2B by Mark Allan Gunnells- Book Review

2B
Mark Allan Gunnells
Valhalla Books; 1st Edition (February 13, 2021)
Trade Paperback/ eBook/ 155 pp

“No one tells you how terrifying love can be.”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day here we have ourselves a rather feisty one from Valhalla Books. This time in the shape of a steamy ex-lover’s quarrel turning into a violent murder/suicide in the main character’s bathroom in his apartment 2B. When Berkley Simmons wakes up in the hospital with his best friend, Sasha, he is more than ready to go. Hospitals are an absolutely terrible place to wake up. Surrounded by so much pain and suffering and death. Especially after barely surviving such a traumatic event. Luckily, the paramedics and the guy with a crush on him that lives across the hall in 2A arrived on scene quick enough to bring poor Berkley back from the dead after being clinically gone for approximately five minutes. They even told him that if it would have been just a couple more minutes, he too would have been a goner for good, and not just his ex-sociopathic-lover, Kevin, who had just attempted to drown him in the bathtub while blowing his brains out all over the bathroom walls. After arriving back home, we as the reader quickly realize that our main protagonist, Berkley is not alone. Books and CDs whose artists and authors have all committed suicide in the past are randomly falling off his shelves and littering his apartment floor, and all the faucets keep turning on full blast and spraying out water. The mysterious events are even happening while he is at work at the bookstore. Water coming out of nowhere and flooding the pages of recently stacked books, as well as a myriad of items falling from their appropriate shelving devices.

“Home is the place that you have to go to, even when you’d rather go anywhere else.”

Berkley knows it is him. How could it not be him? Who else would come back from the dead and torment him like that? He’s never witnessed a ghost or poltergeist before. But it must be him. It’s all too real and won’t stop giving him the absolute creeps. But why does nobody believe him? Everyone thinks it’s all just part of him surviving a traumatic encounter such as the one he’s just been through. What can he do to prove it to them? This is when things get even more exciting as Berkley hosts a terrible dinner party with terrible food, but he does it all for the evenings main event. After the crew of four washes their food down their throats with extra glasses of water and wine and slips little pieces of scraps under the table to feed their imaginary dogs, Berkley breaks out the Ouija Board! I absolutely loved this scene as I am a huge sucker for the occult and paranormal, and I love a good old fashioned haunting/possession scene in my horror art and media. I promise this one will not disappoint. Also! The supernatural fun and games do not stop there. His boss from the bookstore eventually hooks him up with a young, psychic medium as the tragedy in apartment 2B prevails, and we as the reader soon discover that our main character may have even more baggage and quite a few more ex-skeletons than we had originally thought in his closet (pun very much intended), as the book leaves us hanging onto our own devices and questioning what really happened with two different potential endings (the author does this in a good way neither of which will disappoint) that are somehow equally rewarding as far as death certificates are concerned. The author puts the idea of a potential overall metaphor in our head as we are faced with the lingering question of maybe our main character was actually the problem throughout their entire relationship the whole time, and that is what had sparked his ex-lover Kevin’s sudden psychological glitch in the reality matrix, which had then resulted in and pushed him to such extremes in erratic, unpredictable, and violent behavior, or perhaps maybe he was just a raging sociopath with a plethora of childhood abandonment issues acting out in the most impulsive, aggressive, and violent ways.

I said it years ago after being introduced to the work of the author here and reading one of his brilliant earlier works (The Summer of Winters), as well as a few really solid, well-written short story collections (Companions in Ruin, Flowers in a Dumpster) that Mark Allan Gunnells was one to watch out for and I stand by that statement from years ago still to this day. The author has an uncanny way of engaging his readers into the psych of his characters. No matter how loveable or hateable his characters are, the author continues to make sure that we as the reader are able to connect/understand what the main characters/characters in his stories are going through, experiencing, or have experienced. There are SO many authors working today (big and small press) and I don’t even know how many books I will actually physically quit reading time and time again and year after year that are unable to pull this concept off… BUT the gift here is true and admirable and absolutely for real. Gunnells is also able to show off his obvious love for writing and horror in new and fun and exciting ways time after time with each and every release. For example, in this book we have a chapter more than relevantly but also hella creatively titled ‘It Follows.’ We also encounter random bits of early horror movie adoration and nostalgia and even a few book shout-outs in the most-clever and often humorous ways. This is a fun one, folks. Do yourself a favor.

Check it out!

Visceral: Collected Flesh by Christine Morgan and Patrick C. Harrison III- Book Review

Visceral: Collected Flesh                                                           
Christine Morgan and Patrick C. Harrison III
Death’s Head Press (July 22, 2020)
eBook/ Trade Paperback/ 128 pp

“Some tales are best told wet, dripping with blood and bowels, like a freshly slaughtered steer, its flesh and organs splayed across the butcher’s floor for all the world to see. Whether reading such stories or seeing such slaughters, the observer is witnessing two primal truths: fear can be measured in body parts and death is rarely heroic. These eight tales were run through the meat grinder and served-up raw. If you’re going in, bring plenty of napkins.”

