Dark Assembly by Aron Beauregard

Dark Assembly by Aron Beauregard

TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR DYSFUNCTION: This assembly of putrid tales will drag you into the darkest regions of humanity. It will push extremes and test the mental and moral boundaries of those who choose to participate.

  • Meet a woman who carries a dead baby inside her womb and also the belief that her stillborn fetus will somehow find life again.
  • Connect with a nomadic punk-rocker who’s out to make a quick buck when he’s presented with a sickening conundrum.
  • Join two teenage psychopaths as they bring hell to the suburbs on Devil’s Night.
  • Follow a child of the streets who finally steered away from a life of crime only to be drawn back by a bizarre new drug.
  • Take part in a gruesome and nefarious ritual that can restore one’s innocence, or worm your way into the dark web beside a sadistic pedophile with a bottomless desire to kill and destroy.

How should you feel after digesting these admittedly obscene and repulsive stories? Ask yourself if enjoying them makes you a horrible person or if hating them somehow justifies your journey into this storm of violence and perversion. For the sick and willing, please join in our Dark Assembly…

The IndieMuse Review

FEARLESS!

Aron Beauregard’s Dark Assembly brings together six short stories of absolute depravity. This is one of those books you should judge by the cover—if it doesn’t appeal to you, you can go back to start and not collect $200…you won’t be able to handle it.

And, if you are unfamiliar with this author, there are illustrations.

The six stories are:

  • “The Baptism”—the tamest of the lot, but in no way weak. How paranoid were you before your child was born?
  • “Population Control”—well, if you’ve ever signed a waiver, you’ll know just about anything can happen to you. Especially if the word ‘experiment’ features in there.
  • “Rotten Eggs”—those damn kids on Halloween…
  • “Some Girl”—okay, so this is the story you read your child when you want to make sure they practice safe sex and stay away from drugs.
  • “The Procurement of Purity”—Well, your first should always be special, so wait for someone special, hmm-kay…
  • “Last Days in Honduras”—pushing the boundaries…

Beauregard is a gifted author and his stories are very well written. The thing that makes him stand out so much—in my opinion—is his willingness to push the boundaries. There are a lot of ‘violence for the sake of violence’ stories in the Splatterpunk genre, but he actually has a story to tell, and he goes places most authors would be too scared to explore.

Most people of my generation, and those younger than us, grew up on the Hollywood version of life. Many are led to believe that a hero will always sweep in at the last second to save you from whatever ills await. It’s a lie.

Bad things happen to good people—all the time. To sugarcoat reality, to soften the blows of the harsh truths which might await us, to use the trusted ‘I want to scare you, but not too much’ is nothing but bullshit.

Murder, death and violence is never pretty. Those who cause it do not deserve the mercies many want to afford them—because they are human too. If you saw the things they did—and not just the aftermath (usually softened for your own protection)—you might feel very different about it.

So, Aron goes all out and I respect the hell out of him for it. The last story – “Last Days In Honduras”—is harsh, brutal, sick, twisted and depraved. So much so that I even started wondering if he was going too far. But, again, there was a story to tell—and I don’t know of anybody who could have done it better.

Finally—the word ‘Splatterpunk’ should be enough of a trigger warning for readers. However, I need to mention that there is animal cruelty in the third story—”Rotten Eggs”—so skip that one if you can’t handle it. I will also say that it was essential for the story, so I can’t take anything away from it. The other five stories are good enough for the investment, though, if you are on the fence about it.

Do you dare?

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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