Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2

  • by Wrath James White, Tim Miller, Bryan Smith, Tim Waggoner, Alessandro Manzetti, Jasper Bark
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2.
Not your mama's best-of horror annual.
This year brings 22 more in-your-face stories that break boundaries and trash taboos, transgressive tales you can't "unread" (as Chuck Palahniuk says).
Some of the stories you'll find here are loaded with very graphic descriptions of violence, sex, and depravities, while others may contain only one shocking moment of brutality. In others, the hardcore aspect may be less graphic and subtler than you might expect. Some of these quieter tales offer the listener some time to recover from the more disturbing ones preceding.
Table of Contents
Michael A. Arnzen "55 Ways I'd Prefer Not to Die"
Jasper Bark "Bed of Crimson Joy"
Christa Carmen "The Girl Who Loved Bruce Campbell"
Marvin Brown "The Field"
Adam Cesare "Please Subscribe"
Matthew Chabin "Father of Dread"
Jose Cruz "American Gods, American Monsters"
Andrew Darlington "Coming of the Darkula"
Paolo Di Orazio "The Contract"
Stefanie Elrick "Mother's Nature"
William Grabowski "Out Hunting for Teeth"
Sarah L. Johnson "Little Sister, Little Brother"
Eric LaRocca "Miss_Vertebrae"
Alessandro Manzetti "Kozmic Blues"
Tim Miller "Backne"
Alexandra Renwick "Redux"
Bryan Smith "Implant"
Jeremy Thompson "The Hallowfiend Remembers"
Tim Waggoner "A Face in the Crowd"
Wrath James White "Ownership"
Stephanie M. Wytovich "On This Side of Bloodletting" & selected poems from "Brothel"
Full list of authors includes: Stephanie M. Wytovich, Paolo Di Orazio, Sarah L. Johnson, Adam Cesare, Michael A. Arnzen, Jeremy Thompson, Stefanie Elrick, Eric LaRocca, Wrath James White, Tim Miller, Bryan Smith, Tim Waggoner, Alessandro Manzetti, and Jasper Bark

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What did you like best about this story?

While some of the titles were a bit over the edge, none of them were shocking. I enjoyed most of the short stories. None of the had the time to build a real momentum of suspense.


What does Joe Hempel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Joe Hempel did a was very good and at times had a real opportunity to express the feelings of the story. His limitation was the material itself. Some of it lacked the substance to allow express.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found part very interesting, but personally, compilations just do not give me time to get into a storyline. I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.


Any additional comments?

Short stories I found extremely interesting were "The Field" By Marvin Brown, "Redo" by Alexandra Renwick, "The Girl Who Loved Bruce Campbell by Christa Carmen.

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- Paul Freund

Graphic and gritty

This is a eclectic mix of short hard core horror stories and poems. It is gritty, graphic, gruesome and often disturbing. From demons into BDSM, graphic dismemberment, serial killers, gross fae and alien invaders; these no holds barred tales from a variety of authors will appeals to the hard core loves. Even though I found some of the tales were a bit much for my tastes, the great narration kept me listening. Hempel did a great job of entertaining and definitely brought the horror of these 21 tales to life.
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- Rabid Reader

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2017
  • Publisher: Comet Press