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Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road [Kindle Edition]

Brian Keene , Jack Ketchum , Edward Lee , J.F. Gonzalez , Bryan Smith , Wrath James White , Nate Southard , Ryan Harding , Shane McKenzie
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Book Description

What starts like a haunted house novel as written by the Marquis de Sade develops into a meta-deconstruction of hardcore horror and why we love sex and violence.

There is something seriously wrong with the house at Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road. Its history is awash with sadistic violence and fiendish sex. For generations the house has corrupted its inhabitants. Now Arrianne and Chuck have moved in, and the house is ready to hunt once more. But this time the house's occupants won't be the only targets. No one is safe-not the reader, not the authors, and not the horror genre itself...

Nine of the biggest names in horror fiction collaborate on a gore-and-sex-soaked novel with all proceeds benefiting modern master of crime and terror, Tom Piccirilli.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 773 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Deadite Press (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H5466RA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a collaboration! 11 Dec. 2013
By Suzanne
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I was so excited when I saw the first three big names on the front of this book. This has got to go down in history as a cult classic. As I was reading, I was thinking that one of my other favourite authors would have been a brilliant co-writer in this book. Imagine my excitement when I got half way through and Ryan Harding's name popped up! As I said, I hadn't checked out the contributors before purchasing...just saw that three of my fave authors had written this. Where to start with this amazing tale? If you are a fan of any of these authors, this is one book that you have to buy above all others. Typical blood, guts, gore, depravity and sex reign supreme in this book, but you wouldn't expect anything less from this bunch. It tells the story of a house where strange things begin to happen to the new occupants. That's all I'm going to say about the storyline, as I don't want to ruin it for you. What I will say is watch out for your favourite authors appearing! Now this, I thought, was a brilliant concept. Too exciting! I was actually giggling at their appearances, and could imagine them trying to be mean to each other as they each wrote their respective parts. I was also touched by the mention of my favourite author ever, Richard Laymon, and the playful referral to his work. The book is perfectly edited and you won't want to put it down once you start reading. It's like spending time with old friends. The last few chapters were especially amusing, in a warped kind of way. This book's proceeds are going to Tom Piccirilli, so another great reason to buy it. I love every single one of these authors, and if you are a fan you will adore this book. Be is not for the squeamish. However, the chances are that if you are buying this book, you will be well aware of they type of book you will be getting. Just multiply your expectations by 100 and you have a good guide as to how much depravity you will be getting. I hope they get together again to give us more. Fabulous!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't work for me 21 Jan. 2014
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Okay. It's for a good cause. The book was written to raise money for Tom Piccirilli which is great. It also had six of my favourite authors which was another bonus but it just didn't work. It feels really disjointed and by the end the authors started appearing in the story to eradicate characters they didn't feel fitted anymore. I really didn't enjoy that.

It's basically a bit of an Amityville style story. I liked the back story but didn't enjoy or care about what happened to any other characters in the book as no one fleshed them out. It starts of kind of okay and then losses pace then just gets silly. I had really high hopes for this book and I'm glad I bought it as it's for a good cause but I didn't enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood drenched maywhem. 21 Jun. 2015
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Truly brilliant. Some of the greatest hard gore writes teaming up! What could go wrong....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 4 Mar. 2014
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Fabulous book that i was engrosed in, i would recommend this to hard core horror fans, it also has a great twist at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sick and twisted and dirty 22 April 2014
By sean - Published on
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First things first, Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is bigger than your average horror novel. When fellow author Tom Piccirilli (four time Bram Stoker award winner, author of The Last Kind Words, A Choir of Ill Children, etc…) ran into health problems and subsequent medical bills, some friends decided to lend a hand. And what better way to raise money than write a book and donate the profits to the cause? So, what we have here is a nine-man batting order of splatter all-stars working individually as well as collaboratively to put together one sick story. Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, Bryan Smith, J. F. Gonzalez, Wrath James White, Nate Southard, Ryan Harding, and Shane McKenzie, some of the top names in extreme horror fiction, have all stepped up to the plate for a struggling cohort while bringing us the blood, gore, sex, and violence we’ve come to know and love. This collaborative effort was first put out in hardcover form by Sinister Grin Press, then paperback and ebook by Deadite Press, and then a German translation in ebook and hardcover by Festa Verlag, all of which put the proceeds toward Mr. Piccirilli’s bills. Just the kind of project I love…

