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Mayan Blue

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Xibalba, home of torture and sacrifice, is the kingdom of the lord of death. He stalked the night in the guise of a putrefied corpse, with the head of an owl and adorned with a necklace of disembodied eyes that hung from nerve cords. He commanded legions of shapeshifting creatures, spectral shamans, and corpses hungry for the flesh of the living. The Mayans feared him and ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published May 25th 2016 by Sinister Grin Press
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Jon Recluse
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The debut novel of horror from the shared pen of Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, known collectively as "The Sisters of Slaughter", is an exuberantly over the top gorefest that captures the no holds barred spirit of the early days of the horror boom.

An archeology professor, seeking the truth behind the end of the Mayan civilization, unleashes that truth when he unwittingly breaks open the seal on the doorway to Xibalba....the realm of the Mayan Lord of Death, hidden deep in the mountains of Ge
Evans Light
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This energetic first novel from the "Sisters of Slaughter" begins in traditional B-movie territory but quickly ends up in a bizarre Mayan Georgia (love that).
Imagination and gore flow freely throughout the book; however, much like the book's heroes as they run through sanguinary vines, readers may find themselves occasionally tangled up in prose.
Final Verdict: An enjoyable romp in a fresh setting.

3.5 Stars.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legends
MAYAN BLUE, by Michelle Garza and Melissa Larson (the "Slaughter Sisters") takes us on a bloody journey involving the Mayan legends of "Ah-Puch", Lord of Death and sadistic ruler of Xibalba, the Underworld.

An archeological trip, headed by Professor Lipton, his devoted assistant Wes, and students Alissa, Kelly, Tyler, and Dennis, leads to more than just the proof of the Mayan relocation to Georgia, that the esteemed Professor sought.

". . . Around the circular seam he could see the mortar was w
Kenneth McKinley
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-kindle, horror
Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason are described as "The Sisters of Slaughter" and Mayan Blue is their debut. And a confused debut it is.

Four students and their assistant professor head for the mountains of Georgia where they are to meet up with their professor who feels he's made a great discovery that will change the way history books are written. Once near the rendezvous point, all hell breaks loose. In what they think is the professor crying out for help, Wes and Alissa go off to find him. Wh
Brian Keene
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
An outstanding short debut novel from two remarkable authors who obviously know their horror history -- and are imbuing new energy into it in this new century.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
After an archeological expedition to the mountains in Georgia goes awry, a handful of college students, along with an archeologist and his associate professor, become trapped in a nightmarish Mayan underworld, Xibalba, ruled by the Lord of Death and his hellish minions. They unwittingly unsealed a doorway there and they cannot escape their fate.

Brutal, unrelenting, Garza and Lason aka The Sisters of Slaughter live up to their nickname in this lean novel, that ends with a teaser of more forthcom
Michael Hicks

Dubbed The Sisters of Slaughter by the editor of Fireside Press, Michelle Garza and Melissa Larson make their novel-length debut with Mayan Blue. I think the Fireside folks were on to something with their proclamation, and the sisters earn their bloody stripes well here.

First off, let me just say how glad I am to read a horror book that is influenced by ancient continental American lore, rather then the johnny come lately Christian influences that predominate most modern works. Granted, those in
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This first novel by the Sisters of Slaughter is highly entertaining and very well written. I first came across these two in a short story anthology titled Wishful Thinking. There is something about how they draw you into their world's that they create that a lot of new writers don't seem to understand.
In Mayan Blue the story takes place on an archeology site. A professor has discovered that maybe the Mayans have settled further north into Georgia. A group of college students are on their way t
Michael Adams
Compulsively readable, quickly-paced horror novel which effectively blends elements of survival horror, slasher, splatterpunk, and the supernatural. The setup is classic; a group of college students going on an archaeological dig find more than they bargained for as the site is revealed to be a mouth into Xibalba, the Mayan underworld and a place of unending torment. Persistently intense and punctuated with some truly unsettling moments of suffering, this is a book I would recommend to any real ...more
Edward Lorn
2.5 stars rounded down because holy shit the errors.

