New Release Review ~ Unburied by Various Authors

Unburied: A Collection of Queer Dark Fiction

Edited by Rebecca Rowland

Dark Ink Books (an imprint of AM Ink Publishing)

Available in print, Kindle eBook, and Audible audiobook

Release: June 1, 2021

ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-943201-50-1 ($26.99)

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943201-43-3 ($19.99)

Library of Congress 9781943201501

280 pages

An asteroid miner recovering from an accident learns that the cure might be scarier than the trauma. A man discovers a mirror in an antiques shop that allows its gazers to climb inside and visit paradise. A teenager is haunted by the memory of a strange boy who appeared in his bedroom when he was a child. A future pandemic survivor is forced to make a terrible sacrifice in order to save the world’s gay male population. A cult survivor sees a man who reminds him of someone from the past and begins to lose a bit of his hard-earned control. An entity that exhibits characteristics of both angel and vampire tells its peculiar story to an anonymous confessor and potential lover in the shadows of an LGBTQ club.

Silent film actresses who haunt a Hollywood Hills mansion, mysterious beings who lurk in the closet, and witches who may or may not live under the bed: these and many other dark fiction entities from this twisted box of curiosities come together to serve the reader a cornucopia of chilling horror, sci-fi terror, and dark fantasy. In a bloody twist on the antiquated trope of “burying the gays,” sixteen established and award-winning genre fiction scribes from around the globe, including Felice Picano (Lambda Award nominee and co-founder of The Violet Quill), Greg Herren (Lambda Award winner and co-founder of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival), Daniel M. Jaffe (Rainbow Award and American Fiction Prize finalist), Robert P. Ottone (2020 Bram Stoker Award nominee), and Thomas Kearnes (2019 Lambda Award nominee), put forth a dazzling array of creature features, shadow fables, and dreadful delusions spotlighting LGBTQ+ characters.

Prepare to unearth your deepest nightmares.

For more information on authors and stories, visit the editor’s book page: https://rowlandbooks.com/unburied

Target audience/genre: adult, gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans, speculative fiction, short stories, horror, fantasy, science fiction

Buy Link: Amazon

Available on KU

 All proceeds from sales of the anthology during the month of June are going to Rainbow Railroad https://www.rainbowrailroad.org  if you’d like to include that detail to help the charity.

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Blog Tour ~ The Horrors Hiding in Plain Sight by Rebecca Rowland (Review + Giveaway)

The Horrors Hiding in Plain Sight
by Rebecca Rowland
Genre: Psychological Horror, Transgressive Dark Fiction, Short Stories
Three adolescent bullies discover that the vicious crime for which they were never charged will haunt them in unimaginably horrific ways; a dominatrix and a bondage fetishist befriend one another as one’s preoccupation grows to consume his life. A man persuades his wife to start a family, but her reluctant pregnancy comes with a dreadful side effect. A substitute teacher’s curiosity about a veteran teacher’s methodology provides her with a lesson she won’t soon forget. An affluent, xenophobic lawyer callously kills two immigrants with her car with seeming impunity; a childless couple plays a sadistic game with a neglected juvenile each Halloween. An abusive father, a dating site predator, a neglected concierge, and an obsessed co-worker: they are all among the residents of Rebecca Rowland’s universe, and they dwell in the everyday realm of crime and punishment tempered with fixation and madness. There are no vampires, zombies, or magical beings here; no, what lurk in this world are even more terrifying. Once you meet them, you will think twice before turning your back on that seemingly innocuous neighbor or coming to the aid of the helpless damsel in the dark parking lot. These monsters don’t lurk under your bed or in the shadows: they are the people you see every day at work, in the supermarket, and in broad daylight. They are the horrors that hide in plain sight, and they will unsettle you more than any supernatural being ever could.
Trigger Warning: 
Contains graphic violence (though not continually) including accidental death, murder, and suicide; sexual content, and occasional graphic language. Sexual assault is implied but not described in a graphic nature. No animals are harmed. 
3.5 Stars!

Wow, some of these stories gave me the chills, some weren’t my cup of tea but then others were just downright fun. Mainly, though, this book is filled with somewhat realistic horrors we may see or hear about on the news. It’s that realism that makes this book so creepy along with criminals and villains that are disturbing, unrepentant, and callous.

Unfortunately with this ARC, I did not get titles for the individual stories so I’m not quite sure exactly how to break this down but I’ll start by saying that the last story, “The One That Got Away” was definitely my favorite. It was more of a fun read that really played out in front of my eyes. Baby Jessica was quite interesting and the little twist at the end made it even more creepy. Elio’s Story was more of a revenge story that borders a bit on the paranormal possibly but was a good way to start the book off, not to mention entertaining.

“Richard Had Crossed The Boundary” was good but left me somewhat uncomfortable. Where I couldn’t help but kind of like the voice when reading “The One That Got Away”, in this particular story, I couldn’t stand Richard and it made his story more chilling.

C, L, and M or Class 315 (not sure of the name) was definitely not my favorite and Jesse and Rebekah’s story was one I definitely could have done without (A Sadist into extreme bondage and a Dominatrix).

Overall, I’d say that if you’re looking for fun yet disturbing this is the book for you. I didn’t mention all the stories in the book so you can make up your own mind about which is the best or the most chilling. There’s something there for everyone (at least for fans of horror or dark reads that is).

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

Rebecca Rowland is the transgressive dark fiction author of the short story collection The Horrors Hiding in Plain Sight, co-author of the novel Pieces, and curator of the horror anthologies Ghosts, Goblins, Murder, and Madness; Shadowy Natures, and the upcoming The Half That You See and Unburied. Her writing has appeared in venues such as Coffin Bell, Waxing & Waning, and the
WiHM online collections The Ones You Don’t Bring Home to Mama and Final Girls with 20/20 Vision and has been anthologized in collections by Red Room Press, Transmundane Press, Forty-Two Books, Emerald Bay Books, Twisted Wing Productions, Thurston Howl Publications, J. Ellington Ashton Press, and Dark Ink. To surreptitiously stalk her, visit RowlandBooks.com.
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