Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road - by 9 of horrors brightest stars- all to benefit Tim Piccirilli in his fight against brain cancer

4 of 5 Stars

Caution:  This story is not for the masses.  Even if you are a fan of one or more of the authors involved, you may want to think twice.

Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is a project with proceeds going to help defray the massive medical expenses incurred by Tom Piccirilli's battle against brain cancer.  A worthwhile endeavor by some of my favorite genre writers.

So here we have Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, J F Gonzalez, Bryan Smith, Wrath James White, Nate Southard, Ryan Harding and Shane McKenzie writing a round-robin style, gross-out ghost story.  Each managing to outdo the last in the lengths they will go to disgust and potentially alienate the reader.  In many cases they will succeed in that endeavor.  As a result there are already a number of 1 Star reviews.  Reviews that I can actually see as a twisted badge of honor for the writers involved.

If Sixty-Five Stirrup Road was Movie, it would likely be rated NC-17.  An NC-17 rating can be based on violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children.  I'd say this book meets and exceeds those qualifications.

So, do you think I've adequately covered how sick, depraved and morally reprehensible Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is?  If so, let's get to the good stuff.

Yes, there is a story.  It's either an evil or haunted house and those who live there, or find themselves nearby, are slowly overcome by sexual desires of the most perverse variety.  Go ahead and dwell on what that might mean, then pick a number from one to ten and multiply.  Trust me, you're not even close.

Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is not a literary masterpiece.  It was never meant to be.  What it is is a wild, no holds barred romp filled with sex and violence.  I did enjoy the tag team approach to writing the novel.  One writer would take a chapter, he'd be joined by a second writer for the next chapter and then that writer would go solo only to be joined by someone else for the next and so on.

And then there's the payoff.  No spoiler here, but let's say if you are a fan of these guys, follow any of them on Facebook or Twitter, have spent time with them at a horror convention, you're gonna love what happens next.

Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is available now as both a paperback and ebook from and remember proceeds go to defray Tom Piccirilli's medical expenses associated with his fight against brain cancer.  Go Tom!

It you have a strong constitution and are not easily offended, I can strongly recommend Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road.

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