OF FORBIDDEN DELIGHT.
It’s already a kick ass story, and my favorite in this book – but it could be extended to novel length! There are at least 92 potential chapters, but there would have to be more innocent victims, ahem, I mean characters.
It would be twisted!
Here’s my million dollar idea for tonight – John Bruni paired up with Justin Roberts. Have a mash up of Bruni’s THE SKYSCRAPER OF FORBIDDEN DELIGHT with Roberts’ VAGARY ‚̧ The Skyscraper could be called The Palace… think about it, guys! ::nudge nudge::

Martin’s desk drawer just went all Twilight Zone, and he’s trying to get some help troubleshooting the problem. I laughed out loud a few times, wishing I had access to something like this!!

Seth is touched by a picture drawn for him by his g/f, Esmeralda. Not just emotionally ‘touched’ – like ‘Aw, that’s sweet’, but, touched at more of a gut level. When she tells him that the picture is drawn from something that happened to her when she was younger, he starts to question her sanity. By the end of the story, though… he’s questioning his own!
*Noted that this was ‘Inspired by Nicole Evans’

It’s a bird!
It’s a plane!
Nope. It’s a giant naked man, and he’s hurtling through space – headed straight towards Earth!
This man with the giant cock, and TS Elliot, inspired the street poet’s graffiti found at the end of the world – their own variation of “This is the way the world ends… ” and TEOTWAWKI is not quite as poetic as we’d hoped!

Ahh, Amber Weston.
Mrs. Amber Weston.
Married, but quite a looker! Many a man has dreamed of Amber, but nobody dares to do more than dream… until now.
Mikey, Mikey… tsk tsk.
What have you gotten yourself into?

A wrong turn in a bizarre heroin trip leads to corporeal banishment and a world of isolation & darkness.

You can listen to RIDING THE MIDNIGHT GLOOM on LiquidImagination – narrated by Bob Eccles. I didn’t like it at first, the narration, (He sounds like Your Host Bill Curtis, or the narrator from Anchorman), but it/he grew on me by the end of the story.

The B! True Hollywood Story of Vinnie Delva.
Vinnie Delva was born with a bizarre deformity, and in spite of all the bullying & bullshit growing up – he made the deformity his bitch, and became a star. B! follows him from childhood, to his biography with Kurt Loader, to his tragic end. Never before revealed details about his family, and his dark times. Tune in tonight at 9:00 p.m.

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES (with Nicole Evans):
This is what happens when two sociopaths with the same agenda accidentally meet, and try to play their regular games on each other.

Did you know that John Bruni’s favorite author is Joe R. Lansdale? He’s mentioned it once or twice.
This is a Halloween short, written for the anthology I mentioned earlier – A HACKED UP HOLIDAY MASSACRE.

PIMP OF THE LIVING DEAD (as Jack F. Graves):
I learned the term ‘Catalepsy’ in this story. (In fact, I’ve looked up a few great words while reading this book!)
You’ll figure out the definition when you read this short story about a pathologist who takes special care of his living clientele, as well as the dead.

ANYONE WHO SAYS THEY DON’T WANT TO BE BEAUTIFUL IS A LIAR. Beauty is something we all want, in one form or another. If you just happened to stumble across the person who made you, and made you less than unsightly, what would be the first thing you’d do?
I hope I’d do exactly what the man in this SS does.

This one has struck a familiar chord, but I’m still playing Name That Tune – I don’t know what it is. I’m left feeling a little melancholy – with no reason.
Sam has been wandering the states, living from town to town, since he left Vietnam. Now that he’s reached 50, it’s time to think about settling down. As if the Universe willed it, he runs into an old buddy from the war. Phil offers Sam a place to settle himself, a shangri-la for their kind, and it won’t cost a thing.
But, nothing ever comes for free.

Chuck is having some anger management issues, and whether he thinks that’s true or not – the judge agrees. His counseling leads him to a new age healer, who helps Chuck separate himself from his anger. But, being without his anger leaves him unprepared when he has to deal with it face to face!

