WANT TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND DO SOME SHOPPING? TRY A TRIP TO “A DISGUSTING SUPERMARKET OF DEATH!” BY JAMES C. HARBERSON III

A DISGUSTING SUPERMARKET OF DEATH
James C. Harberson III
February 1, 2021
Markosia Press
reviewed by Brian James Lewis

Hello Horror Lovers! It is once again a pleasure to greet you from the Skullcave, the underground lair of Damaged Skull Reviewer. Today we’re going on a field trip to A Disgusting Supermarket of Death. Doesn’t that sound like FUN? Coming to you from Markosia Press and written by the undeniably twisted James C. Harberson III, this book is not for the faint hearted or easily offended. If that’s you, please step away from this review right now. Better yet, RUN!!!

I’m pleased that so many of you have opted to continue with the tour. A Disgusting Supermarket of Death is packed with nuts, creeps, killers, dead bodies, and a lot of horror humor. Wait…humor? But of course! Where would horror be without humor? It’s that perfect mix of comedy and tragedy that makes for the best drama and this Disgusting Supermarket of Death is practically overflowing with both. So join your old pal Skull, as we lurch our way down each aisle as the blood flows.

Getting the party started is a demented little ditty called “Extra Credit” about a prison warden who likes to make some extra cash by showing off superstar serial killer “Hodgepodge” to eager attendees of crime conventions. First, the warden sets out the bait, then he waits for the vermin to fall into his trap. Then it’s time to collect the cash and bring the selected ones to the prison for a special experience they’ll never forget. Good times! You’ll definitely want to check this out.

How about a little “Unforbidden Knowledge?” This story is about a horror movie that is garnering the most bizarre reviews ever. Noted critics and social media experts are laying waste to themselves in rather imaginative ways after watching a film called The Fecularium. When ace newspaper reporter Cotton Dellinger looks into the situation, things get even more weird, until the authorities get involved. But NYC court system is no match for The Fecularium. Courtroom pandemonium and death raises more questions than answers. Naturally, the public is rabid to see it, but the movie is banned, domestic copies destroyed. Not all the foreign copies are though and tonight there’s a special showing…

Speaking of stuff that lands square in “what the fuck?” territory, check out #meatoo. Meet Anton Mack, undertaker to the stars. This guy is used to odd requests and is doing well for himself. But the stakes and payoffs get much higher when he becomes the underfucker to the stars. You know how it is, all the Hollywoods are rich as hell and bored off their asses, so some of them decide they like doing the dirty with the dead. Call it necrophilia, call it being kinky after taking too much dope, call it whatever, as long as Anton gets paid. In case you wondered about that,THIS story is where Harberson’s book title comes from. But things can get rough in this line of work, so you better not make a mistake…or fail any tests.

So, what does Damaged Skull Reviewer think of A Disgusting Supermarket Of Death? This collection is GREAT! As in 5 STARS worth of greatness! Perfect, bite-sized stories to give you an escape from that overrated thing called reality, without keeping you up all night turning pages. It felt kind of luxurious to come back to this book daily for a dose of Harberson Horror Humor. At over 250 pages there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had from James C. Harberson III’s A Disgusting Supermarket of Death! Seriously readers, get yourself a copy of this book. You won’t regret it and it’s awesome for scaring away people that want to talk to you at the doctor’s office. Worked for me!

Thanks very much for stopping by to see your pal, Skull. Want more info? Then check out Markosia Press at: www.markosia.com and check out fellow upstate New York resident James C. Harberson III at the following links below:

Author: Jim Harberson (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19908137.Jim_Harberson)

Publisher: Markosia Enterprises Ltd. (https://markosia.com/2021/02/01/a-disgusting-supermarket-of-death-out-now/)

Amazon Link: https://bit.ly/ADSODAMZ

Barnes & Noble Link: https://bit.ly/ADSODBN


Author James C. Harberson III reading his previous work “Stay Alive”

TERROR TRACT’S “7 DEADLY SINS” ANTHOLOGY SHOWCASES 14 GREAT AUTHORS FOR A 5 STAR READING EXPERIENCE YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT DOWN!

