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Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  409 ratings  ·  85 reviews
What starts like a haunted house novel as written by the Marquis de Sade develops into a meta-deconstruction of hardcore horror and why we love sex and violence.

There is something seriously wrong with the house at Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road. Its history is awash with sadistic violence and fiendish sex. For generations the house has corrupted its inhabitants. Now Arrian
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published December 5th 2013 by Deadite Press (first published December 1st 2013)
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Paul Nelson
Sixty Five Stirrup Iron Road is a severely wincing, extreme erotic horror mash-up from some of the biggest names in probably the most disturbing of genres. Brian Keene, Edward Lee, Wrath James White, Bryan Smith, Jack Ketchum, Shane McKenzie, Ryan Harding, Nate Southard and J F Gonzalez all lend a hand and with that talent on show it’s easy to guess what you're in for. It's all down to how far they're willing to go and yes it most certainly is down to the bone.
The authors collaborate on chapter
Adam Light
I hereby acknowledge this book "sickest gore fest of all time"! At least, in my experience, I can't think of anything nearly as disgusting as this. Since that was the goal the authors set out to achieve, I have to say they nailed it. If it's extreme horror you're after, look no further. ...more
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, Bryan Smith, Wrath James White, JF Gonzalez, Shane McKenzie, Nate Southard, Ryan Harding...arguably, the darkest, most twisted scribes of modern and hardcore horror have all teamed up for this collaborative novel from Eraserhead Press, with proceeds going to the prolific Tom Piccirilli, who's recovering from cancer. Arrianne and Chuck move into the house of their dreams, but their dreams soon morph into a stew of the most warped and perverse nightmares imag ...more
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let's just get this out of the way before going any further. This is a book written by some of the biggest names in extreme horror so this isn't going to be Mary Poppins. This is exactly what you'd expect and would only accept from these guys.

You shouldn't read this before or after eating and if you have no idea who any of these writers are should really avoid this book. This is a dream come true for extreme horror fans and they do not dissapoint. Edward Lee kicks things off and if you make it
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may explain something about this book. It is on Brian Keene's website.

"The most infamous event in all of horror literature – the Gross Out Contest at the World Horror Convention in Portland, OR! The contest is simple – your goal is to tell the most extreme, gag-inducing, vile-filled, piece of literary excrement your twisted mind can summon. You have three minutes to read the story and then you will be stopped and the audience will decide if you will continue. If you pass that test, you have
Craig Wesley Wall
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've read other reviews for this title you've probably noticed a theme here: this story is not for everyone. Essentially, most of the book appears to be a gross-out contest between the authors; a depraved and perverted "tour-de-gore" that is as hilariously irreverent as it is stomach churning. Although well written (with these authors how could it not be) the story itself is really not all that engaging, but if you're slightly twisted and sick in the head,

This was some sick, twisted shit! And believe me, I have read some perverse stuff but this trumps them all.

This book contains all sorts of WTF. And what the hell was with the ending?! Of course, I should have expected as much considering the author collaboration. This is another of those books that had me going, "What does this say about me?" Because as warped as this was, I liked it. I'm a fan of the stuff that gets me uncomfortable. While others may squirm in their seat, I'm more like the guy
Feb 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: retarted perverts

...aka the book when a bunch of (so called) famous horror writers are totally unable to find out a good horror story, so instead they write down their most disgusting sexual fantasies, fold the paper into two and put it into a mixer, spit into it, mix it well, shake it... then voila! Here's the bestest most awesome horror book of 2015! Your new favorite!


I can't believe that Jack Ketchum gave his name for something like this GARBAGE!

This is one of the
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
You have to admire the hell out of a bunch of hardcore horror writers who would dedicate their time and effort for free to an experimental short hardcore horror novel, with the proceeds going to sponsor a fellow author and friend, Tom Piccirilli, in his time of need as he battles the medical bills associated with already beating cancer. For this reason alone anyone ragging on Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road would have to have a heart made of stone, no actual soul, or just be so bitter and twisted t ...more
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.6 this one contained many of my favorite authors that are all know for being extreme trying to outdo each other and I loved it. Shane mckenzies first chapter was the best in my opinion. without giving away any spoilers I will say that normally I would hate that type of ending but in this case I loved it.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
If the idea here was to create the grossest, most misogynistic and disgusting, all-over-the place story... then these guys achieved it. Some of the story and characters work, while much of it is just lacking in any semblance of coherency. It seems to me that once the project and chapters began to be pieced together, this became all too obvious to Jack Ketchum, and the story moved from Chuck and Arrianne to Keene, Ketchum, Lee, Smith, Gonzalez,White, Southard, and McKenzie. I love all these guys ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nine well-known horror writers got together and collaborated on this round-robin style novel with all of the profits going to benefit Tom Piccirilli, who's battling cancer. It's a wonderful undertaking and a noble cause and I really wanted to like the book a lot, but I just couldn't. It seemed that one writer was trying to upstage the next at every twist and turn at how graphic and disgusting they could be. I can handle hard-core horror or sex or violence when it has a point or advances a story, ...more
Ben Shepard
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-horror
I picked this up without really reading the blurb, just basing my choice on the names on the cover. I expected an anthology of short gory horror stories, what I got was a really interesting idea that was executed pretty well. I felt that it got a little lost towards the end but the writers involved had fun and I enjoyed it so what the hell, right?
One thing this book highlighted for me was the fact that I may have gotten a little desensitized to horror. There are a LOT of scenes in the book tha
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
I don't really know what to think of this story. A good chunk of it seemed like a competition to gross the other authors out or at the very least they seemed to try way too hard to gross out the reader. The gross stuff itself doesn't bother me, but the way they kept at it got tiring. The story was alright, but then the end just kind of fell apart. The authors writing themselves into the story was funny at first, but got old fast.

