Hello everyone, it’s your old pal Skull sharing some exciting news. Thanks to Grey Matter Press, I’m getting a peek at John C. Foster’s upcoming release Rooster, which be released on July 20, 2021.Many of you are already familiar with his work Mister White and previous releases from Perpetual Motion Machine Press. For those fans of crime fiction and horror who aren’t familiar with John C. Foster and Grey Matter Press, you need to change that right now! In just the first few chapters of this book, I’ve been fiercely yanked into the dark underworld that exists all around us, whether we can see it or not. Rooster is a tough guy who’s almost ghost-like in visibility, but harder than brass knuckles to the face. This novel moves fast and I think it’s going to sell fast, so be sure to order a copy soon from your favorite bookseller or head on over to www.greymatterpress.com and/or www.johnfosterfiction.com for more information. Tell them that Damaged Skull Reviewer sent you! Please follow my blog and stay tuned for the review, coming your way soon.
Hello friends! It’s your old pal Skull again with some great news. Author James G. Carlson has sent this fine collection of his short horror fiction to the Skullcave and it looks like my little friend, Skellicat, has taken a liking to it. We’re currently working on the review write up and it should be live in 5 days or less if hell doesn’t freeze over and the creek don’t rise.
Speaking of great things, check out that handsome typewriter that SEVEN EXHUMATIONS is resting on. Fans of the great Richard Chizmar might recognize this Remington Quiet-Riter as being just like the one he posted on his Twitter account a while back. Kind of cool, right? The big difference between our typewriters is that mine is still in daily use while Richard’s is under a pile of shoes in his closet-a sweet memory of pounding those keys on the way to his current status in the writing world, something we all aspire to. Just a fun aside there, but if you like Richard Chizmar’s work, there’s a pretty good chance you will also dig what James G. Carlson is doing, so check him out!
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It’s always nice to have good news to share on a Friday and this is very good news for me because I’m beginning to get noticed as a cross-genre writer and poet. Hopefully this will open up work in more markets and I’m planning to start an additional blog which will be more about poetry and literary stories, including nonfiction. Neither is better than the other, and I’m still writing both, but cramming everything together isn’t working very well. Here’s to better visibility and less confusion in the future!
“Flea Market Special” can be read for free by going to http://www.ajimagazine.com and downloading the Pdf. It’s a true story about when I spent weekends trying to sell the remains of our failed business and assorted stuff. But, I’m just a small part of this excellent collection which contains really cool art, poetry, and prose. They are also currently taking submissions, should you wish to get some good exposure for your work. The editors do an excellent job and are super friendly. Check it out and let me know what you think!
The View Master
Rebecca Rowland & Michael Aloisi
April 21, 2021
Reviewed by Brian James Lewis
Howdy friends, it’s time for a quick review from your pal Skull. Today’s topic is the recently released The View Master a short story of creeping terror co-authored by Rebecca Rowland and Michael Aloisi. The title by itself sounds harmless, maybe even a bit welcoming. I mean many of us grew up with some version of The View Master toy. Maybe it was brand new, handed down, or purchased at a rummage sale…but it was solid gold to kids. That’s what pops into Jack’s head when he spies the toy while doing an inspection of his Mom’s attic with sister Jill. They’re adults now and don’t really need any kids’ toys but Jack takes The View Master home for an evening of pleasant retro enjoyment. Well, that’s the plan anyway. What actually happens is a totally different ballgame. Who knew toys could be so creepy? The View Master delivers pictures and a story, but it’s not one that Jack wants to know the ending of! This 23 page read, that’s currently available on Amazon Kindle, would be a great way to spend one’s lunchtime. And, at 99 cents, it’s cheaper than an iced coffee! Damaged Skull Reviewer rates The View Master by Rebecca Rowland and Michael Aloisi FIVE STARS. Check it out!
