Book Reviews Extreme Horror Unrelenting Human Horror

A Fistful of Guts: The Heartless Heart-Ripper #2

Jon Athan

WARNING: This novel contains graphic content. Reader discretion is advised.

William Keller, known as the Traveling Surgeon, is terrorizing the streets of Florida with two accomplices. They capture their victims, then they ‘operate’ on them. When they’re finished, they steal their victims’ large intestines and leave a bloodbath behind them. Unable to capture them, Homicide Detective Jamie Mills requests assistance from a peer—Homicide Detective Harvey Skinner. Together, they continue Harvey’s experimental program.

Sam Lee, the Heartless Heart-Ripper, is released from death row once again and asked to do what he does best: capture, torture, release.

Jon Athan brings you the highly-anticipated sequel to The Good, the Bad, and the Sadistic in this gruesome story of questionable ethics, violent vengeance, and human horror.

I like how meaty this one is!


Jon Athan is back again with a splattery, gore drenched, and drippy piece of Unrelenting Human Horror that’s gonna fill your violence quota for about six months! The Heartless Heart-Ripper is in perfect form, ever the consummate professional. I appreciate a man who takes pride in his work.

I like how meaty this one is. The characters motivations, the ache of those who are skating the razors edge between good and evil, and, of course, the brutality. I could talk for an hour about the characters, but I’ll save it for a no-spoiler blog.
I’m excited to know that the next book is in the works, (omg, Eric! Right?!), but even more excited to know that there is a chance for ‘The Heartless Heart-Ripper’ – a pre-quel! THAT is going to be amazing, I already know it. I’m also glad I’m not alone anymore in liking “The House That Jack Built”.

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P, L & N 




The Serial Killers ClubThe Serial Killers Club by Jeff Povey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Take Dexter, and divide by Ash, then add to Desperately Seeking Susan, and you’ll get The Serial Killers Club!

After accidentally killing, and assuming the identity of local serial killer ‘Grandson of Barney‘, the narrator follows a personal ad in ‘his’ wallet and finds himself in a room with 18 other serial killers.
It’s a club, a place for killers to share stories, and make sure that nobody is targeting the same person. (It’s happened before – awkward!)
When you’re surrounded by every notorious serial killer from the surrounding areas, each one looking at you expectantly, waiting to hear your story… you’re gonna make some shit up, with a quickness!
Everyone in the club goes by an alias. They choose their names from classic stars, (eg. Errol Flynn & Carole Lumbard), and our narrator becomes Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Dougie falls into his roll headfirst, and the club becomes his life. He’s finally found a place where he belongs, among friends. The trouble is, Dougie isn’t a real serial killer. Other members have started to notice that there haven’t been any new Grandson of Barney victims since he joined them – ‘Why is that, Dougie?’
He’s suffering from ‘Killer’s Block’ – that’s a thing, right?
If this isn’t enough of a problem, the mysterious stranger who has been following him around reveals himself as the lead agent on the Grandson of Barney case, and he’s got plans of his own.
Doug’s certainly stuck between a rock & a hard place, things can’t possibly get any worse.
Hahaha!! You silly man!” – says LIFE. “Let’s see… how can I make your life suck just a bit more…” ::dastardly rubbing hands together:: “Oh! I know!… Watch THIS!
[Enter stage left:] The Kentucky Killer has come to town.
Now – the fun can really begin!

The Serial Killers Club is fun, darkly humorous, and it kept the ‘whodunit’ muscle in my brain working overtime.

Check out all of my GOODREADS reviews, and HERE on Cover to Cover.

