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    Red Room Press is extremely proud to present its fourth annual anthology featuring this year's hardcore corps of authors with the best extreme horror fiction of 2018 that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos.

    First up is Vigil by Chad Lutzke. Chad takes us into a neighborhood where a steady stream of decayed corpses are exhumed from a neighbor’s cellar. Extreme olfactory horror at its best.

    Deborah Sheldon went under the knife for the inspiration of Hair and Teeth, and the result is a tale of gynecological body horror likely to terrify women and make most men squeamish.

    With Rut Season Brain Hodge makes a return to Year’s-best stories in a tale as chilling as it is heart-wrenching, inspired by a thousand-mile drive littered with roadkill and some personal tragedies.

    Control by Jeff Parsons introduces us to a meth addict stalking potential victims in Central Park to get money for the next score. 

    Annie Neugebauer is back with Cilantro, a Neugebauerian yarn of culinary chaos sure to turn stomachs and cause nightmares. 

    Tim Waggoner likewise returns this year with Voices Like Barbwire, an exploratory dig into old wounds and painful memories.

    Rebecca Rowland’s Bent wins the Most Cringe-worthy Story honor with her twisted tale of extreme body horror. Her well-drawn characters seem to come off the page but God forbid they do. Their idea of a pretzel party is truly twisted.

    Scath Beorh takes Lovecraftian cosmic horror to its next level with Lord of the Mesa.

    Sean Patrick Hazlett’s story The Godhead Grimoire possesses dangerous religious overtones and a forbidden bloodthirsty book.

    Carnal Bodies by R.E. Hellinger is a shocking story of baroque horror and demonic necrophilia from Two Dead Queers Present: Guillozine. You’ll have to read this one to believe it.

    In Crossroads of Opportunity Ed Kurtz and doungjai gam take you on a-deal-with-the-devil-at-the-crossroads trip with a son driving his dead mother to an uncertain destination. Trouble is, his mother is a bit of a backseat driver and she just won’t shut up.

    Seras Nikita’s Dad’s Famous Preserves won’t do much for your appetite but it will show you a recipe for disaster when a jungle missionary’s foot infection blossoms into a stomach-churning nightmare.

    The Bearded Woman, brought all the way from Rome, Italy, by the inimitable Alessandro Manzetti. His dystopian future tale takes us for a ride in the Bearded Woman’s circus trailer as she and her dwarf husband bring their marriage to a bloody end.

    Sara Tantlinger’s The Devil’s Dreamland takes us inside the Murder Castle of the infamous H.H. Holmes with her brilliant narrative poem of macabre beauty.

    Frank Oreto’s All God’s Creatures Got Reasons reveals that there are real monsters walking among us, monsters with a savage appetite for young flesh, but they are so skilled at covering their tracks, we never even know they’re there.

    The Ugly by J.R. Park introduces us to a couple of sweet little kids who may have a good reason for torturing and eating cats. It’s a way to keep the ugly at bay. Or is it?

    Doug Ford’s I Have a Confession takes a coldblooded plunge into sex with a ghost. But what if it’s not a ghost?

    In When the Owls Call Lyman Graves takes us “stealth camping” in a Texas park after hours, where a strange and dangerous gathering is taking place. David Lynch might say, “The owls are not what they seem”. But are they?

    Jeremy Thompson is back this year with his nefarious pal the Hallowfiend in Bloodletting and Intrigue on All Hallows’ Eve’. With a stylistic nod to Ray Bradbury, Jeremy delivers on our promise that something twisted this way comes.

    Capping it all off, Alicia Hilton serves up Monkey See, Monkey Do as a tasty little nightcap (for those with hardcore tastes).

    Salud!

    Sleep well. If you can.

    - Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax

    ©2019 Red Room Press (P)2019 Red Room Press

    Ce que les auditeurs disent de Year's Best Hardcore Horror, Volume 4

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    • Mark Mackey
    • 22/10/2019

    Year's Best Hardcore Horror, Volume 4

    I actually liked this. Interesting overall, this is a remarkable collection of horror, suspense short stories. Good writing and narration.

