Spanning over 20 years, 20 masters and modern authors of hardcore horror share their most bad-ass stories in this special edition from Comet Press. Many hard to find and out of print, some that were banned, Necro Files covers every imaginable mode of mayhem including serial killers, necrophilia, cannibals, werewolves, zombies, sex fetishes, psychopaths, snuff, occult, and more stories that dial into the dark side of human nature.
Contains violence, gore, adult language, and sex.
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©2011 Comet Press (P)2015 Comet Press
"Necro Files is practically perfect. Every story is an absolute hit...and why not? We're talking John Everson, Bentley Little, Edward Lee, Joe Lansdale and George R. R. Martin, to name a few. All of the stories are dark and disturbing in their own ways, and, well, extreme. This is one anthology that horror fans, not just of the extreme variety, should have in their collections. Highly recommended." (Monster Librarian)
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"A Friendly Warning"
I am compelled to write a review on this audio book, well actually a bit of a warning. Before “reading” this book, be sure to read the synopsis carefully and take the warnings seriously.
I am an avid King, Koontz, Layman fan, and reading/listening to this one had me cringing a few times. Some things just can’t be un-read/heard.
Don’t get me wrong, the writing is in some cases brilliant and the audio performances are well above par, and I managed to get through the entire book telling myself it can’t get worse than the last story, but it did.
The violence and the depths of human depravity are often gratuitous, and in some cases even painful, if you have a vivid imagination like mine. If this is what you are expecting, you will not be disappointed, but if you are slightly naive as I was (I can’t help but feel I have forever lost some tiny innocence I had somewhere before reading/listening to this book) please be certain of what you are getting yourself into before cracking the seal on this Pandora’s box. You will be different once you have read this. A tiny blemish will linger on your soul with a little bit of disgust for the depths to which the human mind can descend in the name of entertainment, and the horrible realisation that some of these stories could chillingly be true.
"Not so much horror as depraved erotica"
I would have preferred to have seen more horror, less pedophilia, less bizarre fetish sex.
I went into this collection expecting the genuinely scary, instead the majority of what I got was poorly written, graphic erotica set against the tropes of horror. Even some of the marquee names in this collection disappoint,
There is little scary here, but plenty of graphic violence and sex.
"Psychotic... Nutty kinda crazy!!"
I won this audiobook in a contest I had entered daring the people to take the plunge only if they could handle it. I'm like shoot I'm a strong independent woman I'm on it.. This is a collection of short stories that are very disturbing, psychotic, and homicidal.
I was very surprised and disappointed when I had listened to the first on "Meat Man" as it is a George RR Martin story and I was expecting great disturbing things. Then I realized this is one of his earlier works and not everything he touches is gold. The two best stories that I list
"A wide variety of authors and stories! Some great!"
It's hard to describe the listening of this book as "enjoyable," but that's primarily due to the nature of the stories. Many are sexually depraved and seem to have been written purely for the shock value - but by the time you get through several of them, it may be impossible to be shocked. The narrator was versatile and did a very good job adding unique personalities to characters across many stories.
I'd say John from The Burgers of Calais was my favorite. It was a funny story, well written and told, and definitely kept my interest. George R.R. Martin's "Meathouse Man" was another of my personal favorites. It gets better with each listen. "Abed" by Elizabeth Massey was also very interesting, and "Godflesh" and "Addict" were also some pretty good tales.
Just an overall versatility as he worked his way through the different stories - it did not feel as though you were listening to the same narrator or the same story ... he changed it up so it was clear you were onto a new world, a new work with a new writer.
Again, John from The Burgers of Calais. Just a funny guy who you like immediately.
No - just a very worthwhile listen - if you can take the depravity ... which is rampant throughout the book.
"Not for the easily offended."
Let's just start by saying that this is a extremely graphic horror anthology as the title implies so expect a lot of sexual violence, sexual violence seems to be the main focus here so if that's your thing then this is for you, personally I don't enjoy sexual violence... I enjoyed the narrators voice it was easy to listen to and he did the voices well enough, I never found myself taken out of the story or annoyed at any point in my listen.
Overall it's not bad if your into extremely violent sexual acts and overall depravity... I personally do not enjoy that as much but the gore hound in me was satisfied and I don't regret my listening experience.
I can only recommend this to anyone who is curious about extreme horror or to the already seasoned extreme horror veteran.
"Not for the faint of heart."
Hard core horror erotica. There is some very disturbing stories, but a few decent ones.