Book Reviews Non-Fiction

ANSWER ME!! The First Three – from Jim & Debbie Goad

Answer Me!: The First ThreeAnswer Me!: The First Three by Jim Goad
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t tell you, for sure, when I first got my hands on this.
I can remember getting one of the first three ‘issues’, mailing away for it to some unknown P.O. Box after a buddy sent me info about it. He said, “Hey, you like fucked up shit, check out this (forgive me…) ‘zine!”
It was perfect – full of dirt, grime, and grainy pictures.
Jim & Debbie Goad were a pissed off couple who hated everything, except each-other, and I was obsessed.
I got a letter some time later. Something personal was happening, so they were putting ANSWER ME! The First Three together in one issue, with a glossy cover and a bit of supplemental material, to raise some dough. I sent for it the same day!
I’ve read this cover to cover HUNDREDS of times.
The pages still leave ink stains on my fingers, it’s beat up and worn.
I still sometimes worry about the person who finds it after I die…
Serial killers, suicides, Dr. Kevorkian – (he was very much alive and in business when they called him. And since the good doctor was dealing death [practicality] right around the corner from me, it was that much cooler!). It still feels wrong, and dirty. I wouldn’t sell it for anything!

I always wanted ANSWER ME! Issue 4, the RAPE issue, and everything else advertised in the back of my copy. I never sent for anything after finding out that the ‘something personal’ that was going on came to a sad end. I didn’t know if address were changed, if people moved around, then it would slip my mind until the next time I picked it up again.
I’m going to stop writing this now, so I can read up on what Jim Goad & Goad To Hell have posted on… Goodreads!? Really?! I’m smirking at this, but… hey – freaks of the world, UNITE! Why not there?

Book Reviews Horror Series Short Story

SERIAL by Jack Kilborn / Blake Crouch [Revised/Updated]


SERIAL is a horror novella written by Blake Crouch and Jack Kilborn, aka J.A. Konrath. This is disturbing stuff. Perhaps too disturbing.
If you can handle horrific thrills, proceed at your own risk.
But if you suffer from anxiety attacks, nervous disorders, insomnia, nightmares or night terrors, heart palpitations, stomach problems, or are of an overly sensitive nature, you should read something else instead.
The authors are in no way responsible for any lost sleep, missed work, failed relationships, or difficulty in coping with life after you have read SERIAL. They will not pay for any therapy you may require as a result of reading SERIAL. *They will not cradle you in their arms, rock you back and forth, and speak in soothing tones while you unsuccessfully try to forget SERIAL.*
You have been warned.
~ J.A. Konrath

Well, you know what Shadow Girl says about warnings…

SerialSerial by Jack Kilborn / Blake Crouch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Authors:
BLAKE CROUCH is the author of five novels and numerous short stories, including Run, Desert Places, and the Serial series. His website is
JACK KILBORN is the pen name of J.A. Konrath. Under the name Jack Kilborn, he wrote the horror novels Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, and Draculas.
J.A. KONRATH is the author of seven novels in the Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels thriller series. The latest is Shaken, published by AmazonEncore. Visit Jack and J.A. at

The Twin Golden Rules of Hitchhiking:

# 1: Don’t go hitchhiking, because the driver who picks you up could be certifiably crazy.
# 2: Don’t pick up hitchhikers, because the traveler you pick up could be a raving nutcase.

So what if, on some dark, isolated road, Crazy #1 offered a ride to Nutcase #2?


Why had I not read this yet?!
Honestly, I remember reading the plot –
(view spoiler)
and I’ve gone through my Jack Ketchum novels numerous times looking for that synopsis.
Chalk it up to a Derp Moment, a blonde moment, sheer stupidity, whatever. I’ve read it now!
HAVE YOU? WHY NOT?! You’ve got nothing better to do right now – go read it.
It’s a short story – I’ll wait…

I went back after the story to read about the writing process, I think a project like this would make me insane! Matt Shawand Michael Bray just completed ‘ART’ with the same process, and the masters got into it on a larger scale with Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road. I don’t know how to contain my excitement long enough for that! I tried a few times on a fun project with Art (Grizz), and could never hold on to my bits – always sent them within a day!!


If you’ve read this, and all the other pieces related to it…
I have Killers Uncut – that’s not what I need, is it? I want Bad Girl: Prequel to Serial and Truck Stop – what else?
Is everything in Serial Uncut: Extended Edition or Serial Killers Uncut?
Talk to me – I want to get these today… now. Want to read BAD GIRL right now.
Make a chronological list if you think that’s what my Derp needs!! Haha!
I’ll post the list, in order, if someone responds, or when I Google it. WATCH FOR IT! You’ll need it!