I have really liked the individual works of several of the authors
G. Brown
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro, horror
I'm not much of a horror reader, so take my 2 cents with a grain of salt. I can barely write a review without severely mixing my metaphors.

This book is an interesting mishmash of extremity, mystery, and post-modern insanity. Until that last turn crept into the story, it didn't really do anything for me, because, like I just said, I'm not much of a horror reader. But this hits all the splatter-gore-grossout aspects that I imagine hardcore underground horror fans are after. Once it really gets we
David Church
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing to describe what I just read. All my favorite writers combining to work on one story. Epic. Brutally sickingly epic. Not for the weak hearted. After you read this you will have to shower. Loved the ending. Sorry to be so scattered I am really at a loss for words. 5 stars!
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the sickest fun books you will ever read! If not for 1 break I would have read this book in 1 sitting. Just as you think that's the sickest thing I ever read you read something sicker.
The ending is hysterical.
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
SIXTY-FIVE STIRRUP IRON ROAD made me realize that gross-out sex/gore fiction isn't my reading preference. I can only read about people vomiting and urinating on each other so many times. Written well, at least. Just not for me. ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a sick sick sick book...there was a few times I had to put the book down and read something a little more pleasant, I gave the book 4 stars because I really enjoyed the last 10% of the book, what a twist!
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Brad Harmer-Barnes
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Expendables of splatterpunk. Worth sticking with, as it gets super clever by the end.
H.G. Gravy
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
How the hell does someone writ a review for this book? It is exactly what you'd expect from this group of extreme horror authors and then again, it isn't. If you aren't familiar with any of these authors, I don't know why you think reading this would be a great idea. However, I can imagine seeing an all-star lineup of horror authors collaborating on a story may seem appealing to someone who is curious about the genre. This book is NOT a good launch point.

"Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road" is a bunch
Uptown Horror Reviews
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: splatterpunk
Im a huge fan of almost every author in this book and I know the book was written for a good cause, but cant help but feel like it was just a sloppy, thrown together story with not much thought put into it.

The whole time I was reading the book it felt like I was reading another run of the mill Edward Lee book, where the plot and proper characterization takes a backseat and the focus is instead put on providing the reader with the most disgusting, reprehensible imagery the author could think of.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is by far the most disgusting book I’ve ever read, it’s a collaboration between a handful of horror writers in what seems to be an attempt to outdo each other, see how far they can go and how repulsive they can be. The writing is actually very good, and it all works together well as this journey into degeneracy is made, I especially liked the unexpectedly meta ending!

There’s plenty of bodily fluids, gore, sex and shocking scenes in this book to keep even the most har
Gary Smith
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! Towards the end there was a lot of comedy with the Authors themselves, very funny. You can tell their a close group of good guys who enjoy twisted horror as well as having a good time and having fun in doing what they do best: writing. Highly recommend this for any fans of any of the 9 Authors. Great Job Boys!
Bryan Lukowski
gave up on this book about 60% of the way through, I just had to tap out because it was getting too gross.

on a lark, picked it back up and have no regrets. the final third of the books goes so off the rails in a fun way, which is saying something because the book begins off the rails with a vomiting sexual assault monster.
Horror Bookworm Reviews
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An Allstar of great horror fiction authors combined into one hell of a story. Edward Lee, Brian Keene and many more of the ones you love, pay tribute to J.F. Gonzalez. Much appreciated, and entertaining. Thank you.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok this book has some of the most repulsive acts in it that I’ve ever read. These guys pull no punches on the depravity in this story. That being said if you can make it to the end I almost guarantee you will finish this book with a smile on your face.
Iami Menotu
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
A hodge podge work attempt at gore and humor. Down right ugly.
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BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have be ...more

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