Peter is sick of his time being wasted, wasted by borish bosses and whorish exes. Wasted in by traffic stops, and in traffic itself. He soon realizes how much time he’s wasting by eating, sleeping, and even using the bathroom – and he soon finds a way to bypass all these distractions.

It’s true, but is it really superstition if it displays positive results each and every time? Well, positive for almost everyone…

What would you give to have a vacation like no other? An experience that’s completely unique, only thought of in the
darkest corners of your mind…

I still have a soft spot for vamps, and I really like this SS. –
In a world where Vampires are the citizens, most aspects of life would essentially stay the same – they’d just happen in a darker atmosphere. There would still be cook-outs, and friendly neighbors. Brothers and sisters would still annoy each other. But, if one of the kids goes missing… who is the bad guy, and where can he be found?

Det. Cameron Laurich is Bruni’s – black & white, cigarette smoking ‘Private Dick’ who uses words like ‘Toots’, and ‘gams’…
Ok, that’s bullshit. But, it is Bruni’s cop. This is our only glimpse of him, so far. But – hopefully we’ll get to see what kind of guy he is in the future. Until then, here’s what Detective Laurich knows about what happened at Lucy Jones’ husband’s funeral..

George Penderghast is having a rough day.
He feels the tension on his neck, and the familiar pangs of a headache trying to creep in.
“Just admit we’re lost, George”…
He grinds his teeth & grips the wheel tighter, trying to tune out the words of the self-proclaimed ‘Sidewalk-Superintendent’ riding shotgun.
He’s driving through a semi-rough looking area, with his wife in the passenger seat, and two sons in the back. He thinks “..this family ‘vakay’ is turning out to be anything BUT relaxing…”
“I have to go to the bathroom!”
“…if I killed ’em all, I wouldn’t have to pay child support…”
It isn’t a serious thought. He loves his wife Ellen, and his
boys, Jordan & Denny, are his world. “…once I get on the freeway, we’ll get back on schedule and…”
His thoughts are interrupted when his car is being pelted with rocks and bottles. Now… he’s really fuckin pissed!
Anybody who’s ever seen a horror movie, or heard an Urban Legend, KNOWS – If you’re driving in a shitty area, at night, and people start messing with you… DO NOT STOP! Well, everybody BUT George knows this.
He stops, he gets out, and if he thought his day was rough before… he’s in for an obnoxious wake up call! His day is about to become worse that he could have ever imagined!

When George regains consciousness, he’s in the basement of a multi-storied den of debauchery straight out of the Penthouse Forum for Sexually Psychotic, and his wife & kids are on one of the levels above him.
With each level catering to a different fetish, (sledgehammers & infants – Level 35. Going down?) and 92 floors to choose from, George bears witness to depravity beyond comprehension, but he’s not leaving without his family!

About the Author
John Bruni’s work has appeared in a variety of anthologies, most notably in VILE THINGS from Comet Press, A HACKED-UP HOLIDAY MASSACRE from Pill Hill, and ZOMBIE! ZOMBIE! BRAIN BANG! from StrangeHouse Books. His stories have also been published in SHROUD, CTHULHU SEX, MORPHEUS TALES, and a number of other magazines. He was the editor of TABARD INN: TALES OF QUESTIONABLE TASTE, and he is the author of a crime novel, STRIP, from Musa Publishing. Check out his website at, his blog at, and follow him on Twitter at @tusitalabruni, if you have the testicular fortitude. He lives, drinks, and fucks in Elmhurst, IL

Amazon notes Jesse Wheeler as Illustrator

Tales of Questionable Taste on Amazon
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Desperate times call for desperate measures, and when a team of unlikely criminals band together for an audacious score, everything is bound to go off the rails. A broke strip club announcer, an ex-con bodybuilder, a meth-head drag racer, and a career criminal have set their eyes on the local strip club, where a safe full of millions of dollars in cash awaits them. What none of them know is that the place is under surveillance by police officers intent on busting the Mafioso owner . . . .


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