Horror author C. Dennis Moore’s third short story collection, DANCING ON A RAZORBLADE, is 45,000 words of intense, hard-hitting horror fiction that refuses to let up until the bloody end.
Starting with the first story, “Cuneiforms”, which finds a quartet of carpoolers following a strange school bus full of seemingly drugged children as they head for an abandoned school. The foursome watch as the kids are unloaded to the playground where they’re used in a mysterious and puzzling ritual meant to call forth an ancient beast from Hell by unlocking hidden glyphs in the playground diagrams. Guaranteed you’ll never look at a school playground the same again.
In “Maggie Andrews Gets the Facts”, a journalist desperate to keep her job follows a lead to a rich eccentric’s house when he tells her he has the devil locked away upstairs. Is he serious, or is the little girl Maggie finds just a little girl? The shocking end of this story will keep you awake long after you’ve closed the book.
DANCING ON A RAZORBLADE is a serious collection of horror fiction which reveals the monsters truly are hiding everywhere. In “Renovation”, Jack just wants to spend the day looking for a job and taking care of his son. But when the walls of his house start breathing, then calling his name, he has only one thought: survive.
In “Revenge of the Roach King”, Jerry has a serious bug problem stemming from a heist gone bad. It seems his dead ex-partner had a million silent partners of his own, and now they want his share.
In “Raw Materials”, a wrong turn leads a man into a strange little town where they use every part of the animal, leading to a desperate game of hide and seek as their hunger gets the best of them.
“Blood Bitch” introduces the world to a new and vicious monster that is sure to haunt your nightmares. Jason’s dad tells him the terrifying story of the Blood Bitch, a creature with no face and a mouth in her stomach which she uses to eat children in their beds. But dad’s untouched medication says the real danger may lie closer to home. This is a story that challenges the notions of real and make believe and how powerful the idea of belief really is.
Nine stories make up this bloody collection, and each tale is built on a deadly premise wherein the things and the people you interact with every day really are out to get you. Nothing is safe and DANCING ON A RAZORBLADE illustrates that point with a very fine and dangerous edge.
This collection comes “highly recommended”.
C. Dennis Moore is the author of the novel REVELATIONS, from Necro Publications, and the editor of the INTO THE DARKNESS anthology. His horror fiction has appeared in publications like VILE THINGS, WHAT FEARS BECOME, DARK HIGHWAYS, DARK HIGHLANDS 2, and DEAD BAIT 3. His other collections include TERRIBLE THRILLS and the vampire-themed ICONS TO ASHES.