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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-13 08:41
Inside the “Outsiders” — An Anthology with stories by Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, Joe Landsale, & Poppy Brite
Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge - Brian Hodge,Neil Gaiman,Tanith Lee,Bentley Little,Lea Silhol,Michael Marano,Jack Ketchum,Freda Warrington,Elizabeth Massie,Brett Alexander Savory,Melanie Tem,Yvonne Navarro,Steve Rasnic Tem,David J. Schow,Katherine Ramsland,Elizabeth Engstrom,Thomas S. Ro



Below, I mention how I liked each story and include a favorite quote:


The Empty Chambers by Neil Gaiman

A poem. Very creepy but I’d rather have read a Gaiman story.


The Company You Keep by Steve Resnic Tem

Walking among us are the members of a secret company. I don’t know what I took away from this story if anything.




Scarabesque: The Girl Who Broke Dracula by Tanith Lee

This was actually an excerpt from one of Tanith Lee’s novels. It was also the first time I read anything by her. I liked the imagery that her words created. For instance:




Under the Needle by Lea Silhol

You’d appreciate this story more if you focused on how it was written rather than the plot. I did and I ended up liking it!


Expanding Your Capabilities Using Frame/Shift(TM) Mode by David J. Schow

A literally visceral story about a man who discovers his remote can do much more than change channels!


Cat and the Cold Prince by Freda Warrington

A story that brings to mind dictatorships and restrictive regimes, such as the Prohibition in the Cromwell era. Oh, and a girl falls in love with a tiger!


Faces in Revolving Souls by Caitlin R. Kiernan

This one was about a splinter group of people who left their human status behind by choice fighting for their rights.


Lighten Up by Jack Ketchum

Smoking is banned. Smokers decided to retaliate.


Pit Boy by Elizabeth Massie

The beginning of the story is set up to deceive the reader. The end is one of the saddest endings I have ever read!


The Country of the Blind by Melanie Tem

A blind girl will accept you into her family but she needs a sacrifice first.


Ruby Tuesday by Kathe Koja

A hidden cult in the midst of the society and a boy with a dying mother looking for a place to fit in.


Running Beneath the Skin by Brett Alexander Savory

Can you even said to be alive, if your insides have been replaced with metal? No, this isn’t about Wolverine!


Grim Peeper by Katherine Ramsland

There’s necrophilia and there are grim peepers. Read this story, if you love being grossed out.


Craving by Yvonne Navarro

This story is based on a certain type of “outsiders” who like to watch accidents.


Violent Angel by Thomas S. Roche

A planned hit where the hitman isn’t on the complete plan.


…And the Damage Done by Michael Marano

Beautiful imagery is one of the characteristics of this story. The other is heartbreak!


Pop Star in the Ugly Bar by Bentley Little

Simply gross but a fitting addition to this collection. A wannabe pop star ends up in a gore-hardcore bar. She doesn’t make it out.


Miss Singularity by John Shirley

A teenager’s depression comes out to play!


The Working Slob’s Prayer by Poppy Z. Brite

The going ons in a restaurant with some very interesting characters thrown in!




If I Should Wake Before I Die by Brian Hodge

Expectant mothers miscarry all around the world. No one knows why until we reach the end of the story…*shudder*


Honing Sebastian by Elizabeth Engstrom

A sad story about the dreams of those below being crushed by the powers that be. This line from the story says it all:




Another favorite quote:




The Shadows, Kith and Kin by Joe R. Landsale

A broken man tired of being put down by the whole world makes friends…with shadows…who talk to him…


My Favourites

Lighten Up by Jack Ketchum

Pit Boy by Elizabeth Massie

Miss Singularity by John Shirley

The Working Slob’s Prayer by Poppy Z. Brite


Have you read this anthology? Which ones are your favorites?




Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on September 13, 2017.

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review 2016-01-05 17:24
A unique story
The Crow: The Lazarus Heart - Poppy Z. Brite,James O'Barr

The copy that I have of this book, is a pre-owned used copy but it's in relatively good condition, since it was very cheap and I was lucky to find a copy of it. This book is inspired and loosely based on the graphic novel The Crow by James O'Barr.
I haven't read any books by this author before but I was pleasantly surprised, I really like the way the book was written the characters and the plot of the book. I have never read a book about a character that was resurrected and reanimated after they had died before, I really liked the graphic detail that described what it would be like to be dead but then brought back to life for a particular purpose.
There were also references to authors and a particular style of music and goth characters in the book that I appreciated.

