BLEED is “a truly original and amazing collection”

Horror, suspense, and science-fiction reviewer Marvin Vernon says that BLEED (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing), edited by Lori Michelle, is an “exceptional anthology with an unusual theme and fiction that rises over the average in terms of quality and substance”:

Support the National Children's Cancer Society with BLEED.

Support the National Children’s Cancer Society with BLEED.

The best reason for buying BLEED, the emotionally moving anthology of horror fiction edited by Lori Michelle, is that the proceeds from the sale of the book goes to The National Children’s Cancer Society. The second best reason for buying it is that it is one of the best horror anthology I have read in a long time.

Bleed is a collection of 47 short works by known and lesser known authors in the horror genre. Most of the works are short fiction but there are about a half dozen essays and a few poems. The theme anthology focuses on the horror and devastation of cancer. This may sound depressing but Editor Lori Michelle does an amazing job of balancing the book with very different tales of horror, grief, emotional loss and even hope. Sometimes the tales are directly related to the illness. Sometimes the authors use fictional plagues or monsters to make the case. And in other stories, it is an allegory that may not connect right away but later as the story absorbs into your brain.

The first four works pretty much set the pace and shows Michelle’s deft handling of the topic. The introductory essay “True Horror” by Lori Michelle describes her experiences dealing with her son’s diagnosis and treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It is followed by “With Paper Armour and Wooden Sword” by Tracie McBride, a piece of fantasy fiction that deals with the relentless devastation the disease brings to families and society. But once you finish it and are reeling from the power of the work, you get Bentley Little’s “The Addition” a very subtle and gentle horror tale that at first seems to have no connection until later when the message hits you. Then the pace is changed again with “Welcome to the World, Mister Smiles” by T. Fox Dunham, a horror tale that directly involves cancer and its treatment but with a terrifying twist.

From then on, the stories continue with much more variety then you would suspect for what appears to be a narrow theme. Yet the contributing writers display an abundant of imagination and a refined skill for portraying feelings of grief, loss powerlessness and, most importantly, hope. No story or essay is weak and if there are better pieces than others it comes from a comparison of strength rather than weaknesses…

Read the rest of the review here. And if you haven’t picked up a copy yourself, here are the stories, poems, and essays you’re missing:

Proceeds from the sale of BLEED are donated to The National Children’s Cancer Society. Support the fight against childhood cancer by picking up a copy of BLEED in paperbackKindle, or Nook today.

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.

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