Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 4

Editors: Randy Chandler & Cheryl Mullenax

Available in Print, Ebook, and Audiobook

Year’s Best Hardcore Horror is a yearly collection showcasing the extreme, harder side of horror, stories that break boundaries and trash taboos.

Red Room Press is extremely proud to present its fourth annual anthology featuring this year’s hardcore corps of authors with the best extreme horror fiction of 2018 that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos.

First up is “Vigil” by Chad Lutzke. Chad takes us into a neighborhood where a steady stream of decayed corpses are exhumed from a neighbor’s cellar. Extreme olfactory horror at its best.

Deborah Sheldon went under the knife for the inspiration of “Hair And Teeth,” and the result is a tale of gynaecological body horror likely to terrify women and make most men squeamish.

With “Rut Seasons” Brian Hodge makes a return to Year’s-Best pages in a tale as chilling as it is heart-wrenching, inspired by a thousand-mile drive littered with roadkill and some personal tragedies.

“Control” by Jeff Parsons introduces us to a meth addict stalking potential victims in Central Park to get money for the next score.

Annie Neugebauer is back with “Cilantro,” a Neugebauerian yarn of culinary chaos sure to turn stomachs and cause nightmares.

Tim Waggoner likewise returns this year with “Voices Like Barbwire,” an exploratory dig into old wounds and painful memories.

Rebecca Rowland’s “Bent” wins the Most Cringe-worthy Story honor with her twisted tale of extreme body horror. Her well-drawn characters seem to come off the page but God forbid they do.

Scath Beorh takes Lovecraftian cosmic horror to its next level with “Lord of the Mesa.”

Sean Patrick Hazlett’s story “The Godhead Grimoire” possesses dangerous religious overtones and a forbidden bloodthirsty book.

“Carnal Bodies” by R.E. Hellinger is a shocking story of baroque horror and demonic necrophilia

In “Crossroads of Opportunity” Ed Kurtz and doungjai gam take you on a-deal-with-the-devil-at-the-crossroads trip with a son driving his dead mother to an uncertain destination.

Seras Nikita’s “Dad’s Famous Preserves” won’t do much for your appetite but it will show you a recipe for disaster when a jungle missionary’s foot infection blossoms into a stomach-churning nightmare.

“The Bearded Woman,” brought all the way from Rome, Italy, by the inimitable Alessandro Manzetti. His dystopian future tale takes us for a ride in the Bearded Woman’s circus trailer as she and her dwarf husband bring their marriage to a bloody end.

Sara Tantlinger’s “The Devil’s Dreamland” takes us inside the Murder Castle of the infamous H.H. Holmes with her brilliant narrative poem of macabre beauty.

Frank Oreto’s “All God’s Creatures Got Reasons” reveals that there are real monsters walking among us, monsters with a savage appetite for young flesh./p>

“The Ugly” by J.R. Park introduces us to a couple of sweet little kids who may have a good reason for torturing and eating cats. It’s a way to keep the Ugly at bay. Or is it?

Doug Ford’s “I Have a Confession” takes a coldblooded plunge into sex with a ghost. But what if it’s not a ghost?

In “When the Owls Call” Lyman Graves takes us “stealth camping” in a Texas park after hours, where a strange and dangerous gathering is taking place.

Jeremy Thompson is back this year with his nefarious pal the Hallowfiend in “Bloodletting and Intrigue On All Hallows’ Eve’.” With a stylistic nod to Ray Bradbury, Jeremy delivers on our promise that something twisted this way comes.

Capping it all off, Alicia Hilton serves up “Monkey See, Monkey Do” as a tasty little nightcap (for those with hardcore tastes).

Salud! Sleep well. If you can. —Randy Chandler & Cheryl Mullenax

Table of Contents

VIGIL by Chad Lutzke

HAIR AND TEETH by Deborah Sheldon

RUT SEASONS by Brian Hodge

CONTROL by Jeff Parsons

CILANTRO by Annie Neugebauer


BENT by Rebecca Rowland

LORD OF THE MESA by Scáth Beorh

THE GODHEAD GRIMOIRE by Sean Patrick Hazlett

CARNAL BODIES by R. E. Hellinger

CROSSROADS OF OPPORTUNITY by doungjai gam and Ed Kurtz

DAD’S FAMOUS PRESERVES by Seras Nikita (Niketa Roman)

THE BEARDED WOMAN by Alessandro Manzetti

THE DEVIL’S DREAMLAND by Sara Tantlinger


THE UGLY by J.R. Park


WHEN THE OWLS CALL by Lyman Graves


MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO by Alicia Hilton