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My Dead and Blackened Heart

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14 stories of terror, dread and fatherhood.

From the isolation of space, to the ever-watchful eyes in a darkening wood, Andrew Freudenberg takes us on a journey exploring the themes of friendship, fatherhood and loss, as we pick through the remains of his dead and blackened heart.

“Overhead the lighting operator switched everything to green, just as two enormous mortars
Kindle Edition, 137 pages
Published October 25th 2019 by Sinister Horror Company
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The Grim Reader
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Dead and Blackened Heart is a fine collection of short stories covering familiar horror tropes whilst also crafting some original ideas. Fatherhood plays a prominent role in quite a few of the tales and Freudenberg's debut collection is a mature, sometimes heartfelt book that I was very pleasantly surprised with. Short story collections are sometimes a tricky thing to digest. At times stories don't have enough meat on them and at others, the variety of stories on offer can make it difficult t ...more
Ross Warren
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
An eclectic mix to this debut collection. Case in point is opening story ‘Something Akin to Despair’ which is an entertaining slice of sci-fi but sadly there’s no further stories of this type to be found in the book. What we do get are some deftly handled slices of the macabre mixed with tales of a broader horror style. Stand outs included ‘Milkshake’ and it’s sequel ‘Meat Sweets’, ‘Nose to the Window’, ‘Scorch’, ‘The Last Patrol’ and my personal favourite’The Teppenyaki of Truth’. Special menti ...more
Patrick R. McDonough
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Andrew Freudenberg’s first-ever collection contains fourteen stories, published through Sinister Horror Company. One story didn’t work for me. Not due to the writing, not due to the character development, but due to the story ending sooner than I would have liked. That’s a personal preference, and others will disagree with me. That being said, Freudenberg knocks it out of the park with quite a few stories. This book comes out October 26th, so as usual, I’ll be brief and spoiler-free. These are m ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is not Mr Freudenberg’s first published work, but it is my first experience with him. He has appeared in anthologies such as How to Cook a Baby, The Black Room Manuscripts, Dark Satanic Mills and The Sinister Horror Anthology so there’s plenty for you to get your teeth into already but this one is a collection of his stories alone and I really appreciate the opportunity to get a book of horror shorts by just one person.

The reason I like the opportunity to get my hands on shorts by one parti
Priya Sharma
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Andrew Freudenberg's collection is his own spin on classic horror tropes such as vampires, zombies, cannibals and hauntings.
The more restrained, emotional stories like "Pater in Tenebris" and "Nose to the Window", which explore fatherhood in the most extreme of circumstances, are my favourites here. The latter demonstrating his skill for endings. "The more graphic tales - "Milkshake" and "Meet Sweets" - aren't to my taste (pun intended), but will please fans of more extreme horror.
I was partic
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I find reviewing anthologies take up more time than I can spare, so often avoid them unless it is something I genuinely want to read. Occasionally Andrew Freudenberg and I cross paths in the online horror reviewing community, so I approached his debut anthology My Dead and Blackened Heart with some interest, curious to see how a fellow reviewer handled himself on the other side of the literary fence. A number of the inclusions had previously been published in well-respected anthologies including ...more
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