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The meaning of life is that it ends. These stories chronicle that journey, the tears, the laughter, the innards. High school hijinks gone awry; the end result of fast food franchises and forgotten river gods colliding; revenge on killer clowns from beyond; zombie death metal auditions; the exquisite dining habits of trolls; cannibal fishermen; hitmen from Hell; Satan's fav ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published September 24th 2010 by Blue Room Publishing (first published July 20th 2010)
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    Mikelkpoet
    "As The Worm Turns," is a fascinating book. Reading it, I feel like a novice boxer in the ring with a master who keeps punching me in the face before I can recover. The stories in this fine, fine book by Brian Rosenberger are like that; they are like machine gun bullets fired at you, one after the other, in quick unison.

    I am on page 90, now, and I can't put the book down. Rosenberger is a master of The Short Story. One of the stories in this book is only one page long. My favorite, "As The Worm
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    Katie
    In the interest of full disclosure, I got this book through a Goodreads giveaway, which I'm afraid is going to make you think my comments on it are just lip service. You'd be doing yourself a disservice if you took them as such, because they aren't lip service at all -- I genuinely enjoyed the hell out of this book. It really has something for everyone, whether your particular poison is gore, humor, serial killers, zombies, vampires, the perversity of the mundane, or Killer Klowns From Outer Spa ...more
    Cideon
    I won this book through the Goodreads site, and I am glad I did, as I doubt I would have read it otherwise. I like short stories, but it's a hit and miss with me when I pick up anthologies, so unless they fall into my lap, I usually don't go looking. But this was a definite hit!

    First off, the story ideas are rather original takes on your old loves of horror fiction/film. They are presented with only so much to be complete, so you don't run into any that drag on. My favorite would have to be "God
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    Nancy The book junkie
    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and i'm thankful for that because it gave me the opportunity a discover what i consider being a master of the horror stories. I read this book almost one shot since i found myself unable to put it down, always telling myself i would just finish the current story and then starting the next one. The author does an incredible job in this, and all his other stories in the book, of getting you interested in the main character, getting you involved, making you w ...more
    Shawn
    I started this book in July and couldn't get into it for some reason. The last half is really good though, and I think I need to re-read the first half, because I have a feeling my state of mind was more to blame than the state of the prose. If nothing else, read the last story, "Bunnies." Excellent post apocalyptic story with a touch of Of Mice and Men. Not a lot, but parts reminded me of it.
    James
    Disclaimer: This book was received for free as an advanced reading copy through a GoodReads’giveaway. I'm very glad I did, though. This is a SOLID collection of horror short stories. I especially enjoyed the way several stories seemed to be about one thing, yet veered off into another, entirely unexpected directions. My only complaint is that some of these stories had a strong enough idea to be fully fleshed out into a novella at the very least. I wanted MORE! The way he can fully immerse the re ...more
    Brian Rosenberger
    Sep 27, 2010 Brian Rosenberger rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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    The meaning of life is that it ends. These stories chronicle that journey, the tears, the laughter, the innards. High school hijinks gone awry; the end result of fast food franchises and forgotten river gods colliding; revenge on killer clowns from beyond; zombie death metal auditions; the exquisite dining habits of trolls; cannibal fishermen; hitmen from Hell; Satan's favorite advice columnist; the carnival version of American Idol; f*%#ing dragons. All this, and bunnies too. All witnessed firs ...more
    Athena
    Highly entertaining and creatively written. Perfect for readers with a strong stomach and a taste for blood.
    I won my copy through First Reads.
    Nick Cato
    Rosenberger (who has been haunting small press horror anthologies for the past several years) delivers this 22-story collection, 7 of which are presented here for the first time.

    Among my favorites are 'Monster Burger,' about a fast food joint trying to stay ahead of the competition, 'Picnic in the Woods,' dealing with a canoe trip and the strange critters watching the boaters from the nearby forest, 'Starting Over,' about one man's love for someone literally changing his life, and 'Shop Till You
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    Brian Rosenberger lives in a cellar in Marietta, GA and writes by the light of captured fireflies. He is the author of As the Worm Turns, a collection of short stories, and three poetry collections - Poems that go SPLAT, And For My Next Trick and Scream For Me. His writing has appeared in numerous print and online magazines and anthologies.
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