Almost three decades ago, a literary movement forever changed the landscape of the horror industry. Splatterlands is a collection of personal, intelligent and subversive horror with a point. This illustrated volume of dark fiction honors the truly revolutionary efforts of some of the most brilliant writers of all time with an all-new collection of visceral, disturbing and thought-provoking work from a diverse group of modern minds.
Exploring concepts that include serial murder, betrayal, religious fanaticism, physical abuse, societal corruption, greed, mental instability, sexual assault and more, Splatterlands delivers on the promise of the original Splatterpunk movement with this collection of honest, intelligent, ground-breaking and hyper-intensive horror.
HEIRLOOM by Michael Laimo
After the death of her mother, Father is all Lucienne’s got. But she’s in competition for his affection with an antique rifle. Soon her admiration for the weapon becomes far greater than she imagined.
VIOLENCE FOR FUN AND PROFIT by Gregory L. Norris
Economic collapse hurts everyone, except the greedy. For one newly-homeless it’s a time to discover all-new talents. And they open doors to vicious and profitable opportunities.
EMPTY by A.A. Garrison
Navigating the streets of a tortured, future city, a devoted wife will stop at nothing to help her husband regain his faith in religion. But, from the faithless, questionable gods require a dire payment.
AMPUTATIONS IN THE KEY OF D by Jack Maddox
Danny is a rock star and charlatan. After a routine surgery changes his life, he discovers there’s far more painful methods of finding one’s true talent.
HOUSESITTING by Ray Garton
A suburban housewife agrees to housesit for her neighbors when a routine visit to feed the pets changes her world forever. She soon realizes the definition of a horrifying secret.
DIS by Michele Garber
Things aren’t going well for Dr. Tony Weiss. He can’t deal with his patients or his quadriplegic wife. Then there is the demon that escapes from his nightmares and enters his waking world.
DWELLERS by Paul M. Collrin
During a fateful trip into the desert to evangelize to a congregation of drug-addicted souls, a would-be prophet opens the schism between Heaven and Hell. He and his atheist partner soon become participants in terrifying battle over religion.
PARTY GUESTS by Chad Stroup
On the outside, Geoffrey seems like most young men. Some might say he’s the life of the party. But on the inside he’s very different. And he’ll take you on a horrifying journey into mania 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 to find his ultimate purpose.
THE DEFILED by Christine Morgan
On the run from their enemies, a group of vicious thieves and rapists seek refuge within a community of swamp dwellers. It isn’t long before they realize their safety is anything but certain.
THE ARTIST by James S. Dorr
There are countless mediums for an artist to choose in which to ply their trade. Vince is drawn to the unusual–creating masterpieces from slabs of meat. After all, isn’t art intended to be shared?
A LETTER TO MY EX by J. Michael Major
While on a trip to Paris there’s a dire change of plans for divorced Alan and his nine-year-old daughter. It’s only then that Alan pens the horrifying letter no parent wants to receive.
DEVIL RIDES SHOTGUN by Eric Del Carlo
Joaquim Abito is a burned out cop who’s seen all the horrors that humanity has to offer. Desperate to solve the difficult case of grisly murders, he enlists some help. But it’s help that comes with a price.
Praise for Splatterlands
“Screams terror in degrees you’ve never thought you’d read in print; at least not in a single anthology! These stories, take you to the very precipice of your comfort level and without mercy, push you over the edge!” — Hellnotes
“(This) new horror anthology from Grey Matter Press (is) both interesting and imaginative. (The) Splatterpunk genre gets new life with the collection of horror stories.” – Play With Death
“A growing band of horror fans believe that the purpose of this much-maligned genre is to push boundaries, if not smash them down with a sturdy axe. And this collection endeavours to do just that, exploring such controversial themes as religious fanaticism, physical and mental abuse, societal corruption and good old-fashioned serial killers.” — Christian Saunders, Morpheus Tales
“A delightfully disturbing anthology that will render you speechless. A formidable array of talented authors lures the imagination with a spine tingling, nerve searing splendor. The vivid imagery and descriptions will haunt the psyche long after consuming the final words. I can honestly say as a fan of horror for some thirty plus years I have never read anything quite like this anthology and regret not a moment of it.” — Dave Gammon, Horrornews.net
“Recommended for horror fans with strong stomachs, especially those who were fans of the original splatterpunk movement.” — SKJAM! Reviews
“The stories in Splatterlands reinvent splatterpunk by adding the thing it once lacked…meat. Pun intended. These are well written works with interesting characters and PLOTS. A few were tough for me to get through because of the subject matter, but the writing itself kept me reading, even when I wanted to turn my head away in horror.” — Alicia Banks, Horror News Network
“Splatterlands is a heck of a collection and one you should check out. These stories are full of things many people would find reprehensible and even blasphemous. If you can look past that, however, you’re in for the ride of your life. — Hellnotes
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