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  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard Martin

    With an impressive line-up of almost every big name in extreme horror between the cover of Matt Shaw’s newest anthology, ‘Battered Broken Bodies’ is a must-buy book for fans who prefer their stories bursting with blood, bile and bodily fluids. Within these pages you can expect to find stories of; • A lawyer at a pharmaceutical company who contracts a deadly illness that causes his body to, quite literally, turn on itself • A revolutionary new procedure that allows the wealthy to swap bodies with de With an impressive line-up of almost every big name in extreme horror between the cover of Matt Shaw’s newest anthology, ‘Battered Broken Bodies’ is a must-buy book for fans who prefer their stories bursting with blood, bile and bodily fluids. Within these pages you can expect to find stories of; • A lawyer at a pharmaceutical company who contracts a deadly illness that causes his body to, quite literally, turn on itself • A revolutionary new procedure that allows the wealthy to swap bodies with death row inmates • A visit to Grandma’s house which turns into a house of horrors for Jack • A man looking to move on from his traumatic childhood following the death of his estranged mother, and the nightmare that waits for him in his former home • A young student’s infatuation with his teacher and the extreme lengths he will go to in order to get to know her better • Two friends re-telling an urban legend of the girl who swallowed a cherry stone which grew into a tree, little knowing the real truth behind the myth. Given I’m not a first-time reader of the vast majority of the authors that feature in ‘Battered, Broken Bodies’ I thought I knew what I was letting myself in for. Even with my sense of good taste and decency left to one side and my sick bag at the ready, I still found myself physically gagging at some of the content. I’m not sure anything can quite prepare you for reading stories like ‘The Gift’ by Jon Athan, or ‘Drainage’ by Wesley Southard. These shorts are the kind of gleefully over the top gross-out stories where you just know the author had as much fun writing them as you did wishing you hadn’t been eating while reading them. There is a great mix of extreme horror trailblazers, such as Wrath James White, Ryan Harding and Shaun Hutson, alongside a newer, but equally infamous, group of modern macabre masterminds, like Sam West, Aron Beauregard and Rayne Havok. You get a sense that everyone involved is trying to one-up the other by writing the most disgusting, the most vomit-inducing and the most over-the-top debauchery that it is possible to concoct and, despite the consistently taboo subject matter, there is generally a sense of fun and satire to a lot of the stories that tend to be present when any story takes things to a ridiculous extreme. It is hard to pick highlights as every story boasts, a memorable scene or premise, but none are more original than Jasper Bark’s ‘Peekaboo ICU’. It is such a fantastic idea for a Splatterpunk story and so well executed, it was definitely a high point for me. I would love to see this attempted as a short film because the visuals were spectacular. Special mention to the editor, Matt Shaw’s own contribution, the two-part ‘Chicken and the Egg’, and Jonathan Butcher’s ‘A Threesome with Carcia’, which has the best closing sentence of any story I have ever read. ‘Battered, Broken Bodies’ delivers exactly what you would want an extreme horror anthology to, namely a collection of stories as inventive as they are appalling. There wasn’t a single story that felt like it didn’t belong and every short more than earns its place in a collection that promises body horror of the most disgusting variety. Reading this book is, I imagine, a lot like actually going through the things it depicts; you may have fun doing it, but you’ll almost certainly need a shower afterwards.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Renée

    Wonderful collection! I enjoyed all the stories but my personal faves were The Gift (it made me nauseous!) & A Nec”Romantic” Love Story. A great book to end 2021 with.

  3. 4 out of 5

    KillerBunny

    A special mention to Aron Beauregard for my favorite story of the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Not for the faint of heart. Hopefully one would know that going into this but just an FYI. My personal favorites were The Garden of Ethan, Inside Man, and Doctor Goodhew's Methods. Not for the faint of heart. Hopefully one would know that going into this but just an FYI. My personal favorites were The Garden of Ethan, Inside Man, and Doctor Goodhew's Methods.

