Jack Bantry returns to the world of black and white photocopied zine publication just shy of two years since the release of issue 7. Not that Bantry has been slacking off, quite the contrary, he released Splatterpunk’s Not Dead, a new anthology available in paperback and Kindle, as well as working on his recent book, The Lucky Ones Died First, available now from Deadite Press. For those that are unaware, Bantry has been curating this old school punk rock revivalist zine for several years now, all of which have sold out, and has drummed up a lot of attention and talent from both authors and artists that fill each issue’s forty or so pages.
The latest issue kicks off with a reaffirming statement from Jack Bantry that Splatterpunk is here to stay, in all of its fingerprint smudging glory reminiscent of a Cometbus zine or an issue of Maximumrocknroll. An interview with fellow former Indiana native and horror author David Agranoff, whose work includes Boot Boys of the Wolf Reich and Punk Rock Ghost Story, kicks off the nonfiction entries. Sean Leonard contributes an editorial on the merits of Violent Shit, the grandaddy of German shot-on-video splatterpunk films, and argues the merits of Andreas Schnaas’ other works. If you haven’t seen any of the films in the Violent Shit series, Leonard will certainly have you ordering a copy of the Synapse collection before you even get to the end of the article. The nonfiction then closes out with an interview with Ray Garton where he talks about the real-life incident that inspired his story in the Cut Corners Volume 3 collection from Sinister Grin Press.
Bracken Macleod leads off the fiction section with Reprising Her Role, a story about a faux snuff filmmaker whose work takes a dark turn. This is a deeply unsettling, claustrophobic story that chills down to the marrow. Nathan Robinson’s NSFW follows it up with a one-two-punch of eroticism that leads to extreme gore, completely encapsulating everything of mention in Sean Leonard’s editorial on what makes something splatterpunk. It’s a fantastic pairing. Ryan C. Thomas’ Two Blocks Down, One Block Left plays off as a typical horror story that doubles as a Twilight Zone-esque yarn about the loss of family and identity. Finally, Dermatobia Hominis by Gabino Iglesias rounds out the fiction with a skin-crawling story that is sure to hit the gag reflex of most readers, no matter how desensitized you may think you are. This issue also includes illustrations by Splatterpunk regular Dan Henk, Jim Agpalza, Robert Elrod, and Christopher Enterline, hitting the mark on how you see these tales in your mind.
As always, this is a limited run printing so you’ll want to order a copy soon. I cannot list enough reasons as to why you should be reading Splatterpunk, so just take my word for it. For any fan of horror, be it films or novels, this is the best of the best and will be talked about on blogs, podcasts, and at conventions for years to come. Don’t miss out.
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