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I must say, your old pal Skull had a rather pleasant evening this Tuesday! Thanks to Solomon Forse for the invite to the virtual release party for the great new horror collection HOWLS FROM HELL. P.L. McMillan, along with a few cameos by Poe the cat, did a great job as MC for the celebration, which included giveaways by Alex Wolfgang and Shane Hawk. Also raffled off were some author signed copies of HOWLS FROM HELL. Talk about some cool prizes! Many of the authors included in this seriously badass collection read from their stories, including: Lindsey Ragsdale, Thea Mave, Shane Hawk, Quinn Fern, Alex Wolfgang, Joseph Andre Thomas, and the incomparable Solomon Forse, who did his reading in full costume with an excellent set. WOW! I should add that most of the authors performed with the art featured with their stories as a backdrop. Very cool! Damaged Skull Reviewer will have a review of this boss collection up by the end of the month. But to get more information right now, go to http://www.howlsociety.com
January 10, 2021
Reviewed by Brian James Lewis
Hello friends! Welcome to another review of cool independent horror by your old pal, Skull. This time around the featured author hails from the mythical emerald isle: Ireland. Aidan Lucid can certainly tell a fine tale and this one is set in the modern day. But the evil past has a strange way of forcing its way into the present, making life very interesting, or even terrifying! Ready to find out more about The Scavenger? Then let’s head for the halls of Hopps Town High School. The bell’s just rung, maybe we can catch sight of some the characters…
There’s seventeen year old Jared Duval, a handsome African-American teen who’s a huge Will Smith fan and does everything he can to be as cool as “The Fresh Prince”. Unfortunately, he’s being hazed by some bullies who don’t like his passion for the same sex. Even his own mother gives him flack for being gay!
Jessica Barlow is just trying to stay alive long enough to graduate! Her divorced mother is a very angry person who seeks refuge in the bottle, but all that does is make her into a dangerous monster that beats and screams at her only daughter.
Adrian is a tall, athletic teen who appears older than he is. From the outside, his life may look ideal. He’s a popular soccer player who’s handsome to boot. But in reality, he’s tired of his overprotective dad and still misses his mom, who died in an accident seven years ago. He’s also lonely and wishing for female companionship.
As if these teens don’t have enough on their plates, they’re soon the victims of an angry spirit after doing what seemed like a positive thing. Upon discovering an old well on the outskirts of town, they all make a wish in it for their heart’s desire. They don’t expect anything to change in their difficult lives, so it seems like a dream come true when they do. However, it’s not long before flaws start to show up in this new “perfection” and they do so in horrifyingly drastic ways. It’s almost as if someone or something lifted them up just make their lives even worse hells than they were before. At first, the three friends don’t share their wonky experiences with each other. But when they do, Adrian, Jessica, and Jared realize that they’re all having similar things happen to them and it must have something to do with the well they wished at.
After some online sleuthing and a meeting with Adrian’s uncle, Tom, the teens find out that a dead body was dumped into the well back in 1979. Not only that, but its owner Caleb Hammerson was killed in a mystery attack. However, Hammerson was a cruel racist with a viscous hatred for the black community, which only got worse during his tour of duty in Vietnam. Upon his return, he became known as The Scavenger and perpetrated many an evil act against the African-American residents of Hopps Town. So, he wasn’t someone the town grieved over.
Knowing who is attacking them and why is good information to have, but what are the teens supposed to do with it? How can they make Caleb stop his reign of terror? It’s not like they can just call “Ghostbusters.” Luckily for them, Jared’s Aunt Maybelle pays a visit and gives them hope. Maybelle has the gift of being able to see and speak with the dead. But even she is concerned about the strength of Caleb’s spiritual powers. Will they be able to banish this evil being, or are they just opening Hell’s Gate to let even more trouble in?
Damaged Skull Reviewerrates The Scavenger FIVE STARS! Aidan Lucid has written a tale that champions diversity and roots for the underdog. His characters are believable and bring us hope in a world of gay bashers, sex criminals, and substance abusers looking to hurt others. Lucid takes on racial issues in a constructive way that avoids plastic stereotypes and points out that conflicts are rarely clear cut. Life is difficult, but worth the effort required to get where we want. And if you have a special calling? Don’t ignore it. We need you! A highly recommended read.
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A DISGUSTING SUPERMARKET OF DEATH
James C. Harberson III
February 1, 2021
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
Hello Horror fans! The time has come to welcome a fresh issue of “Little Demon Digest” into the world. Hooray! If that’s not cause for celebration, I don’t know what is! There are both kindle and paperback versions available at Amazon.com. Just click on the link below to get a closer look at and place your orders!