This book is about twin brother and sister Benjamin and Lucrese Dubois and their relationship with the main character Jared Poe who is an S&M photographer. There is a serial killer on the hunt in New Orleans where the boom is based and his victims are trans-gendered or transsexual people that are male and female. He believes that they are an abomination and should be wiped off the face of the earth (I don't share this belief and I don't hate or discriminate anyone just for their sexuality) Jordan the Ripper slayer of New Orleans, likes to do experiments on his victims and then murders them once he is finished. However, on one particular evening Jared wakes up to find Benjamin has been murdered and he is covered in his blood, Benjamin was slaughtered and the only suspect is Jared, eventually he pays for this crime with his life.
While the murders are occurring detective Frank Gray is investigating the case and following the crimes until it leads him to the real murderer Jordan.
This is a short book, and you could read it in one day, I really enjoyed reading this book, I like the pace of the plot and characters were interesting and it was well written. I liked how the focus shifts between the characters in the book and how they are all intertwined and eventually all the lose ends are tied and you reach the conclusion. If you liked The Crow graphic novel by James O' Barr then you'll like this book as
well. This is the first crow novel based on James O'Barr's work that I have read but it was really good.

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text 2014-12-15 16:47
Join me in the dark?
The Cipher - Kathe Koja
The Keep - F. Paul Wilson
Dinner With the Cannibal Sisters - Douglas Clegg
The Tooth Fairy - Graham Joyce
Headhunter - Michael Slade

I have created a TBR list of horror. It's varied--classic and new, men and women, novels and short stories. The only common denominator is that I haven't read these particular works yet--and I ain't getting any younger, so it is time to begin, Gentle Reader.


Wanna play? http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/267/horror-expansion


Nonexhaustive list of authors included:

Dan Simmons

Clive Barker

Joyce Carol Oates

Shirley Jackson

F. Paul Wilson

Richard Matheson

Harlan Ellison

Greg Chapman

Simon Clark

Bentley Little

Angela Carter

Chuck Palahniuk

Joe R. Lansdale

John Collier

Douglas Clegg

Ramsey Campbell

John Shirley

David V. Schow

Caitlin R. Kiernan

Poppy Z. Brite

Christa Faust

Graham Masterton

Robert W. Chambers

Elizabeth Massie

Kathe Koja

John Farris

Graham Joyce

Michael Slade

Fritz Leiber

Charles Beaumont

T. E. D. Klein

Peter Straub

Neil Gaiman

Gregor Xane

Jonathan Carroll

Steve Rasnic Tem

John Skipp

Francesca Lia Block

H. P. Lovecraft


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text 2014-09-02 19:43
On page 45
Soul Kitchen - Poppy Z. Brite

This book has so much food!porn in it. I love it. CAJUN soul food? Sign me up.

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review 2014-08-27 18:50
The Amulet by Michael McDowell
The Amulet - Michael McDowell,Poppy Z Brite

This book was a good time! It contained all the good over-the-top-ness of 80's horror. (Technically this book was originally published in 1979, but I'm calling it 80's horror anyway. So sue me.)


This is another book by Mr. McDowell that was allowed to go out of print, but was brought back by Valancourt Books. (Another being the phenomenal book, The Elementals. ) With an introduction by Poppy Z. Brite (which I recommend you read AFTER you've finished the book), this novel was a tasty treat that I savored over the last week or so.


Even though this story starts off with about 5 or 6 chapters of pure description, (which I usually HATE),  it captured my attention right from the get go. I was reminded of the chapters Stephen King wrote about Derry, ME and its history. If the author is talented enough they can make anything interesting and believe me, Mr. McDowell was talented, (more than) enough.


Take this southern Alabama town, populate it with the rich, the poor, the segregated, the opinionated and the lost;  toss in a mysterious necklace, and then just sit back and watch people die. There's no tippy-toeing around in this novel, people die.


LOTS of people die.

In all kinds of creative ways too, which I thought was F-U-N, fun!


My only problem with this novel was that around the 75% mark, it got a little bit repetitive when the main character, Sarah, was dilly dallying around as to what to do. I have to say though, the ROCKING ending almost made up for that.


Overall this novel was a fantastic mix of over the top 80's cheese, excellent writing and descriptive skills, no holds barred, horror FUN. I recommend it to any fan of well written 80's horror.


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