  5. 5 out of 5

    renee wicker

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Athan,Beauregard,Ralston.Triana,Shaw and so many more …..Ohh My! Literally the best of the best. This is a must read for all extreme horror fans.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel M

    Great collection, you can’t really go wrong! So many brilliant extreme horror authors in the same place 😁

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Duncan

    First of all, I purchased this book as a physical book not on the kindle. I have no idea why godreads does not let me change this. Frustrating. Anyways, this anthology of body horror is phenomenal! Every story in this book is fantastically shocking, repulsive, disgusting, and nasty as a fan of the extreme horror genre could hope for. And I loved every page of it. So many good and established authors (and a few ones I haven't heard about before) added their own flair to make this anthology so power First of all, I purchased this book as a physical book not on the kindle. I have no idea why godreads does not let me change this. Frustrating. Anyways, this anthology of body horror is phenomenal! Every story in this book is fantastically shocking, repulsive, disgusting, and nasty as a fan of the extreme horror genre could hope for. And I loved every page of it. So many good and established authors (and a few ones I haven't heard about before) added their own flair to make this anthology so powerful and haunting. Some of these stories will brand their images into the readers brain. I couldn't possibly pick one or even more favorite stories because they are all worth to be hyped up. I highly recommend this anthology if you're a fan of the extreme and body horror. This is your thing! I would add trigger warnings but that would be a very long list. Enter at your won risk to the wonderful world of body horror (but maybe this is a risk you should take, my dear extreme bookworm).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Crook

    Epic line up So many fabulous author's in one book. These stories were stomach churning. Seriously if you have a weak stomach just skip this one. I enjoyed reading through the unknown to me authors. Epic line up So many fabulous author's in one book. These stories were stomach churning. Seriously if you have a weak stomach just skip this one. I enjoyed reading through the unknown to me authors.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pyropatty

    Excellent Extreme horror! Best stories in body modification horror in a long time. Can't wait for a part 2. Don't miss this. Excellent Extreme horror! Best stories in body modification horror in a long time. Can't wait for a part 2. Don't miss this.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Henk Wester

    A lot of nasty shit can be found in this collection of peverted tales, ranging from tumours, diseases, body modifications, and creative slaughtering of the human body. There wasn't a single dud in here. As of yet, this is my favourite anthology I have read. Kiddos to Matt Shaw! A lot of nasty shit can be found in this collection of peverted tales, ranging from tumours, diseases, body modifications, and creative slaughtering of the human body. There wasn't a single dud in here. As of yet, this is my favourite anthology I have read. Kiddos to Matt Shaw!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    First rate extreme horror collection from an all-star lineup.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Like the title: ‘Battered, Broken Bodies’ says; this book has numerous stories all based on body horror. This is NOT for the faint of heart. You will want to read TW. Before embarking on this read, I really want you to know what you’re getting into. I’ve given ample warnings, so here’s my review: The authors don’t hold back and some of these stories were truly amazing. I could’ve given this one 5 stars but there were a couple stories that just left me extremely queasy and wondering “Wtf? Why tf d Like the title: ‘Battered, Broken Bodies’ says; this book has numerous stories all based on body horror. This is NOT for the faint of heart. You will want to read TW. Before embarking on this read, I really want you to know what you’re getting into. I’ve given ample warnings, so here’s my review: The authors don’t hold back and some of these stories were truly amazing. I could’ve given this one 5 stars but there were a couple stories that just left me extremely queasy and wondering “Wtf? Why tf did I read this one?”. The Good? There are truly some amazing stories in here. I even found a couple new authors I want to check out now. Most of the stories flowed very well and had an actual story to them. I also loved the “shorts” in here. This book was so disgusting and gory, but very much in the vein I would be expecting to read for body horror. If you love (and can stand) body horror, I absolutely recommend this one. The not so good? I can appreciate a solid body horror story, even with all the warnings…BUT…I do like it to be an actual story and not just gore slopped onto the page for the sake of being utterly disgusting. I think some people may like splatterpunk and other gore-horror books just as they are, but I really like books that have a certain depth (no matter what genre they are). There were a couple in here that I just didn’t like. Again though, this is just my opinion. Overall this is a solid, extreme horror anthology. It was horrifying, scary, gory and grotesque, but it kept me reading.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darlene James

    Different Very entertaining. Anyone into this kind of horror would enjoy this. I would not recommend it for anyone that's sqeamish. Different Very entertaining. Anyone into this kind of horror would enjoy this. I would not recommend it for anyone that's sqeamish.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eden Brower

    How can you not be shocked and disgusted when the kings and queens of extreme horror get together and throw a party in the form of this gem of a gorefest? Only truly sick people would like this so I give it 5 stars of course. The perfect stocking stuffer for the kids!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Autumn Feathers

