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About Charles Austin Muir
Charles Austin Muir is a writer, visual storyteller, and personal trainer. He is the author of Pug Monster Gallery, a coloring book with short stories for dog lovers and children, the bizarro collection, Slippery When Metastasized, and the Splatterpunk Award-nominated collection, This Is a Horror Book. He has also contributed to many anthologies and magazines in the horror and weird fiction genres, including Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume One, Peel Back the Skin, and Cinema Viscera. His autobiographical short film, "A History of Worry," won Best Experimental Micro Film at the Fall 2021 Oregon Short Film Festival. He has worked as an obituary writer, humor columnist, and fitness writer. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and dogs.
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"Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, the 19 stories in this new best-of annual anthology feature episodes of graphic gore and violence—including torture, dismemberment, self-mutilation, and home abortion—that are designed to push buttons as well as boundaries...strictly for hardcore horror fans."—Publishers Weekly
”...glutted with graphic scenes of torture, dismemberment, evisceration...” — Publishers Weekly (Volume 2)
Editors Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax put the call out to horror writers and editors of extreme stories, the hardcore stuff that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos, the transgressive tales you can't "unread" (as Chuck Palahniuk says). We staked out our territory and nailed this to the wall to guide us:
YEAR'S BEST HARDEST HORROR
Not your mama's best-of horror annual. This stuff comes from the edge of the abyss, stories you read at your own risk because you feel the abyss looking right back into you through the tainted lens of each twisted tale. 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 reader some time to recover from the more disturbing ones preceding. Most of the stories collected here are from small and specialty press anthologies, with a few from periodicals, like the prestigious Splatterpunk Zine in the UK and Thuglit here in the US. Bizarro is also represented with a couple of tales from the unlikely anthology Blood For You: A Literary Tribute To GG Allin from Weirdpunk Books. (If you're not familiar with the late GG Allin, you can find snippets from some of his outrageous and obscene punk shows online, which will increase your appreciation of those two tales.) So for now, forget about that neighbor you suspect is a serial killer, don't worry about the drunk driver that could take you out on your next trip to the store, push those troubling news stories to the back of your mind and immerse yourself in the imaginary horrors at hand. But don't be surprised if you sense something dark staring back at you from between the lines. That is to be expected when you enter these forbidding realms. With any luck, you may find something useful to help you survive the approaching Apocalypse.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: The Year That Was
"Worth the Having" by Michael Paul Gonzalez
"Awakening" by Jeff Strand
"Readings Off The Charts" by Adam Cesare
"Reborn" by The Behrg
"What's Worst" by David James Keaton
"Dead End" by Kristopher Triana
"What You Wish For" by Lilith Morgan
"King Shits" by Charles Austin Muir
"Cleanup On Aisle 3" by Adam Howe
"Bath Salt Fetus" by Jorge Palacios
"Bored With Brutality" by MP Johnson
"Exposed" by Monica J. O'Rourke
"Eleanor" by Jason Parent
"The Scavengers" by Tony Knighton
"The Most Important Miracle" by Scott Emerson
"Hungry For Control" by Clare de Lune
"Clarissa" by Robert Essig & Jack Bantry
"Where The Sun Don't Shine" by Pete Kahle
"Blackbird Lullaby" by George Cotronis
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“Charles Austin Muir might be one of my favorite new authors. This is a Horror Book is as silly as it is scary.”
- Danger Slater, author of He Digs a Hole, Puppet Skin and I Will Rot without You
“This book is so packed full of bloodshed, mayhem, dream logic, horror movie references, magic spells, hip-hop and weird sex that I don't know what else you could possibly want.”
– Scott Cole, author of Triple Axe and Slices: Tales of Bizarro and Absurdist Horror
“One of the hardest tasks an author has is finding a voice that’s distinctly his own, with no apologies to anyone else’s use of words or language. Charles Austin Muir has found his, and it’s deceptive. Funny and self-mocking, his tales unwind like a story tossed at you from the guy at the next bar stool. You listen, nod, not paying much attention and then – wham! You get hit with a punchline, or more importantly, the point. This is a Horror Book is that experience on paper, unwinding on page after page, and then coming at you with revelation about beer-guzzling buddies, The Shining, or just what it means to think about what’s lurking in the dark. This is a Horror Book is a life-mosaic in words, touching on common experience and the unreal, all written with the voice of a sly trickster by a fine horror author who’s come into his own.”
-C. Courtney Joyner, author of Nemo Rising and the Shotgun Western series and screenwriter/director with credits including Prison, Class of 1999 and Trancers 3
An eclectic collection of Crime, Horror, Bizarro, Science Fiction, Ninja Action, Noir, Mythos, and Literary Fiction stories, that gives tribute to one of the best Hip-Hop groups of all time.
Gabino Iglesias: BIG GHETTO BOYS
Charles Austin Muir: THE RAEKWONOMICON
Joshua Chaplinsky: SUPREME MATHEMATICS: A CIPHER
Mame Bougouma Diene: BEATS, BONES, & BRISKET
Jeremy Thompson: WU-TANGIBLE
J.C. Carter: ABBOT OF THE WHITE LOTUS
Loren Kleinman: SUNSHINE
Robert Dean: THE WORLD FELL BENEATH THE BROKEN CONCRETE
Andy Rausch: THE NIGHT OL’ DIRTY BASTARD CAME TO HOBOKEN
Tom Leins: INCARCERATED SCARFACES
Laura Lee Bahr: THE ONE WHO SWALLOWS THE SEA
David Osborne: PCP & METH & MOLLY & ALCOHOL, & NO SLEEP
S.L. Dixon: THE RIGHTEOUS HUNT
Aaron Besson: HELLRZA
Sergio Hernandez: LINX
Psychotic killers, devious ghosts, alien monsters, howling storms, undead creatures, and other dark forces haunt the highways and the truckers who drive them in these 18 chilling tales!
