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text 2016-01-21 13:53
Jason Parent Story on 2015 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

I'm pleased to report that Jason Parent, my Bad Apples compatriot, has his Bad Apples 2 entry Dia de los Muertos listed on the preliminary ballot for the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards.

 

Congratulations, Mr. Parent! This story's inclusion is well-deserved, and congratulations to all of the creators whose work made it on the Stoker long-list this year.

 

Click here to view the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot.

 

 

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review 2015-12-08 18:50
Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror
Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror - Edward Lorn,Adam Light,Gregor Xane,Jason Parent,Evans Light,Kealan Patrick Burke

I have read quite a bit from every person in this book, so when I found out that Bad Apples 2 was out, I could not wait to get time to read it. And, as usual, I was not disappointed. Another quality anthology, and one I hope continues for years to come.

 

Halloweekend - 3 1/2
A story about a haunted house with misbehaving animatronics, done in typical Edward Lorn fashion. A good story, but not his best work. I like the things he comes up with, the stories he tells, and sometimes the way he tells them, just not always the way he writes them. I think he has a tendency to go "too far" not because the story needs it, but for shock value. I enjoyed the way the animatronics were depicted and the fact that there was a surprise "appearance" from a character seen in last year's story, but I found this comical instead of scary.

Candy Apple - 5


I enjoy this story a little more every time I read it. Evans has a way of creeping you're reading his words, and at the same time giving your imagination everything it needs to run wild with the story and characters he's played out before you. This story, to me, is a bit of a warning about the things that can happen to you when you play a holiday game by yourself... and what happens when you're not careful about the wishes you make.

 

Dia de los Muertos - 4 1/2
Two Bad Apples, two times Jason Parent has scared the nonsense out of me. Last time, I knew a child with the same name as the child in his story... with an imaginary friend of the same name. This time, upon reading the line that mentioned the lights going out, the ones in the room I was in turned off, leaving me in complete darkness. And I could have sworn I heard nails skittering across the wall. It was a bit before I was able to pick the book up again.

A very good story that went in directions I never expected, with a "hero" that is not typical in stories. Mr. Parent's writing is never a disappointment and I look forward to what he comes up with next.

 

Tommy Rotten - 5
I have been impressed with Adam's writing since the first story of his that I read. With each new piece, I am more and more amazed at his imagination and talent.

I was super excited about this story. It has been one of my favorites of his and creeps me out every time I read it. The ending was really good and made me wish that there was more to the story. Like his brother, he has a knack for giving your imagination the extra push that leaves you laying in bed, lights out, eyes as wide as saucers, watching every shadow, questioning every sound.

 

The One Night of the Year - 5
Kealan Patrick Burke being part of this was a huge surprise and made Bad Apples 2 more enticing than it already was. Talk about a talented guy. And this story was perfect.

I was lying in bed, reading this book, enjoying every second of this story... until I got about halfway through. I will admit that I had to close my Kindle, vowing to continue reading once the sun was back up. I want to thank you for that, Kealan. You have a way with words and an impressive talent - and you managed to scare me enough that I wasn't sure I wanted to pick this book back up. The characters are well written, and the story will be haunting me, and keeping me wondering on Halloween for the rest of my life.

 

Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity - 5
Ever since I experienced Six Dead Spots (a book I still have problems describing with anything more than "Gregor writes crazy so well"), I have been a fan and, in all honesty, his story is the one I looked forward to the most in this collection.

All I can say is: Gregor Xane has done it again. I had wondered why his was last and now I know - it would have been tough to follow. The characters are great, the story so intriguing that, once it began, I could not stop reading until it was done. Twists and turns, unexpected moments, and the end nowhere close to what I expected, open enough to keep my mind in the story long after I had finished. I am left wanting to know more - and wanting more from this author.

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review 2015-11-04 19:31
Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror by lots of people.
Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror - Edward Lorn,Adam Light,Gregor Xane,Jason Parent,Evans Light,Kealan Patrick Burke

The Bad Apples crew are back with their second Halloween collection and they've added Kealan Patrick Burke to the mix, an assortment of six leading lights and promising voices in the world of horror.

 

First up is Edward Lorn with Halloweekend, Dean Laymon opens the Horror House every year at Halloween for the visitors but a stroke prevents him this year and with no-one to feed the animatronics. Things aren't looking too good for the neighbourhood closest to Horror House, in fact what better night for carnage than this one. The Lorn horror humour is back.

 

Candie Apple by Evans Light is horror revisited on Bob Talley, twelve months ago his wife Candie was bobbing for apples after their Halloween party when a shelf collapsed and dumped a toolbox on her head just as she'd got an apple clamped between her teeth, stretching her jaw wide. This year the horror of Halloween just won't leave Bob and his children alone. Shouldn’t laugh at the accident but it sounds too much like one of my shelves.

