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Grab that remote and prepare for a grisly homage to the 'Reality TV' craze currently dominating the Nielsen's...
Ebooks on Disk will release the horror anthology, 'Reality Check' in September 2004, edited by Thomas Long Jr., and featuring some of today's top rising stars in the horror/suspense genre.
Terry Lloyd Vinson has two entries in this thrilling collection of tales; his admittedly warped take on MTV's 'The Real World' entitled '(Damned on) THE FARM'...as well as a good-natured skewering of 'EXTREME MAKEOVER' he calls 'MakeOverKill', which was co-written by his wife, Kim...
Also contributing are such noted horror scribes as Nickolaus Pacione with 'Bite of The Spider'; Hasan Abood with 'El Horror de la Realidad'; and Williams Bates with 'Hibernation'. The entire line-up of blood-chilling tales is as follows:
William C. Bates "Hibernation"
Joni Latham "Royal Wedding"
Terry and Kim Vinson "MakeOverKill"
Terry Vinson "(Damned on) The Farm"
Nickolaus Pacione "Bite of The Spider"
Hasan Abood "El Horror de la realidad"
Nick Mounts "Dark Room"
Steven Shrewsbury "Home of the Brave"
William I. Lengeman III "Who Wants To Be Eviscerated?"
And last but definitely not least, newcomer Andrew T. Fife's guest entry entitled, appropriately, "You Are Who You Eat"...will make you think twice the next time you view an 'eating contest'....
A quick preview of just a few of the aforementioned tales:
Cheaply produced and easy on the eyes, The ‘Reality TV’ craze began in the late ‘80’s with MTV’s ‘Real World’ and currently makes up over half of all network television slots.
The popularity of such programs as ‘Survivor’, ‘Fear Factor’, and ‘The Simple Life’ has led to a glut of such programming whose popularity continues to rise, mostly with the younger generations who’ve been weaned on such frivolous fare.
Inevitably, a dark, sinister side emerges from such a sweeping phenomenon like an evil twin; a ‘Fractured Reality’, if you will. Witness the horrific future of such programs in the following terror tales:
A veteran B-Movie actress with a penchant for surgical ‘enhancement’ endures one ‘procedure’ too many, leading not only to a slot on ‘Extreme Celebrity Makeover’, but also down a spiraling, blood-soaked path littered with insanity and cold-bloodied murder….
A group of wealthy twenty-something’s are tasked to spend thirty days on ‘The Farm’ with three convicted felons, living off the land while learning to tolerate each other’s marked idiosyncrasies, which in one specific case includes vile, grisly traits normally associated with a certain legendary creature of the night….
A 21st Century 'eating contest' is given a grisly twist in the era of 'living dead' reality programming, thereby creating the popular tagline, 'You Are Who You Eat'...
A serial killer tapes his victim's deaths, each of which is staged in Grand Guignol style, leaving frustrated authorities little clues to either his identity or whereabouts.
A haunted hospital and a serious bout of arachnophobia provide the catalyst to a young couple's darkest nightmares as the camera's roving eye catches every detail of the horrors trapped within their terror-filled mind's eye....
It was once stated that ‘reality is one man’s perception of the truth’…in the enclosed cases, however, it can be better defined as ‘one man’s perception of horrors personified…’
A fright-filled collection from some of today's finest up-and-coming horror/suspense authors, edited by Thomas Long, Jr, ON SALE the middle of September 2004 from ebooksondisk, and soon after at such on-line retailers as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com
Reviews for "Reality Check"
|Reviewed by Nicholas Mounts
|I expect this book to defiantly be a disturbing fright fest. For those of you who may not know I wrote the story entitled “Dark Room”. "Dark Room" really is something that I put together at a time when I was having some very strange and disturbing dreams. Dreams which came and went with surreal and often abstract qualities that left me wondering about them all day, for better or worse. They inspired me to write this story, which is about another person’s dream (in this case a child’s) that inspires a reality show called "Dark Room." It seems like forever ago since I wrote the story though it really wasn't that long ago I suppose. Nickolaus Pacione is who I have to thank for telling me about the contest. For those of you who are not familiar with his work then you're in for a chilling treat...or nightmare depending on how easy you scare. Hanson Abood is another writer that I have been fortunate enough to read and believe me you should expect good things piggies! Unfortunately Terry Vinson’s work I not had a chance to read at the time, but I am looking forward to getting my chance when I receive the book. For those of you who enjoy horror and like (or hate) reality shows I do believe this book will certainly satisfy you…and I personally hope it frightens many.|
|Reviewed by Nickolaus Pacione
|Bite of the Spider is one of my most grizzly horror stories to date and I can comment on Hasan Abood's and Joni Latham's Burnt offerings to the genre in this anthology both writers contributed to the collection under my encouragement. This is going to be a powerful collection especially you got a master like Terry onboard and a veteran of the website House of Pain on there as Steven L. Shrewsbury. This is a beast and I will say that much right now. "Bite of the Spider" was the alternate story to the one that almost got in -- the Cthulhu Mythos tinged vampire story, "House of Spiders." "Bite of the Spider" is "House of Spiders" set on a train; but the spiders are much smaller. The story itself is one of the nastiest horror tales in my collection and this book marks my print debute. It can be said I took the idea for "Bite" from an idea of a documentary that was filmed on Discovery Channel, "House of Spiders" was taken from another MTV reality Show that I call "MTV's Fear on crack." Royal Wedding is a classy supernatural gothic tale, "El Horror De Realidad" is one story that is beyond hellish. The stories one won't know much about until they are out are Terry's, Shrews, myself, and Nicholas S. Mounts.|
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