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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet by Adam Howe [5 stars]

 
 
 
 
 
From the Description
 
 
From Adam Howe, winner of Stephen King’s On Writing contest, come three original novellas of hardboiled crime, graphic horror and pitch-black gallows humor.
 
 
DAMN DIRTY APES
 
 
 
Washed-up prizefighter Reggie Levine is eking a living as a strip club bouncer when he’s offered an unlikely shot at redemption. The Bigelow Skunk Ape a mythical creature said to haunt the local woods has kidnapped the high school football mascot, Boogaloo Baboon. Now it’s up to Reggie to lead a misfit posse including a plucky stripper, the town drunk, and legend-in-his-own-mind skunk ape hunter Jameson T. Salisbury. Their mission: Slay the beast and rescue their friend. But not everything is as it seems, and as our heroes venture deeper into the heart of darkness, they will discover worse things waiting in the woods than just the Bigelow Skunk Ape. The story the Society for the Preservation of the North American Skunk Ape tried to ban; Damn Dirty Apes mixes Roadhouse with Jaws with Sons of Anarchy, to create a rollicking romp of 80s-style action/adventure, creature horror and pitch-black comedy.
 
 
 
DIE DOG OR EAT THE HATCHET
 
Escaped mental patient Terrence Hingle, the butcher of five sorority sisters at the Kappa Pi Massacre, kidnaps timid diner waitress Tilly Mulvehill and bolts for the border. Forcing his hostage to drive him out of town, it’s just a question of time before Tilly becomes the next victim in Hingle’s latest killing spree. But when they stop for gas at a rural filling station operated by deranged twin brothers, Dwayne and Dwight Ritter, the tables are turned on Hingle, and for Tilly the night becomes a hellish cat-and-mouse ordeal of terror and depravity. The meat in a maniac sandwich, Tilly is forced against her nature to make a stand and fight for survival. Because sometimes the only choice you have is to do or die…to Die Dog Or Eat The Hatchet.
 
 
GATOR BAIT
 
Prohibition-era 1930s… After an affair with the wrong man’s wife, seedy piano player Smitty Three Fingers flees the city and finds himself tinkling the ivories at a Louisiana honky-tonk owned by vicious bootlegger Horace Croker and his trophy wife, Grace. Folks come to The Grinnin’ Gator for the liquor and burlesque girls, but they keep coming back for Big George, the giant alligator Croker keeps in the pond out back. Croker is rumored to have fed ex-wives and enemies to his pet, so when Smitty and Grace embark on a torrid affair…what could possibly go wrong? Inspired by true events, Gator Bait mixes hardboiled crime (James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice) with creature horror (Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive) to create a riveting tale of suspense.
 
Publication Date: Nov. 2, 2015
Publisher: Comet Press
Publication Length: 250 pages
 
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this anthology. For more information about this book or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour hosted by the wonderful Erin over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you would like to receive a review copy of the book, or to feature Adam, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com.
 
 
 
 
Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet is so much fun! Each novella is very different from the others but all three of them are great. Damn Dirty Apes is full of profane language, twisted humor, and even skunk ape porn. I loved every word of it! This is a splatterpunk tale of how Reggie Levine, Eliza, and Jameson T. Salisbury hunt down the skunk ape that took their friend, Ned. I kept thinking this is so wrong while giggling fiendishly as I read this story. If you love movies like The Feast Trilogy or Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and authors like Joe Lansdale and Carlton Mellick III your going to love this one. Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet is an old school slasher. It has all the gore and terrifying moments that make this genre awesome. I could totally see this one being made into a fantastic horror movie. Seriously,,, get this story into the hands of a director, it would be a hit. Last but certainly not least is Gator Bait. A prohibition noir creature feature. I could feel the humid night air, hear the swarming mosquitoes and piano, and sense the terror as folks at The Grinnin' Gator got to meet Big George. I'm not sure which of these stories would be my favorite because I thoroughly enjoyed them all. What I do know is that I'm going to be grabbing every book I can find by Adam Howe. I highly recommend this fast paced and twisted 5 star anthology.
 
Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet (An Excerpt)
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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About the Author
 
 
 
 
 
Adam Howe writes the twisted fiction your mother warned you about. A British writer of fiction and screenplays, he lives in Greater London with his partner and their hellhound, Gino. Writing as Garrett Addams, his short story Jumper was chosen by Stephen King as the winner of the On Writing contest, and published in the paperback/Kindle editions of SK’s book; he was also granted an audience with The King, where they mostly discussed slow vs. fast zombies. His fiction has appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Thuglit, The Horror Library, Mythic Delirium, Plan B Magazine, and One Buck Horror. He is the author of two collections, Black Cat Mojo and Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, plus the eBook single, Gator Bait. Future works include Tijuana Donkey Showdown, One Tough Bastard, and a crime/horror collaboration with Adam Tribesmen Cesare.
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Praise for Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet
 
 
"It’s an explicit, hard-hitting, twisted funhouse ride into pulpish horror wrapped loosely in a tattered skein of irreverent, jet black humor. In short, it’s a freakin’ blast." Walt Hicks, author of Dirge of the Forgotten
 
 
"Every page ratchets up the tension another notch even as it descends deeper and deeper into terrible darkness. Out of all the books I’ve read for Ginger Nuts of Horror, this is definitely the most intense." David Dubrow, author of The Blessed Man and the Witch
 
 
"With Die Dog Or Eat the Hatchet, Adam Howe hasn’t written one of my favorite books of the year, he’s actually written three of my favorites. Stories that are tight, toned, and genre-confounding. Horror fans and crime fans are going to come to blows over who gets to claim Howe as one of their own, but they’re both going to be wrong because Howe’s his own thing." Adam Cesare, author of Tribesmen and Mercy House
 
 
"The recipe for Adam Howe’s DIE DOG OR EAT THE HATCHET is: Two parts Joe Lansdale, One part Justified, and a heavy dose of WTF. The result is a swampy cocktail darker than any backwoods hayride, stronger than the meanest Sasquatch, and crazier than anything you’ll find chicken-fried at your local state fair."Eryk Pruitt, author of Hashtag and Dirtbags
 
 
"Adam Howe proves with the three stories in this book that he can basically write anything. And write it very well indeed. To summarise: A three novella collection that you absolutely must have in your collection. I give this one the highest possible recommendation that I can." -Nev, Confessions of a Reviewer
 
"Adam Howe’s "Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet," is equal parts terror and fun, his dark comedic voice dances through each of the works in this collection to create engaging stories filled with bars, dames, rabid dogs, and an ape with one hell of a right hook."(Nathan Crazybear/Splatterpunk Zine)
 
"Once again this author has sucked me into the darkness of his stories and unleashed the twisted, disgusting and stomach churning madness that I come to expect. In fact, I would have been very disappointed if this book was not even more mind-blowing than Black Cat Mojo. And he did not disappoint. Hats off to Mr Howe for creating this magnificent novella of pure horror. I would definitely recommend this to readers of horror and make sure you buckle up as you will be in for the most twisted ride of your life!" -Crime Book Junkie
 
"I’m pretty certain that whatever genre you like to read, be it pulp, noir, horror, anything really, you will find something to enjoy here. It’s fast paced, action packed and brilliantly written. Comet Press has got a diamond on their hands! 5 stars" -Adrian Shotbolt