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Lullabies For Suffering edited by Mark Matthews



Lullabies for Suffering: Tales of Addiction Horror:

Addiction starts like a sweet lullaby sung by a trusted loved one. It washes away the pains of the day and wraps you in the warmness of the womb where nothing hurts and every dream is possible. Yet soon enough, this warm state of bliss becomes a cold shiver, the ecstasy and dreams become nightmares, yet we can’t stop listening to the lullaby. We crave to hear the siren song as it rips us apart.

Six stories: three novellas, three novelettes, written by a powerful list of talent, all featuring the insidious nature of addiction–damaged humans craving for highs and wholeness but finding something more tragic and horrific on the other side.

FEATURING:
Caroline Kepnes author of You and Hidden Bodies
Kealan Patrick Burke, author of Sour Candy and Kin
Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Pretty Little Dead Girls
John FD Taff, author of The Fearing
Mark Matthews, author of Milk-Blood
Gabino Iglesias, author of Coyote Songs


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Praise for Lullabies For Suffering:

The stories in Lullabies for Suffering are the real deal, a plunge into agony and the ecstasy, the inescapable nightmare of addiction.”
~ALMA KATSU, author of The Deep and The Hunger

“Be forewarned–Lullabies for the Suffering will break your heart. These dark tales are hypnotic, gritty, and full of torment.”
~RICHARD THOMAS, author of Disintegration and Breaker, a Thriller nominee

“Beautifully Brutal”
~Steve Stred, author of Ritual

“My emotions are exposed and raw, my stomach tangled, my shoulders sagged. This open-veined collection tore me up.”
~Nico Bell Fiction

“These stories are brimming with sobering revelations and heinous aberrations. If you like a side of realism and discomfort with your afternoon horror, then this is your cup of (incredibly noxious) tea.”
~Christa Carmen, author of Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked

“Beautiful, enlightening, revelatory. Everything that good fiction should be, in a manner that elevates both its chosen genre and the status of discourse on its core subjects.”
~George Daniel Lea, Ginger Nuts of Horror

“Lullabies for Suffering delivers time and again. There’s a lot to fear in these stories and a lot to learn. Rarely do you come across a collection so well-versed in its life lessons and realistic horrors.”
~Aiden Merchant, author of Dead As Soon As Born

“Brutal, raw, but still somehow elegant, LULLABIES FOR SUFFERING plumbs the depths of addiction in its myriad forms. There are no filler stories in this anthology, just six punches to the chin. An excellent follow up to the anthology, GARDEN OF FIENDS.”
~Glen Krisch, author of Little Whispers, Nothing Lasting, and Husks.


 

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 08 December 2019