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Throughout history, there have been certain moral evils so entangling, so alluring, that they routinely give birth to countless other evils in the hearts of human beings. From antiquity, these "capital vices" have been known as the seven deadly sins.

Now, from the editors who brought you Cutting Block Single Slices and Shadows Over Main Street, comes an all-new novella anth
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Paperback, 234 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Cutting Block Books
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kudos to Patrick Beltran and D. Alexander Ward for bringing together seven talented authors to blend their wildly different voices for this anthology.
"I've nurtured every sensation man has been inspired to have. I cared about what he wanted and I never judged him. Why? Because I never rejected him—in spite of all his imperfections, I'm a fan of man! I'm a humanist. Maybe the last humanist." Milton/Satan/Al Pachino in The Devil's Advocate

After hearing from some important people in the horror indu
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Tracy Robinson
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Seven Deadliest is an anthology of 7 powerhouse authors, each tasked with spinning a tale about the sin they have been "assigned". I have always been drawn to literature that encompasses the seven sins. I've read Dante and others, hell, I even studied it in undergrad. When it comes to film and book adaptations beyond the classics, I am picky. Yes, I loved Seven. Unashamedly. But there have been few others that really focused on ALL of the sins. This anthology does that and I truly enjoyed m ...more
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Horror, horroribler, horroribilist.  Mix and match put these in any order and you have Cutting Block Books newest anthology THE SEVEN DEADLIEST.  The authors are John C. Foster, Bracken MacLeod, Brian Kirk, Rena Mason, Kasey Lansdale, Richard Thomas and John F.D. Taff.  Editing is by Patrick Beltran and D. Alexander Ward with a must read Foreword by Mercerdes Yardley.

Each author was randomly given one of the seven sins as their theme on which to base a novella.  Each is horror driven
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Kevin Lucia
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent collection. Full review coming on CDonline.
Eva
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*** Review copy received from the publisher for review consideration ***

The stories were all novelettes that explored their assigned sins in decadent detail, all of which embroiled me completely in the narratives they presented. As well, I quite enjoyed the post-piece write-ups each author did explaining their process for their particular stories.

Batting for Avarice, we have “Gilda” by John C. Foster. This story reminded me of getting to be a fly on the wall for the show “Feud,” which transforme
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The Scary Reviews
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Some times all it takes is a few authors to grab my attention for me to give an anthology a shot. This is exactly what happened with The Seven Deadliest. Names like John FD Taff, Brian Kirk, and Richard Thomas to name a few. Two of my favorites that were heart wrenching came from Richard Thomas and Brian Kirk. These stories were so powerful I had to put the book down and process what I had just read.
Ring of Fire by Richard Thomas, is in my opinion, his best work yet. Chisel and Stone by Brian Ki
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Paul Anderson
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The blurb I offered on this book:

"Forget the ready-made horror trappings implicit in the notion of the Seven Deadly Sins. Forget, even, that you're dealing with seven of the best writers in today's horror fiction. Focus instead on these seven intense, soul-crunching stories, showing you all the ways the sin can affect the sinner. Imagine these stories as rotations of tales around the campfire, all meant for you; turning the page just means looking at the next person. THE SEVEN DEADLIEST serves
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Gavin
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could wax lyrical about this collection.
I could tell you how each sin has been cleverly integrated into stories that will put you through the emotional wringer.
I could tell you that you'll probably not read a book as good as this all year.

But I won't.

What I will tell you is that you'll be commiting the biggest of all sins if you don't buy this book.

One word...BRILLIANT!
David Powell
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can know a lot about a culture by knowing what it forbids. Pope Gregory the Great thought he'd boiled it all down to seven things we could always say no to, but the closer you look at the list, the more nuance you see. The Seven Deadliest is an ambitious new anthology which explores the all-time greatest no-no's, and manages to push beyond the easy dualism of good vs evil. For Sloth, Rena Mason shows that a character flaw can dominate a character we might otherwise consider a victim.
For Jea
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Ryan
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-read
Stunning collection - really, I was afraid it would be a bit rote and maybe even a little trite, but no. Every single story held my attention. Sloth and Lust will bear re-reading now that I know where they’re going. Avarice and Gluttony were probably my favorite.
Nathan
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every story is unique and none are predictable, which is the thing you’d worry about with a collection like this. Each author approached their particular sin from an original angle. And I can’t get over how great the writing is. Usually anthologies have clunkers at some point, but all of these were very well done.
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Patrick Beltran is the owner and publisher of Farolight Publishing, home of Cutting Block Books. He has served in various editorial capacities for Cutting Block since 2011, including as Editor of The Seven Deadliest and Cutting Block Single Slices anthologies. He was Associate Editor for two Bram Stoker Award® nominated anthologies: Tattered Souls 2 and Horror Library Volume 5 . He's wo ...more

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