GoodReads Reviews or Cover to Cover: Blog Reviews


I was just looking at some of the reviews of this book on, and I refuse to start flame wars in comment sections so I didn’t call anyone out on their stupidity… It’s taking all my self control!
People are reviewing – “Two of the short stories in this book made no sense…”
Almost every 1 & 2 star reviews I took the time to look at said the same thing!!
How do people function in their day to day lives?

* In case you haven’t read the book, the “Other 2 short stories” that the geniuses hated so much – they’re the introduction and the author interview.

SERIAL on (Includes reading order)

I’ve never seen Shelfari until now… what a kick ass site!!

P, L, & N ❤

Book Reviews Fiction Horror


Something is devouring Milo, and this time it isn’t just his guilty conscience.

Meet the Bentley brothers; Milo, a troubled young man who slaughters women at the behest of his cruel older brother, Spencer. Their already complicated lives slip into a spiral of madness when Milo is attacked by a werewolf during a routine body disposal. While Milo is unsure what is happening to him, Spencer finds he prefers the company of the wolf, and does everything he can to keep Milo from discovering the truth. The truth, however, is a complication all its own, with or without the beast.

The family that preys together stays together, in this wild take on the werewolf mythology.

Tonia has her favorite monsters, and it shows in her writing.
We all know that I love Tonia‘s zombies – just check out any of my reviews/discussions,*¹ but, I haven’t talked about her furry side before. Her werewolves have a certain charm about them, a … je ne sais quoi. I read HOUSE RULES on her blog, and fell in love with a grumpy & fuzzy Horace as he traded insults with Larry the vampire over drinks in a bar. I immediately downloaded Triple Shot of Werewolves & (pardon the pun) devoured it that night.
*¹(I don’t pad my reviews just cuz authors are my buddies or I think someone is cool, haha! Those reasons may lead me to picking up someone’s work, but not to give a false review.)
Devouring Milo is not like her other stories though. It’s darker, grittier, and more violent. (Yay!) We start off with a serial killer story. Two brutal & depraved brothers – Milo & Spencer – whose favorite hobby is inflicting pain on the women they think are deserving. So, what happens when these human monsters encounter a werewolf in the woods? A serial-were? Were-killer? Serial-wolf! Yeah! That sounds cool.
This would be a great story with just these details, but…Tonia can’t be satisfied with being merely great. She has to knock it up a notch – BAM! (Sorry, but a cooking show reference right here just made me laugh!) You get no hints or spoilers from me, though! Go download Devouring Milo now, then come back and talk about it!!

One last thing… Dear Tonia, I’m curious about how your sister sees Milo & Spence. One day, I’d love to hear the original idea!! xxoo =^.^=

Anthologies Book Reviews Fiction Holiday Horror Horror


A Hacked-Up Holiday Massacre:

Halloween is Going to be Jealous

24 holiday themed horror shorts by some of the leading names in the genre. You want blood? You’ll get buckets.


In my best ‘Joe Dirt’ impersonation…”When good fetishs go bad, dang!” In a style that only Jack Ketchum can deliver, this story of extreme S&M, and the lengths some people will go to for sexual pleasure, will make you cringe!

Boyd E. Harris tells us the story of Patrice, and how she comes to put her love life into the hands of an online dating service, Agent Cupid, and the bizarre man behind the Agent Cupid program.

February 29th is a day of chaos. The day that shouldn’t be. Thank goodness it only comes once every four years. In this Leap Day themed short by Patcick Shand, Logan learns just how sinister this day can be.

In PINCH by Shane McKenzie, we’re in a dark & gloomy back-alley with Slim and his dog Luther. Starving, homeless, & strung out, Slim is just trying to be invisible to the drunken bar-hoppers. He knows that in the spirit of the holiday, if you’re not wearing any green on St. Patrick’s Day, you can get ‘pinched’ by other SPD celebrators. It’s a shame that his dog Luther is color-blind.

In this Easter themed short from Lee Thomas, we’re spending the day with Sally, her family, and… her memories. She finds Easter, and it’s traditions, distasteful. But, she won’t ruin her daughters holiday. She covers her disgust by feigning disinterest, but she will never forget that Easter of her tenth year. She’ll go to any lengths to assure her daughters holiday will never include her Uncle Easter Bunny or his ‘egg hunts’.

