Bludgeon Tools: Splatterpunk Anthology Edited by K. Trap Jones

“This is a must-read for hardcore horror fans!” -Edward Lee, author of The Bighead

BLUDGEON TOOLS: Built to withstand any situation and endure whatever elements Mother Nature throws their way, Bludgeon Tools are built to last. Constructed for lightweight swing ability, no job is too complicated and with a guaranteed splatter radius per pound, Bludgeon Tools is sure to put a wide grin on even the most sinister of faces. 13 authors put the tools to the test by placing them in various splatterpunk situations. The results are a toolbox full of grimy and gory tool stories guaranteed to leave a stain.

ALL NEW STORIES BY:

Brian Keene ∆Matt Shaw ∆ Wrath James White ∆ Kristopher Triana ∆ Gregory Norris ∆ Christine Morgan ∆ Dustin LaValley ∆ Stephen Kozeniewski ∆ Wile E. Young ∆ Jonathan Butcher ∆ Sam Richard ∆ Vic Kerry ∆ Anton Cancre

The IndieMuse Review

Richard Martin’s Review

In K. Trap Jones’ latest anthology, this one spotlighting Splatterpunk tales from some of horrors biggest names, including Brian Keene, Wrath James White, Kristopher Triana and many more. The thirteen shocking stories on offer in this collection include:

  • A wealthy artist who goes to extreme lengths to turn himself into his finest creation.
  • Toy Story with Tools! A serial killer’s tool collection come to life when nobody else is around, and what they get up to will put even their owner’s exploits to shame.
  • A parcel delivery gone horribly wrong when the courier finds that his latest customer had more than door to door delivery in mind.
  • An online course takes you step by step through effective murder etiquette, with bloody results.
  • A rock star’s latest gig turns into a bloodbath, much to his fan’s delight.
  • A rural family who reap a bountiful harvest when tragedy strikes at their farm.

I recently reviewed K. Trap Jones’ Extreme Horror Anthology, Brewtality, and commented on how he has a knack for getting consistently strong stories for his anthologies. Bludgeon Tools is no exception. There isn’t a single story in this collection that I didn’t enjoy and while I had my favorites, even the so-called ‘weaker’ offerings were high quality and worthy inclusions.

What really struck me about Bludgeon Tools is how creative a lot of the stories are in delivering something different. If you’re expecting a collection of stories featuring maniacs dispatching victims with power tools, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the imagination on display with these subversive shorts. Anthropomorphic tools, torture webinars, pagan gods and talking genitalia all featured, and the overall tone is largely darkly comedic.

One of, if not the, best of the collection isn’t prose, but a poem (Wrath James White’s “The Screams in Bobby’s Eye’s”). Poetry is typically a hard sell for me, but this one made me a convert. It is able to convey a great deal in a relatively short and simple structure that only poetry can pull off.  Other standouts include Wile E. Young’s folk-horror tinged “Threshing” and Stephen Kozeniewski’s aptly named “Tool Story.” New-to-me writers such as Gregory L. Norris, Vic Kerry and Anton Cancre also delivered fantastic shorts that made me want to track down more of their work.

There is plenty in the way of extreme offerings as well. Jonathan Butcher’s unsubtly titled, “Drilldo” says more about what you are letting yourself in for with that story in seven letters than I could in a five-hundred-word review and, as a man, I’m not sure I can even bring myself to discuss Matt Shaw’s “Smash It” so I will just leave you to connect the dots with that one.

Wildly inventive brutality and memorably horrendous acts combined with consistently strong stories deliver a killer anthology for those who prefer their splatter delivered with a more hands-on approach. Bludgeon Tools is the latest in a growing line of dependably excellent collections from K. Trap Jones.

Mort Stone’s Review

While I am not a huge fan of anthologies, there are enough of the big names in this one to give it a go. Some of the stories are great, most are very good and only two left me disappointed.

Overall a very entertaining read for splatterpunk fans

There are two stories I have to highlight, though.

The first is “Smash It” by Matt Shaw. Yes, I am a Shaw fan, for the most part, but it has been a while since I’ve enjoyed one of his stories this much. Whether it was meant to be funny or not, I laughed my ass off. I’m not even sure of some of the things he mentioned is possible, but it was a great way to end this book.

The second is my favorite story in this collection: “Tool Story” by Stephen Kozeniewski. This one was a blast—thinking way way way outside the box, this story was hilarious and I must give credit where credit is due—while a simple concept, the execution was perfect and something I never would have thought of. Brilliant, sir!

RICHARD MARTIN

Richard started reading horror books at a young age, starting with R L Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Point Horror’ series. He traumatised himself at the age of twelve when he read Stephen King’s ‘IT’, and never looked back. He is currently based in the UK, where he lives with his partner, and an inappropriate amount of books.

MORT STONE

Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

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