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Warmed and Bound: A Velvet Anthology

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From the heart of The Velvet a writing community built around the fervent love of neo-noir fiction comes an original anthology. Stacked with brilliant emerging writers alongside some of the strongest established voices in contemporary literature, WARMED AND BOUND crosses literary boundaries on all sides, to deliver an altogether unique reading experience. Through seemingly ...more
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Published July 22nd 2011 by Velvet Press
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Michael Gonzalez
Sep 14, 2011 Michael Gonzalez rated it it was amazing

If you take your fiction dark, Warmed and Bound is a rare collection: all killer, no filler. It’s amazing to imagine a collection like this, with so many authors and voices included, could come together to create something so solid from cover to cover. The range of emotion and tone in these pages is broad, even tending as they all do towards the darker, more depressing aspects of humanity. The reason for this, I think, is that most of the stories cling to, struggle with, and lift up the most im

Sep 05, 2012 Autumn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weird-tales
I first fell in love with Velvet fiction when I read Will Christopher Baer's Phineas Poe Trilogy. It still contains some of the most beautifully written sentences I've ever read. I was addicted, and went in search of more voices similar to Baer's. I found them in The Velvet. When I saw Warmed and Bound--an entire anthology of writers I adored--I bought it in an instant.

This anthology pulls together stories that are sad, funny, frightening, beautiful and haunting. The anthology doesn't present a
Roger Sarao
Sep 10, 2011 Roger Sarao rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
WARMED AND BOUND is the first book published by The Velvet Press, and what a debut it is. The Velvet Press takes its name from a Web site (The Velvet) originally set up in 2004 (with help from the folks behind Chuck Palahniuk's (FIGHT CLUB; CHOKE) Web site, The Cult) as a forum for neo-noir* authors Will Christopher Baer (KISS ME, JUDAS; HELL'S HALF ACRE), Craig Clevenger (THE CONTORTIONIST'S HANDBOOK; DERMAPHORIA) and later, the prolific Stephen Graham Jones (DEMON THEORY; IT CAME FROM DEL RIO) ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Stuart rated it really liked it
After reading Warmed and Bound, you might be convinced that the writers of this anthology were all raised in hell, but you would be mistaken. For if the devil had this much talent, he’d throw away his pitchfork and start cranking out prose on the typewriter he borrowed from the Unabomber. It’s more likely that the writers are the love children of Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Bukowski —raised in an orphanage run by a senile Rod Serling.

This volume of 38 stories include:

• Stephen Graham Jones hos
Matthew Vaughn
Mar 29, 2012 Matthew Vaughn rated it it was amazing
I bought Warmed and bound when it first came out and was pretty excited to read it. When I got it in the mail I was still excited just by looking at it. The Velvet did a really great job with this book. I started into it, there’s a very nice forward by Steve Erickson followed by an intro by Logan Rapp, the thread sky marshal over at The Velvet. And then the stories. Upon completing them all I was left in awe at the fact that there was not a bad one in the bunch. Usually when you read an Antholog ...more
Antonia Crane
Oct 11, 2011 Antonia Crane rated it really liked it
“Warmed and Bound” is thick with morbid surprises and vibrant prose. I read the thirty-eight-storied beast on an eighteen-hour flight from Vienna to Los Angeles, during which I thought my head would explode and my lungs disintegrate into chalk; the way most folks feel on those kinds of flights.
In Steve Erickson’s dramatic foreword, he described “W&B” as a place where “fixation and fetish swap meanings and moments” and I thought he must’ve been referring to Matt Bell’s creepy and great “Mant
Sep 07, 2011 Edward rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noir
A must read for fans of dark fiction. Filled with stories of loss, love and loves lost this is one of the best short story books I've ever read. You may have never heard of some of these writers but, don't be fooled. It's filled with major talent and I mean full. With thirty-eight authors of varying styles ranging from Lit to SciFi to Bizarro, pitch dark and well written, this book is worth the money.

Some notable favorites and names to watch for: Axel Tairi-"Death Juggler", Amanda Gowin-"The Wor
Apr 21, 2013 Ipsith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A truly dark and haunting anthology written from the edge of human experiences. Neo-noir at it's best.Compelling and tormenting in it's brilliance.Loved every painful moment of it.
Caleb Ross
An absolutely amazing collection from The Velvet. Long live Velvet Noir!!!
Derek Fenner
Sep 01, 2011 Derek Fenner rated it liked it
Read Gavin Pate's story!
Apr 08, 2014 Jill rated it it was ok
See, I don't think I've lost my appreciation for the wonderfully weird in fiction. I really don't think that's the case -- or, at least, I hope not. But...I used to love bizarro fiction. I used to love when strange, unexplained stuff popped up out of nowhere. I used to love revolting descriptions that have nothing to do with the plot simply by virtue of the fact that they were visceral.

Am I getting old? Am I growing up?! Perish the thought. I do think, though, that I'm outgrowing weird fiction.
Dec 31, 2011 Aaron rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-fiction
I have to admit - I skipped around after a while. The aesthetics of the stories got a bit repetitive. Every one of these stories, save the Clevenger one, could probably have been written by the same person.