    Well, that was amazingly uncomfortable. The title sums up this collection. Each story is unique and twisted. Crammed with nothing but body horror. 10/10 ass to mouths.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melvyn

    Best horror Anthology Amazing each story different and deprived in their own way with a line up you cannot beat so much talent in one book and it's beautiful and gross it's a extreme horror must read do not pass it up it is worth ever penny Best horror Anthology Amazing each story different and deprived in their own way with a line up you cannot beat so much talent in one book and it's beautiful and gross it's a extreme horror must read do not pass it up it is worth ever penny

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark Alexander

    Outstanding collection! I may be slightly as Body Horror is one of my favourite sub-genre's but even so, this anthology was such a great read. There are NO duds here. I'd say every story ranks somewhere between "above average" and "excellent". Highly recommended if you are a fan of body horror, extreme horror, or any of the authors featured here. If - like me - you are always on the look out for some new writers to read (especially those similar to authors you already enjoy), this is an EXCELLENT Outstanding collection! I may be slightly as Body Horror is one of my favourite sub-genre's but even so, this anthology was such a great read. There are NO duds here. I'd say every story ranks somewhere between "above average" and "excellent". Highly recommended if you are a fan of body horror, extreme horror, or any of the authors featured here. If - like me - you are always on the look out for some new writers to read (especially those similar to authors you already enjoy), this is an EXCELLENT place to start. I've read a LOT of extreme horror writers' work, but found myself four new writers to try via their submissions to this collection.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Miltos Theodossiou

    This anthology is absolutely a must for hardened horror fans. Perfect example of extreme body horror! Matt Shaw has made great selections (his story comes in two parts - very wise, trust me!) and manages to keep the reader's interest throughout. There are no bad stories here. The mystery though is why the Jon Athan story was put first. It proves impossible to find another story as strong and perverted as this. All stories, however, challenge the reader's assumptions - exactly as good horror shou This anthology is absolutely a must for hardened horror fans. Perfect example of extreme body horror! Matt Shaw has made great selections (his story comes in two parts - very wise, trust me!) and manages to keep the reader's interest throughout. There are no bad stories here. The mystery though is why the Jon Athan story was put first. It proves impossible to find another story as strong and perverted as this. All stories, however, challenge the reader's assumptions - exactly as good horror should do! Depraved sex, twisted choices, intriguing plots. Buy it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tam

    This is a fantastic, dark and addictive set of "splatterpunk shorts" with page after page filled with twists, turns, thrills, shocks, blood, guts, gore and more! If you like dark, horror thrillers as much as I do, this collection of stories is not to be missed. This is a fantastic, dark and addictive set of "splatterpunk shorts" with page after page filled with twists, turns, thrills, shocks, blood, guts, gore and more! If you like dark, horror thrillers as much as I do, this collection of stories is not to be missed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael James

    Great collection of Body Horror. Some of my favorite authors all in one collection. Hard to pick a favorite story. They were all great.

  21. 5 out of 5

    carol mccoy

    Best stories Loved pretty much all the stories in the book. Have some favs and a couple were way too overboard for me but most were great. There were so many it took awhile to finish but we'll worth it! Best stories Loved pretty much all the stories in the book. Have some favs and a couple were way too overboard for me but most were great. There were so many it took awhile to finish but we'll worth it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Iamthez

    have absolutely no idea how I didn't realize the cover was a broken woman's body and yet here we are. TIL. This was an absolutely delightful body horror collection. Only a few made me want to skip (sorry necro love story) but the rest were fairly solid. If you like extreme type horror stories, this is def the one for you. @chandler.morrison, Christine Morgan, @authorjonnyathan and @kristopher_triana all have absolute 5 star stand out stories that I think are worth experiencing on their own. have absolutely no idea how I didn't realize the cover was a broken woman's body and yet here we are. TIL. This was an absolutely delightful body horror collection. Only a few made me want to skip (sorry necro love story) but the rest were fairly solid. If you like extreme type horror stories, this is def the one for you. @chandler.morrison, Christine Morgan, @authorjonnyathan and @kristopher_triana all have absolute 5 star stand out stories that I think are worth experiencing on their own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Lewis

  24. 4 out of 5

    Frank Cornacchia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kynan Maxwell-bown

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Le

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leon

  28. 5 out of 5

    Devin Arnold

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Rae

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dan Way

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