The typos and grammatical errors were abundant but not so much that I had to stop reading. The errors are simple and do not mangle the reading experience. I was shocked to find the book wasn't published by the authors but by Sinister Grin Press. I'd heard good things about them, but the editing herein was nonexistent. Most of the stuff I found could have been caught by even an amateur proofreader. Here are some examples of the errors I found. I
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first novel written by the Sisters of Slaughter, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, and it is filled with powerful imagery and vivid storytelling. It revolves around an interesting premise, the history of Mayan civilization and theories of its northern journey into the continent of North America, specifically Georgia. For those of us whom know Michelle and Melissa, their writing skills come as no surprise. I personally enjoyed this tale and the pictures it paints in the mind. I have h ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mayan Blue is a gory and utterly relentless novel that follows a student research trip that sets off into the mountains of Georgia to search for hidden Mayan ruins. It all goes awry pretty quickly and they find themselves besieged by inhabitants of the Mayan underworld.

The story is a fast paced B-movie style romp that doesn’t hold back, it’s a lot of fun and very visual - especially with its gore! If you’re looking for quiet and subtle horror this ain’t for you, however if you want some blood sp
Brian Barr
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mayan Blue was released through Amazon on May 25th, 2016. I’ve been eagerly waiting for this book for a number of reasons. One, the book’s description incorporated Mayan mythology in a horror/dark fantasy setting, and there’s nothing I love more than occult/myth layered dark fiction with supernatural elements. Two, I thought it was pretty cool that the authors of this book are sisters, twins, in fact. A recent interview I read through Nev M
The Grim Reader
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
‘Mayan Blue’ by the Sisters of Slaughter – Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason is exactly the sort of blood soaked reading experience I was expecting. Having read numerous short stories by the sisters over the last 18 months, I was expecting something dripping with gore and I wasn’t disappointed. The sisters have been plugging away for some time now with short stories in various anthologies including last years excellent ‘Fresh Meat 2015’ released by Sinister Grin Press. Anybody who is familiar wit ...more
Toneye Eyenot
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Visions abound, etched deep within our psyches. Depictions of Hell that have, over the centuries of conditioning and the dominant influence of Christianity in western culture and history, taught us from the youngest age to fear a wrathful god. To be cast for an eternity into a fiery torment without relief or salvation is one of the greatest horror stories ever told. But, how many of us know of Xibalba, the Hell of the Mayan culture? Or of Ah-Puch, the Mayan god of Death who presides over all who ...more
Nev Murray
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
"I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to write a book with someone else. Now given the fact these girls are twins, I would suspect it may be easier than some collaborations but that is one thing that I didn’t notice until I had finished. It flowed extremely well. I defy anyone reading this to be able to pinpoint when the writer changes. It is seamless in that respect."

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Steve Stred
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the very first day that I entered into the dark fiction community, Michelle and Melissa have been cheering me on and encouraging me every step of the way. I’ve been recommended their work time and time again, but it was ‘Mayan Blue’ and ‘Tapetum Lucidum’ that really stood out for me. (I’ll be starting Tapetum shortly!)

‘Mayan Blue’ always interested me as I’ve always been intrigued by Xibalba and the Mayan lore of the Underworld. The Mayan Death Gods, specifically Ah Puch, have always got my
Donald Armfield
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, ebooks-kindle
Mayan Blue is every explorers nightmare, a nightmare that pulls you into the depths of a labyrinth where every turn leads to a Hell. Torture becomes soothing as you reach for an end and beg to die.

The Sisters of Slaughter are a match of horror to recognize they know how to drag a reader into a deadly tale and make them bleed out all the way to the end.

I'm glad to share a few TOC myself with these ladies, they can write too scare...
Highly Recommended!
Michelle Stockard Miller
Okay, Eli Roth, James Wan, Rob Zombie, or perhaps Guillermo Del Toro, you need to read this book and make it into a movie. Because it already reads like a movie. A really good scary, gory movie. (I think Eli Roth would be good fit for this one, but that's just my opinion).

