Rigor Amortis review – Paul Goat Allen (Barnes & Noble)

So, with the upcoming re-release of Rigor Amortis just around the corner, and the convention scene already in full swing, it looks like the little book that could just keeps on going. Below you’ll find a lovely review from Paul Goat Allen, originally posted at Barnes and Noble.

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The daring new anthology from EDGE – aptly entitled Rigor Amortis – is a compilation of short fiction (flash fiction) that blends together elements of zombie fiction and unadulterated erotica. Edited by Jaym Gates and Erika Holt, this anthology will amass a cult following almost instantly – I’ll guarantee it. Anyone who is into “dark erotica” should seek out and read this deeply disturbing and relentlessly sexy anthology immediately.

Is Rigor Amortis palatable for everyone? Absolutely not. Those readers turned off by explicit violence and/or sex should definitely look elsewhere for their literary kicks. But that said, hardcore – and I do mean hardcore – fans of erotic horror will find the stories featured within this bloody little gem of an anthology (which is sporadically illustrated, by the way) to be highly amusing and, some, downright unforgettable.

Whenever poems are included in anthologies, they seldom get highlighted but one of the most memorable selections in Rigor Amortis is unarguably Alex Masterson’s poem “There’s Plenty of Room in My Heart.” It’s simultaneously gruesome, playful and romantic – and just a brilliant piece. Here are the beginning lines:

“Bone and gristle

Wet my whistle

And nothing makes me hornier

Than gazing into the bloodshot depths

Of my love’s shattered cornea…”

Masterson’s poem by itself is worth the price of this anthology alone.

There were more than a few standout stories in this anthology. Annette Dupree’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Zombie Orgasm” was a shockingly original story about a sexually repressed Colorado weather girl’s carnal experiences during the zombie apocalypse, Kay T. Holt’s “Breathing Optional” puts a darkly romantic twist on a story involving a Central Park mugging, Jay Faulkner’s “Always and Forever” was a heartrending vignette involving a couple irrevocably changed by the zombie plague, and Don Pizarro’s “Sublimation” went far in redefining dangerous sex.

In Armand Rosamilia’s darkly comical “Last Cigarette,” I almost felt sorry for the protagonist, a zombie husband who wants nothing more than to have sex with his zombie wife one last time. All he has to do is walk to the store a few blocks away and get her another pack of smokes. Easier said than done when your left foot has fallen off…

The only problem with Rigor Amortis is that it wasn’t long enough. At less than 150 pages, I devoured this book in one sitting and – like a flesh-hungry zombie – wanted more!

Adventurous zombie aficionados should definitely check out this nightmarishly erotic anthology. But don’t say that I didn’t warn you….

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Rigor Amortis (ISBN: 978-1-894817-83-7), edited by Jaym Gates and Erika Holt and can be purchased at the following locations:

Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

… and many, many, more places!

Submissions open – ‘With This Ring’ anthology at Rainstorm Press

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With This Ring, I Bleed, DEAD!
Edited and Compiled by Lyle Perez-Tinics
Art by April Guadiana
Dark Romance & Horror
Deadline: September 30, 2011 (or until full)
Target release date: November 1, 2011
What Rainstorm Press are looking for:

Stories that take place before, during, or after weddings, where one of the newlyweds dies. Think of Guns n’ Roses’ November Rain. Or write a story about marrying a serial killer. Stories where the deceased comes back from the dead will also be considerd, but must not be a typical zombie story.

Stories must be 3,000 – 7,500 words in length, but will consider shorter or longer stories if well written and entertaining.


For stories 3,999 words or below, the author will receive EXPOSURE ONLY but will be able to purchase ONE copy of the book at 40% off the price.

For stories 4,000 or above, the author will receive ONE CONTRIBUTOR COPY upon publication.


We ask for first world print rights, in paperback and digital format, for the first year. After that time, the author may shop the work to other markets, but the work will remain in the anthology as long as there is a demand for it. No re-prints will be accepted.

How to submit:

Send submissions to Lyle@RainstormPress.com with “With This Ring Submission (story title and author name)” in subject line. Please attach a word document file containing your story. Please use font Time New Roman, size 12 and please DO NOT double space or use headers or page counts. Page one of the file must contain your contact information (name, mailing address, E-mail and word count) If any of these items are missing from your document, we will reject without reading. If this information is there, it makes it easier for me to contact you.

Submissions will be accepted until the 30th of September 2011. The target release date is the 1st of November, but will release earlier if completed.

If you have any questions please contact the editor at Lyle@RainstormPress.com



Newly Accepted: ‘Half-Life’

Hogglepot logoJust to let you know that I have had a short story – ‘Half-Life’ – accepted for publication with Hogglepot: A Weekly Fantasy Journal.

Synopsis of ‘Half-Life’: Professor John Beck lies in hospital, in a coma, while his young son Kyle watches the news report into the creature that supposedly put him there – a creature that the police have taken to calling ‘Half-Life’ as they claim that it is half human and half something else … there are two problems, though: the first is that no-one can agree what the ‘something else’ actually is; some say half bird, others say half horse or even bull but more importantly is the second problem, one which only Kyle knows about – he IS the creature!

This is not a stand alone story but, for want of a better word, is prologue into an ongoing story featuring the exploits of the young super-hero in the making, Kyle Beck, and his dealings with the Goddess Echinda. … watch this space for further news as it happens.

‘Half-Life’ is currently available to read for free at Hogglepot and will be available to purchase in the Hogglepot collected edition, Issue 1, Volume 3 later this year.