This anthology, edited by David T. Wilbanks and Craig Clark, was the first offering from e-publisher ACID GRAVE PRESS. Each contributor was asked to produce a story using the name of one of their favorite hard rock or heavy metal bands as the title with the bands music as inspiration. It’s a great collection of stories for an excellent low price (I bought mine for the kindle for $2.99). There’s a nice blend of styles, but all contain some element of horror. Be warned that most of the stories would receive at least an R rating. This isn’t a collection for the kids. Here’s a quick glance at the stories involved.
1. “Spooky Tooth” by Randy Chandler – A successful rock and roll reporter gets an interview with a legendary rock star who’s reputed to be a wolf man. Lots of rock and roll histories here along with an inventive take on classic heavy metal album covers.
2. “Iron Maiden” by Matthew Fryer – A band preparing for a gig in London find themselves lured aboard a mysterious old ship docked nearby. This is no ordinary ship, however, as it has an undying captain at its helm and carries deadly cargo from a mythical age. This is a great tale, thick with atmosphere, mystery, adventure and horror.
3. Black Sabbath by Steven L. Shrewsbury – This story begins at the end of a devastating zombie apocalypse. The protagonist finds himself at odds with a rival who, driven by jealousy, will go to any lengths to get his revenge, even if means initiating a new zombie threat onto the world. This is a high tension tale of survival with a great villain.
4. “Judas Priest” by David T. Wilbanks – A woman finds herself drawn into a conflict between two ancient, dark forces in order to save her rogue brother’s life. This adventurous story contains lots of black magic, exciting action and mystical horror.
5. “Motorhead” by Kent Gowran – A man, with the ability to animate his snake tattoo to surrealistic proportions, uses it and his motorcycle to hunt down a group of thieves who attempted to rob his gas station in this psychedelic, high speed chase story.
6. “Slayer” by L.L. Soares – The lives of an aging, dysfunctional rocker and the disciple of a vicious, bloodthirsty saint intersect in this grim tale of death and destruction.
Here’s the Amazon link to LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT: HARD AND HEAVY STORIES. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004HIM2QG/craigsbookclu-20/.
Review by Matt Cowan