Enough backstory, there is still a novel to talk about here. Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is equal parts haunted house, splatterpunk, perverted sex, and hardcore gore, with a side of slasher tendencies and more than a handful of surprises along the way. And it all starts when a couple moves into what seems like might be their dream home. Well, technically it starts ten years before that, with a part-time prostitute, Nicci, who gets caught with her roommate’s boyfriend and has to move in with her brother. All hell breaks loose when she suspects he may done something somewhat, er, dirty to her while she was asleep. When she goes to confront him, she finds his computer playing videos that make her want to throw up; bestiality, scaterotica, Roman showers, and more. Her brother swears it must be a computer virus, and also swears that he didn’t do the nasty thing she accused him of doing to her, and eventually Nicci lets it go. But the next night, she wakes to feel herself being violated. But by whom? There is no one there. When she is able to get free, she runs to her brother, but slips and falls on his torn apart, splattered body. And where does this all take place? The house at 65 Stirrup Iron Road.

When Arrianne and Chuck move into the same house ten years later, they have no idea that anything bad has ever happened there, much less the slightest notion that their lives are about to be turned upside-down. But they do recognize that a) there seem to be chipmunks in their attic, and b) their sex life has never been more intense. Then a strange smell appears in the house, followed by vile, disturbing p*rn popping up on Chuck’s computer. What follows is a string of killings and out-there perverted sex that would impress even Joe D’Amato or Caligula.

There are so many fun things about Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road. Yes, I said fun things. Each chapter is written by a different author, usually followed up by a chapter shared by two authors. For example, chapter seven is by Jack Ketchum, then chapter eight is a collaboration between Ketchum and Shane McKenzie, and so on. And it works out really well. There aren’t clunky transitions between writing styles or big gaps in story, as could happen, but rather a seamless story from beginning to end. Although, without giving spoilers, I will say this…as we reach the end, we realize there are more characters involved in the story than we first were led to believe. Somewhere around NINE more, to be a little more specific. But like I said, this book is a lot of fun to read.

It is also absolutely disgusting. It is perverted, and bloody, and vile, and you will love every page of it if that is what you like. I’ve actually read reviews of this book by people who say they are fans of one or more of the contributing authors, and they complain that it is gross. So I’ll say this: if you’ve read anything by any of these authors, you know what to expect, right? Well, take that, and multiply it by nine sick, sick horror writers, and you’ve got Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road. After all, these are the authors that brought us such titles as The Girl Next Door, Muerte Con Carne, Genital Grinder, Header, Succulent Prey, and The Rising, among many, many other blood and gore masterpieces. Readers shouldn’t be going in expecting a young adult title here, but they can expect to have a good, nauseating time. The fact that the proceeds go to a great cause just makes it that much better.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 17 Dec. 2013
By Kerry G.S. Lipp - Published on
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This book is very hard to review without spoilers so this will be brief. You've got the kings of modern/gross-out horror teaming up to raise money for a fellow friend of theirs in some serious medical trouble. If that doesn't show the HEART of the often deemed heartless horror genre, then maybe this book will, but make sure you see it through until the end. Jesus, I've never smiled so much reading a book in my whole life.

It's refreshing and fantastic to see strong servings of heart, humor, and honesty amidst the horrific backdrop.

This is your classic haunted house story injected with an extra large syringe of sex and violence steroids. It's awesome. And then there's the twist....

The book starts pedal to the metal and isn't without a couple brief stalls, but you'll forget all about them by the time it's all said and done.

