Book Reviews

{Review} Fresh Meat 2015

by Jason Murphy, Joshua Rex, Liam Dunson, Matthew Weber, Melissa Lason, Michelle Garza, Neko Lilly, Tony Cella
Published by Sinister Grin Press on 9/13/15
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Supernatural, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
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A collection of 7 short horror stories from 7 new authors. Sinister Grin Press brings you a collection to carve a smile on your face. Sit back and take a bite of Fresh Meat.

Independent authors work hard to get their stories out there and I think collections like this are a good way for them to do that. In this collection of 7 stories, these were the ones that worked best for me:

Find the Arise by Liam Dunson-My favorite tale of the collection. A man holed up with his children as hostages makes for a fine setting. Will they get out alive? You’ll have to read this to find out. (I love stories that have phrases, plays, or books that cause bad reactions in people-the story “The Yellow Sign” by Robert Chambers, for example.)  In this case, instead of a play,  it’s a phrase-“Find the Arise.” 5*

The Kiss of Death by Neko Lilly. A BRUTAL story about true love and finding your perfect mate. This one went WAYYYYY over the top and the reader is forced to hang on for dear life. What fun! 5*

Homunculus by Jason Murphy-This is a NASTY tale of a boy getting into trouble. Whenever you see a walled off building, just leave the damn thing alone. This story started off tame then it wandered into WTF territory and I love when that happens! NOTE: I recommend you don’t read this one over your lunch hour.4*

Hydrophobie by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason -A term which refers to rabies, but there’s a LOT worse going on here than just plain old rabies. In fact, rabies looks like a walk in the park after a space rock crashes into earth and people start to get itchy. Lots of fun to be had here, despite a few awkwardly worded passages. I’ll never look at ticks in the same way again! 4*

Overall, I enjoyed this collection and I appreciate the hard work that went into it. While not every story worked for me, the majority of them did, so I recommend this book to fans of horror short stories, especially gross and brutal ones.


*I was provided a free e-copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. This is it.*


About Jason Murphy

Jason Murphy is new to the prose fiction world with his first publication, Homunculus, in Sinister Grin’s anthology, Fresh Meat.

He can also be seen as the co-host of Hacking the System on the National Geographic channel.

Ding Dong.

About Joshua Rex

No published bio that I could find. -Char

About Matthew Weber

Matthew Weber writes horror stories, political novels and home-improvement books. He’s author of A DARK & WINDING ROAD (collected short horror fiction, 2014) and THE BULL (satirical political novel, 2012). His short stories have appeared in such anthologies as BEST OF DARK ECLIPSE, GHOSTS: REVENGE, CREATURE STEW and more. He is an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association and makes his living as editor-in-chief (and principal writer) of EXTREME HOW-TO home improvement magazine. Weber lives in central Alabama with his wife, two sons and canine companion.

About Melissa Lason

Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason: Their writing has been featured in various collections and they are awaiting a novella to be released through Damnation Books.

About Michelle Garza

Michelle is from Arizona. She writes alongside her twin sister, Melissa Lason. They have been dubbed The Sisters of Slaughter. They write horror and dark fantasy. Their work has been featured in FRESH MEAT by Sinister Grin Press, WISHFUL THINKING by fireside press, WIDOWMAKERS a benefit anthology of dark fiction and Michelle had a poem included in the POETRY SHOWCASE VOLUME ONE put out by the HWA. They have stories soon to be released in anthologies by JEA, including REJECTED FOR CONTENT 3, FATA ARCANA and MALES VS FEMALES.

About Neko Lilly

Neko Lilly reads, writes, and reviews horror fiction of the most despicable levels of gore and depravity at She also markets content, writes, and edits less unsavory texts.

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About Tony Cella

Tony Cella is a writer and, sometimes, journalist. The New York Post, L.A. Weekly and Defensetration, a humor magazine, have published his drivel.


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