I have always been fascinated by the Mayans. I long to visit Chichen Itza and the other Mayan archaeological ruin sites. Mel Gibson's Apocalypto is one of my favorite films. Many people are interested in the fact that the Mayan
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This was...alright, I suppose. It is competent enough for a first novel, but that's about it. Mostly I just saw a lot of wasted potential.

For example, mining Mayan mythology for the antagonist sounds like a pretty cool thing to do, but either Mayan death gods are really damned boring, or Garza and Lason just had no idea what to do with a Mayan death god. The story essentially just ends up being torture porn, and occasionally pointing out that the characters are painted with the titular Mayan Blu
Shane Douglas Douglas
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***The following is an excerpt from my review from This Is Horror***

It’s sometimes perplexing to see how two distinctly unique individuals can come together seemingly as one mind to create something so complex as a full length novel, and that complexity is probably why it’s such an uncommon occurrence in fiction. There have been a few notable pairings over the last forty years, most notably Skip and Spector, Preston and Child, even King and Straub—two remarkably different writers—have done it su
Dave Thomas
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun, violent debut novel that will delight fans of B-movie and survival-horror video games, but offers just the right amount of back story and history to appeal to those looking for a more hard-core adventure story with an original supernatural bent. The Sisters have pulled off some truly bloody, unrelenting action sequences and have captured the essence of the quintessentially naïve college kids who do and say things to make the reader cringe--but these characters only add to the novel's sadi ...more
S.K. Gregory
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Group of students head out to search for their preofessor after he goes missing. As the mismatched group set up camp in the middle of nowhere, they discover that something they thought was myth is actually a reality and he's coming to slaughter them all. This was very visual, not for the faint of heart and I liked the mix of personalities in the group. Some of them were hard to like, but were very well written. I could imagine it like a horror movie playing out in my head. If you like horror a ...more
Joel Norden
I was really intrigued by the idea behind of this book and it didn't disappoint. The writing is solid and well paced.

The characters are a classic horror movie line-up: The dumb slut, two party boys, a smart guy, and the intelligent girl who likes the smart guy. That's never really bother me with horror, in fact it kind of amuses me.

The Plot is prolly my favorite part about this book. So unique, I don't think i've found another book that is similar. I've always been big into the different kind of
Ronald Kelly
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mayan Blue was an incredible first novel by the writing team of Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason. Fantastic plot, on-spot pacing, and interesting characters. I enjoyed it immensely! Mayan Blue is an excellent place to start when discovering this horror-writing sister team and their growing body of work.
Shaun  (Eclectic Cove)
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Link to my video review on YouTube will be added once it is recorded and posted.
Bob Mcqueen
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
An awesome, bloody, violent trip through Hell. Fast paced and I could not put it down!! Once I got into it I finished it in one sitting!! can't wait to read more from the Sisters of Slaughter! ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I found out the Sisters of Slaughter were releasing a full length novel I was intrigued. I have read a few of their shorts and my horror trigger was always squeezed satisfactorily. (That sounds a bit perverse but hell, I'm leaving it in)
They never shied on the gore and waved to taboos as they passed them by on their terror tandem.
When I found out about the actual plot of Mayan Blue I was more than a little intrigued. The Mayan culture had always been known to me through various scaremonger
John Collins
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
There's something special when a new author- or in case ,authors- releases a debut novel that reaches expectations. Michelle Graza and Melissa Lason have built a good reputation as solid storytellers. Their debut novel, MAYAN BLUE not only reaches expectations,but blows them off the door!
Slight spoilers ahead

Their tale of dark Mayan gods and the modern day mortals who become their selected sacrifices is a well written, deftly blood soaked journey into the underworld. A professor looking for pro
Angela Crawford
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

Xibalba, roughly translated as "place of fear", is the name of the underworld in Mayan mythology, ruled by the Mayan death gods and their helpers. Mayan Blue drags you kicking and screaming into this world full of pain and torment. This fast paced story, full of breathtaking and vivid descriptions, starts out with a bang and never lets up. Alissa, Wes, and The Shadow Priestess
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