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She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror

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Do you read the Bible for the sex? Did the story of Solomon threatening to cut the baby in half seem very messed up - but in a good way? Then this is the book for you. A prophet washes up on the shores of an hellish city. A doomed king speaks to the dead. A modern day Samson takes up arms against the British. These nine stories are full of drama, passion and divine exubera ...more
Paperback, 143 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Dybbuk Press, LLC (first published June 10th 2010)
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Grace Troxel
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror is a collection of short horror stories inspired by the Bible. I spent a lot of quality time with the Bible while growing up (Catholic school will do that), and I’ve always been amazed at how disturbing so many of the actual Bible stories are. This book takes that to the next level, imagining Biblical takes on vampires, Lovec
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Tarl
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I learned about this book from a call for submissions for its sequel. Having a degree in religious studies, specializing in early Christian traditions, I was instantly interested in what this book could bring about.

First off, it's a short anthology, and took very little time for me to motor through. That said, after the first two stories, I knew I was in for something extremely magical. Lieder has done a wonderful job collecting horrific stories based on the biblical, set over a wide time perio
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Janet
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
There were only a couple of stories in this anthology that I really liked, but I'm not a fan of horror or the macabre, so that made a big difference in my enjoyment level.

These are *very* twisted takes on stories from the Bible -- and one from The Epic of Gilgamesh. The Gilgamesh story, by the amazing Catherynne Valente, is also different in that it's not really a story of terror, but of transformation through sex: the seduction and civilization of the "wildman" Enkidu by the temple priestess/p
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Christine
While the idea of the book is good (in fact, the introduction makes me want to track down the book that inspired this one), many of the stories in this collection were misses for me. Not so much because I was offended by the subject matter, but more because they caused a meh reaction.
However, the two stories that really stand out are “Whither Thou Goest” by Gerri Leen and “Psalm of the Second Body “by Catherynne Valente. “Whither” is a take on the story of Ruth, with a rather interesting couple
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Bogi Takács
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bogi by: Tim Lieder
I love biblically inspired fiction, so a book of Bible horror is right up my alley. I frankly didn't like the Valente story, but most of the rest were interesting reads, and thematically quite varied. I wish the anthology was maybe twice the length, though, because it's such a slim little volume. (I know there is a sequel, but I have yet to pick it up.)

I read the book a few years ago, but Gerri Leen's Ruth retelling especially stayed with me.
11811 (Eleven)
Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Some of these were disappointing but the story of Noah and Cthulhu was very imaginative and entertaining.
Denise Spicer
Aug 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Ewww. They say never judge a book by its cover. Well, don’t judge by the title either. A reader might suppose that this book is a collection of interesting retelling of stories from the Bible but instead it is weird, vulgar, profane, even filthy. Ostensibly in the fiction/fantasy genre but hard to get past the grossness.
Heather
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really weird and gross stories, but they were usually well written and made me think about the bible in new and interesting ways.
Jacquel
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
OK, now what did I just read???

Well, I initially thought that the book would be good, but the concept and execution was a bit...lacking in substance.
Linda
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A Lisa book of stories mostly based on the Bible. Twisted into the grotesque and horrific.
Patricia Esposito
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was concerned about coming to this collection of biblical retellings as a secular reader, knowing too little, but I found quickly that knowing the original tales in their various versions isn't a prerequisite for enjoying this collection. From start to finish, the stories in She Nailed a Stake Through His Head (Dybbuk Press) are well-crafted, beautifully written, and freshly conceived, tearing into the sanitized versions of these biblical tales to get to some disturbing hidden horrors, and def ...more
Colleen Wanglund
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
SHE NAILED A STAKE THROUGH HIS HEAD is a nine-story anthology of horror stories based on the Old Testament, the Apocrypha, and the Epic of Gilgamesh. The collection of dark fantasy and horror contains all of the juicy aspects of The Bible—murder, lust, greed, jealousy and sex.
The book opens with Whither Thou Goest by Gerri Leen a story about Naomi and the demon Ruth, descendant of Lot’s daughters, who bound herself to the older woman in the search for wealth and power. Ruth intends to marry a
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ERIN SCHMIDT
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You don't need to be Jewish or Christian to appreciate She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror. Still, you may find yourself groping for a religious icon for protection given the unholy places these weird tales will take you. The anthology opens with Gerri Leen's eerie reversal of the tale of Ruth and Naomi, wherein Ruth's devotion to her mother-in-law is not a blessing but a monstrous curse. Not all of these stories are set in the ancient Middle East, though, as Daniel Kay ...more
Nick
Having read one of Lieder's other anthologies, I picked this one up. For the most part, the stories were quite good and very intriguing, but I honestly found one or two of them to be unreadable. I'm okay with not liking a story or two in an anthology, but in this case case one of them was just annoyingly bad.
Lieder looks to one of Joseph Heller's less famous works, "God Knows," as inspiration for this book, and the writers came up with a wide variety of ideas. Most were written for this book, bu
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David
Liked:
Whither Thou Goest (Gerri Leen)
Babylon's Burning (Daniel Kaysen)
Psalm of the Second Body (Catherynne Valente)

Disliked:
Judgement at Naioth (Elissa Malcohn)
Judith & Holofernes (Romie Stott)
Jawbone of an Ass (Lyda Morehouse)
Swallowed! (Stephen M. Wilson) -
Last Respects (D.K. Thompson) - this was highly predictable

Meh:
As if Favorites of their God (Christy Krug) -
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jobiwan6
Art depicting Judith beheading Holofernes (especially the stuff by Artemisia Gentilesclii) has always intrigued me, so the cover caught my eye.
I don't often read short stories, but got sucked in by sample download on Amazon Kindle site. The sample was of "Wither Thou Goest" by Gerri Leen (goodreads author), and that story remains my favorite from this collection.
Drew Wheeler
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Though I was entertained by all of the stories and the biblical revisionism is fascinating, only the last two stories lived up to the title's promise. "Swallowed!" and "Last Respects" were worth waiting for. 5 and 4 stars respectively.
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Δεν ξέρω τι να πω γι' αυτό το βιβλίο. Μου φαίνεται ότι είναι απλά ένα μάζωμα από απιθανότητες, μάλλον καλογραμμένες, αλλά κάποιες φορές ακατάληπτες που βασίζονται κυρίως στην Παλαιά Διαθήκη. Δεν το συστήνω, αλλά και δεν το αντιπροτείνω. Πάντως διαβάζεται πολύ γρήγορα, είναι η αλήθεια.
poesielos
Some interesting concepts but you have to know the biblical tales very well... I'd have loved at least a note which tales are referenced (if not a short commentary from the authors) so I could look them up properly.
Bryan Smith
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
They don't call it the Good Book based only on the nice parts.
t r a c y
Little disappointing but to be honest, I wasn't sure what I was expecting. For the Kindle price though, it's worth a read.
Iris Smale
Mar 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-read
Did not read - encountered demons in the beginning
Eileen
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I expected more from this anthology of retellings of some biblical stories. Catherynne Valente's was, of course, the best of the bunch.
Romie
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm in this, so obviously it's great.
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