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Hell Comes to Hollywood, Volume I

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  10 reviews
**Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Anthology**

A screenwriter pays a ghastly price for inspiration--and begs for more... A director looking for fresh-faced talent finds more than he bargained for... A legendary diva will sacrifice anything for fame and glory... A TV personality discovers the twisted truth behind his co-star's impossi
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Paperback, 317 pages
Published July 2012 by Big Time Books (first published June 22nd 2012)
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Hal Bodner
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
With the advent of e-books, any moron can call himself an editor and toss together a slap-dash group of unrelated inferior stories and call them an anthology--and a lot of morons do just that. On the other hand, in "Hell Comes to Hollywood", Eric Miller has managed to produce an anthology that defies the norm, resulting in a delightfully creepy and quirky read.

Each story is firmly rooted in one aspect of Hollywood -- the aging actor, the diva, the young hopeful actress, the pornogr
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John Kohlbrenner
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fun read with stories that do a great job of capturing life in Hollywood and giving them a scary twist. As the book progress, each tale is better than the last with the best being the second to last one, “They Go in Threes”. Now that is one disturbing story. A common theme in the book is people making deals with demonic elements for their success, but each tale is quite different and adds a fresh twist to that old idea.
Brian Sammons
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This collection of 20 Hollywood-centric horror stories is just like the movies I grew up watching and loving back in the 80s on VHS tapes rented from my local mom and pop video store. There’s plenty of blood, dark humor, and even the occasional naughty, nudie bit. What more could you want? There’s also a lot of “inside baseball” on Hollywood, which is a given since all the stories were written by people who make movies in Hollywood. However, I like that insiders look at Tinseltown and I liked th ...more
Richard
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very solid anthology.
Dylan
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hit or miss, mostly miss. "Trash Day" by William Paquet was a low point. The story about the apartment manager carving up the tenants for meat was so long and drawn out with lots of detail about the guy's life and a side character love interest, and by the time you get to the end you just find the main character locked in a cage waiting to be carved up and made into meat. But WHYYYYY? No reason is given, it just sucked. And why did we need all those scenes with him being woken up by the ghoul di ...more
Justin
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Hell Comes to Hollywood
Produced, Directed, and Edited by Eric Miller

I received this book in a first reads giveaway.

“Message in a Bottle” by Laura Brennan
The opener is a ghost story on Halloween about regret and loneliness. 4/5

“Muse” by Andrew Helm
A young screenwriter’s muse offers him her services at the cost of his well-being. I enjoyed the metaphor for losing one’s life to work. 4/5

“The Cutting Room” by Jeff Seeman
A young man p
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Dell R. Lipscomb
Apr 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
A wealth of horror story material can be mined from the entertainment industry. This particular Hollywood showbiz themed-anthology misses the opportunity to do so. Most of the entries are uninspired variations of two common themes: the frustration of a failed showbiz career and establishing an unholy partnership to achieve success as an entertainer. The tales have cliched, predictable endings a seasoned reader can see coming from several pages away with an overemphasis on crass shocks. Most of t ...more
Christina
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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I received this book free as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Overall I was disappointed with the book. As a collection of horror stories I expected the stories to be at least a little frightening. Most of them were just boring and not scary at all. The best short story was The Cutting Room by Jeff Seeman. It was the only one I found to be actually frightening and could envision it as a short film. Some of the stories, although not frightening, were at least attention grabbing stories like The ...more
Elise Edie
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Every single one of these stories was entertaining, running the gamut from hilarious-and-creepy, to haunting-and-creepy, to blood-curdling-and-creepy. Hollywood is, of course, full of all kinds of real-life monsters and this collection explores the very best (and worst) of them. Highly imaginative and great, great fun.
Francelia Belton
I liked maybe 3 or 4 stories out of the bunch. I was hoping for better overall. Too bad.
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