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Native Perspectives: Film Review- “Bone Tomahawk” (2015)

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“Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers.”

Writer/Director: S. Craig Zahler

Released: 23 October 2015

Starring: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins
To read the full review of “Bone Tomahawk”, please visit my profile at IMDb:

“Russell, Fox and Jenkins give realistic, believable portrayals in their roles. Facing danger and death with the stoicism and dry wit historically attributed to many European settlers, as well as the historic though understated bigotry towards any non-whites one character voiced. Russell was on-point, his expressions and reactions excellent as Sheriff Hunt, and his “back-up” deputy Chicory played by Richard Jenkins and he had personal dynamics that really made the film.

Deaths were very, very graphic both visually and audibly in a stark brutally simplistic way. There is nothing of comedic horror in this film, of absurdity or “bloodshed for fun”. The setting, the “reality” of their situation were harsh and horrific in the exact sense of that word, and though tagged as “horror” in genre, it’s not one I would personally apply. While I didn’t care for the typical “settler heroes” vs. “savages” theme, the comment by a Native American in the film, “Those are not MY people!” provided some relevant clarity and truth that all indigenous are not homogeneous, past or present.

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Chainsaw Corpse Cop by Wol-vriey

ccc-50Review: Chainsaw Cop Corpse is definitely and firmly in the bizarro genre, and in many ways hardcore in its details, yet it’s quirky, straight-forward and cleanly told. Needing to suspense belief and not ask questions such as “Why is this happening or why is this person doing this or that?” it is still enjoyable because it’s different.

Just from reading its description, I would have passed on this work as I do have the clause in my guidelines: “…whether its sexual explicitness or violence: they need to be relevant to the story itself in some ways. Not just description for description’s sake.”  I rarely do it, but I wrote the author and pointed out my clause, but was assured it was relevant to the story itself…and it was.

I like the unusual and weird, even if graphic in content, but honestly, though a story may contain graphic everything, I don’t care for descriptions that might be read by anyone, which contain curse words and slang. That’s for the reader to be experienced by choice once purchased, etc. in my opinion. The other thing that was an issue for me was the format of the story: each sentence or paragraph, usually with no more than one or two sentences, were separated with line spaces. Especially with e-readers, this can be tiring to the eyes and takes up more space than necessary.

Certainly, it’s not to everyone taste,  but if you want a different kind of read, a work that is amusing in its way, shocking at times, but deeply and imaginatively graphic, give Chainsaw Corpse Cop a try.”

Description: “Simon is having a bad fucking week. When you’re a D.C. Detective, every week is a bad week, but this week has been a BAD freaking week.

For starters, some psychopath has been murdering people, stealing their body parts and smearing their corpses with peanut butter.

To make matters worse, the contract killer “Boots” has recently resurfaced, and his girlfriend’s chainsaw arm destroyed his bed when he made her climax.

To top it all off, Simon’s been pissing random body parts for days. Ears, fingers, toes… And if that weren’t bad enough, now he has to drop a deuce!”

  • Published: November 2012
  • Publisher: Bizarro Press
  • ISBN: 0615731287
  • ISBN13: 9780615731285
  • Source: Author

Author Profile:

Wol-vriey is Nigerian and quite tall.

He currently resides in a state of uneasy stalemate with his threatening-to-thin-beyond-redemption hair, and believes there actually are things that go bump in the night.
Wol-vriey recycles the ridiculous into reasonable reality for the reader.

His WEIRRRD philosophy? WEIRRRD = Warp/Write Everything into Realistic Ridiculous Readable Distorted Dream Dimension Descriptions.

He is the author of Alice’s Adventures in Steamland, The Bizarro Story of I, Chainsaw Cop Corpse, and Vegan Zombie Apocalypse.

As well as appearing on Bizarro Central and in online e-zines, his WEIRRRD fiction is featured in numerous print compilations, including the Bizarro anthologies The Big Book of Bizarro and Tall Tales with Short Cocks.

Wol-vriey is also the warped mind behind the band ‘Rocksurface’ (www.myspace.com/rock.ng), and the experimental electronic ensemble ‘Earxygen’ (http://soundcloud.com/earxygen)

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Giveaway: Sept. 21-25, Robert Dunbar’s “MARTYRS & MONSTERS” is Free at Amazon!

The Autumnal Equinox is Saturday, September 22nd.
Celebrate the season of the witch with a free Kindle download of Robert Dunbar’s
“MARTYRS & MONSTERS.”
Horror and Suspense, Science Fiction and Fantasy — a collection of dangerously dark fiction for adults … by the author of THE PINES, THE SHORE and WILLY.

THE PRESS about

MARTYRS & MONSTERS by Robert Dunbar

 

“Completely and utterly engrossing.”

Lambda Literary Foundation

 

“A masterpiece.”

Dark Scribe Magazine

 

“Not a book to read lightly.”

RAINBOW REVIEWS

 

“Brilliantly chilling … searingly erotic.”

The Edge

 

“Substantial amounts of panache and poetic insight.”

Cemetery Dance Magazine

 

“Provocative … vivid and visceral.”

GUD Magazine

 

“Never less than brilliant.”

The Black Abyss

 

“Hauntingly sensual … with a razor’s edge of eroticism.”

Hell Notes

 

 

Love hurts. Explore your darkness.

