Splatterlands Cover, ToC Shown Here (Plus a Brief Account of the ‘Splatterpunk’ Movement”)

The news in a way isn’t even that new.  SPLATTERLANDS:  REAWAKENING THE SPLATTERPUNK REVOLUTION (cf. July 18, February 9) is still scheduled by Grey Matter Press to be out this fall.  And July’s post even had a link to see the contents, but, Grey Matter having emailed about something else today, I thought it might be time for a reminder — as well as actually publishing the contents here, even if alphabetized by title rather than being the final order.  Also, I did run across a picture of the cover.

To quote the editors, “SPLATTERLANDS seeks to reawaken the hyperintensive writing style and disturbing themes that were indicative of the original Splatterpunk authors whose work Imageand graphic depictions of the true effects of violence and terror has fundamentally changed the way both horror and entertainment media is approached today.  The new anthology will be published as a single bone-crunching volume that includes stories of personal, intelligent and subversive horror intended to evoke the original 1986 movement.

“The term ‘Splatterpunk’ was originally coined in an effort to categorize a wave within horror fiction that sought to address what many authors at that time felt was the general homogenization and highly diluted nature of horror being produced in the mid-80s.

“The original Splatterpunks included some of the most brilliant writers of all time, with many of their pieces containing some of the most graphic, most visceral and darkly violent stories ever penned. Considered both disturbing and thought-provoking, this truly ground-breaking work now influences almost every aspect of modern crime, thriller, horror and general entertainment media.

“The Splatterpunks were honestly literary revolutionaries, and we intend to honor their achievements with SPLATTERLANDS.”



“Amputations in the Key of D” by Jack Maddox
“The Artist” by James S. Dorr
“The Defiled” by Christine Morgan
“Devil Rides Shotgun” by Eric Del Carlo
“Dis” by Michele Garber
“Dwellers” by Paul S. Collrin
“Empty” by A.A. Garrison
“Heirloom” by Michael Laimo
“Housesitting” by Ray Garton
“Letter to My Ex” by J. Michael Major
“Party Guests” by Chad Stroup
“Violence for Fun and Profit” by Gregory L. Norris
“The Viscera of Worship” by Allen Griffin

And then (why not?) a brief description by the editors of my story in this:  “Dorr’s disturbing tale, ‘The Artist,’ is a tale of a sculptor plagued with emotional burdens that ultimately affect his work. ‘The Artist’ appears in SPLATTERLANDS from Grey Matter Press.”  Ah, that “art thing” from me again, as in all those blurbs on THE TEARS OF ISIS.  Brave words, these, but are they accurate?

Later this fall when the book is released, check here for information on how to find out.


  1. Looks good, Jim! Besides your name, I recognize Michael Laimo and Greg Norris, so the company is good! And tempting to read the other’s works included.

  2. Yes, it should be good book. Oddly enough, I hadn’t originally written my story to be splatterpunk, but mystery, except the mystery magazines wouldn’t take it. I wonder if it was the cannibalism. . . ?

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