Something exciting happened on July 22, 2020 of this year. Can you guess what it was? Of course, you can’t. But that’s right, folks. It was the release of a great little collection of Splatterpunk stories from two brilliant minds working out there in the Splatter Field of dreams. Somewhere out there colorfully splattered in the Splattersphere lurks a Visceral book of tales doused in bloody fragments of collected flesh. These two said brilliant minds are the crimson brain pieces of author and horror book reviewer extraordinaire, Christine Morgan (Spermjackers From Hell, Dawn of the Living Impaired, White Death), as well as author and publisher extraordinaire, Patrick C. Harrison III (Death’s Head Press, Five Tales That Will Land You in Hell). With an introduction by no stranger to the genre of Splatterpunk himself is Splatterpunk guru, Ryan Harding (Genital Grinder, Reincarnage, Header 3 co-authored with Splatterpunk’s notorious All-Time Master Daddy Edward Lee). So, let’s sit back and take a look at these brilliant stories found within the pages of this ever-so-brilliant collaborative beautifully and relevantly titled ‘Visceral: Collected Flesh’. Proceed with caution.

Going Green/ C.M. 

Future society reminiscent of Burgess’s ‘Clockwork Orange,’ Zea wants to erase her carbon footprint with the help of Earthstock, when we as the reader will see how much she is really willing to charge for the sake of the environment.

Placenta/ PC3

A group of medical professionals share personal war stories when one of them asks the group what the worst thing they’ve ever seen is. Sam Garfield takes that placenta cake to a whole new level here, when he recalls firsthand accounts of a patient who delivers a placenta demon whilst in bloody labor.

Vicarious/ C.M.

A first-person account of a donor addict who donates more than just blood after discovering that they’re able to see/feel the recipients’ personal journeys, so the donor is able to live a more fulfilling/adventurous life from the confines of their own home. A weekly visit to the library may be enough after all.

Full Moon Shindig/ PC3

A military man is back in town when his friends invite him over and throw a little local hometown party. Once at the party he discovers more than a Full moon going on that night when finding out that a young girl has been tied up to the pool table may not be what she may seem. Think Ketchum’s ‘The Girl Next Door’ meets Stephen King’s ‘Silver Bullet’ with the brutality and depravity knobs cranked to the max.

Little Fingers/ C.M.

Something much more sinister is going on behind the scenes here when a teacher creates an unforgettable Halloween game of reach your hand in the box and guess what it is inside there, folks? It feels like something lifeless and lifelike at the sametime, but you’ll never guess what it is…

Mildred’s Garden/ PC3

When a jealous neighbor tries to sabotage an award-winning garden nearby, things begin to get a little weird and messy before taking a turn for the worse, and by worse I mean DEATH.

Bad Taste/ C.M.

“Oh, hell to the fuck no…” Who needs therapy when you can heat up a metal torture device to near death temperatures, stick it in your mouth, and melt your effing face off?

Pigs/ PC3

In conclusion, we as the reader are pushed out the door with a tale of half human/pig hybrids in this pig pen reminiscent of Dr. Moreau’s ‘House of Pain.’

Often shocking, brutal, bloody, and always thought-provoking this collection was a great time and then some. The two author’s styles and skillset are very well accompanied by each other’s here, whilst making this collection an even more entertaining and enjoyable read overall. I would also like to note that this was a personal first for me reading anything by PC3, but it will definitely not be the last. With that being said, I would also like to point out that I am in by no means a stranger to the brilliant work of author Christine Morgan, who somehow manages to keep getting better and better with each and every release. These two give us as the reader an honest run for our money here in this bloody homerun of an unforgettable collaborative collection. For fans of Extreme Dark Fiction, Weird Fiction, Splatterpunk, Horror and Bizarro Fiction alike.

Do yourself a favor and check it out!

Signed Books Available

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Did you know you can purchase signed copies of my books directly from me? Well, if not, now you do. I keep a handful of the books found below in stock on my personal shelves, and I will sign and ship them anywhere!

Signed books available and prices below (Click to view on Amazon)…

The Black Kiss (appropriate for all ages)
Pink Planet (Adult themed XXX/ Bizarro Fiction)
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1 for 14$
2 for 20$
3 for 30$

Shipping included anywhere in the U.S.

Outside the U.S.? I’ll still ship them just add 4$

Paypal (Meyers808@gmail.com) with titles and appropriate dollar amount (preferably as a gift but whatever), along with a shipping address where I can ship your item. Have special shipping instructions? Include them, too, or feel free to email me at the address above.

Cheers!!!

The Black Kiss: A Post-Apocalyptic Cyber Horror thriller with Robots and Vampires

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The Black Kiss written by yours truly and published by Riot Forge is now available on Amazon. Click the link below to purchase your copy today! Paperback coming soon in 2018!

