Great review of my collection INFLICTIONS​!

Great review of my collection INFLICTIONS up at Horror World​!

http://horrorworld.org/inflictions/

Hey, there’s some new reviews up in Horror World! One of them covers a collection of short stories by a writer who has a firm lock on my list of ten top genre short fiction writers of all time. John M. McIlveen​’s collection, called Inflections is reviewed by T. T. Zuma

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Rio Youers, author of WESTLAKE SOUL says:

“The writing is so strong, and the stories so expertly crafted, that their unflinching nature is all the more visceral. INFLICTIONS is as fine a collection of horror stories as I’ve read in the past ten years.” —Rio Youers, author of WESTLAKE SOUL.

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Welcome to the world of John McIlveen. Enter, please, but be warned… here you will find tales that blur the lines of horror, vengeance, humor, sorrow, and humanity. You will encounter broken people with dark secrets and darker desires. Meet Justice, whose art exposes your soul. Ride along as a man’s search for his daughter reveals that sometimes the best way to heal old scars is to make new ones. Go on vacation with the Seth’s, who are forced to play a game that is every parent’s nightmare. Play a Sunday game of softball with the most unusual team imaginable. You will experience the foulest parts of humanity, as well as the funniest and sweetest. Some of these stories will make you laugh, some will anger or shock you, but all of them will affect you. You will love, hate, and sympathize with the characters, possibly at the same time.

The collection includes an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden and an afterword by James A. Moore.

“John McIlveen never retreats. John’s not afraid, you see. He pulls no punches. He doesn’t turn his back on the horrors that spring from humanity, he forges mirrors and holds them up, forcing us to look.” Christopher Golden – NY Times Bestselling author

“A disturbing and thoroughly entertaining creepfest. So much wicked fun.” — By Jonathan Maberry -NY Times Bestseller

“Shocking, moving, and always surprising, John McIlveen’s Inflictions will delight and terrify the reader in equal measures. A solid collection from a talented writer.” – Tim Lebbon, author of Coldbrook

“McIlveen paints with a broad palette of colors, and he blends them and highlights them with a master’s touch. Tragedy and comedy, vengeance and salvation, hope and horror, the absurd and the sublime, all skillfully worked into the same pages and presented here for our enjoyment.” – James A. Moore, Author of The Seven Forges series

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I’VE BEEN SPOTLIGHTED!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars – “Weird and Entertaining” – Jonathan Maberry

“A disturbing and thoroughly entertaining creepfest. So much wicked fun.”

Jonathan Maberry – NY Times bestselling author

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Anthology: Year Three – Distant Dying Ember! My latest story – GOT YOUR BACK!

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Here you go! It’s live and breathing… and available to you. And it has a brand new novelette by John M. McIlveen… yeah, Me!
Plus so many more great storytellers!

FOMORIAN, by Ogmios
KNOCK AT THE DOOR, by Jacob Haddon
OZARK, by Scott Christian Carr
THREE LITTLE WORDS, by Michele Mixell
RASPBERRY SUMMER, by Diana Catt
THE MILLER’S TASK, by Jonathan Dubey
NORTHERN LIGHTS, by Rob Smales
THE ROAD HOME, by Sheldon Higdon
BATTLE OF WILLS, by Tracie Orsi
THE ELEVATION OF OLIVER BLACK, by Errick Danger Nunnally
SPACE STATION OVER THE NORTH ATLANTIC, by Esther M. Leiper– Estabrooks
THE SUN STRUCK, by Gregory Norris;
RUSH, by Andrew Wolter
CROSSBACK, by Barry Lee Dejasu
ONE SHOE, by Laura J. Hickman
DARK HIGHWAYS, by Dan Foley
A CHORUS OF PLASTIC SONGS, by Scott Goudsward
TSUNAMI, by T.T. Zuma
A TALE OF CHIVALRY, by Ogmios
FUND-RAISER, by Thom Erb
THE LOOMING TREES, by Penny The Iron Fey
skin& hair teeth& bones, by Kristi Petersen Schoonover
HOW YOU KILLED ME by doungjai gam
INVIDIA, by Marianne Halbert
DEAD THUNDER, by D.B Poirier
ENCROACHMENT, by Craig D.B. Patton
DOLLY, DO I HAVE A SOUL? by Philip Perron
REDEMPTION, by Timothy Flynn;
GOT YOUR BACK, by John McIlveen

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My favorite review for INFLICTIONS so far.

I love when my stories connect personally, and on more than “just another story” level.

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INFLICTIONS – Book Review – Hellnotes.com

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inflictionsInflictions
John McIlveen
Crossroad Press
October 21st, 2014
Reviewed by Dr. Alex Scully

In his introduction to Inflictions, Christopher Golden describes John McIlveen as an author who “pull[s] no punches.” The short stories in this collection prove that sentiment accurate. McIlveen’s writing wraps around you like tentacles from a fog, and drags you into the ferocious mists kicking and screaming.

The stories in Inflictions are all loosely tied together under the broad theme of dark secrets. The tales examine the sinister secrets we lock away from the public. McIlveen tears away the façade of “normal” to expose the raw terror lurking within. Abuse, lies, transgressions, and fear haunt these pages. The title story highlights addiction, a topic threatening into the cliché, but in this case skillfully drawn in both sympathy and horror as we follow protagonist down an endless spiral into nothingness. In “Make a Choice,” we see a “typical” family trying to connect in a disconnected, modern world. Their attempt at “normal” turns into a terrifying nightmare (no spoilers here) that will chill the blood. McIlveen’s work reflects the ever-increasing isolation between individuals, and the monstrous results of that disconnect. His protagonists lose because they fail to see truth, reality, or their mistakes in time. Isn’t this the darkest, most terrifying fear we have? We will be the cause of our own downfall? McIlveen has found that glowing coal of fear in our hearts, and he’s ignited a firestorm.

The collection slows a little in the middle with “Jerks.” The idea is clever, but it’s long and doesn’t entirely fit with the pacing of the shorter stories. Overall, this is an outstanding collection. McIlveen even manages to sneak in a bit of humor amidst the horror to keep his readers from sinking into the abyss entirely. Very well done and highly recommended.

http://hellnotes.com/inflictions-book-review?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=inflictions-book-review

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Woohoo! I’ve been spotlighted!

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November 29 @ Annie’s in Worcester MA. Stories for you all day long.

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What Tim Lebbon has to say about INFLICTIONS!

‘Shocking, moving, and always surprising, John McIlveen’s Inflictions will delight and terrify the reader in equal measures. A solid collection from a talented writer.’ — Tim Lebbon, author of Coldbrook

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