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Edited by Nickolaus A. Pacione. Featuring a strong cast of horror writers and writers of Science Fiction. Featuring writers who appeared on The House of Pain, past and present as well as other sites that have been publishing horror writers. Welcome to the tabloid imagination. This is now known as TABLOID PURPOSES ONE, the renegade anthology that the HWA doesn't want you to have. Prepare to have some doors kicked down. The book is newly redesigned and reimagined.
This is the anthology that I was encouraged to do back in 1997 but I had to shelf the idea, but now here it is. An entirely different line up from the idea that I had back then. I am much older now and thought it was time to do this anthology despite all who was trying to talk down on it and discouraging the writers to take part. Now for the writers who are in it, knew what they were getting into when they were publishing with me and I am proud of each of them. Each story either shows a style of viseral horror or packs a punch with Science Fiction. I wanted to show my roots in both genres when I was picking the authors for this. I hand picked each author when it came time to publish this. One version of the book was 233 pages long -- after ding the final formattings the result would be the one with the black and white cover. Now it is back to where I wanted it to be.
All of those out there who were calling this a sham, they plans failed to sabotage this thing. I am quite pleased with every writer involved with the thing and a few of them jumped at the chance to do this. I did this for just the fun of it. I enjoy the horror genre and rediscovered a love to write Science Fiction so I went for the like minded writers and knowing they would be in it for the long haul. Each writer was influenced by either H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Nathaniel Hawthorne, H. G. Wells, Michael Crichton, Peter Benchley, and Rod Serling. The reason I picked the title Tabloid Purposes was because some of the stories involved did have a vibe of a tabloid magazine. The book is edited by me, and contributed the stories Lake Fossil and The Ferryman's Wheelchair to the anthology then the bonus story, LEVIANTHAN'S GHOST. Macey Baggett Wuesthoff, William J. Wright, and Casey Gordon each have two stories in the thing -- the rest have one story.
The idea for the project came off the ground on a whim from talking with Brigit Dawn Knox and Gary Morton. Since I got the co-editor's chair on The House of Pain, I wanted to do my labor of love and this was it. I knew I wanted to do an anthology and how would I do it. I have to thank my parents for the inspiration for the title because they used to keep Tabloid Newspapers laying around. This is the project I wanted to prove I was more than a writer. As in doing the compilation and editing for the other talents involved in the project and Nicholas S. Stember lit the fire under my ass to get this going. A few followed and then Gary Morton gave me the go ahead to publish one of his short stories. Then Nicholas S. Stember gave me the go ahead to publish The Third Rule then Macey and the rest of the line up fell together within the first two weeks. Submissions were slow for a while then the final part of the line up came together within the month of September.
The cover art is done by the talented Kimberly Steele (author of the novel, Forever Fifteen. She later contributes to the sequel anthology, the massive TABLOID PURPOSES II.) The authors in the collection are listed by appearance. Some will have two stories in the thing. This will notably feature the talents of staff writer David W. Bostaph, Jr. from The Horror Channel. The cover was inspired by Weekly World News. The stories can be found online but some of them are only posted in part -- if you want to read those stories in their full form, they can be found in the book. (Future versions won't have Incarnation by Ceara Jaen Baxter but she's back on TPII, My, Myself and INSANITY by Hasan Abood, The Flamer by Kyle Kucek, and Left to Die by William Sheffield due to conflicts in the ranks. The short story in the preview is a short Sci-Fi story I wrote titled LAKE FOSSIL.) These are some of the writers on there, the names are on the list in order of appearence in the project -- then a final story by the editor of the anthology which is the nastiest project of mine, a Peter Benchley and H.P. Lovecraftian hybrid that puts a Mythos like take on the shark story titled "Leviathan's Ghost." I designed the back cover to accomedate an ISBN. The * will tell how many times the authors appear in the anthology. A few of them went on to become contributing authors in other anthologies and some came back to kick even more ass with TABLOID PURPOSES II. (TPII, TPII) Check out some of the allumni from the first anthology in Horizons edited by Robert Montesino. TPII -- you get to see how sick some of these authors get who returned -- so welcome to oblivian. The authors of the gutteral chants include. So welcome to the insanity that is now TABLOID PURPOSES ONE. And with TPII there will be a TPIII in the works. LAKE FOSSIL ONE is the story that is previewed plus a bonus -- information were one can get it's two sequels.