7 DEADLY SINS
Editor: Becky Narron
Terror Tract Publishing
May 20, 2020
reviewed by Brian James Lewis

Hello lovers of Independent Horror that kicks ass! Tonight at the Skullcave we have something special to share with you. 7 Deadly Sins from Terror Tract Publishing is an anthology that focuses on the horrific consequences of committing the seven deadly sins of:

Wrath
Gluttony
Lust
Greed
Envy
Pride
Sloth

7 Deadly Sins depicted by 14 Horror Authors that include: James Pyles, Billy Chizmar, Andy Rausch, Kitty Kane, Shaun Avery, Andrew Lennon, and many MORE! Isn’t it funny how we humans rationalize our behavior, trying to twist it into a good thing when it clearly is not? That’s why even with the sheer strength and power they possess, tigers, bears, boa constrictors, even those crazy Honey Badgers pale in comparison to what evil humans are capable of. Does your good old pal Skull have you intrigued? Then let’s step behind that awesome cover and see what await us inside…

Searching For Dirty Jesus by Andy Rausch takes us on a roller coaster ride from hell. Dev is a misunderstood person who’s been through a lot in his fairly brief life. Stuck working in a fast food joint and relying on renaissance role play gaming to help him keep his sanity, Dev gets an unexpected call from his Grammy at work. Jesse Marks, the man who killed Dev’s father, has escaped from prison! Instead of just accepting that fact, Dev decides to swing into action and confront his father’s killer. But he’s not doing it alone. The ghost of his daddy arrives and does what he always did: make Dev and his mother miserable. Beating, insulting, making life a living hell. Still, Dev thinks Daddy has a couple good ideas and before long they’re off to catch the bad guys. Except things stray far from Dev’s original plan. Think funky antique store and giant sword wrong. And when those police car lights find the rearview mirror of Dev’s car, nobody is there to help him out. Not even Daddy.

The Babel Project by James Pyles is probably my favorite story in the anthology. It’s an excellent piece that combines elements of science fiction, social-political commentary, and horror to create a thought-provoking tale that is painfully close to reality. A couple things I like about Pyles’ work is how he never rushes the story or splashes unnecessary gore around. And yet, I came away from reading The Babel Project feeling terrified and upset. There is an international pandemic going on and the future is uncertain at best. But one man has a plan to save the human race. Not everyone of course, but a carefully hand-picked thousand. Noah Guenther is a disgustingly rich man who enjoys playing God and controlling every aspect of “his people’s” lives. So he builds his own modern day Ark to escape the earth’s demise. But what if he’s wrong about something? Missing a crucial detail, no matter how tiny, could slowly turn the Ark into an orbiting museum of death.

The Man Who Loved Thin Women by Shaun Avery is a twisted tale of lust, greed, and envy, that’s messier than mud wrestling and crazier than a carnival stripper on meth. Frank is a talent scout for a major record label who is constantly on the lookout for the next big thing. Not only does he enjoy making money, but the side benefits are pretty fun, too. Frank LOVES all the sex he gets to have while on the road. However, there is one condition: all the women he beds MUST be thin. So when he discovers Sue singing at a Holiday Inn karaoke night, Frank is smitten and excited about how much money they’re going to make. They have a wild first night together, with Sue’s friend thrown into the mix. But things don’t stay fantastic for long because Frank is a sex glutton. He’ll bang anything as long as it fits his wish list. Even his wife’s old friend while she’s trying to extort money from him. Of course, he’s got to get rid of her and that puts him under his boss’ thumb. This crazy story is one high speed trip to hell, that you don’t want to miss!

Seasons Don’t Fear The Reaper by Billy Chizmar is an expose of the deadly sin wrath. You wouldn’t expect it from detective Ira Paul Ripley, who seems to be the most well-adjusted man in the world. Everything is regular, routine, and safe. Or is that just a carefully constructed cover for what hides inside? When a strange little man arrives at police headquarters, asking to see Detective Ripley, he whips the blanket off a monster in waiting. Not that Ripley doesn’t have a reason for all of his pent-up rage. It even has a name: Walter. At first, it seems like justice is being served and old hurts put to rest, but in this story that’s just the beginning of even more hell.  Who is the oddly cheerful man in the down jacket and why would anyone walk into a police station to inform them of his crimes? Chizmar has proven many times that there’s more than one expert storyteller in his family and Seasons Don’t Fear The Reaper is a great example of his work. Check it out!

