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“Gory Days” certainly lives up to its name. Not only do the titles pay homage to some of the great rock songs of this classic era but the stories capture the feel of the 80’s. Nothing like seeing an old cassette tape in your parents basement or a dusty VCR to bring back those memories. Each one of these stories was like calling up an old favorite memory...or nightmare in this case of that time long ago, of roller skates and VHS tapes, charm bracelets and summer camp horror, “Gory Days” delivers.
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!
This was one wild rock’n’roll ride from start to finish. It opens with the fantastically terrifying “Don’t Stand So Close to Meat” (yes, all the stories are titled with puns on 80’s songs) by Staci Lynn Wilson, and they just get better. There’s gore, there’s terror at the amusement park, there’s a whole crew of creepy “dolls,” there’s a wild night back in time for “Raddies,” or future 80’s retro fans. It’s hard to say which was my favorite, but if you love horror and rock, then this anthology is for you, baby. 🤘😎
This book is a collection from different authors, set in the eighties and the rock music scene back then. Everything from metal to new wave. Some of the stories are politically incorrect (which was an expression that started in the eighties, I believe!) but there aren't any politics (unless you count one character joking about Ronald Regan's dyed hair). What I liked best were the music descriptions and the fictional bands -- they seem real! Fun, fast read.