Review copy The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City, edited by Jason Blum, is a stunning anthology from some of the biggest names in horror film and literature. First a bit about the editor. Jason Blum has worked as an executive producer for Bob and Harvey Weinstein, in 2000, he founded Blumhouse Productions, which specializes in micro-budget movies. For example, Paranormal Activity which was produced for $15,000 and has earned nearly $200 million. Blum also produced Insidious, Sinister, The Purge, and the soon to be released, The Gallows. I'd say he knows a thing or two about horror. For The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City, Blum has gathered some of the biggest names in modern horror films and literature and given them two guidelines--let the story take place in a city and enjoy no other creative constraints whatsoever. The result is an impressive volume of some of the best horror I've read this year. The collection gets off to a helluva start with "Hellhole" by writer/director Christopher Denham. Sam and Martha Rathbone purchase a fixer-upper in Crown Heights, New York and move in with their six-year-old son, Max. "Behind a wall of cobwebs and dusty canned goods, Max found a doll about his size. Its body made of sticks tied together with twine and its head was a burlap bag filled with twigs. It didn't have hair and it didn't have clothes. Nothing cute about it. Which was fine by Max. He hated cute toy." What follows is a beautifully written short with more horror than many full-length novels. Another story worth mentioning is "Golden Hour" by screenwriter Jeremy Slater hose credits include The Lazarus Effect and the reboot of The Fantastic Four. This one left me wondering if the protagonist was really a monster hunter or just a paranoid schizophrenic, either way there's some extreme monster stuff here. The collection closes just as strong as it begins with "Procedure" from screenwriter/director/producer James DeMonaco, best known for his work on The Purge movies. NYC has a new serial killer on the loose. "I refocus on the victim's chest, which bears the same foot-long crudely stitched incision as the four others who were on this table recently. Infected, swollen, oozing multicolored pus and bile. It's as if JD went in for a heart bypass at the world's worst hospital, with the world's most incompetent doc, had his skin scalpeled with a rusty steak knife, his breastbone rent asunder with a chain saw, and was then stitched back up by handicapped kids using Pixy Stix and a ball of yarn." The truth of what is happening in this story went far beyond my wildest expectations. The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City is 384 pages filled with seventeen deliciously dark tales. Published by Doubleday, it's available now in a wide variety of formats from online retailers and brick and mortar book sellers. My highest recommendation.
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Jason Blum invited sixteen cutting-edge collaborators, filmmakers, and writers to envision a city of their choosing, and let their demons run wild. The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City brings together all-new, boundary-breaking stories from such artists as Ethan Hawke ( Boyhood), Eli Roth ( Hostel), Scott Derrickson ( Sinister), C. Robert Cargill ( Sinister), James DeMonaco ( The Purge), and many others.
“Geist” by Les Bohem…“Procedure” by James DeMonaco…“Hellhole” by Christopher Denham…“A Clean White Room” by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill…“Novel Fifteen” by Steve Faber…“Eyes” by George Gallo…“1987” by Ethan Hawke…“Donations” by William Joselyn…“The Old Jail” by Sarah Langan…“The Darkish Man” by Nissar Modi…“Meat Maker” by Mark Neveldine…“Dreamland” by Michael Olson…“Valdivia” by Eli Roth…“Golden Hour” by Jeremy Slater…“The Leap” by Dana Stevens…“The Words” by Scott Stewart…“Gentholme” by Simon Kurt Unsworth
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17 stories, are they t...
17 stories, are they things of nightmares? In many ways, absolutely, they are disturbing at the very least. I thoroughly enjoyed most of these short stories, there were only two that I found tedious to muddle my way through. With 15 good twisted nightmares, I would have to call this a very good read and recommend it as a great addition to ones library.
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