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Comet Press presents the ultimate collection of extreme creature horror with 17 deviant and gore-soaked stories featuring demons, cannibals, mutants, golems, werewolves, and many more vile creatures. Brace yourself for a wild and bestial ride in these disturbing tales of Sick Things. Over-endowed aliens invade earth with one purpose: to mate with human females. A filmmaker Comet Press presents the ultimate collection of extreme creature horror with 17 deviant and gore-soaked stories featuring demons, cannibals, mutants, golems, werewolves, and many more vile creatures. Brace yourself for a wild and bestial ride in these disturbing tales of Sick Things. Over-endowed aliens invade earth with one purpose: to mate with human females. A filmmaker documents a devil worshipping blood cult--and becomes the main subject. A farmer with an unnatural affection for his livestock gets a special gift when his wife is bitten by a werewolf. An employee finds his new boss sexy and attractive--and so do the flys. An obese, bed-ridden woman is given a pill to help her lose weight, with gag-inducing consequences. Pissed off, flesh-eating cows take over a dairy farm. A musician returns from the dead to avenge his wife's murder, with the help of a mysterious black possum. The Allies find a secret weapon: a monstrous blob with an insatiable appetite for dead human flesh. A chef creates his ultimate dish: an anatomically correct golem made out of leftovers. A mythical demon preys on unsuspecting college girls. A morbid, mouth-watering retelling of Hansel and Gretel. And many more!


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Comet Press presents the ultimate collection of extreme creature horror with 17 deviant and gore-soaked stories featuring demons, cannibals, mutants, golems, werewolves, and many more vile creatures. Brace yourself for a wild and bestial ride in these disturbing tales of Sick Things. Over-endowed aliens invade earth with one purpose: to mate with human females. A filmmaker Comet Press presents the ultimate collection of extreme creature horror with 17 deviant and gore-soaked stories featuring demons, cannibals, mutants, golems, werewolves, and many more vile creatures. Brace yourself for a wild and bestial ride in these disturbing tales of Sick Things. Over-endowed aliens invade earth with one purpose: to mate with human females. A filmmaker documents a devil worshipping blood cult--and becomes the main subject. A farmer with an unnatural affection for his livestock gets a special gift when his wife is bitten by a werewolf. An employee finds his new boss sexy and attractive--and so do the flys. An obese, bed-ridden woman is given a pill to help her lose weight, with gag-inducing consequences. Pissed off, flesh-eating cows take over a dairy farm. A musician returns from the dead to avenge his wife's murder, with the help of a mysterious black possum. The Allies find a secret weapon: a monstrous blob with an insatiable appetite for dead human flesh. A chef creates his ultimate dish: an anatomically correct golem made out of leftovers. A mythical demon preys on unsuspecting college girls. A morbid, mouth-watering retelling of Hansel and Gretel. And many more!

30 review for Sick Things: Extreme Creature Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steven Mayotte

    Having read and enjoyed 'Vile Things', also edited by Cheryl Mullenax (Not John Shirley, as noted on Goodreads' title page), I was really looking forward to a second helping of words that'd slither through my mind long after I finished them. Unfortunately, this collection was, in my opinion, fairly substandard comparatively. Most of these are eye-rollingly campy fare, and to blatantly trying to be gross to be really enjoyable. In some, the writing is just plain bad (I'll not call out specific a Having read and enjoyed 'Vile Things', also edited by Cheryl Mullenax (Not John Shirley, as noted on Goodreads' title page), I was really looking forward to a second helping of words that'd slither through my mind long after I finished them. Unfortunately, this collection was, in my opinion, fairly substandard comparatively. Most of these are eye-rollingly campy fare, and to blatantly trying to be gross to be really enjoyable. In some, the writing is just plain bad (I'll not call out specific authors on this, but there are some cringeworthy stories in there simply from a style standpoint), and as with many recent short story collections, most of them end too soon, as if the idea were the half-baked beginning of a novel, and the author just gave up on it, slapping a short-story ending to the whole thing and calling it a day. That said, there are a few that deserve an honorable mention. 'Hunger Pangs', by Matt Kurtz, while fishtailing a bit in the mud of my first complaint about trying too hard to be gross, especially near the end, is very well written, and put Kurtz on my list of authors to watch. Without spoilers, he details beautifully the inner suffering of the main character, as well as the growing horror of what she experiences. Highly recommended for a read, and he can be forgiven for the oversimplified end paragraphs for it. Another very well written, if not necessarily GOOD story,is 'Acceptable Losses', by Simon Wood. The premise isn't bad, if a bit lackluster, but the story never really gets much of a chance to go beyond what feels like a setup stage. That said, the reactions of the characters involved, and the well-written translation of the horrors of war is exceptionally well done, rescuing the writing (again, as always, in my opinion) from what I might have otherwise moved on from, remembering as a failure- if I remembered it at all. Overall, though, I'd say the book was a bit of a disappointment. I'd still recommend 'Vile Things', and won't be shying away from anything else I see Cheryl Mullenax's name on - but I'm hoping this one was just a lapse in judgement.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lostaccount