“There’s one lone survivor lingering amongst the darkness in the ruins. His name is Dredg. Can he save himself from The Robotic Circuitry while the Genetic Order is in full swing? Any and all humans have been banned from this beloved Earth. Bots patrol the old stomping grounds where his family died. They are armed and dangerous with one thing on their mind, DEATH. But, there’s a secret buried even deeper underground. A legend, if you will. An ancient secret that will remain immortal forever. A legend bound in flesh and only released through the black lips of Mordecai. The Black Kiss is a digital post-apocalyptic cyber-thriller with robots and vampires galore. Brought to you by the fine folks over at Riot Forge.”

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Kiss-Jon-R-Meyers-ebook/dp/B017Z3FF04/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447552651&sr=8-1&keywords=the+black+kiss+Jon+R.+Meyers

DOCUMENTS

Documents Cover by CARRION HOUSE LUKE SPOONER

DOCUMENTS via Dynatox Ministries is now available and in stock (LINK BELOW).

From the author’s note: DOCUMENTS was my second attempt at working on something that blurs the lines between fiction and reality, utilizing core elements found in Dada and Surrealism, and also Experimental Fiction and Science Fiction alike.

To order a limited edition chapbook please click the link below.
http://www.lulu.com/shop/jon-r-meyers/documents/paperback/product-22262770.html

Pink Planet

Pink Planet

I’m happy to announce that Pink Planet is now available in both Kindle and Paperback formats on Amazon via the great and fantastic RIOT FORGE. Special thanks to those below and Don Noble for making this thing happen! This is my first kindle book and I couldn’t be happier to share it with you.

“Welcome to Hopesfall, MA. A place where strange things occur and a new action-packed video game titled Pink Planet has just hit the shelf. Watch Milo’s life unravel at the seams as he finds out his girlfriend Kat is cheating on him with his arch nemesis, Brad. Will he believe his best friend’s accusations before it’s too late for heartbreak? Will he ever reach 6900 points in one hot, sweaty sex combo to unlock a bonus scene with one of his favorite pornstars of all-time, Molly Methhead? Pink Planet is a modern day vintage sleaze paperback with a Bizarro twist brought to you by the fine folks over at Riot Forge.”

Edited by Chris Kelso and Garrett Cook

Artwork by the mad brilliant Luke Spooner. He can be found here at Carrion House.
http://www.carrionhouse.com/

Riot Forge
http://riotforgestudios.com/

Click here to buy a copy

http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Planet-Jon-R-Meyers-ebook/dp/B00M3152KC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1406243986&sr=8-3&keywords=pink+planet

Mighty in Sorrow: A Tribute to David Tibet & Current 93

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Mighty in Sorrow: A Tribute to David Tibet & Current 93 is now available from Dynatox Ministries on Amazon.

Check out my short story “All in a Row” alongside authors such as Thomas Ligotti, Joseph Pulver Sr., Daniel Mills, Michael Griffin, Robert M. Price and lots more. This thing packs a mean punch and I think it’s one of my favorite anthologies that I have read so far this year.

A literary tribute to a true visionary. David Tibet has been a poet, artist, and musician for over 30 years and has influenced countless other musicians, artists, and authors. In this anthology, those who have been influenced by Tibet and Current 93 try to repay this debt in literary form.

Buy a copy of this here: available in paperback and kindle.
http://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Sorrow-Tribute-David-Current-ebook/dp/B00J8MWE2S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405301715&sr=8-1&keywords=Mighty+In+Sorrow

 

Demonic Possession

Demonic Possession COVER

Check out my short story “The House at the End of Blood Pond Road” alongside many other great and fantastic tales of horror. This thing rocks! Danger. Demons involved. Tread lightly, and carry a big cross. Reports of strange occurrences have been reported by those that have read this anthology.

Artwork by Stephen Cooney

Published By JWK Fiction

http://jwkfiction.com/

Buy a copy of this here:
http://www.amazon.com/Demonic-Possession-James-Ward-Kirk/dp/0692249176/ref=la_B004A30AHQ_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405304125&sr=1-1

WITCH! The anthology about witches.

WITCH! The anthology about witches.

My short story “Metal Witch” will be appearing in WITCH! An anthology full of awesome witch stories published by Dynatox Ministries and edited by Jordan Krall. This is currently available for pre-order (CLICK THE COVER OR SEE THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS).

PRE-ORDER (link below)
http://dynatox.storenvy.com/collections/240632-all-products/products/3185583-witches-an-anthology

“An anthology of WITCH stories! All proceeds to go funding author Rob Harris’s trip to New Jersey for KrallCon 2014.

The authors in this book include: DJ Tyrer, Josh Myers, Jayaprakash Sathyamurthy, Jonathan Moon, Jason Wayne Allen, Alex S. Johnson, Jess Gulbranson, Jon R. Meyers, Charie D. La Marr, Sam McCanna, Joseph Bouthiette Jr., David Anderson, A. Carina Barry, Amelia Gulbranson, Michael H. Antonio, Justin Grimbol, Michael Faun, Michael Allen Rose, Philip LoPresti, and Michael Sean LeSueur.

Over 200 pages.”