A ghostly voice on a trucker’s CB radio knows more about his life than it should… Two drivers find their cargo gives them inhuman appetites… A boy in a truck stop encounters a supernatural force that threatens to destroy the world… The hypnotic singing lulling a driver to sleep might not be coming from the tires… A fender-bender between a big rig and a four wheeler is not as accidental as it seems… The sinister cargo lurking in a rock and roll band’s fleet of trucks is unleashed at their final show...
Hit the road with this anthology of trucking horror fiction!
Contains the 2016 Bram Stoker Award winning short story "Happy Joe's Rest Stop" by John Palisano.
They live down the street, in the apartment next door and even in our own homes. They're the real monsters. And they stare back at us from our bathroom mirrors.
PEEL BACK THE SKIN is a powerhouse anthology of terror that strips away the human mask from the real monsters of our time -- mankind. Featuring a star-studded cast of award-winning authors from the horror, dark fantasy, speculative fiction, transgressive, bizzaro, extreme horror and thriller genres, PEEL BACK THE SKIN is the next game-changing release from Grey Matter Press. Including fifteen all-new works of fiction from Jonathan Maberry, Ray Garton, Tim Lebbon, Graham Masterton, Yvonne Navarro, Ed Kurtz, Durand Sheng Welsh, James Lowder, Joe McKinney, Lucy Taylor, Charles Austin Muir, Erik Williams, Nancy A. Collins, John McCallum Swain and William Meikle. From Bram Stoker Award-nominated editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.
Just beyond the veil of perception is a darkened plane where ultimate evil resides. DARK VISIONS: A COLLECTION OF MODERN HORROR - Volume One is thirteen critically acclaimed tales of terror written by some of the most visionary authors writing genre fiction today.
-- A boy comes face-to-face with evil in 'the most haunted town in America'...
-- A series of gruesome murders are linked to religious fanaticism...
-- Boyhood friends on an English estate battling malevolent forces of the occult...
-- A down-on-his-luck author faces the most terrifying decision of his life...
-- A mysterious tapestry in a historic hotel may be the doorway into darkness...
-- A man with a deadly disease resorts to unthinkable options...
-- And so much more.
Proudly presented by Grey Matter Press, the multiple Bram Stoker Award-nominated independent publisher.
Grey Matter Press: Where Dark Thoughts Thrive
-- Mister Pockets: A Pine Deep Story by Jonathan Maberry
-- Collage by Jay Caselberg
-- The Weight of Paradise by Jeff Hemenway
-- Three Minutes by Sarah L. Johnson
-- Second Opinion by Ray Garton
-- The Last Ice Cream Kiss by Jason S. Ridler
-- Scrap by David A. Riley
-- What Do You Need? by Milo James Fowler
-- The Troll by Jonathan Balog
-- Delicate Spaces by Brian Fatah Steele
-- Raining Stones by Sean Logan
-- Show Me by John F.D. Taff
-- Thanatos Park by Charles Austin Muir
BEHOLD! the Catholic church which changes into an automaton
GAZE! upon self-love via a meta, sci-fi epistolary
GIRD YOUR LOINS! for Charles Austin Muir’s debut collection, an unfiltered and utterly gonzo mutation of short fiction. A satire of satire, Bodybuilding Spider Rangers and Other Stories will surprise even the most seasoned readers of the absurd.
“Highly satirical. Massively funny. Strangely positive.” –Jeff O’Brien, author of the BigBoobenstein series and Journey to the Edge of the Flat Earth
“…synonymous with muscles and madness.” –G. Arthur Brown, author of God’s Mean Older Brother and The Long Night of the Eternal Korean War
“A surreal and gorgeously sleazy military masterpiece; swollen with pop-culture references and jacked-up on steroids…” –Chris Kelso, author of The Black Dog Eats the City
Telepathic hospice workers... a Danish prince haunted by his immortality... a naked mercenary with the ultimate bioweapon... a ghostly gunslinger in a showdown with the Devil's bandits... a writer losing his dog and his mind... a wormhole with a cure to every human ill...
Slippery When Metastasized.
Sixteen pieces of prose and poetry inspired by the author's wife and her struggles to live with, and overcome, cancer. The genres of horror, science fiction, spaghetti western, bizarro, all get a turn in Slippery When Metastasized, an absurdist, darkly comic, surreal, metafictional, pop culture-laced tour into fear, grief, helplessness, and determination to navigate the insanity of life.
Slippery When Metastasized: A literary medical report on the fears, sorrows, joys, wonders, assaults, and tender moments of life after a single phone call shatters even the smallest illusions.
With influences ranging from Franz Kafka to Ray Bradbury to '80s action movies, Charles Austin Muir "is a genre to himself... sit back and enjoy the insanity. You'll laugh your way into the abyss and maybe cry a little, too."
--Brendan Vidito, Wonderland Award-winning author of Nightmares in Ecstasy