DESIREE (Damnation Books) by Ken Goldman is slowly getting some buzz in horror circles. Here is a tale of a beautiful young woman whoKen Goldman says:
DESIREE (Damnation Books) by Ken Goldman is slowly getting some buzz in horror circles. Here is a tale of a beautiful young woman who literally carries the kiss of death. That's not good for any woman hoping to score a second date. Withersin Magazine reviewer Adam Armstrong writes : "This short book just enwraps you from the start. It is a wonderful and engaging story that is fun to drink down in one big gulp. The non-linear timeline helped raise the tension and kept me reading . . . Five stars."
House of Horror says :"Desiree is a weird and wonderful tale by author Ken Goldman . . ."
T. W. Brown, author of The Dead : The Ugly Beginning, writes “DESIREE is a novella that reads fast and makes you squirm all the way to the end. It is a slick, dark tale that sucks you right in.”
And Page Horrific's review mentions : "Mr. Goldman shows definite flashes of brilliance in his descriptive prose and atmospherics."
In addition, Benjamin Kane Ethridge (author of the Stoker award winning novel "Black and Orange") recommended DESIREE for The Horror Writers Association's 2010 Stoker Award in the Long Fiction category. DESIREE is available at The Damnation Books site in downloadable .pdf file, and at Amazon.com in print and Kindle formats.
YOU HAD ME AT ARRGH!! five uneasy pieces by Ken Goldman Reviewed by Cathy Buburuz Illustrated by Tom Moran Published by Sam's Dot Publishing and availableYOU HAD ME AT ARRGH!! five uneasy pieces by Ken Goldman Reviewed by Cathy Buburuz Illustrated by Tom Moran Published by Sam's Dot Publishing and available at the online store: http://www.samsdotpublishing.com Perfect Bound; 84 Pages Cover Price, $6.00 U.S.
American horror writer Ken Goldman is no stranger to the Darkside. Over the years, he's entertained readers with an amazing number of tall tales that explore and underscore the shadowy depths of human nature.
This past decade, I've had the good fortune of discovering Ken's work in dozens of magazines and anthologies. His stories are relatively easy to find because he's enjoyed publication in no less than 450 publications over the years. In fact, his stories have received honourable mentions four times in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.
He often writes about society's aches and pains, about the common man, his weaknesses and his frail moments. His characters are designed to help you chill out, gross out, or freak out, and his stories often contain what I call 'Goldmanisms' - comical, entertaining, little phrases that are simply delightful. Here are just a few:
He was all over Honey like tar on a blacktop.
And I believe when opportunity knocks, she don't stay to ring the bell.
But Honey, she had too much smarts to chew bad cabbage twice, and for weeks it looked like them two was tight as grease on loose meat.
Like the old disco song, this place was raining men, all right, and amen to that.
Eventually black is everyone's color.
The release of hot semen seared through his prick as if he had ejaculated battery acid.
The YOU HAD ME AT ARRHG!! story collection promises five stories but delivers six for good measure.
The collection opens rather gently with "Deep Kiss Tuesday," a fine little invention that details the events of a particular night of the week that's charged with the expectations of romance. Readers will discover what can happen when two strangers meet and gear up for a romantic interlude on a deserted pier on their very first date.
The second story, "Wood River Honey" is much darker in tone and it's conveyed with what I lovingly refer to as 'a trailer court mentality'--great characterization. It focuses on an attractive, magnetic girl from Wood River Village who has a tendency to inspire in the males of that area much more than a crush, as relayed in brutal detail by the main character.
The third story, "Memories of Dragons Slain" is the polished diamond in this captivating coal bin of tall tales, the absolute best in this collection. It's a wonderfully written tapestry of magic and pain, gallantry and sorrow, just the sort of memorable story that can be enjoyed a few times over. It's about a damsel and a dragon, told by a knight, but it's so much more than that. It's a treasure, one of Goldman's best.
"More Than I'd hoped For, Less Than I'd Dreamed" opens in a 5th Avenue upscale singles bar with a scene reminiscent of a Bogie and Bacall moment. Two strangers meet, strike up a witty and tantalizing conversation and then discover that they share an instant attraction. Before long, all hell breaks loose in a brazen and bawdy eruption. Like others in this collection, this story has its fair share of revelations and special moments.
Next up is the woeful "Good Samaritan", about a man who goes for a midnight stroll after he's had his fill of life, pills, and Jack Daniels. Despite its brevity, the story succeeds with suspense, eye-openers, and a considerable amount of good old-fashioned impact.
"Skin Flick" - which I assume is the bonus story - isn't your typical wham, bam, thank you, ma'am affair. It's every man's worst nightmare personified, and it's quite likely the uneasiest of the six accounts presented here. It boasts a morbid sense of joviality yet when you cut it to it's core, it's no laughing matter at all. What it is, is the relentless Ken Goldman raking his readers over the coals--especially his male readers--only to drop them into a vat of boiling oil for good measure. If you like stories with no relief, this is the one for you.
When devoured in a single sitting, this collection is quite like a wild ride on an emotional roller coaster. It has lots of spills and chills which are further powered by a favourable number of impacting images by mega-talented illustrator Tom Moran. Ken and Tom both have a background in education, and both have served as teachers. And they both have a thing or two to teach us about a genre that has regained considerable popularity in recent years. They're masters of their craft, a twisted team of terror mongers, more than worthy of my accolades.
With 84 pages and a cover price of just $6.00, this little gem is a bargain. Highly recommended. This is, in fact, one of the top ten bestsellers at Sam's Dot Publishing http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/
~Cathy Buburuz special to gottawritenetwork.com January 5, 2008...more
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