Fast Food by Andrew Lennon gives us an interesting take on the sins of gluttony. Fast food is gross, greasy, heavy, bready, and chock full of carbs. It’s the stuff that all the TV health gurus warn us about. And yet…We keep eating it because in our moment of need, it tastes fab! Some people even eat it four times a day. But at some point, you gotta pay the piper for all the bodily abuse you commit, right? Peter sure is paying painfully and unhappily when we enter the story. Heaving his guts out, sweating, miserable-Hey! What the hell is that green thing he just hurled? He better figure out real quick, or else he could be in serious trouble.

So what’s the Skull’s evaluation of 7 Seven Deadly Sins? Honestly, This is a seriously boss read with a great variety of stories that follow a single theme but stay fresh. Nice work, editor Becky Narron! That earns you a rating of FIVE BIG STARS! This is real horror written by real people, so it’s very relatable for readers and a great way to escape reality for at least an hour a day. Hopefully, this review has piqued your interest in the 7 Deadly Sins anthology from Terror Tract Publishing. Paperbacks are priced at a very reasonable $10 on Amazon and you can also purchase a kindle version for $3.99.  It’s a Damaged Skull Reviewer “Wall of Fame” inductee!

Want more information or have an interest in their other cool publications? Then check out Terror Tract Publishing at: https://terrortract.com  for exciting novels, more great anthologies, and their magazine TERROR TRACT. You can also visit them on Twitter @terrortract.   

Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Scarlett R. Algee @ScarlettRAlgee @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

It’ll only take a few minutes to read, but Scarlett Algee’s tale will stay in your head long after you take it in. Beware of mysterious women with unique tattoos!

Spreading the Writer's Word

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

002_FEB_LOHSleight of Hand
by Scarlett R. Algee

Almost always, the first thing I hear is Nice tattoo, though it’s usually followed by a qualifier like sick or kind of creepy.
Tonight, though, this guy at the bar’s question is, Did it hurt, putting it on your hand like that?
I don’t answer right away; I just shake my head and smile a little and drink my G&T. Of course it had hurt, but not in the way he’s imagining. I smooth my hair, carefully keeping the right side of my face covered so he doesn’t see the smooth divot that used to be my right eye. Not as much as you’d think.
He nods absently; he’s halfway through a pitcher of some beer I don’t know the name of, and his words are soft-edged when he starts, Does it match your real eyes?…

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Guest Article: Tracy Fahey Discusses Contemporary Body Horror in Literature and Her Collection, I Spit Myself Out. #WiHM #HookonWiHM #womeninhorror @TracyFahey

Want to celebrate Women In Horror Month? Then check out this great article by Tracey Fahey on the Oh For the Hook of a Book site! Lots of cool stuff here to enjoy!

Oh, for the HOOK of a BOOK!

Author and gothic expert Tracy Fahey is a woman in horror who always interests me. I suppose it’s because my first love in horror myself is the gothic sub-genre, but also Tracy always has intelligent and thought-provoking things to say. It’s why, besides wanting to support her, I invited her to write another article for this site during the time frame of her latest release, a collection of female body horror. I knew she’d discuss something that would be make me want to think a bit harder, challenge me. She didn’t disappoint, but extended my thoughts of the pre-conceived boundaries of body horror I had in my mind. And she’s cited one of my favorite stories, and biggest influences, in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman Perkins!

I hope you enjoy it and check out Tracy’s collection too!

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I Spit Myself Out: Contemporary Female Body Horror
by Tracy…

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“SATAN RIDES YOUR DAUGHTER” HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED FROM HELLBOUND BOOKS AND I’M IN IT!

JUST RELEASED ON JANUARY 28TH, THIS ANTHOLOGY FROM HELLBOUND BOOKS IS FULL OF HELLISH READING PLEASURE FOR HORROR FANS WORLDWIDE! 385 PAGES BIG, IT RETAILS ON AMAZON AT $15.99 (PLUS SHIPPING) PHYSICAL COPY OR $5.99 KINDLE VERSION THAT YOU CAN READ INSTANTANEOUSLY WITH ZERO SHIPPING CHARGES. EITHER WAY, CHECK IT OUT! WILL HAVE MORE TO SHARE ABOUT THIS FLAMING HOT ANTHOLOGY SOON! KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR MY SHORT PIECE “WHEN THE DEVIL LAUGHS” IN THERE. IT’S ABOUT AN UNFORTUNATE POLICE OFFICER IN A STRANGE CITY WHO MAKES A FEW MISTAKES THAT COULD LAND HIM IN HOT PLACE!

