SPLATTERLANDS: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution Now Available Exclusively at Amazon
Personal, intelligent, subversive horror with a point that goes beyond gore-for-the-sake-of-gore…
Almost three decades ago, a literary movement forever changed not only the horror industry, but also the landscape of entertainment as we know it. Today, Grey Matter Press breathes new life into the Splatterpunk movement of the 1980s with the release of SPLATTERLANDS: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution.
After several long months, we are proud to announce our second release with the publication of the electronic version of SPLATTERLANDS which is now available exclusively at Amazon. A trade paperback version will be arriving shortly.
Everyone at Grey Matter Press is thrilled to bring to you this collection of dark fiction that pushes the boundaries of horror and seeks to return to the true essence of Splatterpunk by offering personal, intelligent and subversive horror with a point. Exploring themes that include serial murder, personal betrayal, religious fanaticism, physical and mental abuse, corporate greed and societal corruption, mental instability, sexual assault and more, SPLATTERLANDS goes far beyond gore-for-the-sake-of-gore to deliver on the promise of the original Splatterpunks.
The collection includes the work of some of dark fiction’s most disturbing minds. SPLATTERLANDS: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution contains thirteen stories from award-winning authors and fresh voices that include Michael Laimo, Gregory L. Norris, Ray Garton, James S. Dorr, J. Michael Major, Eric Del Carlo, Christine Morgan, Jack Maddox, A.A. Garrison, Michele Garber, Paul M. Collrin, Chad Stroup and Allen Griffin. In addition, the anthology is illustrated by Carrion House.
For a limited time, the electronic version of SPLATTERLANDS: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution will be available exclusively for purchase from online retail partner Amazon.com and via its extensive distribution channels in markets throughout the world.
Get your copy today, and make sure to let everyone know what you think with a review on Amazon or Goodreads, and by posting the review to our Facebook page, before October 30, 2013, you will be entered in our “Read ‘Til You Drop Sweepstakes” where you can win books for life from Grey Matter Press.
TABLE OF CONTENTS AND STORY SYNOPSES FOR SPLATTERLANDS
HEIRLOOM by Michael Laimo
Lucienne loves her father. Following the death of her mother, he’s all she’s got. But she’s in competition for his affection–with an antique rifle. Passed down through generations, he teaches her to realize its beauty and respect its power. Soon, Lucienne’s admiration for the weapon becomes far greater than those of her father…
VIOLENCE FOR FUN AND PROFIT by Gregory L. Norris
The economic downturn has hurt everyone, except the greedy. And being kicked out of one’s home by caviar-eating and champagne-swilling mortgage lenders can push anyone over the edge. But for one man, homelessness is a rebirth as he discovers talents he never knew he had. And they open doors to a whole new set of profitable opportunities.
AMPUTATIONS IN THE KEY OF D by Jack Maddox
Danny Murder is a rock star and a charlatan. He’s aware he’s all style and no substance. But when a routine surgery changes the course of his life, he discovers there’s far more to true talent than he’s ever known. But how far will Danny go to keep his creative juices flowing in the search for musical perfection?
HOUSESITTING by Ray Garton
Despite the protests of her husband, a suburban housewife agrees to housesit for her friends and neighbors, the Cullpeppers. What should have been a simple visit to feed the pets spirals out of control as Darlene’s world is forever changed in a brief meeting with fate. She quickly realizes that some secrets can never be forgotten.
EMPTY by A.A. Garrison
When a man suddenly loses his faith in religion, his devoted wife embarks on a dangerous journey to get it back. Navigating the streets of a tortured, future city, nothing she encounters will stop her from reaching a strange prophet whose words provide the stuff of life. But, from the faithless, God requires a dire payment. How far will one woman go to restore her husband’s belief in his own questionable deity?
DIS by Michele Garber
Things haven’t been going well for psychologist Tony Weiss. He’s finding it hard to deal with his patients, and his wife, left a quadriplegic after a tragic automobile accident, is little help. And then there are the Hellish dreams that plague him. Tony grows increasingly alarmed as a denizen of Hell slips out of his nightmares and into his waking world. Is this a manifestation of his guilt, or is it his reality?
DWELLERS by Paul M. Collrin
Richmond considers himself a deity, preaching to his congregations of lost souls who are addicted to the drug that only he provides. A fateful trip into the desert to evangelize to his minions opens the schism between Heaven and Hell, and his atheist companion Scrye becomes both witness and participant in a battle over religion that he never believed possible.
PARTY GUESTS by Chad Stroup
Geoffrey’s like most young men starting out in the world. He’s gotten a new job and a place of his own where he enjoys watching television, listening to music and playing video games. Some might say he’s the life of the party. But Geoffrey isn’t like most young men. He is very, very different. And he’ll take you for a ride through insanity that you won’t soon forget.
THE VISCERA OF WORSHIP by Allen Griffin
Inherent in all of us is the desire to belong. Searching for his place in the world, one man takes steps down a path into true darkness in an effort to find his ultimate purpose. While some are fortunate enough to be chosen, others require the guidance by those who’ve already traveled the dark path. But, eventually, all roads lead to a horrifying destiny.
THE DEFILED by Christine Morgan
We’re all familiar with the harrowing tales of bloody raids by Norse marauders–heartless men committing despicable acts, plundering without remorse and taking pleasure in the pain and suffering they spread. On the run from their enemies, a group of such warriors seek refuge within a seemingly peaceful and simple community of marsh dwellers. It isn’t long before they realize their safety in the swamp is terrifyingly far from certain.
THE ARTIST by James S. Dorr
There are countless mediums for an artist to choose in which to ply their trade. Some, like Vince, are drawn to the unusual… Creating masterpieces from slabs of meat, he carefully selects the right cuts from the deli at which he works. After all, isn’t true art intended to be shared by multitudes?
A LETTER TO MY EX by J. Michael Major
Alan is a very angry man and rightfully so. All he wants to do is to let his ex-wife know just exactly how he feels. And while on a trip to Paris with his nine-year-old daughter, there’s a dire change of plans. It’s only then that Alan pens the horrifying letter that no parent ever wants to receive.
DEVIL RIDES SHOTGUN by Eric Del Carlo
Detective Joaquim Abito is burned out, fairly typical for a cop who’s seen all the horrors that humanity has to offer. With his family gone, he’s running on empty, and then he finds himself working the case of a particularly brutal serial killer who leaves the most grisly calling cards. Desperate to solve the case, Abito enlists some help. But it’s help that doesn’t come cheap…
Grey Matter Press is a Chicago-based publisher whose mission it is to find and cultivate the best voices working in the dark fiction genre today. We are committed to producing only the finest products containing exceptional tales of horror, fantasy, science fiction and speculative fiction. More information about Grey Matter Press is available at: http://www.greymatterpress.com.
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