William J. Wright**
Gary Morton (http://frightlibrary.org)
Macey Baggett Wuesthoff ** (TPII, co-editor of QUAKES AND STORMS, SACRIFICE)
Derrick Edgar James
Casey Gordon ** (TPII)
Andrew Ian Dodge (The Gathering Dark)
Nickolaus A. Pacione*** (TPII, QUAKES AND STORMS, THE ETHEREAL GAZETTE, COLLECTIVES IN A FORSAKEN LANDSCAPE, Reality Check: An Anthology Of Horror)
Ronald E. Wright (TPII)
Nicholas S. Stember (TWILIGHT)
Adrian Sheppard (real name will be on the print anthology -- TPII, and New Writers Of The Purple Page)
David W. Bostaph, Jr.
Robert A. Montesino (HORIZONS)
Nicholas S. Mounts (TPII, Reality Check: An Anthology Of Horror)
Sheldon S. Higdon
Mike Ault (TPII)
Mary E. Rose (Horizons)
Karla J. Dorman
Victora Taylor Murray
Aaron G. Saunders (Debute in this one as a published author)
Sherry L. Gibson (Only A Game)
Stephanie G. Cardin (TPII)
brutal deamer review: TABLOID PURPOSES ONE
A Brutal Dreamer Review
Tabloid Purposes Anthology
Edited by Nickolaus A. Pacione
Published by LuLu Press
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TABLOID PURPOSES ONE:
1) As with many professional books written, how much more so would you find errors in a self-published book. Does this mean that book(s) that are self-published are not worthy of a read and fan base? Hell no! We’re all imperfect and as long as that is the case -even the most tidy editor lets slip-ups happen here and there. This book is no exception. Yes, there are some minor formatting issues and a few grammatical errors. This did not detract nor distract me to continue in my reading nor my pleasure of meeting new authors through their works.
2) I personally enjoy getting to know authors. I especially do that by reading their material; seeing how they spin their craft by wielding their pens into adventurous lands and creatures that are yet to be discovered. Tabloid Purposes offers this and I must give Nickolaus A. Pacione KUDOS for selecting such a wide variety of ‘tabloid’ quality stories.
3) The introduction was probably the most entertaining intro to any book that I’ve read.
With all this said -you understand this book is a self-published book (and I’ve donated a few stories to a few of those myself -so that’s not a bad thing from my POV) but they are generally far from perfect -but still can be a diamond in the rough.
TABLOID PURPOSES can be purchased from LuLu.com and LakeFossilPress. Editor Nickolaus A. Pacione gathered a menagerie of authors, albeit mostly unknown but certainly worth a gentle nod of approval for their efforts and their unique voice.
In Defiance of the Witch was told in a hypnotic, melodic prose with a twinge of sex appeal about a burial mound revolving around witchcraft and voodoo dolls. Reading much like an old B&W classic with a smear of blueish hues. Definitely one of my favorite stories in the collection. But I’m a sucker for a good witchy story.
There are so many ways to die (or kill yourself) whichever way you look at it; seeking Death before Death seeks you! IN DEATH’S FACE is a solemn view of a personal experience with Death!
A Hallow’s Eve masquerade ball becomes a blood bath while THE BLOOD LETTER hopes the fallen Saint Elizabeth Bathory would claim him. Not a bad story -but seemed to flutter out toward the end and spent more time explaining than giving us a front row seat as witnesses to this travesty. Not perhaps one of my favorites however was intriguing enough to read through.
Several grammatical errors were found in the SCREAMING WALLS as the dialogue was dry yet intriguing enough to continue reading -and I was more than happy that I did continue because mid way through the story my interest was seized and the author dragged me into the history of the house and had my full attention. Made it all worth it. The story could be trimmed down a good portion to offer the full punch needed.
Although a bit confusing and the author lost me a few times, A DRY DROWNING was a decent detective story that had a nice embodiment of the genre. Some minor errors were a little confusing to the flow and keeping up the pace of the story -however, again, the author made up for that by the spirit and the voice in which the story was told.
A gratifying read in the story, (or perhaps I am just a chump when it comes to “watery” horrors or old legends retold). LAKE FOSSIL is about a creature living in a Chicago river.
Another old wives-tale befalls a trucker in THE FINAL RUN OF DENNY ALDERMANN.
Reading much like a typical B-movie from Hell (from my POV, this is a good thing) some sorority girls are being hacked to death in THE THIRD RULE.
I genuinely relished visiting the supernatural halls of remembrance of the mind through a memoir found in THE SHADOW IN THE CRIMSON LIGHT. The voice of the author is very intoxicating. One of the best in the Tabloid Purposes collection.
While reading the chilling tale about THE FERRYMAN’S WHEELCHAIR (with its creaking across the floor) and understanding the entity involved this story became utterly convincing and could easily be turned into a Friday the 13th episode.
Another watery deep horror AEONIC DAWN. A very slow start but mid way gathers some momentum about a menacing black blob with tentacles. If you ever read Stephen King’s, THE RAFT (or watched Creepshow) about the “oil slick” in the waters -this story holds up that mood.
