Paul M. Sammon: Splatterpunks II: Over the Edge

E content in this anthology isn t actively bad but a lot f it just wasn t uite to my taste Still an engaging read and a funweird blast Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat of pure unadulterated 1995 goth bullshit Elizabeth Massie s Hooked On Buzzer which I first encountered in a different anthology about ten years ago still freaks meut I highly recommend it Kathe Koja s contribution is also memorably horriblehaunting and riginal although I felt it lapsed too much into summary and telling the reader that things happened instead f depicting them in the last third before recovering admirably for a strong surreal conclusion I wouldn t have wanted to pay than 3 r 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 ff as VERY dated by 2019 standards and which may be upsettingoffensive to some readers Poppy Z Brite s Xenophobia attempts a satirical critiue f dumb white bro racism but ends up just being kind f actually racist so heads up for that ne too Beginning a re read f the horror authors I read back in High SchoolPost College An average Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls of 3 stars for this collection Some goodnes but a lot that just hit the trying to be shocking that you can get from horror The better stories don t feel so early 90s But a good start Splatterpunks I and the two Book Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of the Dead anthologies and single author books Another reviewer mentioned that the editor did a lotf spewing his liberal claptrap around but I didn t read any Night's Pawn of the notesr the introduction Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) only the stories so I couldn t tell you about that I have mixed feelings about this book Splatterpunk is kindf hit r miss for me I like scary intense shocking stuff but I prefer it to have some substance and riginality 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 ne way r 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 The Secret Child of a transgender woman whose forray into strange illegal drugs leads to madnessOverall there was some stuff that was good andverall it was worth readingI was bored with the interviews and didn t read them Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook or thether material I nly 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 f 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 n defining and validating the term splatterpunk at every given pportunity Hit r miss In general the stories are technically good However many f them are also badly dated The fact that trans bodies were ever considered appropriate fodder for body horro. Lection for horror fans willing to go all the way Kirkus Reviews and a work Death by Inferior Design of 'dangerous visions' Booklist Splatterpunks II Over the Edge continues in the groundbreaking traditionf the first volume by featuring acknowledged masters f the bizarre Clive Barker Martin Amis and Brian Hodge; established women writers Kathe Koja and Poppy Z Brite; underground favorite.

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 verwriting and Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 other relatively minor issues If you 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 Impermanent 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 laughut loud clever story about the conjoined reincarnation f 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 f his undoing Darkly hilarious and chilling his rhetoric is disturbingly media realistic piece5 Heels Lucy Taylor A shoe There s some good stories in here but a lot f it is embarrassing cringey bullshit uite disappointing This book was k Certainly nothing to write home about There were some interviews A Philosophy of Cinematic Art other essays that I don t feel really went with the stories They may have beenk with The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of the same but they didn t work mixed in with the fiction I bought it used and certainly don t feel anverwhelming need to go White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs out find the firstne Probably the best thing about it was it was a pretty fast read Splatterpunk usually isn t a genre I m especially fond f 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 n fiction by women Scab or featuring female protagonists made me hope that it would be freef the aspect In a World Created by a Drunken God of splatterpunk I m mostften put Indo No Kao off by that is stories that read like straight dudes boring misogynist sexual fantasies about raping and torturing women disguised by the thinnest possible patinaf no don t you see it s satiresocial commentarybold literary transgression in the spirit f the Decadentswhatever I was right about that there are several stories here that deal with women being raped andor tortured but n the whole they re way interesting and nuanced than that Giant Peach Yodel or at least interested in women s experiences agency and interiority That said manyf the pieces in SPLATTERPUNKS II still have a kind Sinai and Zion 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 kindf libertarian I hate everyone euallyYou re all just sheeple misanthropy that would feed into alt right culture 20 years 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 n at least some issues eg trans rights racism is bad Most f th. Reach beyond the limits f convention and rationality and into the darkest corners f the human soul in this new volume f taboo shattering short fictionReviewers called Splatterpunks Extreme Horror a forceful anthology cum manifesto f splatterpunk that makes a strong case for splatterpunk as valuable morally confrontational art An authoritative and intelligent col.

R says a lot about how far we ve come but aside from that throwing a trans woman into a story and leering Iniquity over her body anxiety just feltcheap Usef 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 f The Aristocrats If you re going to construct horror construct it the Barker and Petoud stories were good examples f the genre and Petoud was as gory as you could possibly want but the gore had a purpose you know And what is up with horror writers leaning n lesbian relationships I swear the book had eight to ten incidents f girl lovin and precisely zero Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) of boy lovin Aside from general usef 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 Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook out here and it made me wondernce again about the relationship f 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 n their uality Livin' de Life or the fact that they were tapping into a zeitgeist that is twenty years gone The Human Centipede and Saw have ruined us apparently Alas to be so jaded and yet to have paid three bucks for this book Some people think disgustingr 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 The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter others are forgettableThe worst part about the book though is editor Paul M Sammon s shrill histrionicsver female empowerment and such claptrap Now I am not speaking Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of someone who makes a strong expressionf his desire for women s euality in the book s introduction No Paul M Sammon is the kind Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of liberal nutcase who isut for blood spewing his ugly hatred and filth all The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta over the pagesIn his personal acknowledgments refers to Reagan Bush Sr Pat Buchanan amongthers as criminals here n earth who should also after death rot in the agonizing eternities f their wn 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 ver some kind f delusional war meant to keep women second class citizensSammon if you re still involved in publishing keep your pinions to yourself Thank God I bought this used so that no cent f my cash ended up in your pocket You psychotic liberal twit Stories in this collection were f generally good uality and enjoyable to read However this collection definitely lost the Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge over the top rightn the brink edgy feel Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of the first Splatterpunks collection Sure it has its sharef necrophilia gratuitous gore usw but it just didn t do it for me It s worth the read if you can pick it up cheap but don t expect it to live up to the first collectio. S and Bram Stoker Award winners Nancy Holder Melanie Tem and Elizabeth Massie Steve Rasnic Tem and Michael Ryan Zimmerman help round The Witches Ball out this second daring collectionProvacative shocking and frightening as well as literate intelligent and revolutionsary Splatterpunks II Over the Edge promises topen your eyes to a new and perhaps dangerous way f looking at the wor.

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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