LAMBDA AWARD WINNING “NEVER REST” BY MARSHALL THORNTON BRINGS FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER TO LIFE AS A GAY TEENAGER FIGHTING LEUKEMIA. IS IT ANY WONDER HE’S FRUSTRATED?

NEVER REST
Marshall Thornton
Lethe Press
October 28, 2018
reviewed by Brian James Lewis

Hello and welcome once again to The Skullcave, home of Damaged Skull Writer & Reviewer! Today we’ll be checking out another fine book from Steve Berman’s Lethe Press, Never Rest by Marshall Thornton. This Lambda Award Winner is labelled young adult fiction, but a novel like this transcends all boundaries. We’re talking about love, hope, life and death, universal themes for all humans. Not to mention coming out-definitely important stuff for teens and young adults, but also important for people who aren’t in same sex relationships to read about and understand that love is love.

The story kicks off with our reluctant protagonist, Jake, deciding that now is the time to kick the bucket. He has every right to feel this way. After dealing with what he calls “blah-blah-blah leukemia” for the last five years of his teenage-hood, Jake is worn the hell out. The disease is killing him slowly and painfully while modern medicine charges in with a chainsaw to help out. But it seems like the treatments only make things worse with all their side effects. Chemo’s purpose is to kill things and it sure does. Medications and radiation aren’t selective about what they destroy. Jake is stuck in bed watching TV and sleeping all day instead of chasing the man of his dreams. It’s no wonder that he’s in misery!

But just as Jake decides to agree with his medical team’s prognosis and ride the great Morphine train into the next world, his mother comes up with a plan. Jake doesn’t like the plan and tries to resist going to the snazzy new research facility she’s found, but he doesn’t have the strength. So off they go, to the middle of nowhere and a funky old place that sure doesn’t look like a research facility. Dr. Harry is eccentric and some of the staff seem unqualified for what they’re doing. This worries Jake, but he can’t deny that something is happening to his body.

Is it possible that he might actually recover from “blah-blah-blah leukemia?” Will he and the handsome boy in the next bed actually get to have sex, something Jake’s dreamed of for years? Why isn’t there any cellphone service at the Godwin Institute? The deeper we go into Never Rest, the harder it is to avoid spoilers, but I can tell you that the pace picks up a lot and all the mystery will keep you turning pages late into the night. You will likely become emotionally involved with the characters, especially when it becomes clear that Property Fivemight not be a miracle drug and that there are worse things than dying.

But it’s not all doom and gloom in every paragraph. You will find yourself laughing at times because Thornton’s portrayal of a gay teenager is so perfect. I mean how about this line:

“Dying of a terminal illness is like a trip to Detroit. You hear all these terrible things and you really don’t want to go, but when you get there, it’s not as bad as you thought it would be.”  

I mean, with all apologies to Detroit, that’s a perfect way to describe things, especially from a younger person’s viewpoint. There’s also the rather entertaining episode when a new, straight patient named Edmond arrives and quizzes Jake and Goth about the availability of “pussy in this joint.” Poor Edmond reminds me a great deal of Donald Trump, which only makes his pathetic attempt a sexiness even more laughable. I mean he’s got crazy hair, big teeth, and shouts “Yo! You sexy!” as his cool pick-up line.  This is good stuff.  

Damaged Skull Reviewer gives Never Rest by Marshall Thornton a hearty 5 STAR rating! This is a great, complex novel that is so much more than just horror. The characters are really 3-D and you can practically feel the tall grass behind the institute against your legs. There is a LOT going on in 200 pages and I really encourage you to grab a copy of Never Rest from your favorite bookseller! Want to find out more about Lethe Press and all the cool titles they have available for your reading pleasure? Then head on over to www.lethepressbooks.com Thanks for taking the time to read this review at Damaged Skull Writer and Reviewer, I look forward to seeing you soon!