Is the truth staring you in the face but you’re too blind to see? A wheelchair bound preacher opens the spiritual eyes of one of his parishioners who can see all the sins of the people that surrounds him in SOUTHERN EXPOSURE.
The story reads quick and in a flurry of putting to death those that have been found guilty - Johnathon, the executioner, becomes executed most brutally in MADAME GUILLOTINE. Author needs to slow down and really “show” more than tell us what was taking place. Explain the guillotine, explain the fear ones might have had of it, explain the surroundings and sounds, show me what the people did and how they cheered -when the heads are chopped off… The story was interesting and I would have loved to have been more IN the story than reading about the events. In my opinion -this is just a start of something much better and I hope the author expands this story and does a rewrite real soon.
The overcooked and methodical cliché of surviving your nightmares through scientific approach in DREAM MACHINE, INC was interesting. Much of the visuals were found in the vein of Dreamscape or The Cell.
A math teacher who is also an ex-military sniper in A PERFECT SHOT offers the readers a sheer venture that embarks on the dementia and terror set to real life as it can get. Excellent storytelling.
Ahh, another cliché of staying in an old abandoned house in ISOLATED. It had me grasping the writers hand until… until the climax. Unfortunately, the author had a few errors that caused the climatic scene to fizzle. Not too mention, once the scene was being played out and understood -it cheated the reader. I wanted to see at least a glimpse of the who it was. There were no definite answers and no insinuations of who it might be. Left me wondering if the author even knew -perhaps not. Creating yet another story -hop on it, author.
Payback is a bitch, just ask Tommy Culver in LOCKER 13. Once you get past the redundant opening of the story of being squeezed into the locker (how many different ways does the author need to describe being “squeezed” into the locker? One sentence would suffice). Once you get past the opening paragraph you relate to Tommy and then you can then get pleasure from Charles’ payback.
THE WELL was a hard read for me. The scene where he shoots the priest before he could perform the sacrifice seemed unreal and the voice didn’t fit with the action taking place. Never explain, if you explain then your readers are missing the excitement and horror taking place. Never tell us -show us and we will believe you. First person is a hard point of view to write and to write it convincingly. I’d try a different POV.
Absolutely loved THE CARD. The reader is easily accepting of Renee and we automatically are involved with her. An enticing almost passing for a psychological horror.
Often times religious horror genre is overlooked or poo-poo’d on. It’s a genre that I like when it is written accurately and believably. There are a very few authors that I can name that are able to do this with precision -Shrewsbury and L.J. Blount come to mind immediately. Macey Baggett Wuesthoff will now be added to that list in A QUESTION OF FAITH. Kudos to the author. Well done.
THE YETI is a fun legend to talk about while sitting around a roaring campfire. After finding footprints in the snow, a small group explorers wander through the snow until one of them comes up missing and a looming shadowy figure makes an appearance, perhaps the abominable snow monster got him? While the others search, one by one they come up missing as well --until the last surviving explorer is left. But isn’t the Yeti a myth? You’ll find out when you read THE YETI.
What do dreams mean? That’s what Lienta wants to know when she awakens from a horrible nightmare in THESE WALLS ARE CRUMBLING. She searches for the answers on the computer. As jealousy brews between Lienta and her friend Ienda new horrors and hexes with dire consequences and a catastrophic ending.
A very wickedly awesome brief, fast-paced chiller. Wanda Jackson has been tested and retested and she is now going in for another MRI. Once she was strapped to the gurney the terror was just starting in MRI, A HOSPITAL HORROR.
A nerve-racking undead story unfolds as a state of national emergency takes place and the walking dead much like Romero’s Night of the Living Dead -IN THE EVENT OF AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY took place in Steven’s backyard. By far, one of my favorites in the collection.
Another legendary tale leaves us with the curiosity… could there be a six to eight-feet tall, dark haired, erect humanlike creature called SASQUATCH, or are all the reports about it hoaxes?
LULLABY is a peculiar tale about Jill Castlebury. She has a horrible case of arachnophobia. She has gruesome nightmares about spiders… spiders that talk and are menacing. I loath spiders and this tale had me tingling in dread and looking around my surroundings for those eight-legged beasts. Again, another weird, well told ending.
Jenny is awakened by whispers and a wet sludgy feeling and follows the salty air to the voice until she was locked in the skeletal arms in A SAILOR’S GRAVE --or was it a suicide? A clever twist ending! Best twist of the collection.