Find out more about this title and other releases from Uninvited Books at www.UninvitedBooks.com

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The Aberration by Bard Constantine

Review: From the opening scenes, it was clear the author of „The Aberration“ had a powerful vision and direction in which he wished the story to move, and he kept on pace throughout. The tension quickly builds as Guy Mann and a group of co-workers are trapped in the mill factory with the creatures described as “the Others” eagerly awaiting any opportunity to breach the locked security doors.  One moment’s weakness, and those creatures flow inside and the battle for survival begins.

For Guy, however, it is just another outbreak of the phenomenon called The Aberration, which he has been fighting throughout the ages of mankind. We are provided flashbacks into those past times when denizens from the “other side” have broken through to our world, and the type of bizarre, supernatural and/or bestial transformations they can take. Additionally, we are offered brief sketches of some of the people who fought alongside Guy, who were also mysteriously recruited to combat the shifting deadly creatures.

I found the writing quite stylish and distinct, though often I wished for less descriptive details for general things so such phrasing would be more outstanding for the dramatic, horrific parts of the story, of which there were plenty. The problems I had with the work overall were some editing issues, clarity in POV and conflicting or inaccurate descriptions. Sword-fighting and usage is a long-time interest of mine, for example, so naturally that caught my eye.

It’s often important for me to have empathy with or form some kind of connection to the main character, and admittedly I never developed that for Guy Mann, but that took nothing away from the story itself which is fast moving, packed with action and inspires you to imagine the terrible Others as well as what you might do if trapped in such a situation. I felt “The Aberration” could have used some revision in certain areas, but for the most part, I enjoyed this work of quite imaginative horror and feel the author will only continue to gain in ability and skill.

Update: The author has completed revisions to this work since my review was complete. I think its an excellent example of how writers, of which I am one (and have to make such revisions myself believe me), continue to add to the professionalism and growth of independently produced writing that as Mark Coker, the creator of Smashwords, states “can be as good or better than traditionally published book.”

Description: “When a freak storm engulfs a flourmill, the workers learn quickly that there is much more to fear than just heavy rain.

Something else arrives with the storm –macabre creatures that alter their shapes and features with every attack. In order to survive the night, the employees will have to rely on a man whose sanity is questionable. For he claims to have faced the same attacks before, over ages of time. He calls it an Aberration. A doorway that opens to a realm of nameless evils. What lies beyond wants to smother our world in darkness and perverse terror. It grows stronger with every passing moment, and all that stands between it and our world are the workers trapped in the building. Each person will be pushed to the very precipice of madness as reality distorts and the bizarre beings mount their attack. In the end, survival may not be enough to survive the Aberration…

The Aberration is a tale of mounting horror that will leave readers guessing until the very end. Author Bard Constantine blends creature feature horror with psychological terror, creating a story that both haunts and satisfies fans of both.

Prey that you survive the experience…”

  • Paperback, 157 pages, and in e-book
  • Published March 6th 2012 by Knightvision, Ltd (first published March 2nd 2012)
  • ISBN: 1470173913
  • Genre: Horror, Supernatural Fantasy, Dark Fiction
  • Availability: Smashwords, Amazon and other online distributors
  • Source: Author at The LL Book Reviews

Author Profile:

Bard Constantine writes far-flung fantasy, dystopian futures, and gritty YA among other things.

With his widening audience and steadily growing body of work, he is certainly a writer to look out for. Catch up with all his upcoming projects at his personal website: http://bardconstantine.com.

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De Mortuis Viventibus by Chad P. Brown

Review: “De Mortuis Viventibus” had a very authentic voice and cadence, which drew me into the theme and mood of this historical horror tale yet there were questions I would have liked answered that I didn’t find in the narrative. I wanted to know why the calvary suddenly abandoned the legion when it was attacked, and why Marcus also did so although he had been awarded the honor of carrying and defending its standard based on numerous acts of bravery. Yes, it was new terrain, but I just felt trained, seasoned warriors would have responded differently.

However, overall the story was quite believable even though mixing what is commonly known about Roman soldiers and events of those times with imagery of the supernatural and fantastic that were very well described. The author knowledgably blended history and fantasy together yet never lost an intruiging flair, and you truly were made to believe you were there in that world, that old forest in Germania.

For me, “De Mortuis Viventibus” was a true pleasure to read as it was set in one of the periods of European history I’ve found interesting and studied since I was young. That the author added a new twist to Roman history but he kept the protagonist Marcus completely in “character” for the time period was greatly appreciated. The author also definitely left me wondering what would happen next to the unfortunate soldier. Whether the author plans to make another installment or not, he created a vivid basis that made my imagination run wild with undead possibilities.

Description:”In 9 C.E., three Roman legions were destroyed in the Teutoburg Forest at the hands of the Germanic tribes, and the eagle standards of those three legions were captured, never to be recovered.

Marcus, the standard bearer of the 19th Legion, escapes the slaughter only to be threatened with the horrors hidden deep inside the Teutoburg Forest, the horrors born from the witchery which haunts the cursed land.”

  • Published: May 18, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781476447247
  • Availability: Smashwords
  • Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction
  • Source: Author

Author Profile:

Chad P. Brown was born in Huntington, West Virginia. He attended Marshall University, where he has earned a Master’s in Latin. His first horror novel, The Jack-in-the-box, was released in October 2011 and is available in paperback as well as various e-book formats. He is currently working on a horror novella, The Pumpkin House, as well as various short stories.

Website: http://www.chadpbrown.com

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