31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 30 – SIXTY-FIVE STIRRUP IRON ROAD by Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, J. F. Gonzalez, Bryan Smith, Wrath James White, Nate Southard, Ryan Harding, and Shane McKenzie

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books.

Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road Cover

I know I said each author was only getting one book and this is a co-authored book featuring nine authors and several of them have already appeared but fuck it. This project came about as a charity effort to benefit Tom Piccirilli who was facing health issues at the time (he has since passed away). In the beginning, it was each author attempting to one-up each other on gore and gross-out scenes (that’s what happens when you let Edward Lee write the first chapter). But as it goes on, the book turns into something very different. The authors themselves enter the story and the book becomes a meta-commentary about why people like extreme horror and why these authors write in the sub-genre.

It started as an effort to raise money for medical bills for a friend and the project turned into a dissection and discussion of one of the most misunderstood parts of horror. As a huge fan of the more extreme end of horror (which should be obvious if you look over my list for this project), I loved reading the biggest and best names in hardcore horror giving their thoughts and insights into why we love such vile and disgusting entertainment.

It also ends on a really hilarious joke to any extreme horror or Deadite Press fan.

You can buy this book here.

Looking for more Halloween reading? Check out the newest titles from Deadite Press:

NO GIG IS TOO SMALL by Andre Duza

nogigistoosmall

CRISIS BOY by Garrett Cook

bluecrisisboy

WHITE FIRE by Brian Keene

White Fire

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