I Can Taste the Blood by Josh MalermanI Can Taste the Blood by Josh Malerman

I Can Taste the Blood

byJosh Malerman, John F.D. Taff, Erik T. Johnson

Paperback | August 23, 2016

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Josh Malerman is an author from Britain who was short listed for the James Herbert Award for Horror writing for his title Bird Box.
Josh Malerman is an author from Britain who was short listed for the James Herbert Award for Horror writing for his title Bird Box.
Title:I Can Taste the BloodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:August 23, 2016Publisher:Grey Matter PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1940658721

ISBN - 13:9781940658728


Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES, I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD! A book is seldom regarded to be nothing more than just a book. In its contents where words flow from the voice of the author–a familiar one at that–you know what expect, what to feel; you know you're comfortable, safe. What if you were given a book with five different authors with five different stories with one title? Now imagine if you walked into a public bathroom, dingy, grimy, unsafe, unfamiliar. And as you void your bladder you see written on the wall, "I Can Taste the Blood." The average person wouldn't think anything of it, would they? You'd think, just another loser who's defacing public property trying to be clever. But a real artist, an author with such a creative drive sees something different. Art imitating life. There, within that hauntingly disturbing phrase scribbled on a bathroom wall is what spawned the concept of this book. But hold on! That's not the best part. Nope. John F.D. Taff, co-editor of this book, had a brilliant idea to share the vision with other authors. Five unique visions from five individual authors. And here, is the result. One of the best books of 2016 hands down! Published and co-edited by Anthony Rivera from Grey Matter Press, I give you, "I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD!" Vision I: The book does not feel; it doesn't care who's reading; the book is relentless. Josh Malerman's tale, (author of Bird Box and House Under the Lake,) brings us to a family, a nomadic family living in the middle of the desert. One night their dinner is interrupted by a stranger knocking on the door. The mysterious man is invited to join them for dinner. In return, he tells his tale of a demon that's been following him and the horrors he's witnessed traveling with the demon. An evil which at any moment, can come knocking. I loved this story. I loved how Josh brought both stories together and finished it with a great twist. Right from the start, the style of writing brings you a dreadful sense of creepiness. You can feel it in your spine tingling up your back until the hairs tingle on the nape of your neck. I haven't read Bird Box yet, but I am looking forward to it now! Vision II: What can I say about J Daniel Stone's tale? First off, I'm not a huge fan of Stephen King. Let's put that out there. He's good at what he does, don't get me wrong, but I don't... feel his words. When I read Barker, I fell in love with his writing. Barker is an exquisite wordsmith–yes, I think exquisite is a fitting adjective to describe his writing. And Daniel's writing is no different. Bok and Jared are young lovers who explore the darker side of a film when they meet a director who desires to push the boundaries of art and film. A story filled with love, rage, art, gore, pain, and when you read his words, absorb them, you feel Stone's characters. I'm a fanboy of Stone's, and like Barker, I've fallen in love with his writing. Vision III: Joe Schwartz gives us an entirely different style and one that I truly enjoyed. A pulp-fiction type of story that punches you right in the face and it doesn't say sorry about doing it. Two men called fixers who work for a boss called the Caretaker, are hired to fix certain problems, make things... go away. Sam is the main character who's partnered with a douche bag. Everything falls apart when Sam has an issue with their current job when they kidnap a woman. This is a highly-fueled crime noir that's fun with great characters, and the ending is awesome! Vision IV: Now after reading Joe's and Erik's stories, you get how differently each writer approached the theme of this book. Erik T. Johnson's tale is different and unique. And at times, I honestly had a hard time following along. Not to take away from the author's amazing ability to write. There's no doubt Erik has massive talent. I, unfortunately, felt that I couldn't get into this story. I'm sure other avid readers will love it. Be sure to give it a whirl if weird fiction is your bag! Vision V: The last vision and one that is worth the wait is John Taff's wonderful tale of body horror. The master of pain takes a completely different approach from his normal style and creates an eerie, small-town tale. Merle is a middle-aged man, divorced with a daughter, and his down on his luck. He struggles with drinking, and his ex-wife despises him. Lost and without purpose, Merle soon discovers a life changing alteration. He begins to undergo a horrific physical and psychological transformation and learns of the insidious horror that holds the town of Norton together. John Taff does a great job making you feel sorry for Merle. Merle struggles with his sense of purpose. He is always disappointing his daughter. John's straightforward, no-nonsense approach to this horror story is brilliant. It's body horror at its finest. Like nails on a chalkboard or TEETH scraping silverware, this story made me cringe and that, my friends doesn't happen often. I Can Taste The Blood is proof of the variety of exceptional talent we have in Dark Fiction today! I'm excited just reading this phenomenal book of such unique and original stories. Such a fantastic read and a MUST to have on your bookshelf!
Date published: 2017-06-29