To the writers, editors, artists and everyone else involved:

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nine horror writers trying to gross out readers while raising funds to defray Tom Piccirilli's medical expenses 22 Dec. 2013
By Frank R. Errington - Published on
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Caution: This story is not for the masses. Even if you are a fan of one or more of the authors involved, you may want to think twice.

Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is a project with proceeds going to help defray the massive medical expenses incurred by Tom Piccirilli's battle against brain cancer. A worthwhile endeavor by some of my favorite genre writers.

So here we have Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, J F Gonzalez, Bryan Smith, Wrath James White, Nate Southard, Ryan Harding and Shane McKenzie writing a round-robin style, gross-out ghost story. Each managing to outdo the last in the lengths they will go to disgust and potentially alienate the reader. In many cases they will succeed in that endeavor. As a result there are already a number of 1 Star reviews. Reviews that I can actually see as a twisted badge of honor for the writers involved.

If Sixty-Five Stirrup Road was Movie, it would likely be rated NC-17. An NC-17 rating can be based on violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children. I'd say this book meets and exceeds those qualifications.

So, do you think I've adequately covered how sick, depraved and morally reprehensible Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is? If so, let's get to the good stuff.

Yes, there is a story. It's either an evil or haunted house and those who live there, or find themselves nearby, are slowly overcome by sexual desires of the most perverse variety. Go ahead and dwell on what that might mean, then pick a number from one to ten and multiply. Trust me, you're not even close.

Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is not a literary masterpiece. It was never meant to be. What it is is a wild, no holds barred romp filled with sex and violence. I did enjoy the tag team approach to writing the novel. One writer would take a chapter, he'd be joined by a second writer for the next chapter and then that writer would go solo only to be joined by someone else for the next and so on.

And then there's the payoff. No spoiler here, but let's say if you are a fan of these guys, follow any of them on Facebook or Twitter, have spent time with them at a horror convention, you're gonna love what happens next.

Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is available now as both a paperback and ebook from and remember proceeds go to defray Tom Piccirilli's medical expenses associated with his fight against brain cancer. Go Tom!

It you have a strong constitution and are not easily offended, I can strongly recommend Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadite Press Book of the Year! 1 Jan. 2014
By Cryptor - Published on
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Well, what to say...I am a fan of every author involved. I knew what I was getting into from the beginning and that's why I loved every page of this. I have drooled over this book since it was first announced and I waited ever so patiently to read it. Finally I just finished it and what a way to bring in the new year! I have never been so aroused and disgusted at the same time...I learned that it's hard to smile and grimace at the same time but by the end of the story, I had it down like a pro! This book is everything I wanted it to be and so much more toward the end. I really want to thank each and every author involved for giving horror fans a wet dream like this. And for all the 1 star reviews that are adding up...keep em' coming. I think that fans read negative reviews far more than positive ones. And the fact that most of the bad reviews say how disgusting and horrible the book is, is icing on the cake. Hardcore fans read that and smile thinking, "Man, you know this is going to be good." And honestly if you purchased the book in any form, I could care less what you really think of it. The proceeds are going to a good cause and you've already handed your money over. Deadite Press has really turned into a hero in the horror genre and I couldn't say enough thanks to editor Jeff Burke and everyone else involved. I have bought nearly every single book that they've put out and I will continue doing so. But this book right here, Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road, has to be Deadite Press' Book of the Year. Read it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gross out, good time gore 21 April 2014
By Bill - Published on
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What do you get when to take several of the top splatter writers if our time to collaborate on a work for a great cause? Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road. This one starts of like a rocket of grodiness and just gets worse. And when I mean worse, I mean that in a good way. Vomit, llama juice, Vietnam vets, slimy dentures…good times. Evidently, you are either going to love the ending or hate it. I would not normally like it, but for some reason it didn't bother me and I rolled with it.

These guys are messed up for sure and the book couldn’t be for a better cause. Solid 4 Stars. Highly Recommended for gross out, good time gore.
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