Emma Ennis tells the tale of Easter in the town of Murrins. It is not a time of fluffy bunnies or chocolate eggs. Murrins has a dark and embarassing history. One that returns to haunt the towns inhabitants, and to remind them – the sins of the father are to be laid upon the children.

In this short by Kevin Wallace, Arbor Day is celebrated by the trees – and this year…they’re pissed!

Kirk Jones pens a different kind of Arbor Day tale this time around. One where the plants and humans intertwine to become one grotesque creature. A creature that doesn’t want to be alone!

A creepy twist on Earth Day from author Leslie Connor – The last place Matt wants to be is in the woods, with his family, just because his step-dad wants to plant a tree for Earth Day. But this Earth Day awakens something evil in these woods, and Matt doesn’t know if he, or his family, will make it out alive.

Author John McNee knows how to ruin a perfectly heavenly Mexican dinner! This is a Cinco De Mayo celebration story of four boys and a prank gone horribly wrong. A short story about the obsession of revenge!

I do, I do!  “Out in the country, no one will hear you scream!”
When I talked to A.J. Brown, he told me that Mother’s Day was not his first choice of holidays to write a horror short about, but he wrote one that will stick with me forever!
Cyrus is a down home, good ole boy. He hates kids and goes to any lengths to ensure he never has any of his own. Extreme lenghts. But, when he finds a woman to settle down with – she’s willing to use even more extreme measures to make sure she gets the child she wants. Who will emerge the victor?

Steve Lowe has created many holidays for this story, but – it’s mainly a story about Fathers Day. Set in an apocalyptic future, one faimly goes to extreme lenghts to make sure the father is our of their lives for good.

SunVerge is having its annual Employee Appreciation Day picnic & festivities. The employees have their own hidden agendas for this event. A team building exercise based on a Venesualan tradition, La Tomatina, is being incorporated into the event – hopefully to let workers get out some of their aggressions in a fun and structured environment. The author, Chris Lewis Carter, had more in mind for us readers, and twisted together a story violence & revenge for this outing! Who will make it out alive ? I’m looking forward to reading more of CLC’s works!

For World Animal Day, Matt Kurtz writes us a story about revenge on the cowardly assclowns who abuse animals for
fun. Taking revenge on as ‘an eye for an eye’ task – this story is pretty gruesome. Scenes of violence against the animals disturbed me more than the extreme violence on the humans, tho!!

BY BIZARRE HANDS is a story about a traveling preacher, trying to spread salvation (among other things) & His word.  Joe R. Lansdale wrote this Halloween short story about Preacher Judd, who’s gotten wind of a retarded girl who is in need of some of bible-learning. A girl just like his late sister, the one who died on Halloween many years ago. If he can get some God-Sense into this girl – maybe he’ll be able to let his sister rest in peace.

A Halloween story by John Bruni.
Sid & Stan. Identical twin brothers, with urges… like their father and their grandfather before them. At one time – they were the perfect yin and yang. These days, everything surrounding Stan is a cluster-fuck that Sid wants no part of. They were taught that family means everything. But, Sid has his own family now. A family that he has taught well.
This is a cute story, and I especially liked the line… “You’ve had enough fun for one night. It’s bedtime. Take your uncles face off.” HALLOWEEN Fun for the whole family!! Hahaha

This Veteran’s Day story by Lee Thompson is about a retired soldier, trying to come to terms with his past. He can’t hide from his own mind and the memories of things he had done. The story is told in journal form, as he is trying to cope with the ghosts.

I hate to admit this, but this short story was my first experience with Wrath James Wright! I know! Right? For a lover of sick & twisted like myself – I should have started ages ago. I have many full lenghth novels in my queue now, so… fear not! Many reviews to come! NOW… about Pascal’s Wager… I loved this. The obsession with “which religion is the right one” is taken to such a bizarre extreme! Although this is set during our traditional November Thanksgiving – it touches base with traditions from every religion during this time of year. It has an ending that will leave you with your jaw hanging open & a WTF expression on your face.