 

Jason Parent's contribution is Dia de los Muertos and the day of the dead festival in Mexico. Three days of celebration and Russell Thompkins avoiding the light on a night of blood. Intermingled with his time spent in Afghanistan, in the tunnels and something even his captors are terrified of. Top job with a familiar character type.

 

Tommy Rotten by Adam Light tells the story of a prisoner to an abandoned haunted house on the one night of the year when Tommy Rotten can capture a companion, get the pumpkins out. The One Night of the Year by Kealan Patrick Burke sees an old man sitting up on his porch all night, waiting for the yearly visit from the masked visitors that step soundlessly from the cornfield. Cracking tale of shivers.

 

Lastly Gregor Xane with Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity and the Halloween puppet show. Young Jimmy Stones and Uncle Shel are investigating the puppet show and its history.

 

'Shel stood in the middle of this impatient throng and lit up a smoke. He sucked on the thing like it was the nipple of a water goddess he'd discovered after six days of dehydration on a desert isle. And when he exhaled, he made the sound Jimmy often heard the man make when he settled down on the toilet for his morning shit, a sound that said ‘this is what it's all about.’

 

They of course get a little more than they bargained for, but not before we have a few laughs with two hilarious characters only Xane could dream up. Especially the radio interview with Popcan Rob editing his porn tapes to cut the blokes out.

 

Six enjoyable horrific Halloween tales with the odd slice of humour neatly wrapped up amongst the violence and mayhem.

 

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text 2015-11-01 13:00
October Round-up
The Raping of Ava DeSantis: A Horror Novel - Mylo Carbia
Others & Oddities - Edward Lorn
Consumption - Michael Patrick Hicks
Seed - Ania Ahlborn
Apeshit - Carlton Mellick III
The Clearing of Travis Coble - Jonathan Janz
Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror - Edward Lorn,Adam Light,Gregor Xane,Jason Parent,Evans Light,Kealan Patrick Burke
Katerina - Erik Hofstatter
All You Despise - Tom Piccirilli

A pretty good month figures wise, one 5* read and just 1 graphic novel, a number of short stories but a fair number of novels to match. So not to much slacking but I am a number of reviews behind, need to pull my finger out, it seems

 

  1. Crossed (3*)
  2. Erik Hofstatter - Katerina (3*)
  3. Edward Lorn - Others & Oddities (4*)
  4. Mylo Carbia - The Raping of Ava DeSantis (5*)
  5. Ray Garton – Trailer Park Noir (3*) audio
  6. Tom Piccirilli - All You Despise(4*)
  7. James M. Cain - The Postman Always Rings Twice(4*)
  8. Michael Patrick Hicks - Consumption(4.5*)
  9. William Meikle – Pentacle (4*)
  10. Ania Ahlborn Seed (4*) audio
  11. Simon Toyne – Solomon Creed (3.5*)
  12. Matt Shaw - sickEST B*stards (3*) audio
  13. Matt Shaw – Nugget (2.5*) audio
  14. Michael Bray – Shoebox (3*) audio
  15. Jonathan Janz - The Clearing of Travis Coble (3.5*)
  16. Clive Barker - Books of Blood : Volume Three (4*)
  17. Clive Barker - Books of Blood : Volume Two (4*)
  18. Carlton Mellick III - Apeshit (2.5*)
  19. Bad Apples 2 (4*)

 

 

My God probably over 15 reviews behind now and I'm starting on a Sherlock Holmes marathon, all good stuff.

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review 2015-10-27 18:45
Bad Apples 2
Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror - Edward Lorn,Adam Light,Gregor Xane,Jason Parent,Evans Light,Kealan Patrick Burke

This is gonna be short because I’m lazy. 

Bad Apples 2 is another solid selection of little horror vignettes that every horror fan should read right about now.

Ed Lorn’s Halloweekend takes us to visit a haunted attraction whose owner has passed away. Now the attractions have no guidance and are left to fend for themselves and the results aren’t pretty, folks. Carnage ensues. Lots and lots of carnage. 4*

Candie Apple by Evans Light is a creepy and tragic tale about love and loss. I knew there was a reason I never had an urge to dip my face in a tub of apples (besides the left over spit and messed up makeup) . . . 4*

Jason Parent’s Dia De Los Muertos tells the tale of an AWOL soldier taking refuge in Mexico who is haunted by his memories. It’s surprising and brutal with a smothering atmosphere. Fantastic. 5*

Tommy Rotten by Adam Light should serve as a warning to stay away from haunted houses. It never ends well for the nosey parker’s. 4*

The One Night of the Year by Kealan Patrick Burke A lonely old man and his faithful dog await visitors from the cornfield. This one made me all sad and that’s quite a feat. 4 ½ *’s

Doctor Proclivity & Professor Propensity by Gregor Xane This is a weird one. It’s nearly time for the annual creepy ass puppet show. But the puppet show is nothing compared to what horrors hide behind the stage. Horrible, terrible, bizarro things happen there. Things not meant for the eyes of the general public. This one takes you on a strange and terrifying little journey that surprised and horrified me at every turn. 4 ½ stars

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