    What I really love about this book is how great the writing is. There isn't a story in it that's (IMHO) badly written and there is some dark stuff in here. I'm not a fan of the gross-out horror but there were enough intelligent stories in here for me. When you read stuff like this it makes you realise how badly written all those celebrity books are whether ghost-written or not. The writers here are the real deal, working from the ground up. I'll definitely be looking up some of these writers to What I really love about this book is how great the writing is. There isn't a story in it that's (IMHO) badly written and there is some dark stuff in here. I'm not a fan of the gross-out horror but there were enough intelligent stories in here for me. When you read stuff like this it makes you realise how badly written all those celebrity books are whether ghost-written or not. The writers here are the real deal, working from the ground up. I'll definitely be looking up some of these writers to read more of their stuff. Brilliant.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dex

    Como suele ser con antologías, encontré historias que me gustaron bastante y otras olvidables o malas. Las historias que sobresalen, para mi gusto son: Rotsworth: me dio una vibra muy de weird-fiction. Se funde la línea entre lo que parece real y lo que no, con una atmósfera desoladora. Ranching the Sleore: no sé si califique como body-horror u horror cósmico, pero soy muy fan de los "creature feature" y sus variantes. Legacy of the Last Invader: conspiraciones del gobierno y extraterrestres que bus Como suele ser con antologías, encontré historias que me gustaron bastante y otras olvidables o malas. Las historias que sobresalen, para mi gusto son: Rotsworth: me dio una vibra muy de weird-fiction. Se funde la línea entre lo que parece real y lo que no, con una atmósfera desoladora. Ranching the Sleore: no sé si califique como body-horror u horror cósmico, pero soy muy fan de los "creature feature" y sus variantes. Legacy of the Last Invader: conspiraciones del gobierno y extraterrestres que buscan perpetuar su especie en la tierra. Me gustó lo suficiente. Devils: esta es la historia que arranca la antología. Un culto, una reportera investigándolo para un documental y criaturas demoniacas. No fue mi favorita pero me pareció un gran comienzo. Acceptable Losses: la verdad cuando leí la sinopsis del libro donde menciona la premisa de algunas historias, pensé que esta sería mucho más terror estilo ochentero. No fue el caso pero la historia está decente. Me recordó levemente a The Terror. The Neglected: esta historia tiene ese problema en el que hay una trama y una sub-trama que al final no terminan de mezclarse bien. Aun así me gustaron los paralelos entre ciertas situaciones ocurridas en el pasado y en el presente. The Special Son: la última historia, con una premisa que me gustó mucho pero con un final que me pareció bastante flojo/anticlimático. En general es una buena antología. El mayor pero que le pongo es que las descripciones en la contraportada te venden las historias de cierta manera que en mi opinión no coinciden con lo que realmente obtienes. A pesar que la antología se llama "Sick Things: extreme creature horror", no considero que sean realmente "enfermas" o "extremas". Lo que hizo que me decidiera a leerla fue que estoy poniéndole las manos encima a cualquier cosa en la que haya una contribución de Tim Curran... que en este caso, irónicamente, su historia ni figuró en mi top. Hay otra antología que me llama la atención de esta misma editorial. Quizá después la lea para comparar.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Peter Bird

    Not a big fan of the short story format. However, this selection was mostly readable. I must confess I did skim through this volume a lot quicker than I should have. A lot of that has to do with it being an eBook. Never did quite master the art of reading for pleasure on one of those things.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikolas Robinson

    This is a fantastic and eclectic collection of work from arguably some of the best short fiction writers I've come across. This is a fantastic and eclectic collection of work from arguably some of the best short fiction writers I've come across.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Russell