A SPECIAL SURPRISE AT THANKSGIVING DINNER by Elle Richfield is another SS surrounding Thanksgiving, but this one focuses more on a traditional family holiday than on one guy in November. Hector has prepared a special holiday feast for his fat wife Norma, and her bitch of a mother Ilene. The women that were the bane of his existence all these years. But, with some luck, and a special recipe, he’s going to turn into the bane of theirs. Not a traditional family Thanksgiving story, but one I’ll remember every year as the turkey is about to be carved! I can’t wait until someone asks me why I’m smirking at the table this year. I’ll just be thankful if I can hold my tongue!

Bently Little believes that you’re never too old to believe in Santa. The man in this story is surprised when he finds out his 23 year old wife honestly believes in the fat man. He’s shocked when he is awoken on Christmas Eve/Christmas Morning by sounds on the roof… then inside his home. He is horrified by what he learns about Christmas this year, and what takes the place of candy & toys for adults. But he’s even more terrified when his wife brings up The Easter Bunny a couple of months later!

Christmas miracles are few & far between during these hacked up holidays. So – keep your eyes peeled when Ty Schwamberger gives us a serial killer Christmas! A murderous Santa breaking into homes on Christmas eve, and hanging more than just stockings from the fireplace.
“The hands are hung by the chimney with care…
In hopes that folks from everywhere far and wide, will know that Christmas is the time to die.”

A Christmas SS by Marie Green
Sunshine (aka Sunny) is full of joy this morning! As she sneaks outside to take a peek at the neighbors beautiful Christmas tree, she has an idea… she is going to decorate the tree in the yard as a surprise for her family. And, they are really surprised when they wake up and see what she’s done.

A group of friends decide to sneak across the border into Mexico. One of them has a ‘girlfriend’ in the area whose parents are out of town for the holidays, and she will have the house to herself. They’ve saved up some cash and are ready for an adventure! But… the adventure they run into is not what they had in mind! One of the guys escapes after watching his friends die , and THATS when the fun really starts! It’s The Day of the Innocents and Elias Siqueiros is going to teach you all about it.

Well…we’ve come full circle  )O(  Nate Southard is rounding-up this collection with a SS  about the last New Year’s Eve that mankind will ever celebrate. Told through a series of journal entries from one of the men who helped introduce ‘The Complex’ to an unsuspecting Manhattan. It’s happening all over the world, The Complex is being released and a handful of people have volunteered to watch and take notes until they’ve succumbed to the virus. A great story and IMO – an absolutely perfect ending to this anthology!

A Hacked-Up Holiday Massacre was edited by Shane Mackenzie.
I’ve gotten to chat with, or became friends with most of the authors since reading this. So, even though a ton of work went into getting this post together on time – it was worth every second of editing, formatting, and a lengthy html headache.
(You’ll need to ask my husband if my overly-anal editing was worth the time he had to spend fixing the vacuum cleaner that mysteriously fell apart all on it’s own – with no help from me whatsoever. I wasn’t even in the same room.

I didn’t do it.
Nobody saw me do it.
You can’t prove anything.



* CHRIS LEWIS CARTER can be reached at –



* BOYD E. HARRIS works at, and can be reached at –

* FUN FACT: Joe R. Lansdale wrote BUBBA HO TEP, the one that our Main Man BRUCE’s movie was based on! He’s also featured in Showtime’s MASTERS OF HORROR series. You can contact him on Facebook – helluva guy!

* TY SCHWAMBERGER’s official Blog is right here on WP –


* LEE THOMAS’s Blog can be found at –

* LEE THOMPSON’s official Blog –

Most of the authors have Facebook pages, but until I get permission from everyone – I won’t post any addresses. That shouldn’t stop you from looking them up on your own & reaching out to tell them how you felt about their work. I’ll ask my Facebook stalker expert if she has any tips to share!
I hope you had fun with this one. I took a different approach, and I liked how the reviews turned out. Let me know if you felt the same – all comments are appreciated.

