BLEED is “memorable, uplifting and thrilling”

Author Vincenzo Bilof (NECROPOLIS NOWNIGHTMARE OF THE DEAD) has written a review of BLEED: A BOOK OF HOPE, which features my short story, “The Funeral Portrait”:

Support the National Children's Cancer Society with BLEED.

Support the National Children’s Cancer Society with BLEED.

From the very start of this anthology, we are introduced to a form of horror that is personal, a real horror that threatens the lives of innocent children. These horror stories require the courageous; not only must we be brave to read them, but we must also witness the bravery that people must discover within themselves to overcome a horror that may not go away. We have stories that act as extended metaphors, and stories that remind us why we bought this book in the first place. Since this is a themed anthology, I will analyze whether or not the book fulfills its function while providing literature that is meaningful.

Some of the stories are written by cancer survivors and people who’ve experience the long-term effects this disease can have on a loved one; we have writers who put into words the emotions and experiences that so many people must endure. I believe it takes a certain level of courage to speak about such a difficult struggle; and here we have a collection of stories that can tug at your soul.

This isn’t a horror version of a Chicken Soup book, but rather we have the assembled talents of artists. The anthology’ challenge is to ensure that story themes are not repetitive, and the metaphor concept doesn’t get old throughout. A variety of writing styles and the overall composition of the anthology allow for interesting stories that can entertain on a surface level; some stories would be effective horror stories even if they didn’t exist in a themed anthology, which I believe is important for the book’s audience. One could argue that they could simply donate to the charity and don’t need the book; however, you can donate to the charity through Amazon and receive this book for free, a thank you from gifted writers.

My personal favorites include “Welcome the the World, Mister Smiles” by T. Fox Dunham, “Ears” by Eli Wilde, “The Addition” by Bentley Little, and “I Know this World” by John Palisano. A lot of established writers answered the call for this book to create an experience that is memorable, uplifting and thrilling; each piece is unique and provides readers with a different perspective on what cancer is; the majority of these stories allow the reader to make the connection rather than being hammered in the face with the idea over and over again. Horror is typically a psychological process that involves our perception of fear; terror is personal, and here it has never been more personal.

Support the The National Children’s Cancer Society by picking up a paperback, Kindle, or Nook edition of BLEED: A BOOK OF HOPE, featuring the following stories, poems, and essays:

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

2 Responses to “BLEED is “memorable, uplifting and thrilling””

  1. ^_^ Love the review, thanks for sharing it. It was good of you to be a part of an anthology that strives to be MORE than just a story collection, you know? Of course, that’s patting myself on the back, too, so I shouldn’t say that…

    Heh. Anyway, if you’d like a link to my website in the future, we can connect via twitter (@petr3pan) or at petrepan.blogspot.com. Thanks again for posting this and the other reviews you found!

  2. ^_^ Love the review, thanks for sharing it. It was good of you to be a part of an anthology that strives to be MORE than just a story collection, you know? Of course, that’s patting myself on the back, too, so I shouldn’t say that…

    Heh. Anyway, if you’d like a link to my website in the future, we can connect via twitter (@petr3pan) or at petrepan.blogspot.com. Thanks again for posting this and the other reviews you found!

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