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Rock & Roll Nightmares: Gory Days: '80s Edition Short Stories Kindle Edition
Break out the keytar, throw your horn-hands, and get ready to rock down to electric avenue! Gory Days is set in an alternate evil ’80s where androids take the stage, a washed-up rock star discovers the secret to time travel, and an aspiring musician puts her demo tape into the wrong hands. Stories include Don’t Stand So Close to Meat, Hip to Be Scared, and Dead Over Heels.
10 stories by Staci Layne Wilson, Mark Wheaton, Darren Gordon Smith, V. Castro, Sean McDonough, and Brenda Thatcher.
PRAISE FOR THE ROCK & ROLL NIGHTMARES SERIES
Short Stories set in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s
Rock & Roll Nightmares has all the sex, drugs, and broken dreams you can handle without going to rehab, plus musical fun facts interwoven throughout stories that are written by folks who know their music—and clearly love it. (Killer Queens Podcast)
Whether you’re a Metallica devotee or a Monkees disciple, you’re bound to be shocked by something in these books… but if you can’t laugh at the idea of pitting Phil Specter against Richard Ramirez in a fight to the death at the Cecil Hotel, then you’re not invited to the afterparty! (Classic Rock Memories)
Perfect for fans of Rock Stars Do the Dumbest Things and The Dirt—you will be laughing, grossed out, and scared to death all at once. (On Deck Book Review)
The anti-Summer of Love! The bands are still crazy after all these years, thanks to the twisted minds behind Rock & Roll Nightmares. Find out how the ‘27 Club’ really got started, discover why writing lyrics on a Ouija board is a bad idea, and if you think disco is dead you ain’t seen nothing yet. (Sucking in the ’70s Radio, Detroit, MI)
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Rock & Roll Nightmares: 80s Edition
Hip To Be Scared [Excerpt]
Darren Gordon Smith & Staci Layne Wilson
Maddie interrupted the discussion about Phil’s record collection. “Hey, who’s the band? That lead singer is hot.”
Phil gave a big grin. “That’s my newest discovery. Richard and the Ramirez’s. They’ve got a deadly sound, don’t they?”
Maddie, who liked nothing better than to Netflix-and-chill with days-long true crime documentary binges, gulped. “Oh, my God." She took stock of her surroundings. "Are we in The Cecil Hotel?”
“Yes, ma’am,” Phil confirmed. “It’s a historical landmark.”
Maddie instantly remembered where she’d heard of The Cecil before. She’d watched American Horror Story: Hotel twice, not to mention the many documentaries on the disappearance and mysterious demise of Elisa Lam.
“Whoa, this is surreal.” She ordered another Blue Lagoon. She savored the frosty mix of Curacao, lemonade, and cheap vodka as she watched Richard perform. The band sucked, but he wasn’t half-bad. She tapped Phil on the shoulder, then pointed to the stage. “Can you introduce me after the show?”
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"MTV's Headbangers Ball" meets "Tales from the Crypt"; meaning it's perfect entertainment for anyone who's ever played "Stairway to Heaven" backwards to hear the mumbled phrase "Here's to my sweet Satan." —Matthew Chernov, Variety
A groovy five stars! —Candance Nola, Uncomfortably Dark
Staci Layne Wilson is a savvy curator of selections that prove both smart and entertaining. The plays on words may draw you in, but it's the creativity level on display that is certain to make you stay. —Rebecca Rowland, Ginger Nuts of Horror
- ASIN : B0981F9SFR
- Publisher : Excessive Nuance (June 25, 2021)
- Publication date : June 25, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 990 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 155 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #312,848 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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These are short stories and I will not be breaking down each one due to spoilers, however, there are some favorites, such as Sharp-Dressed Manslaughter. Aside from the great title, and the still-great song (now on repeat in my head) the story itself is far-out. It took me right into a typical 80’s night out, music and attire on point, just a kid having a bad night, that gains some help from a just right dude. I loved this story. Short, sweet, and just creepy enough for those shivers to kiss your spine.
Next up is “Pour Some Sacrificial Blood on Me”. Again, great name. Each title in this collection made me chuckle. The range of classic songs mentioned in this single story took me right back to school dances and hot nights at the summer fair. This one is a classic tale of a young woman hoping to make it big, seizing her one chance, to put her music in the hands of someone that can make a difference. I did not see the end of this story coming and I love a good twist.
“Hip to be Scared” and “Should I Slay or Should I go” are two of the longer stories in the anthology and both deliver on good ‘80’s vibes, slang, and some chilling gore throughout, while the super short “Shivin’ on a Prayer” was deeply chilling in spite of its short read and amusing title. There is not a bad story in the book and I look forward to reading the other editions.
5 groovy stars for Gory Days!