A Hacked-Up Holiday Massacre: Halloween is Going to be Jealous on Amazon

Anthologies Book Reviews Fiction Horror


Fables For The Sick And Twisted
by Jeremiah Cress


This review was originally posted on 4/02/13

Scoop up your own copy of 7S³ for FREE on Amazon! Then pop over to his author page and tell him we’re waiting for more…

WARNING: Stories contain scenes of violence that may shock or disturb some readers.

With a mixture of dark humor and creepy storytelling, this collection of bloody and disturbing tales is both entertaining and downright chilling. Each story, with its creepy tone and terrifying set of events, exposes a real and terrifying fact; that no one is ever safe.


• Right now, she’s being hunted. It all happened so fast! One minute, she’s celebrating at her annual birthday party with her besties, some drinks, some laughs… good tiimes. A minute later- she’s hiding from the man who destroyed everything, and left pieces of her friends in his wake! This ss is tense & uncomfortable. I’m kinda pissed at Katy Perry, too.

• Do you realize just how much personal information you put online? For this stalker, social media has made finding his prey almost effortless. This story will make you think about deleting your entire networking persona!

“If you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. “
Having to surpress your deepest desires, for [lietrally] as long as you can remember, is not only futile – but it’s also dangerous. When that dam bursts open & the first drop of blood trickles out … nothing will be able to stop the impending tidal wave that is to come.
This one gives a whole new visual to the phrase ‘hold your tongue’! :p

• Waking up bound & gagged in an unfamiliar place, with no memory of how she ended up here… Janice is terrified. Once she calms down, she realizes that the reason it’s hard to breathe is because of the duct tape on her mouth. And, she cannot see because her eyes have been sealed shut. How long do you fight against your restraints, how much pain do you put yourself through, how much silence can you take before you give up? Just give in & accept your fate?

• Keeping a journal is therapeutic, I’ve had one readily available for as long as I can remember – even if my most recent entries have been sporadic, at best. Serial killers need an outlet, too. That’s what this short story is about. Short, but to the point. It has a particularly gruesome murder detailed within its pages, too

• Haven’t finished this story yet – but had to stop to say OHMIGAWD!!! Wait till you see!!!
Ok. I finished … I could have waited, it was only a little more – but… on the Kindle, you’re never really sure. I can’t say too much. I’ll just stick with what everyone tells me. “Smoking is going to kill you.” AbFab story! Please comment – I want to talk ♥

• You’ve heard me say it before – (‘Holiday Horror’ anthologies & Genital Grinder reviews etc.), I love when the shorts give a little nod to each other. Especially if they’re from different authors. This is the same author, but – this final story, ZEN, ties together with the first story, HIDE & SEEK. So so good. It gives the whole collection a nice feel of closure. This time around, told from the killers POV instead of the victims, we get a little deeper into the story… the birthday party, the friends, the killings!

I’m so pleased with this book. I loved each & every SS, and that’s pretty rare. With a lot of anthologies, you’ll get a couple really good ones, and a few ‘meh’ stories. (If you’re lucky – none of em suck). I wished they were longer, I just didn’t want to stop reading. The stories live up to the title! Slightly sadistic stories, written for the sick & twisted! I am going to go on Amazon right now to see what other work is available from Jeremiah Cress!

As always, leave comments – I can’t wait to see how you like it ♥ ~P, L &N~ sg

links: Goodreads, Amazon

Book Reviews Fiction Horror Series Short Story


Killers Anonymous by Rhonda Kachur
A free ebook download from

Killers Anonymous, by Rhonda Kachur, (aka Rhonny Reaper) is a fictional series of short e-stories that follow murderers, psychopaths, and serial killers on their road to recovery. In each volume, you will meet a new member of the support group as they tell their stories and share their personal struggles with the demons within.

Volume One introduces us to Bobby.
He learned to kill at a young age, it was one of the only ways he could be close with his father. The story takes you through the highlights of his murderous career, to the exact moment he decided that this wasn’t the way he wanted to live his life anymore.
This is the first in a series that I cannot wait for more of!
There are so many possibilities, the only limit being the authors imagination. Personally, I’m hoping for the series to cover at least five different serial killers, culminating in a final novel length story – incorporating each killer highlighted in the series.

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