Well, another WTF Friday is upon us, which means we once again turn the Ruins over to my dark half. As regular visitors will know, Foster Medina has a passion for messed up literary diversions - books that are bizarre, twisted, grotesque, and kinky - and he's only too happy to splatter them across the page.
A pair of reviews to mark the final Friday of February, both featuring frequent faces in the Ruins.
The Green Tea Heist is a story that starts weird, and then only gets weirder. Donald Armfield mixes mob heist with zombie horror and splatterpunk erotica, creating a twisted tale that's more than just a guilty pleasure.
It all begins with a truck load of toxic waste, a distracted driver, and a crooked sheriff. The story then shifts to incorporate a modern day pirate, a mob family, and the scientists who connect them all. Stealing a rare diamond from a cruise ship should be easy, but toss in a zombie plague, and suddenly you've got yourself a story.
The Green Tea Heist is a crazy-ass story - violent and disgusting, with sex-crazed zombies who feel no pain, and who will go to any extreme to satiate their taste for the most tender of human flesh. If you ever doubt that Donald (or certain parts of human anatomy) could go there . . . oh, they do indeed.
Published February 5th 2017 by Riot Forge
Don't The Monsters All Get Scarier At Closing Time reads like a darker, more violent episode of the Twilight Zone. You know there's a bit twist coming, right from the start, but watching the story develop through its two characters is where the magic happens.
"Could you love something so hideous and offensive that it made you ill to look at it?"
Terry M. West opens the story with that strange, simple question, and keeps coming back to it over the course of the story. Every time Violet asks the question, the tension builds, and every time Russell delays an answer, the dread builds along with it. I won't say anything more about the story itself, but I will say that the climax pays off perfectly, with just the right amount of horror, gore, and monstrosity.
Published February 19th 2017 by Pleasant Storm Entertainment