From the Splatterpunk Award-winning editors of Splatterpunk Fighting Back comes a brand new anthology. Marital dysfunction explodes into violence in a circus sideshow from hell… Three American tourists get more than they bargained for when they visit a very special Mexican brothel… When you work for the cartels, ‘trash disposal’ has a whole new meaning… Splatterpunk Forever brings you 11 all-new tales of extreme horror, with an introduction by Glenn Rolfe.
“…the truth is I love a bit of the ole ultra-violence.” – Lydian Faust
I believe I was introduced to splatterpunk / extreme horror last year, and while I’ve enjoyed most of what I’ve read, I haven’t been crazy about everything. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the Splatterpunk Forever anthology, but I knew I wanted to give it a shot.
I think Splatterpunk Forever is a pretty good introduction to the genre – I can’t say what a more experienced splatterpunk reader would think, but that’s my opinion. There are 11 stories in this anthology, so it’s a fast read. Not all of the stories are as intense as I thought they would be, and there’s a pretty good variety here. It opens with the hilarious and unsettling The Seacretor by Ryan Harding – the first line of the book is “Grant fucked the tree on the sixth day”, which made me laugh and definitely caught my attention. It’s memorable as hell.
Splatterpunk Forever provides a lot of entertainment in the middle, and then ends with Monica J. O’Rourke’s Virtue of Stagnant Waters. The last story was the most extreme (in my opinion), and I was completely hooked to this disturbing story. Virtue of Stagnant Waters ended up being one of my top three stories, and the other two were Garrote by Lydian Faust and Guinea Pig Blues by Chad Lutzke. I hadn’t read quite a few of these authors before, and I’m excited to hopefully read more from writers such as Saul Bailey.
If you’re looking for a quick and entertaining read with stories that will both amuse and disturb you, pick up Splatterpunk Forever! The editors of this anthology, Jack Bantry and Kit Power, have another splatterpunk anthology that I definitely want to check out now. I rated all of the stories between 3⭐ to 5⭐, so it’s full of good stories!