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Brand New Horror from Stephen Zimmer


A Scary Stroll Through Hell: A Review

Stephen Zimmer’s latest release, Hellscapes, Volume 2, gave me many moments of pause. Many times, I simply had to stop and ask what the hell (pun intended), was going on. I’m not a horror fan per se, but I grew up on a steady of diet of Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, and 80s horror flicks. So, I didn’t anticipate it.

And I absolutely loved it!

First, a brief overview of Hellscapes, Volume II: Return to the nightmarish, shadowy realms of Hell in the latest installment of the Hellscapes series by Stephen Zimmer. Six brand new, macabre tales of the infernal await you … but be that you only visit these realms, you do not want to share the fates of the inhabitants you will encounter!

Dense in places, the first story, The Cavern, made me genuinely concerned for the protagonist, Nicholas. A foreign place, a desolate arid stretch of land with no memory of how he got there, Nicholas is hurdled from one section to another, each time fear grips him and tosses him about like a ball. I won’t spoil the twists, but this particular story had me on edge. Slow to start, once it got to the meat of the action, the suspense was taunt! I was virtually turning pages as fast as my e-reader would let me! Parts of it felt like “The Most Dangerous Game,” but with a horrific additions.

Yet, glorious redemption and escape do not await him.

The Riot called upon a lot of emotions for this reviewer in light of recent police brutality against people of color. Zimmer’s description of Officer Marsden’s behavior, brutality, and beliefs already made me uneasy, but I know it would pay off in the story. I wasn’t disappointed. The officer is almost cliche in his nastiness, but as a reader I still couldn’t wait for him to get his comeuppance. It did not disappoint. This one held a few horror cliches, but I did enjoy the story nonetheless.

Above as Below, the third story in the collection, conjured scenes from the movie of the same title. Quickly, those thoughts were dispatched, for the setting takes place in an area of high cliffs and gusty winds on a mountain, not the beneath the streets of Paris. An attack by wretched wraiths turns an already unpleasant boating trip into something much, much worse. Gale, a pun as the wind gales create trouble for the two protagonists, is a typical female heroine in a horror story. This is a multi-layered story, in that the setting shifts from just being a story about a woman and her friends trapped on the mountain. As the title suggests, there are other things below, in the ocean waters, and above dangerous things–and not the same things.

There are three more stories in this harrowing anthology. If you want Halloween type thrills, wicked turns, and hideous monsters that aren’t friendly to humans, this is definitely the anthology for you. 5 Stars for scaring me to death and giving me nightmares! I loved every minute of it.

StephenZimmerAuthorPhotoAbout Stephen Zimmer

Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based in Lexington Kentucky. His work includes the cross-genre Rising Dawn Saga, the epic fantasy Fires in Eden series, the sword and sorcery Dark Sun Sawn Trilogy, featuring Rayden Valkyrie, the Harvey and Solomon Steampunk tales and the Hellscapes and Chronicles of Ave short story collections.

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I haven’t blogged, but I’ve been writing!

Forgotten Tales of the Weird West
Forgotten Tales of the Weird West

This blog hasn’t had an updated in a few weeks, but I promise I wasn’t slacking off. July was filled with my best friend getting married, my sons’ various camps, and trainings for work.

Before a blink of an eye, it was time for me to return back to work (I’m an educator), and the first few weeks before school starts and that involves more research, training, and preparation than some of my novels.

Least you think that I have been sleeping and watching videos of cats on social media, ahem,  I have been productive! Several of my short stories will appear in various anthologies this year.

I completed edits for my short story, “Justice,” that will appear in Lost Trails: Forgotten Tales of the Weird West. The story is a reprint, but Six Guns Straight from Hell is out of print, so I’m excited to see this weird western story back in publication and with such a talented group of authors too.

Athena's Daughters, volume 2
Athena’s Daughters, volume 2

Secondly, hardcover, print, and e-book copies of Athena’s Daughters, Volume II, are available. My short story, “Reanimated,” is included, and again, I’m surrounded by a large amount of talented female authors. I’m always amazed at how much raw, unbridled talent resides in the science fiction and horror genres.

Silence in the Library does amazing work. Thank you to Janine Spendlove for offering me an opportunity to be apart of the anthology.

Schoolbooks & Sorcery anthology
Schoolbooks & Sorcery anthology

Next, my short story, “Blood Magnolia,” my first LGBT YA urban fantasy story will appear in the Schoolbooks & Sorcery anthology.  I’ve always been hesitant about writing young adult stories because I tend to be more adult in regards to my storytelling. Grit. Harshness. Pain. These all appear regularly in my work, but I like editor, Michael M. Jones, and wanted an opportunity to work with him. So I knuckled down, wrote a short story, and sent it off.

To my surprise, he accepted it.

X AnthologyAnd, finally, my horror short story, “The Salesman,” appears in 13th O’Clock/Horror Press, X Anthology.  It’s a reprint too, but like my other reprints, I enjoy seeing them in print again and available for others to enjoy. It’s been years since it was published in Tales of the Talisman.

So, while I haven’t been blogging, I have been writing.  🙂