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    • timj26
    • 08/10/2019

    Great collection

    I’ve become a fan of many talented authors through this series
    This felt less gory and more story driven then the previous three books witch should attract a larger horror crowd
    The narrator was good but the odd background noise could be distracting
    If your looking to get into more hardcore horror I highly recommend this series as a whole
    I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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    • Wanda
    • 18/10/2019

    Not horror

    Although I did enjoy this book I don't consider it horror, more like something that goes bump in the night. Lots of sexual activity but again not hardcore.
    I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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    • Brian M
    • 16/11/2019

    Eclectic Extreme Horror Anthology

    This collection of extreme horror ranging from subtle to beating you over the head and from psychological horror to more straight forward examples is a solid entry. There's not really any stories who stand out as they're pretty level without any who bring the whole experience down. The only real negative might be that not all the stories are that extreme, but I enjoyed the morning scale instead of going to 11 and staying there.

    I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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    • SoCal Major
    • 14/11/2019

    Simply the worst narration

    This is by far, the worst narrated book I have listened, ever. The narrator belongs reading droll books of unimportance as opposed to what should the the best hardcore horror of the year. The lineage of these anthologies was fallen far from the mark.

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    • Eric Seim
    • 21/04/2021

    mixed bag

    mostly good but some real losers as well...I feel like the ones with extensive backstories about writing workshops and blah blah are the worst. the winners have very few notes and don't need it! Overall still getting more in this collection!

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    • Cody a Sims
    • 13/08/2020

    Narrator ruined it for me

    I'm not trying to come down on the guy too hard here. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but the narrator almost ruined this for me. Mis-pronounced words and editing errors are just the beginning. Some of the stories were essentially ruined due to the erratic pace of the narrators voice and sometimes bizarre inflection both robotic and at times theatrical and cheesy.

    He also can't say the word "Frustrated" correctly. He says "Fustrated" and it drove me nuts.

    As far as the stories go, I think this volume is a little less "extreme" than the previous, but I found a lot to love here. The quality of the writing and the presentation clash pretty wildly on this one, still looking forward to Volume 5 however.

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    • Charles
    • 23/12/2019

    Not hardcore at all

    I am sorry to say that none of these stories were that scary. I read a lot of horror and thought I try listening to some for a change.
    I understand that these were short stories but many of the stories ended rather abruptly as if they were trying not to go over a word limit. They contain some build up but fell flat. Decent campfire stories but not scary enough to be true horror. The narrator did an okay job but most of the time it felt like he was telling a story to the person standing next to him without trying to get too excited.

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    • Jason S.
    • 15/12/2019

    I'm kind of disappointed...

    I don't usually comment on a book but I am kind of surprised at the tone of this whole Collection. I personally enjoyed a couple stories, but overall felt like there was so much emphasis on articulating in descriptive writing I feel like I missed the 'umph' I was looking for. Again, this is just my opinion, but I didn't feel pushed at all.

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    • Lee Robinson
    • 14/12/2019

    Fell flat for me, your opinion may vary

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    The biggest problem with the Year's Best Hardcore Horror series in my opinion is that it shouldn't be a series - it should be split into two different yearly anthologies so readers have a clearer idea what they're getting. The three volumes I've consumed never really seem to come to a clear consensus on what 'hardcore' means and this one is probably the stongest example : The stories contained within exhibit the usual wild variety but many of them tend to trend towards the cheesecakey sort of horror that's predominant on the free horror podcast circuit and several days later I can't recall any of them. Again, your opinion may vary. If your horror tastes trend towards character development and slow implied horror that never really shows the entirety of its hand and leaves you pondering the implications of the situation, you'll probably want to give this one a pass.

    On the bright side the few that don't fit into the aforementioned category are pretty good. All God’s Creatures Got Reasons is the standout piece. The narration is also well-done and has none of the strange editing or level-shifting issues that can ruin books before they begin.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 02/12/2020

    good stories, questionable narrator

    The narrator struggles with pronunciation, rhythm and sentence stress. It seems like he gets caught up in reading, sometimes he seems surprised like he hasn't read the full sentence yet. In some stories, there were even obvious mistakes and narration fumbles.
    Nevertheless, the stories were good.