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Doom Cabaret

4.83  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This is the stage. These are the players.

A young woman’s sexual appetites prove too powerful to be undone by death. Hedonistic clubbers covet a drug that warps flesh rather than the mind. A wealthy cannibal encounters a meal too beautiful to be eaten. The Lullaby Man ushers another eager victim into his clockwork lair. Here is where such stories are told. Blood and beauty,
Paperback, 196 pages
Published April 24th 2020 by Sinister Horror Company
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Nicole Amburgey
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you remember the first time that your read Clive Barker or Poppy Z. Brite? Or the first time you discovered books published under the old Dell Abyss imprint or the splatterpunks of the 1990s? That feeling – that excitement – of knowing that horror can be both brutal and beautiful? That’s where I am with John McNee’s Doom Cabaret.

Like Brite and Barker, McNee has perfected the art of presenting taboo acts of extreme horror, violence, and gore as art. He makes the grotesque palatable by painting
Thomas Joyce
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘Bebbel’ is actually the name of the character through whose eyes we watch the story unfold. Bebbel is a member of a travelling troupe under the leadership of Sally and her sidekick, Fat Charlie. Theirs is a dark and twisted display, hidden within the larger funfair of rides and stalls, hiding this one, lonely tent that caters to an exclusive clientele. Well-dressed men and women watch as creatures once human, since transformed by Sally’s cruel hands, are paraded onstage, showing all signs of tr ...more
Benjamin Langley
I read the stories in John McNee’s Doom Cabaret over the course of last week, and I’m seriously impressed.
The collection wasn’t quite what I was expecting. After reading Bebbel, I was excited by the idea that all of the stories could be set in this wonderful world of macabre cabaret. While it turns out that isn’t the case, it meant there was a great deal more variety in the collection, and I got to see a wider range of McNee’s talents on display. The writing throughout is exquisite, and the plo
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
How do you get a burlesque dancer to read your collection? With this title and cover! 'John McNee's Doom Cabaret' was brutal, hypnotic, and not for a faint hearted audience.
Being a cabaret fiend myself I couldn’t resist a horror collection with a cover and title like this, and I’m glad I gave into temptation. Doom Cabaret is a set of eight horrific stories ranging from grotesque freak shows that go beyond any freak show yo
Leigh Farina
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I really savored this book, took my time reading a story at a time and really letting the words take hold of my imagination. The way the stories each sucked me in and allowed my imagination to grow as the story progressed was something I haven’t experienced in a long time reading a book. Each story in and of itself was enough, but put together in one space really brought things to a head within my mind. My favorite ...more
Brian Mcclain
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Horrific Fun

In my years of reading horror I've come to see authors who do visceral horror and who do quiet horror. This collection shows off the authors ability to do both. These stories are eerie and creepy but also don't shy away from showing you what is sometimes looked away from.

I first read the first story 'Bebbel' in its first publication and it stuck with me. Even in recent times it'd come up. The rest of the stories were new to me but in general hit just as hard. I would highly rec
Sarah Hall
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a -- well, "delight" seems like an odd choice of word for something with this much flesh-ripping, but you get my point. I'm not overly thrilled with a lot of the newer splatterpunk/extreme horror available on Amazon since so much of it seems so mechanical and joyless, but this book reminded me of early Clive Barker in its ability to show gruesome body horror with great flashes of style, wit, and beauty. Very glad I stumbled across this.
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John McNee is the writer of numerous strange and disturbing horror stories, published in a variety of strange and disturbing anthologies, as well as the novel 'Prince of Nightmares'.

He is also the creator of Grudgehaven and the author of 'Grudge Punk', a collection of short stories detailing the lives and deaths of its gruesome inhabitants, as well as its sequel, 'Petroleum Precinct'.

He lives in S

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