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The curtain parts, revealing a darkened stage. A bloodcurdling scream rips the silence and the dim footlights sputter and rattle, throwing sparks into the audience. One can never know who... or what... will appear on this stage. You've purchased a ticket and been ushered to a seat at the Guignol where anyTHING is possible! Hold on to your programs, kiddies, as David C. Hayes takes you on a singsong trip into his dark imagination. Nothing is taboo at the Guignol whether it be he/she carnival performers and their unique gifts, a lonely man that finds a way to pleasure himself with pests or even a ten-year-old's version of Crayola-inspired vengeance. When it all becomes too gruesome, change gears and laugh a little... even if you feel bad about it. Stories written specifically for a Theatre of the Macabre dot this collection. If J. Edgar Hoover in drag isn't up your alley, find out what happens when the monster under the bed picks the wrong kid to scare or kick back and read about the exploits of those crazy swamp misogynists as they hunt down a Bayou vixen. This is American Guignol, baby... anything goes.
INCLUDES the full GREAT AMERICAN SLASHER novella!
From Melissa DePaolo at Wicked Channel.com
"David C. Hayes’ American Guignol is a collection of 20 short horror stories and plays. The name is based on a theater in Paris well known for its explicitly violent plays combined with odd bits of comedy thrown in to lighten the mood. David pays homage to “The Theatre du Grand-Guignol” quite well with this anthology.
Within this book, David takes you on a journey that involves stomach vaginas, vengeance, fetus zombies, and swamp hillbillies. It does a fairly good job of walking the lines between thought-provoking horror, snarky comedy, and gut-wrenching tragedy. Some of the highlights include “Trevor and the Box of 64”, “I Am Going To Kill Me”, “’neath”, and “Oh, Holy Night”.
The prevailing theme of many of these stories seems to be justice in many forms including for the fearful, lonely, and innocent. The justice itself takes many forms, none of which I’ll discuss because I do not want to give away anything. However, not every story deals with justice. Some twist ideas involving signs of fate, ideas about historical figures J. Edgar Hoover and J.F.K, and even touches on the legend of Wenceslas.
Overall, this book is definitely worth a read and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror, gore, or has a perverse sense of justice. Every story is compelling and enjoyable. Definitely pick this one up."