Baker's Dozen Paperback – December 9, 2021
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Uncomfortably Dark Presents...The Baker’s Dozen!
Delicious Dark Delights for your horror consumption!
Come indulge in the dark and disturbing with 13 tantalizing tales of terror written by an incredible lineup of independent horror authors. With stories ranging from delightful to disturbing, you are sure to find something to please your sweet spot.
Authors include Jeff Strand, Christine Morgan, Ruthann Jagge, Patrick C. Harrison, III, Aron Beauregard, Lee Franklin, Chris Miller, Carver Pike, Kenzie Jennings, Daniel Volpe, Rowland Bercy, Jr., Candace Nola and M. Ennenbach. Includes a special foreword by Jeff Strand.
- ASIN : B09MYVXNWP
- Publisher : Independently published (December 9, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 379 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8757814704
- Item Weight : 1.81 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.86 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,731,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It would have been a challenge, bringing this assortment of spectacularly imaginative authors together and compiling an anthology that wasn't worth reading; there's no doubt that Candace Nola deserves a great deal of credit for editing this volume, though. Anthologies are only as good as the editor who brings them together, and there's no question that this collection was in excellent hands from the beginning.
Christine Morgan kicks it all off with the period piece, Pretzels of God, spinning a tale of jealousy and bitterness, of sacred vows broken most violently and unpredictably.
Apple Pie & Diamond Eyes by Chris Miller tells the story of an aptly-named Karen being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately, Karen has a passel of teenage girls in tow, as a trio of criminals gets their just desserts in a truly literal sense.
Ruthann Jagge's The Piebird introduces us to Flora Corolla, so desperate to bring pride to her family's bakery that she'll accept guidance from the most unlikely and untrustworthy source.
Next Best Baker by Jeff Strand is perversely hilarious. A man after my own heart, I feel like he watches cooking and baking competitions the same way I do, imagining the worst conceivable surprise ingredients being tossed into the mix and laughing as he envisions it all playing out. I assure you that this is no baking competition for the faint of heart.
Aron Beauregard hits us with A Muffin In The Oven, and he hits us hard. The announcement of a friend's pregnancy--an event that should be full of warmth and cheer--turns sour and horrific as the facts surrounding the paternity come to light.
Carver Pike's Blueberry Hill is a tale of bullying, teenage cruelty, revenge, and witchcraft. This one is, without a doubt, the hardest story to read, in my opinion. Hillary Hightower doesn't deserve any of the terrible things that happen to her, but when seeking retribution, one should probably be careful what they wish for. This story has the "dig two graves" adage on full display.
They Are Always Watching is equal parts sad and terrifying, and Patrick C. Harrison, III leans into both qualities heavily. A daughter struggling with her mother's declining mental capacity is forced to face the truth of what seems like little more than her debilitated mother's fevered mind.
My Lil' Cupcake by Lee Franklin floats us through a dysfunctional marriage and one woman's desire to find freedom from the domineering, cruel, and awful men in her life. The method by which Lindsey seeks her emancipation is something visceral to behold.
Kenzie Jennings provides us with the worst Florida has to offer in Just A Local Thing. A family on vacation finds themselves at the mercy of the perverse whims of a seemingly prescient baker.
Of Dough And Cinnamon brings us heartbreak and satisfying vengeance as Daniel Volpe tells the story of a widower who experiences one more loss than he can handle.
Rowland Bercy Jr. introduces us to the most unlikely cryptid in Homegrown Comeuppance. A fierce rivalry between two bakers reaches a horrific conclusion that just might spell the end for not only those involved but also the innocent residents of a Brazilian town.
Candace Nola showcases not only her editorial skills with Baker's Dozen but her skill as a writer as well. County Contest provides us with a glimpse of a small business still struggling to recapture the success once known when Horace's wife was still around. As a new librarian arrives in town, it seems like her sole purpose in life is to tear down everyone around her with sarcasm and bitterness. But maybe that bitterness is just what the recipe calls for when it's time to unveil a new flavor.
Death, And A Donut by Michael Ennenbach is a most peculiar yet beautiful love story, built on a substrate of random, wanton bloodshed and disorder. A cacophony of disaster paves the way through this narrative, leading us to a surprisingly touching conclusion.
You can't go wrong with a single piece in this collection, and I recommend dedicating some time to taking in the fantastic illustrations that accompany the text. This whole volume was painstakingly assembled with obvious love and care like the best recipes always are.
Warning: You might not be hungry after reading these :)
A "taste" of what lies within:
There are 13 stories that lay within this book and I will list them out along with a cryptic statement for each one.
Pretzels of Gods by Christine Morgan: You don't want to eat these kind of pretzels!
Apple Pies & Diamond Eyes by Chris Miller: A pie and robbery don't mix!
The Piebird by Ruthann Jagge: Be careful swallowing this pie as you might choke on feathers!
Next Best Baker by Jeff Strand: Baking cakes becomes twisted!
A Muffin in the Oven by Aron Beauregard: Baby alien? Or something else?
Blueberry Hill by Carver Pike: Blueberry muffins of a different variety!
They Are Always Watching by Patrick C. Harrison, III: Memories disappear in an unusual way.
My Lil' Cupcake by Lee Franklin: Being called "Lil Cupcake" comes at a great price!
Just a Local Thing by Kenzie Jennings: Is this what is meant by "local flavor"?
Of Dough and Cinammon by Daniel Volpe: Revenge is sweet.
Homegrown Comeuppance by Rowland Bercy, Jr.: A different type of tree.....alive and free.
County Contest by Candace Nola: A jam with a special flavor added.
Death and a Donut by M. Ennenbach: Don't mess with the Reaper!
Wow! This book was one twisted mess that is wrapped around everything "baking"! This could be considered the "Horror Baking Book" for everyone that loves horror, but beware as the ingredient's within are of the "twisted hell variety" and you might be picking out of your teeth bone and gore matter the whole time you are reading this book!
All the stories just drew me in and I have discovered some new authors to explore as well along with revisiting authors I have read in the past. All in all there is quite a bit of melting goo along with dripping icky trails of wet matter that will leave the extreme horror lovers salivating for more!
So if you are in the mood for a "baking book" like no other with graphic descriptions of blood, gore, and anything else that you find in a baker's kitchen or bakery, then grab your dessert plate and dish up these delicious "twisted" stories! Giving this one five Baker Maker stars!