David T. Wilbanks is a writer, editor and publisher of horror, fantasy and adventure fiction. His short stories have appeared in Horror Drive-In and Postscripts among other publications. He and Mark Justice write the DEAD EARTH series which is on its second book, THE VENGEANCE ROAD, with a third forthcoming. With Craig Clarke, he edited and published LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT, a dark fiction anthology from their own Acid Grave Press. David lives in Minnesota with his wife.
on Jan. 13, 2011 :
There are two things in life, outside of the family, guaranteed to bring a smile to my face. Good heavy Metal, and good horror stories. Can you imagine the smile on my face when I cracked open this collection short and not so short stories each inspired by a heavy artist.
David T Wilibanks has assembled one hell of a squad for this heavy metal horror heaven.
Spooky Tooth by Randy Chandler,
Iron Maiden by Matthew Fryer,
Black Sabbath by Steven L. Shrewsbury,
Judas Priest by David T. Wilbanks,
Motorhead by Kent Gowran,
Slayer by L.L. Soares.
The hit rate is damn near perfect, each of these tales are are highly deserving of inclusion in a book of this calibre. It must be said though that the tales themselves are only inspired by the bands names and do not actually have anything to do with their namesakes, just in case you are one of those odd people that don't like metal.
My favourites of the collection, and trust me it was hard to sewlet just three.
Black Sabbath, are example of what a how zombie stories should be written. There are more dangerous things in a world over run by zombies than the zombies. I also liked the fact the zombies due to natural rotting would no longer be a problem, given enough time.
Spooky Tooth by Randy Chandler, having never read anything by Chandler before, it was fun discovering a new author with which to feed my book reading addiction. Spooky Tooth, is a excellent twist on the werewolf story.
And finally Motorhead by Kent Gowran. In an ideal world Kent would be a lot more prolific and a lot more famous. A tale of a gas station robbery gone wrong, with a giant snake, is a hard fast paced balls to the wall story. With the final line being just perfect.
In future if I see Kent's name in a table of contents, then you get bet your last dollar I'll but that book.
On a side note it was a pleasure to see that each "page" of the book corresponded to a "page on the e-reader. I hate it when you turn a page and it goes from 1 to 1-2 then 2.
Available in all the usual on line stores.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)