    First off, hands up, I'm in this one. Now, followers of my reviews may be getting ready to pounce with cries of "You always say you're 100% impartial!" And I have to agree. This is a review of a book I read as reader, not a plug. So to get it out of the way: Sick Things contains my story Heat, and that is all I'm going to mention in regards to it. I'm going to look at the antho as a whole and pick out some selected stories. This Is My Body by Lawrence Conquest is the third story in the book, and is First off, hands up, I'm in this one. Now, followers of my reviews may be getting ready to pounce with cries of "You always say you're 100% impartial!" And I have to agree. This is a review of a book I read as reader, not a plug. So to get it out of the way: Sick Things contains my story Heat, and that is all I'm going to mention in regards to it. I'm going to look at the antho as a whole and pick out some selected stories. This Is My Body by Lawrence Conquest is the third story in the book, and is the one I found to start tugging on those low stomach muscles. The new accountant of a failing TV station has to find ways to reduce expenditure, and zones in on the cafeteria. Why is the chef wasting so much money on food that ultimately never gets eaten? He's about to find out as he confronts the chef after hours. It takes a subgenre in a new direction, and manages to disgust without piling on the gore. Acceptable Losses by Simon Wood. I've read some reviews that trumpet this as the jewel in the crown of this sick anthology. As much as I hate to go with the flow, I have to agree. Wood handles his story with sensitivity and quite alot of maturity. The gore is there, but the setting makes it feel more real than most of the other stories in the collection. A crew is sent to the war-splattered beaches in WW2 to collect what remains of their fellow soldiers after failed missions. The bullet ravaged bodies are taken back to their carrier ship. The fallen soldiers are about to give a lot more to the war effort than just their lives. Betty and the Cambion by Ralph Greco Jr is an odd little story. A little out of place in an extreme creature anthology (it has a creature, but it's on the light side for gore and shocks) Greco takes us into an abandoned house on a college campus, where female students for years have visited as part of a ritual. They enter the room at the end of the corridor, close the door and can remember nothing more, apart from the feeling of being...filled. A surprisingly sexy and phallic story, while a little out of place, can still be considered deviant...and very enjoyable! Evil, Bent and Candy-Sweet by Tim Curran not only has the best title, but plays with our familiarity and pushes it further. Simply put, this is a retelling of the Brothers Grim story, Hansel and Gretal...but for grown ups! Dreamlike and visceral, this has defintely got to be a favourite. Yes, a few stories don't quite hit the mark, be it with a telegraphed ending or light premise, but every story was at least decent. I didn't read one stinker in here, and as a collection as a whole, I found it solid and entertaining. It would have got an extra star if the stories were more extreme (ah, contradiction! I'm going to briefly mention Heat, which, I'll admit, could have been more extreme itself, but at least I hope it's an entertaining read). The cover looks damn sexy too. I think if you're a horror antho fan, this is a worthy buy. With so many small presses putting out so many horror anthologies... I could name a few offenders that churn out garbage every month. Comet Press oozes quality. Some of the stories here simply ooze (in a good way!). Other reviews of this book can be found at Fangoria, Toxic Graveyard and Fatally Yours.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monster

    Sick Things is a collection of 17 stories of parasites, aliens, demons, insects, and many other nasty critters, and offers up a bit of something for any fan of monster mayhem. The stories range from grotesque to downright hilarious, with a nice blend of different creatures to keep things from getting bogged down. As with most anthologies, there are a few weak links, but the majority of work here is strong. Highlights include "Hunger Pangs" by Matt Kurtz, in which a diet pill from south of the b Sick Things is a collection of 17 stories of parasites, aliens, demons, insects, and many other nasty critters, and offers up a bit of something for any fan of monster mayhem. The stories range from grotesque to downright hilarious, with a nice blend of different creatures to keep things from getting bogged down. As with most anthologies, there are a few weak links, but the majority of work here is strong. Highlights include "Hunger Pangs" by Matt Kurtz, in which a diet pill from south of the border brings weight loss with extreme consequences; “Evil, Bent, and Candy-Sweet” by Tim Curran, a horrifying new take on “Hansel and Gretel”, "Fly On The Wall" by Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, which asks the question “Could you love a woman with a strange affinity for flies”? Finally, easily my favorite story in the bunch, “Jimmy Sticks and the Outlaw Critter of Doom” by Michael Boatman is a positively gut-bustingly funny and gross take on the Crow comics and movies. Only, this time it's a back possum, not a bird. The one real problem I have is the use of the word Extreme in the title. Maybe I'm jaded from reading lots of Edward Lee, Wrath James White, Richard Laymon, and Jack Ketchum, but, to me, only two stories come close to anything I would consider extreme. That's not to say this isn't a very good collection; just don't expect the over-the-top sex and gore usually associated with the masters of extreme horror. Sick Things is a well-rounded anthology that I recommend for libraries and fans of good creature terror. Contains: Strong language, some extreme violence, sexual situations. Reviewed by: Erik Smith

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marc

    The title says it all. About the strangest anthologiy ever. SUPER WEIRD and SUPER GORY! A great freak yourself out summer read. From horny zombies to a talking a black opossum who helps a man get his bloody (and deserved) revenge....this book is a smutty and cartoonishly violent amusement park ride! Highly recommended for those with thick skin and a taste for the distasteful.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Billy

    All the stories are great in this volume, with some that provided deeper meanings than you get from most horror stories that just set out to paint horrific situations.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sherie

    I really enjoyed this, it's sick, but great! I really enjoyed this, it's sick, but great!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Billy

  12. 5 out of 5

    The Rock

  13. 4 out of 5

    B

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tater

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matías Ruilova

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

  19. 4 out of 5

    shaun melville

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Lee

  21. 4 out of 5

    J.J. Nordman

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

  23. 5 out of 5

    Albert

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Hale

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Ksenia

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jacen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

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