That being said, I enjoyed the anthology and the writing was overall refreshing.

I was going to do an individual review of each story I read, but that would probably take longer than it's worth. The stories I actually got through can be grouped into four categories. So, here's your reader's gu
Nov 15, 2011 Mayda rated it it was amazing
Warmed and Bound: A Velvet Anthology, is a collection of tales unlike any that I’ve read before. The Foreword and the Preface attempt to explain the idea of “Velvet” to people, like me, who are unfamiliar with the term. The “Velvet” is dark, first of all – an aesthetic, anarchic, rebellious genre whose very nature defies definition and labels. The stories themselves are modern and chilling. A few remind me vaguely of Poe’s gothic horror; others seem to present dark twists on ghost stories, love ...more
Nik Korpon
Sep 09, 2011 Nik Korpon rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Yeah, I have a story in this so my opinion could be viewed as biased.

But it's not.

The plethora of talented authors destroying the page word by word makes this antho easily one of the best I've read in the last five years. What impresses me most is that, if you removed the names, you wouldn't be able to tell the 'established' authors from the 'emerging.' Every story is rock solid, full of vivd descriptions, complex characters, ridiculous jokes and bloody revenge. It's everything I could ask for i
Rob Parker
Aug 29, 2011 Rob Parker rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I actually appear in this anthology. But don't take that as any indication that I'm not a reliable reviewer. There are some phenomenal authors in this collection you seriously need to read. I won't get into a litany of names, since I'm sure I'll forget somebody, but for the price tag, 38 neo-noir short stories is a helluva deal.
Bob Pastorella
Aug 23, 2011 Bob Pastorella rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Buy this book, you will not be disappointed.

SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION: I have a story in here, but there are 37 better stories in this collection, by 37 better authors. That's all I'm going to say.
Sep 01, 2011 Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Warmed and Bound is this month's book club pick at Chuck Palahniuk's site. Join the discussion.
Jun 28, 2011 Steve marked it as wish-list
Features new short fiction by Craig Clevenger, Brian Evenson and more. Foreword by Steve Erickson.
Brandon Nagel
Jan 08, 2013 Brandon Nagel rated it it was amazing
Mind blowing. Totally Original. The Velvet is a strange and beautiful place...
Christopher tm
Feb 08, 2012 Christopher tm rated it liked it
Three stars is collective here. There are some five-star stories in Warmed and Bound, several fours, a lot of threes. And, yeah, a few each of two and one-star stories.

Standouts here include the usual suspects. Craig Clevenger, Gordon Highland, Stephen Graham Jones, Nik Korpon, Caleb J. Ross, and Richard Thomas are the first that I recall with good sharp, punchy stories. But then, they are among my favorite contemporary writers and I've come to expect outstanding work from them, so no surprises
Jul 31, 2013 Luke rated it it was amazing
Awesome collection of neo-noir and transgressive fiction as one would expect from The Velvet. I mainly bought it for some of my favorite authors like Craig Clevenger, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Richard Thomas and Stephen Graham Jones but I discovered some great new voices along the way. It's dark and compelling all the way through, but three stories above all others really stood out to me: "Acts of Contrition" By: Craig Clevenger (no surprise there), "All The Acid In The World" By: Gavin Pate and "T ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Rachael rated it really liked it
i really liked this collection of short stories. as usual though, some really didn't belong, i felt, and should have been left out by the editor, or else other stories in the writer's repertoire could have been used instead. others though were absolutely amazing and i'm looking forward to seeking out certain authors chosen for the anthology to read other works written by them. i mean, some really blew my mind. others i thought were rather pedestrian, shit that belonged in my high school or colle ...more
Black Coffee Press
Aug 19, 2012 Black Coffee Press rated it really liked it

Great collection. Great folks, though some aren't members of The Velvet, which sorta leaves a taste like ear wax in your mouth.
Adam Johnson
Dec 29, 2012 Adam Johnson rated it really liked it
Good collection.
Aug 15, 2013 Kurt rated it it was ok

... huh...

... here's the thing:

There are some stories in here that are absolutely spectacular. I made a list of those authors, and will immediately seek out more of their work, and totally expect to find one or two "new favorite writers" in that batch. (That "batch," by the way, in case you're interested is: Matt Bell, Nik Korpon, Christopher J. Dwyer, Craig Davidson, Blake Butler, and Vincent Louis Carrella.)

And there are stories in here that are, quite frankly, the worst things I've eve
Matt Micheli
Aug 02, 2015 Matt Micheli rated it it was amazing
Great collection of up-and-coming dark writers. There were only a couple of stories (no names) that I wouldn't go back and read again. All in all, a great anthology showcasing the best of the new gen.
Apr 06, 2014 K marked it as to-read
Read Matt Bell's Mantodea
David Cluck
Dec 25, 2013 David Cluck rated it liked it
Some good stories, some bad stories.
Tim Wood
Jun 16, 2012 Tim Wood rated it it was ok
An interesting but uneven collection
Brett marked it as to-read
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