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Deep Cuts: Mayhem, Menace, & Misery [Kindle Edition]

Mehitobel Wilson , Nancy Holder , Yvonne Navarro , E.S. Magill , Chris Marrs , Angel Leigh McCoy , Lisa Morton

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Book Description

Warning: cuts may be deeper than they appear.

19 short horror stories to give you shivers plus 60 recommendations for powerhouse tales written by women—those bloody stylings and chainsaw rhythms that have lain hidden like deadly gems among other great works.

"Deep Cuts smartly sidesteps the bloody 'women in horror' debate and puts its money where its mouth is. This fantastic collection, featuring both genders, pays tribute to the best dark tales told by women. A deeply cerebral experience that is at times honest and intimate, but always chilling." —Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Beautiful Sorrows

Cover art by Anja Millen.

Contributors include Nancy Holder, Yvonne Navarro, Mehitobel Wilson, Lisa Morton, Sandra Odell, Samael Gyre, Sara Taylor, Michael Haynes, R.S. Belcher, Stephen Woodworth, C.W. Smith, Colleen Anderson, James Chambers, Ed Kurtz, Rachel Karyo, Kelly A. Harmon, Scathe meic Beorh, Patricia Lillie, Satyros Phil Brucato, and Rob M. Miller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615750893
  • Publisher: Evil Jester Press (13 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0S06AK
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #451,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Horror! 15 Jan. 2013
By Q. Abuttu - Published on
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I was thrilled with these stories! "Deep Cuts" is a great set of short tales bound to provide horror lovers with hours of excellent reading! (One thing I could have done without the introduction of the book which I thought trivialized the abuse of men and included some misinformation regarding sexual assaults/abuse of boys/men. In fact, it's more likely to be true that both genders suffer similar rates of abuse and boys/men suffer much more physical abuse. Overall, boys/men are less likely to report sexual abuse than girls/women. It's my area of expertise.) But aside from the introduction, the stories in this anthology were amazing and much better than the last three anthologies I've read. Congrats to the short story writers of Deep Cuts. Congrats to Evil Jester Press. Well done!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Cuts Epic Horror 14 Jan. 2013
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Absolutely amazing. A Must Have for any horror lover. The authors are so talented and I look forward to future works by them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for fans of just plain great horror fiction 1 Mar. 2013
By Anita Eva - Published on
"Deep Cuts" is full of fantastic horror fiction tales both from men and women. It's a treasure trove of good horror fiction, both in terms of the stories and the recommendations of `further reading' of women writers to check out supplied by those who submitted pieces to the anthology. Featuring stories from both established and lesser-known writers, "Deep Cuts" fills the gap of the need for there to be more horror fiction by--and in celebration of--women.

Still, I long for a day when there won't be a need to have this gender debate, and readers will all agree that gender, whether male or female, doesn't determine whether someone is a good writer, or if their stories are interesting or compelling. With great introductions both from the editors themselves and from acclaimed horror writer Lisa Morton, "Deep Cuts" is a must-have for any die-hard horror fan, and it makes for perfect Women in Horror Month reading, but of course can be enjoyed all year round.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting anthology dedicated to female horror writers 19 Mar. 2013
By Chantal Boudreau - Published on
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It's great to see a horror anthology dedicated to female horror writers, and the recommendations of stories written by these women. The premise was an interesting one and the anthology contained a diverse collection of tales with some well presented recommendations. Typical of any anthology, there were some stories I really enjoyed and others I wasn't so keen on. In my opinion, the most enjoyable tales were gripping and straight to the point - as Chuck Wendig says:"Plain Stakes, Stabbed Hard Through Breastbone". I believe a writer can hone in on the terrifying in either an obvious, visceral way or a more subtle, invasive way, and some of the stories achieved that. The stories that didn't work for me were the ones that were too metaphorical, in some instances chaotically so, with endings that didn't make much sense to me or seemed unnecessarily abrupt. Other readers may love these stories, but I didn't. I think the editors may have been looking for a more "artistic" approach to horror with these, but I found them less engaging and less frightening as a result.

Overall, this was an entertaining anthology, but there were a couple of things that disappointed me - first was the number of stories written by men in an anthology dedicated to female horror writers. Submissions were open to all writers, so it didn't come as a big surprise, and I understand the editors wanted to show female horror writers have influenced both male and female writers alike but I feel the best way to honour females in the genre is to showcase their work, not just praise it. I also didn't like certain parts of the format. What I consider the best story in the anthology was first in the line-up, lending to a bit of a let-down after that. I also think that the extra recommendations included in the anthology should have been interspersed amongst the stories, rather than all lumped together at the end.

Here are the highlights of the anthology:

The introduction by Lisa Morton was superb, noting discrimination women writers face in the genre and stating examples she has encountered. She also pointed out, in a very passionate way, that successful female horror writers need to be recognized and celebrated or risk being forgotten.

The opening story, "Crash Cart" by Nancy Holder was both disturbing and frightening on many levels. It was a no holds barred story where the horror exists in the villain, the victim and the protagonist alike. This was my favourite story in the anthology.

Other stories I really enjoyed included "Hollow Moments" by R.S. Belcher- a chilling tale bent on striking fear in those of us who spend much of our lives thoughtlessly plodding through the routine and not really living, "Red Is the Colour of my True Love's Blood" by Colleen Anderson - a vividly frightening story that blends colours and associated emotions and states of mind with unpleasant events, "Beavers" by Rachel Karyo - a disturbing tale that delves into how becoming a new mother without the proper supports in place can lead to mental instability, and "Pinprick" by Scathe meic Beorh - a story I appreciated in particular because of its dark humour.

The story recommendations were real gems and introduced me to writers that are now on my "to-read" list - a proper bonus to the anthology.

While I might have changed a few things about it if I could, I did enjoy this anthology and I'm including it on my recommended reading list.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 4 Mar. 2013
By Happy in San Diego - Published on
I never thought myself a virgin to the world of horror. After all, I'd read King, Koontz, Rice, Laymon, and others. Yet, after reading this bountiful collection of short stories (many of which raised a hair or three!), I have to consider myself a complete novice to this genre. I think not only the stories themselves, but rather the brief essays on the work of other writers is an inspiration to me as to what I've NOT read in horror. I am inspired and thankful to the editors for bringing this to life.
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