Five Unique Voices From Bram Stoker Award nominated authors Josh Malerman, the newly minted master of modern horror, and John F.D Taff, the King of Pain, 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 BLOOD offers up five novellas from five unique authors whose woFive Unique Voices From Bram Stoker Award nominated authors Josh Malerman, the newly minted master of modern horror, and John F.D Taff, the King of Pain, 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 BLOOD offers 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 One Nightmare 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.
I Can Taste the Blood Five Unique Voices From Bram Stoker Award nominated authors Josh Malerman the newly minted master of modern horror and John F D Taff the King of Pain to the mind bending surrealism of Erik T Johns
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Review I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD Anthology Josh Malerman J Daniel Stone Joe Schwartz Erik T Johnson John F D Taff edited Anthony Rivera I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD Is at once anthology of five discrete novellas penned by five separate and individual authors, and also in a sense a themed collection In no way a shared world set, instead offered here is a unique collection of creativity The five authors involved worked from only one shared premise, the title, I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD Exactly what that statement [...]
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this story I Can Taste The Blood is an interesting anthology of novellas A lot of anthologies have a theme to connect the stories but this was one of the most unique ones I ve come across All of the stories share the same title The five novellas in this book are each very different in both style and content, ranging from horror to a stream of conscience type story straight out of a fever [...]
Read my full review at This Is Horror thisishorror book reAny time you see the name John F D Taff coupled with the words short fiction you can expect that you re in for something special, and the same can be said of anything that Grey Matter Press puts their stamp on So when the two forces join together, it s probably safe to say that extraordinary things are going to happen, a statement that proves to be true in the new Rivera and Taff edited anthology of short fiction, I Can Taste the Blood Jo [...]
5 novellas, 3 flash fiction shorts all with one title snagged from a mens room wall by John F.D Taff Doesn t that just make your brain squirm I bought the book based on the title without looking inside or knowing a thing about it It s just too cool.It lived up to my expectations The stories were totally and completely different While two of them weren t really to my liking, the others were so engrossing that a couple of burnt pieces were of no matter to me This is a book well worth checking out [...]
Five novellas Five authors One publisher I was thrilled when I first heard of I Can Taste the Blood from one of John F D Taff s author editor blog newsletters I ve been a fan of all five writers involved for a while, as well as publisher Grey Matter Press, so to say this project had me excited would be an understatement But could it live up to my expectation, or have I hyped it up too much before it even became a thing The first story is from author Josh Malerman, and it was a perfect way to kic [...]
I can taste the blood Such a simple phrase, that is until you actually take a moment to let it sink in Let it ignite some synapses, follow the thoughts down the rabbit hole and explore what it can actually mean Suddenly, that simple phrase becomes something quite heavy.I can taste the blood A collection of five ambiguously titled novellas connected only by a simple, yet complex phrase and the fire that it ignites This is an enjoyable read, and a perfect time for it, as summer fades into fall and [...]
I DNF d it at 48% finished I loved Malerman s story, but the rest wasn t doing much for me Maybe I ll get back into it another time.
This was another good offering from Grey Matter Press The idea came from graffiti John FD Taff saw in a restroom, the simple phrase I can taste the blood The result is this collection of novellas from five authors, all with the same title, but with very different takes on the phrase.I really enjoyed this Four of the novellas are outstanding One I absolutely hated, and that s the only reason I didn t give it five stars Josh Malerman s offering is like an Arabian Nights folktale with a Tales From [...]
Interesting mash up of horror, noir and psychedelic stories Inside this collection we have a gritty New York City story, a small town nightmare, a kidnapping, a man who can t keep away from his mother and a tale in the desert.A standout for me was Vision II by J Daniel Stone The story was so sad, and maddening His writing makes you feel as if you re there That one I could not put down, as I love movies and Stone s philosophies rang true for me Such a strong tale for a young author You can taste, [...]
Actual Rating 3 5 EXACT Good horror Read after drinking wine in bed for the full experience.
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Three of the novellas fall into 5 star territory, one didn t quite provide the horror beats I was hoping for and another was almost unreadable, bogged down in inscrutable surrealism However, I m sure there s plenty of weirdos out there that enjoy reading stuff that s crazier than a bag load of Donald Trumps But overall, 3 amazing stories out of 5 ain t a bad tally Special mention for J Daniel Stone and his no fucking holds barred approach That s somebody I ll be looking to read lots from in the [...]
The five stories written on the theme I Can Taste the Blood were as varied as individuals can be Settings ranged from retro futuristic to drug hazed relationships to sci fi I particularly enjoyed Joe Schwartz s tale of a sad sack guy just trying to get by and could almost hear Orson Wells reading John Taff s interpretation I recommend this collection of short stories, all reflecting the author s take on the theme.
Not for me
Five authors Five stories all based off the line, I can taste the blood This sort of reads like a lost edition of Barker s Books of Blood, it s so fresh and thrilling There s something for every horror thriller fan in here My personal favorite John F.D Taff s nightmare Vision V a down on his luck small town Joe discovers the secrets lying underneath the already flawed facade of his life.
I was really looking forward to this when I first heard John F.D Taff, one of my new favourite writers, was putting it together I was unfamiliar with a couple of the authors and didn t know what to expect And even though there were a couple of stories I liked than the others, they were all very well written Overall, I thought it was great and offers readers of 1 or 2 of the authors to broaden their horizon and experience something a little different from the other authors Recommended