"Truly depraved writing"
If you don't have a stomach for disgusting horror, don't listen. I skipped a few and was horrified by the rest. Only one or two didn't leave me feeling gross for having listened. The narrator was fine.
This book had all the gore, and wildness I was looking for will read again!
"HE HATED HIMSELF FOR HATING"
HE TOLD HER SHE WAS PRETTY, AND MAYBE SHE WAS BECAUSE OF THE TELLING
This was not what I thought I was getting. I bought this for the RR Martin story, Lansdale and I like horror. I had read Meathouse Man by Martin in John Joseph Adams' THE LIVING DEAD. Martin had been in a lot of emotional pain when he wrote this story and he poured all that pain into it. It is a great story and I was hoping the rest of the collect would be like Meathouse Man.
HE HAD THE KIND OF FACE THAT ATTRACTS FLIES
Out of the 19 stories, I found seven that I really liked. They are pretty much read in chronological order. The first story was written in 1976. Than comes Landsdale's story which will have you laughing your head off, until you start crying from fright. Diary is next and it was good and weird. ABED BY MASSIE is pretty gross and involves sex with a zombie and a grandma who does oral on her daughter in law. I actually liked the story and was proud of my self for being able to handle the grossness. THAN---
All the rest of the stories are splatter, erotica, gross, disgusting porn. The stories seem to get worse and worse and worse as far as what they do in each story. I like the Konrath kind of story which usually involves cannibalism, amputations, and mutants through inbreeding, but this has none of that, this is sticking knifes in every orifice, defecating and sex with rotting corpses. There were four stories in which I skipped to the end as they just seem to be a competition in grossness. Yet, even in splatter porn of which I am not a fan, I did find a good writer, can write an entertaining, intelligent story. Garton's story is sort of satirical, Everson's story was kind of clichéd, but I could not turn away. O'Rourke has a torture story that goes the limit. Masterton's story was a bit predictable, but I hope he wrote more stories involving the main character, who had much character. Gonzales writes a anti splatter porn, splatter porn, which does a great job covering addiction and what it could lead to.
The narrator was not consistent. Some stories he did very well, but in some, especially Meat Man, he just mailed it in.
As much as I hate to pan anything, I must confess this volume consists of MEDIOCRE SPLATTER PUNK DRESSED IN A TUX STOLEN FROM THE "FIFTY SHADES OF GREY" CLOSET & is about as substantive as that woeful tome.
I tried to listen to this in its entirety, as a life-long horror fan, but maybe I'm getting too old or just too stuck in my ways. I am a true believer in 2nd, 3rd & 4th chances. I recognized some of the authors and like the works of at least two in their other projects, but was disappointed by the anaemic offerings here.
I found most of these tales, save 2 or 3, to be pedestrian at best. I knew the endings two minutes or less in on most stories & found the writing & constant references to coitus and/or genitalia better fit for naughty sweaty adolescent boys than an adult who reads books written for grown-ups. What could be mastered with sensuality & minimal imagination is often forfeited for shock value that actually lands with a very dull thud- - VERY DULL.
"Many more hits than misses!"
Depraved. Original. Shocking.
'Madonna' in the Sex Club
Banned in 14 Countries!
A few stories struggle to compete with the very best in this collection, but overall one of the very best horror collections i've heard, and for the most part exceedingly original!
"Sex, gore and endless boredom"
This has nothing to do with horror. It is al about how much gore one can squeeze into a story, because otherwise all that is left are some bored rednecks, hanging out together, a fore a on the search of true love (yes, seriously - it could be written by an emo teen), a family that can't cope with the death of a loved one and similar, endless, mundane tripe. Every female described immediately turns into a sex object and how the speaker would or wouldn't like to copulate with her. Most is endless monologues of people with more lebensschmerz than sense. If you've every read "The trials of the young W." which shot Goethe to stardom and which he would later do anything to make disappear - it is essentially that with more guts and brain smears and nakedness. If you now jump in proclaiming "But 'The trials of the young W' is one of the most whiney and pointless examples of ROMANTIC literature, not horror!!!" you have come upon the crux of the matter.
I should add that I have only managed to finish two short stories, both of which I almost immediately regretted, due to the utter pointlessness of it. The rest I've skipped through. None of scared me or even creeped me out. Unnecessary disgust might be the strongest emotion alongside mind numbing boredom I've experienced so far. Do yourself a favour and save your money.
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