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John Shirley , Simon Wood , Randy Chandler , Tim Curran , Kurt Bachard , Lawrence Conquest , Daniel I. Russell , Sean Logan , Matt Kurtz , Cheryl Mullenax
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14 Jun 2010
Comet Press presents the ultimate collection of extreme creature horror with 17 deviant and gore-soaked stories featuring demons, cannibals, mutants, golems, werewolves, and many more vile creatures. Brace yourself for a wild and bestial ride in these disturbing tales of Sick Things. Over-endowed aliens invade earth with one purpose: to mate with human females. A filmmaker documents a devil worshipping blood cult--and becomes the main subject. A farmer with an unnatural affection for his livestock gets a special gift when his wife is bitten by a werewolf. An employee finds his new boss sexy and attractive--and so do the flys. An obese, bed-ridden woman is given a pill to help her lose weight, with gag-inducing consequences. Pissed off, flesh-eating cows take over a dairy farm. A musician returns from the dead to avenge his wife's murder, with the help of a mysterious black possum. The Allies find a secret weapon: a monstrous blob with an insatiable appetite for dead human flesh. A chef creates his ultimate dish: an anatomically correct golem made out of leftovers. A mythical demon preys on unsuspecting college girls. A morbid, mouth-watering retelling of Hansel and Gretel. And many more!

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Comet Press (14 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982097972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982097977
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Creature Cast Offs 20 Jan 2013
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The tag line for this collection is "Sick Things: An Anthology of Extreme Creature Horror." You could also insert Extremely Bad into that title. I like monsters and weird creatures but this just came across as an excuse to fill page upon page with poorly written B movie tosh. Killer Cows? Devil Possums? Give me a break. And some quality for that matter. The only saving grace of this collection is Tim Curran's "Evil, Bent and Candy Sweet", a retelling of Hansel and Gretel that puts the grim in The Brothers Grimm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comet Press Does it Again 20 July 2010
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Sick Things is a sequel of sorts of Vile Things. Instead of body horror though, this time we get creatures. Now body horror is my favorite but creature horror comes in at a very close second. God Bless Comet Press for giving us great collections of wonderful NEW ideas. What a revelation. Gone are (most) of the creatures herein are new and different ideas. Hell the only "zombie" story here is unconventional, funny, gory, and written by former Spin City star Michael Boatman! I'm so sick of zombies and vampires I could spew and I'm so glad the editor of Sick Things saw fit to keep the genre tropes down to a minimum. Many of the same authors that were included in Vile Things and/or The Death Panel return here, and again they're the best of the bunch. Fred Venturini turns in a story about creatures that steal secrets, Randy Chandler tells us about a woman raped by demons. Tim Curran gets my award for most descriptive tale in the bunch, a retelling of Hansel and Gretel, Sean Logan's tale, "The Neglected," was so disturbing and uncomfortable I almost couldn't get through it. One of the more creative and bizarre of the bunch, Legacy of the Last Invader by M. Shaw, is about a now exstinct group of aliens whose sole purpose was to repopulate their race with our women, the problem is they're hung like baseball bats and kill nearly every woman they meet. The always impressive John Shirley turns in a story about the after life and Jefferey Hale finishes the set with a story every adolescent male would cringe at. 17 stories in all and not a bad one in the bunch. Some are more successful than others but all were a good read.

Comet Press once again has produced a superior collection of extreme horror. Honestly I feel like this one's the best yet from them. All the authors here turn in tight, sharp work that surpass the previous collections. Most of the authors here are virtual unknowns some are even publishing their first work here but don't let that deter you, these are going to be the horror leaders of tomorrow, catch them now and be ahead of the curve. Recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 July 2014
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Loved the stories!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good & Gross 13 July 2012
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Although this book wasn't as good as another book that preceeded it, called "Vile Things"... This book was still a really great book... it had the right amount of "grossness" to keep me reading it up until the last page. I doubt you'll be disappointed if you decide to buy it... just don't eat before reading it... maybe not even AFTER reading it. :-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stories were less "Creature" than I expected. 10 Nov 2011
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Stories were less "Creature" than I expected. I was expecting campy monsters and overgrown insects rather than the deep dark monsters of the soul kind of creature.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Let down 2 Dec 2011
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Extreme creature horror? Well, there are creatures, but I found little here that was horrifying or extreme.

Some stories had some gore, one or two had some gross-out moments, but in almost every case the writer's descriptions were so blase' that you hardly felt a twinge. Also notable by it's absense was any convincing sense of dread in any of the stories.

As with all anthologies, you take your chances, and there are a couple of nicely original stories here that are at least a good read; even if they aren't necessarily scary or horrifying.

The word "extreme" may have applied in, say, the turn of the century, but there's nothing here that pushes boundries today. I don't feel the least bit compelled to read any of these stories again, even the few I liked.

This collection simply doesn't deliver on it's title or your expactations. OK, there's a critter of some kind in almost all, but the stories are not extreme, they're not horrifying, and they're not even creepy. Some could have been, because there are some great concepts here, but the authors simply fail to pull off instilling any feeling of drama, creepiness or dread in the reader.

I hope the authors grow to really capitalize on their inspiration. But for now, this collection is way too short on atmosphere and real horror.
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