This here's just a little transparently self-interested reminder that I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD is available on Amazon in hardcopy and for Kindle (Is it high quality? When is the last time I sold you something crappy? You never bought anything from me before, right? So don't worry about it!):
Selected Editorial Reviews
"Only a group of psychopaths would assemble a book such as this. Bloody brilliant, and beautifully executed. Taste this."
- Michael Bailey, Bram Stoker Award-winning editor of THE LIBRARY OF THE DEAD
"I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD is a tour de force for Grey Matter Press and for the five outstanding dark fiction authors gathered here. If you've read their work before, then you'll know what we're talking about, and if you haven't, you won't find a better place to start than right here."
- Shane Douglas Keene, THIS IS HORROR
"The five stories are not similar at all but fit very well together. [Each] is great entertainment in their own right. I thoroughly enjoyed each an every one. Excellent job. Five Stars."
- Livius Neden, BOOKED PODCAST
"It is the slow burn, the creeping doubt, the inherent violence, the lore made real. Through exotic locations, where the wind blows from within; flashing across the silver screen, violence echoing into the night; pulled from the trunk of a car, dark deeds that deserve retribution; a monster lying in wait, one more city down every road. Haunting and disturbing, even now, I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD"
- Richard Thomas, author of BREAKER and TRIBULATIONS
"While this quintet of authors may taste the blood, we readers will feel the fright of their nightmare visions, sense the dread, the thrills, the awe of their standout voices. MALERMAN, STONE, SCHWARTZ, JOHNSON, and TAFF: The five points of a brilliant star that herald short horror mastery." -
Eric J. Guignard, fictionist, winner of the Bram Stoker Award and finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award
Praise for Publisher Grey Matter Press (In other words, they only produce great stuff):
"In less than two years, Grey Matter Press has managed to establish itself as one of the premiere purveyors of horror fiction currently in existence via both a series of killer anthologies --SPLATTERLANDS, OMINOUS REALITIES, EQUILIBRIUM OVERTURNED -- and John F.D. Taff's harrowing novella collection THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS." - FANGORIA
"The dark, all-encompassing theme seems to be the trademark of Grey Matter Press. When asked for a referral I often state without hesitation to the very press that has enchanted my reading attention." - Dave Gammon, HORROR NEWS
Five Unique Voices.
From international bestselling author of BIRD BOX and Bram Stoker Award-nominee Josh Malerman -- the newly minted master of modern horror -- and Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS, John F.D. Taff; to the mind-bending surrealism of Erik T. Johnson; the darkly poetic prose of J. Daniel Stone and the transgressive mania of Joe Schwartz, I CAN TASTE THE BLOODoffers up five novellas from five unique authors whose work consistently expands the boundaries of conventional fiction.
Five Disturbing Visions.
I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD opens the doors to a movie theater of the damned; travels the dusty, sin-drenched desert with an almost Biblical mysterious stranger; recounts the phantasmagoric story of birth, death and rebirth; contracts a hit that's not at all what it seems; and exposes the disturbing possibilities of what might be killing Smalltown, U.S.A.
As diverse as they are, in voice and vision, the work of the five celebrated authors assembled in this stunning volume of terror share one common theme, one hideous and terrifying nightmare that can only be contained within the pages of I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD.
The Three Laws of Humanity:
- A human being may not injure another human being or, through inaction, allow another human being to come to harm.
- A human being must obey the orders given it by other human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first law.
- A human being must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second laws.
Bram Stoker Award winning editor Michael Bailey brings sci-fi back to Dark Regions Press with heart in this genre-bending anthology of dark science fiction and poetry. With fiction illustrated beautifully throughout by world-renowned artist L.A. Spooner, with poetry and spot illustrations supplied by the always-impressive Orion Zangara, and with an incredible introduction on humanism by New York Times bestselling author F. Paul Wilson (Panacea, the Repairman Jack series), Asimov’s three laws of robotics are re-evaluated and revised to help define humanity.
“I think we can all agree that consciousness, self-awareness, and sentience – the capacity for subjective feelings and perceptions – are indispensable to humanness. The comingling and interaction of all three lead to sapience – the capacity to act with reason and judgment. Apes and dolphins are considered sentient, but not sapient. Sapience builds civilizations.” – from Wilson’s introduction to You, Human.
Dark Regions Press makes a return to dark science fiction in this latest of illustrated anthologies by Michael Bailey, the person behind Pellucid Lunacy, the first two volumes of Chiral Mad (1,2), the Benjamin Franklin Award winning Qualia Nous, the Bram Stoker Award winning The Library of the Dead, and most recently Chiral Mad 3, which was illustrated throughout by legendary artist Glenn Chadbourne and which featured an introduction by Chuck Palahniuk(Fight Club, Lullaby, Choke, et al).
You, Human will contain the following works of fiction, which will be split into three sections (one for each of the three laws) by poetry. In no particular order:
- “I Am the Doorway” – Stephen King
- “Robot” – Mort Castle
- “101 Things to Do Before You’re Downloaded” – Scott Edelman
- “Cosmic Fair” – Darren Speegle
- “The Star-Filled Sea is Smooth Tonight” – Thomas F. Monteleone
- “Executive Functions” – Lucy A. Snyder
- “Hopium Den” – John Skipp
- “Dog at the Look” – B.E. Scully
- “Ditch Treasures” – Richard Chizmar
- “The Pretty Puppets” – Marc Levinthal
- “Pink Crane Girls” – Autumn Christian
- “The Cause” – Laura Lee Bahr
- “Keepsakes” – Hal Bodner
- “The Goldilocks Zone” – John R. Little
- “The Jupiter Drop” – Josh Malerman
- “Key to the City” – Cody Goodfellow
- “The Universe is Dying” – Paul Michael Anderson
- “Fallen Faces by the Wayside” – Gary A. Braunbeck
- “It Can Walk and Talk” – Dyer Wilk
- “What Goes Up Must Come Down” – Janet Harriett
- “The Immigrants” – Erik T. Johnson
- “Gumi-Bear” – Erinn L. Kemper
- “Unity of Affect” – Jason V Brock
- “The Fourth Law” – Marge Simon
- “In Accordance With the Laws”
- “Less Than Human”
- “Future Imperfect: Broken Laws”
(Although don't expect it quite as soon as my muse, as depicted below):