|Here the pen is not
merely mightier than the sword; it is a plague
heralding the apocalypse for convention, writing
a dirge for complacency. Sick is an
anthology compiled by editor John Edward Lawson.
Themes explored are physical,
mental, and societal in nature. These Sick
stories are horrendous, hilarious, and stupefying
dissections of creative minds on the scalpel's
People Are Saying About Sick:
"Stories by Harold Jaffe,
Greg Beatty, Earl Javorsky, Brandi Bell,
Kevin L. Donihe and satan165 (hilarious
stuff) all display the combination of inventiveness
and professionalism needed for success in
this gray area of prose. Many of the other
authors show outright genius
will be floored by it and think it a monstrous
and appreciate the breathtaking,
exhilarating and often diabolical machinations
of the human mind."
"Now I ask you, with
so much going on in the world today and
horrors revealed daily on the evening news,
is it still possible to shock the apathetic
and indifferent? After reading this book
all I can sum up is, Hell Yes!
In fact, let me back up that statement with
the admission that I was physically ill
not once but twice during my visit into
this world. This is not your typical run-of-the-mill
scare here kiddies. In an arena created
with mayhem and anarchy, Lawson makes sure
to not only make you tremble with fear;
hes going to make you beg to be released.
"Bringing together a
stellar collection of writers to assist
him, Lawson annihilates the standard. With
thirty-six stories revolving around the
abnormal, the insane and the alluringly
repugnant, I warn youyou will find
no comfort here
Adding their own piece
of flayed skin to an overpopulated pool
of horror, each author and story adds a
new perspective. This collection confirms
my theory that should horror writers not
be permitted to write out their therapy,
they might have been highly successful serial
"What makes a compilation
like this stand out is the distinctive angle
of each story. From one tale to the next,
youre never really sure where youll
end up. From the quietly haunting to the
appallingly shocking, this book keeps you
on your toes and your mind in chaos."
Dog Screaming Press is out of its cage,
and the publishing world is going to have
a hard time getting a muzzle back on this
beast. Launching last fall with Harold Jaffe's
15 Serial Killers, the fledgling
press gave fair warning that Raw Dog wasn't
going to be your average kibble.
"Now, with the publication
of Sick: An Anthology of Illness,
Raw Dog is losing its puppy teeth, and backing
up its initial bark with hefty dose of bite.
Edited by John Edward Lawson, this collection
of thirty-six short fictions ruminates on
pestilences of all shapes and sizes, the
majority featuring strong offerings from
the experimental holding cages of the horror
and sci-fi undergrounds.
"Here you'll find not
only a mini-sampler from Jaffe, but compelling
work by Michael Arnzen (whose 100 Jolts
will be Raw Dog's next offering), the ghoulishly-brilliant
"1.01-1.03" image-text series
by Andi and Lance Olsen (reprinted here
from Fiction International's "Ecstasy"
issue), and shorts by Vincent W. Sakowski,
Kevin L. Donihe and Jack Fisher that are
all worthy of the solid underground following
they've built for themselves. Emerging writers
Brandi Bell, Jonathan William Hodges, C.J.
Henderson and Claudette Rubin pock the collection
with their own special sauces.
botchulism. Catch it for yourself."
author of Yellow #10
"Sick is just
thatsick; a madman's demented fever-dream.
Sometimes funny. Sometimes horrifying. Always
engaging. This is dark fiction on the edge."
author of The Rising, Terminal and Fear
"The themes and execution
of the stories in Sick display a
sort of existential splatterpunk sensibility.
Brainy and brawny, the authors and artists
collected herein explore illness, not only
of the human body, but of the body politic,
societal structures, and consumerism. These
explorations reveal the latent inner illnesses
in us all
the themes and tales in Sick
churn in on themselves and intertwine with
each other, showing not only ill effects,
but the long-reaching effects of illness.
Curl up, brew yourself some broth, and enjoy
this rich collectionbut do keep a
barf bag handy, just in case."
editor of the Leviathan series
"What the hell were
you people thinking sending me this odious,
perverted and outlandish (but nonetheless
beguiling) anthology of lunacy and smut?
I should sick (no pun intended) Homeland
Security on you for this obvious act of
guerrilla terrorism(s). To cover your asses,
I suggest you slap a stamp on the cover
that reads: "SURGEON GENERALS
WARNING: Reading this book may cause mental
deficits, breakdowns, manias, and could
induce the reader to grope strangers and
utter sexual innuendoes at inappropriate
editor of What the Fuck: The Avant-Porn
Anthology and author of My Dream Date (Rape)
With Kathy Acker
the Cover Artist:
David Anthony Magitis is
an artist from the UK with a BA in Graphic
Design. According to Magitis, "My art
is how I feel, the horror, anxiety, depression,
pleasure and pain. A bid to bring out those
demons that hide deep inside." He has
done cover art for the chapbook Hell
on the Installment Plan, as well as
for RDSP's Sick: An Anthology of Illness
and the forthcomimg e-book A Razor Ocean.