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Written during the black-depths of early widowhood, To Wallow in Ash & Other Sorrows explores grief, loss, and the alluring comforts found within the heart of oblivion. Written in the spirit of J.G. Ballard, Georges Bataille, and Kathe Koja, these nine Sorrows are a cross-section of literary splatterpunk, transgressive fiction, and weird horror, which seek to illuminat ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published October 9th 2019 by NihilismRevised
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Janie C.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These stories contain more truth than many of us can bear. They pay homage to the raw existence of loss and grief and the horrors that accompany the void of privation. The author's angst is palpable, and he molds each story around the empty shapes that are left behind by the death of a soul mate. Emotions, sexuality, and the depth of physical purgatory are explored in detail, leaving the reader feeling deeply moved and as emotionally purged as the author. Magick and hallucinatory offerings also ...more
Ben Fitts
Horror might be a unique genre in that it is widely associated with one specific emotion rather than the variety of life that one otherwise tends to look for in storytelling. However, as any member of the initiated can tell you, horror can run the gambit of feelings and emotions. But if there was ever one book to prove that fact, it would be To Wallow In Ash and Other Sorrows.

This collection would be deserving of a five star rating based on the strength of its opening title story alo
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Leo Robertson
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A harrowing, raw collection of what I suspect is the original definition of "grievances." (Just looked it up: from the French, grever, "to burden", combined with "grieve.")

An excellent collection and a perfect fit for what NihilismRevised does best, which is to find the void and give it a good telling to.

I've definitely found that chaos is best written about once you can look back at it. So I hope, in a weird way, that Richard has just begun to write about his grief, and suspect
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Tim Murr
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I reviewed it for Biff Bam Pop and included the link below for a more detailed review. This book is a wrecking ball and stretches the boundaries of horror fiction. It should be on everyone's shelf.
https://biffbampop.com/2019/10/16/31-...
William Tea
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
***this review originally appeared on The Ginger Nuts of Horror website***

Sam Richard knows a thing or two about putting together literary tributes. As owner of Weirdpunk Books, he’s edited and published such anthologies as Blood for You: A Literary Tribute to GG Allin, Hybrid Moments: A Literary Tribute to the Misfits, and The New Flesh: A Literary Tribute to David Cronenberg.

Now he’s released his own debut short story collection, To Wallow in Ash & Other Sorrows (pu
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Lucas Mangum
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I read this collection after an entire month of reading almost nothing but Richard Laymon and Bryan Smith. Amid all that bloody good pulp, it was nice to read something meditative, personal and moody. The collection opens with an introduction that contextualizes the stories and lets us know upfront that it won't be an easy read. Nearly all the pieces contained within this collection explore loss and its many dimensions. My favorite of the bunch is probably "Nature Unveiled," though they all punc ...more
John
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very solid collection. Everything from grief and loss to humanity to joy and love.
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Sam Richard is the owner of Weirdpunk Books. He is the editor of Zombie Punks Fuck Off, and the co-editor of The New Flesh: A Literary Tribute to David Cronenberg, and Hybrid Moments: A Literary Tribute to the Misfits. His writing has appeared in such varied publications as Strange Stories of the Sea, Lazermall, Breaking Bizarro, Dark Moon Digest, and many others. Recently a widower, his primary f ...more