Twins, Lilly or her brother -who is the firstborn in the DEMON’S DANCE. A demon was owed the soul of a firstborn, and is ready to take what is his. With a predictable ending (after learning of the death of Luka’s wife). The last statement needed to be acted on to be convincing. How did she plan to put an end to Mephistophelese horrors? After all, the offering was done and all was over. The story should have ended with the realization that the couple would be tormented in Gehenna for all time.
Finishing the collection with a good shark tale and skimming the supernatural ocean surface. This tale gave me shudders and was written with a flair of the many renowned shark movies such as JAWS but much more sinister. While reading LEVIATHAN’S GHOST I could see the visuals and feel the terror though the minds eye.
Zombies, reality show possibilities, old legends come to life, nightmares and suicides, watery deep horrors, and much more are in TABLOID PURPOSES. There’s something for everyone within the pages of this anthology.
Brutal Rating Meter: 3.8 out of 5
Reviews for "Tabloid Purposes"
|Reviewed by Brutal Dreamer (Reader)
|They say that you can't judge a book by its cover -but that just does not fit for this book. You get the entire feel and hint of what the stories are all about by this cover. Nickolaus did a superb job putting it all together. KUDOS bud. Very wicked collection.
(And I just sent Nickolaus the Brutal Dreamer review of Tabloid Purposes)
|Reviewed by Sandie Angel
|It will be quite interesting to read this.
Sandie Angel a.k.a. Sandie May Angel :o)
|Reviewed by Terry Vinson
Just finished 'Tabloid Purposes' and thanks again for the signed copy. I can state with no hestitation that this is a finely tuned anthology that sucessfully covers several genres; mystery, suspense, dark humor, and especially hardcore horror. As with all such collections, there are always a few select tales that stand out above the others, depending on the reader's specific taste.
Some of my personal favorites are:
'Locker 13' - Sheldon Higdon
'Southern Exposure' - Robert Montesino
'Lake Fossil' - Nick Pacione
'The Final Run of Denny Aldermann' - Ronald Wright
'In the Event of An Actual Emergeny' - William Wright
'Leviathan's Ghost' - Nick Pacione
'The Blood Letter' - Derrick James
'The Well' - Mike Ault
I proudly add this collection to my anthology shelf.
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
i, too, am honored to have been included in this anthology. thank you for having faith in my writing (although i don't normally "DO" horror). i look forward to receiving my copy and reading the rest of it
(((HUGS))) and love, karla.
|Reviewed by Nickolaus Pacione
|I am damn proud of all the authors involved with the project, and hope to see them individually on another one or if they invite me to their antholgoy. This was one thing I was surprised with the anthology of how fast it came together, each writer brought their best and then some. Thank you Thomas for bringing my name into print and this becoming the spring board for this kind of project. Every writer gave this thing its nasty little personality when it comes to the arenas of horror and then in Science Fiction. I wanted to bridge the gap between the two genres because these days the Sci-Fi channel brings more horror on the airwaves so I thought, why not. This is an anthology I have a lot of fun reading even when it was all published, and in the compilation process it was taxing but well worth it. I put together this project for those who miss what traditional horror reads like as well as traditional Science Fiction. As much as some would complain about there is no place in the industry for an anthology like this, I didn't put this togehter for the ones who read erotica. I have to thank Macey Wuesthoff, Nicholas Mounts, and everyone who made this anthology what it is -- there is a real power with this anthology and The Well was my ace in the hole, there are many talented writers in this but hard to pinpoint the anthologies star. Every author involved has their individual accomplishments; and each one involved are getting onto bigger projects ahead.|
|Reviewed by Macey Baggett Wuesthoff
|I have just purchased my copy of this book, and its stories are as dark and creepy as hell--a definite, hardcore horror collection. The great thing is that there are so many stories in this work that, even if you don't like one, there are a lot of others you can choose from. That's the beauty of an anthology, particularly this one because there are so many stories in it. Congratulations, Nickolaus, for having the guts to put this together. I am very proud to have two stories in this work. Thank you for inviting me to contribute. Excellent work!
Macey Baggett Wuesthoff
|Reviewed by Robert Montesino
|Congratulations Nick for making this dream become a reality, I know how hard you worked on this and the end result was worth the effort! As a contributor I honestly say I am proud to be a part of the lineup of writers here, I've had the opportunity to read many but not all of the authors but I'm looking forward to reading the rest, "Tabloid Purposes" is just the beggining of bigger things ahead for you! Great Job!|
|Reviewed by Nicholas Mounts
|YES! I have awaited this for quite sometime now. The people who were trying to bring this whole project down can choke on it! I knew it would come out great in the end, and I look forward to reading it. "A Perfect Shot" which is in there happens to be one of the best I have done in my opinion. The cover kicks ass, one of the best I have seen actually for a book like this. I love that Weekly World News vibe it has.|
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