Judy Comeau reviewed on Tomb of Dark Delight 'The Monster, the Bad, and the Ugly' by Paolo Di Orazio and me, and 'The Beauty of Death' Anthology, edited by me. Excerpt of the review:
I’m devoting this Halloween to Italian horror. What would horror be without all of those great Dario Argento and Mario Bava films—I can’t think of better Halloween viewing! And now horror fiction has its own new Italian master, Alessandro Manzetti, award-winning poet/author/editor whose work I’m recommending as the perfect Halloween fiction treat for dark minded Readers.
THE MONSTER, THE BAD AND UGLY AND OTHER STORIES by Alessandro Manzetti and Paolo Di Orazio
I just love that the title of this anthology of dark tales references the Italian Western film that made Clint Eastwood famous, because I love horror and I love Westerns. Author/artist Paolo Di Orazio contributes both art and fiction to this delightful book, striking just the right tone with both. Alesandro Manzetti is talented poet as well as a prose writer, and his lyrical approach to the horror tale makes for an exquisite storytelling. This marvelous collaboration contains tales that range from graphic horror to dark psychological terror. Allesandro Manzetti opens the antho with a shocking and gory tale of The Battle of Little Big Horn, a battle that is fought yearly on the supernatural plane by a weary Custer, raised from the dead to fight again and again in “Long Hair’s Inferno.” Paolo Di Orzio has written perhaps the penultimate pregnant woman’s nightmare in his story, “The Incubator.” And there is more—much more! Whether the tales are about serial killers, prostitutes, or evil personified, each tale is beautifully crafted and entirely entertaining. This is a worthy volume of stories from Allesandro Manzetti and Paolo Di Orzio that readers of dark fiction will enjoy. Bravo!
THE BEAUTY OF DEATH edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renee Lester
This is a huge anthology both literally and figuratively speaking, weighing in at nearly 700 pages of dark fiction created by a stellar group of both established and upcoming practitioners of terror tales. Most of the stories have never been published previously, and there a few superbly selected reprints from Shane McKenzie, Ramsey Campbell, Poppy Z. Brite, Alesandro Manzetti, Del Howison, Maria Alexander, and the inimitable Peter Straub. Monica O’Rourke opens the anthology with her trademark mixture of terror and humor, followed by a bleak dark fantasy by Thersa Matsuura, which is an indication of the depth and breadth of the style of tales that follow. Each of the stories followed the broad theme of this anthology summed up in the title, and death arrives in these pages in all manner of guises, exposing the terror, the beauty, and often the hilariously funny facets of the final moments of life faced by each of us. Lisa Morton exposes the daily horrors experienced by caretakers of the aged in “In the Garden.” The tables are turned on a group of hunters stalking a dangerous mythical creature in Daniele Bonfanti’s “Game”. Famed gore master Edward Lee grosses us out again in a gleefully vicious excerpt from “White Trash Gothic.” Bruce Boston and Marge Simon have created a poetically chilling reinterpretation of a beloved children’s fairy tale in “Cold Finale.” Kathryn Ptacek’s “The I of the Beholder” is a chilly but exquisitely touching story of an isolated young woman who struggles to make sense of her separation from her world and from herself. Although the voice and subject matter of each story is quite different, the result of the stories taken as a whole is cohesive and satisfying as a volume. THE BEAUTY OF DEATH is perfect Halloween reading.
Read the review on Tomb of Dark Delight
My dark poetry collection THE PLACE OF BROKEN THINGS, written in collaboration wih Linda D. Addison, has won the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards.
My poetry collection WAR (Crystal Lake Publishing), written in collaboration with Marge Simon, has won the 2019 SFPA Elgin Award.
Ultime Uscite (ITA)
Disponibile sullo Store Independent Legions, in edizione a tiratura extra-limitata, la raccolta di racconti e poesie I SOGNI DEL RE NERO.
Disponibile sullo Store Independent Legions la nuova edizione ampliata (Extended Edition) del breve romanzo KIKI THE BEGINNING,
Disponibile in libreria e su Amazon, per Cut Up Pubishing, il nuovo romanzo dark thriller IL CUSTODE DI CHERNOBYL
Disponibile sullo Store dell'editore e su Amazon (in digitale) la Graphic Novel CALCUTTA HORROR, tratta da un racconto di Poppy Z. Brite, scritta e sceneggiata da me, illustrata da Stefano Cardoselli.
Latest Releases (ENG)
For sale at Amazon my new short story collection in English THE RADIOACTIVE BRIDE (Necro Publications)
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Released by Omnium Gatherum my new dark thriller/Sci-Fi novella in English THE KEEPER OF CHERNOBYL. The book is for sale at Amazon
Released by Crystal Lake Publishing my new dark poetry collection THE PLACE OF BROKEN THINGS, written in collaborations with Linda D. Addison. Available at Amazon
Opere in uscita preordinabili (ITA)
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la raccolta di racconti e poesie dark 'I SOGNI DEL RE NERO - Cristiano Saccoccia Dark Edition' (edizione extra-limitata) in uscita ad Aprile 2020
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la Graphic Novel L'ORRORE A RED HOOK, tratta dall'omonimo racconto di H. P. Lovecraft, in uscita a Maggio 2020.
Preordinabile a prezzo speciale, sullo Store Independent Legions, il mio nuovo saggio HORROR GURU - Guida Essenziale alla Letteratura Moderna e Contemporanea (Giugno 2020)
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la graphic novel KIKI: SONAGACHI PULP, da me ideata e sceneggiata, in uscita a Giugno 2020.
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la mia nuova raccolta di poesie dark/horror RAPSODIA WHITECHAPEL, in uscita a Settembre 2020
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la graphic novel KIND OF RED, in uscita a Ottobre 2020
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la mia novella VESSEL - TERRA SANTA PULP, in uscita a Dicembre 2020.
Preordinabile sullo Store Independent Legions la Graphic Novel L'ABITATORE DEL LAGO, in uscita a Dicembre 2020
Latest Reviews (in English)
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Ultime Recensioni (Italiano)
David Cowen interviewed Linda D. Addison and me, on Horror Writers Association Website, about our collab poetry collection The Place of Broken Things.
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