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“This is my gift. This is my legacy. This is my curse…” BLOOD ON THE PAGE is the first book in a series collecting all of Keene’s short fiction. Included in this volume are such critically-acclaimed and fan favorite stories as “Burying Betsy”, “Dust”, “The Resurrection and The Life”, “I Am An Exit”, “Fast Zombies Suck”, “Bunnies In August”, “I Sing A New Psalm”, and many mo “This is my gift. This is my legacy. This is my curse…” BLOOD ON THE PAGE is the first book in a series collecting all of Keene’s short fiction. Included in this volume are such critically-acclaimed and fan favorite stories as “Burying Betsy”, “Dust”, “The Resurrection and The Life”, “I Am An Exit”, “Fast Zombies Suck”, “Bunnies In August”, “I Sing A New Psalm”, and many more. These are stories of love and hate. Trust and betrayal. Happiness and heartbreak. Truth and lies. Innocence and paranoia. Flying and falling. Unhappy endings and conspiracies of one. These are stories about zombies, ghosts, serial killers, and the most horrific monsters of all—ourselves. BLOOD ON THE PAGE – the only thing we have to fear is… everything.


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“This is my gift. This is my legacy. This is my curse…” BLOOD ON THE PAGE is the first book in a series collecting all of Keene’s short fiction. Included in this volume are such critically-acclaimed and fan favorite stories as “Burying Betsy”, “Dust”, “The Resurrection and The Life”, “I Am An Exit”, “Fast Zombies Suck”, “Bunnies In August”, “I Sing A New Psalm”, and many mo “This is my gift. This is my legacy. This is my curse…” BLOOD ON THE PAGE is the first book in a series collecting all of Keene’s short fiction. Included in this volume are such critically-acclaimed and fan favorite stories as “Burying Betsy”, “Dust”, “The Resurrection and The Life”, “I Am An Exit”, “Fast Zombies Suck”, “Bunnies In August”, “I Sing A New Psalm”, and many more. These are stories of love and hate. Trust and betrayal. Happiness and heartbreak. Truth and lies. Innocence and paranoia. Flying and falling. Unhappy endings and conspiracies of one. These are stories about zombies, ghosts, serial killers, and the most horrific monsters of all—ourselves. BLOOD ON THE PAGE – the only thing we have to fear is… everything.

30 review for Blood on the Page: The Complete Short Fiction of Brian Keene, Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kaisersoze

    Collections of short stories are often difficult to rate. Especially when - like Blood on the Page Vol 1 - they contain a wide variety of an author's works, often dating from their very early, rougher days as a writer. But this also means there's likely something for everyone who enjoys any type of genre the author dabbles in. And after finishing Keene's large short story collection, I cannot imagine how anyone would not find at least one or two golden nuggets amongst these works. And for me, as Collections of short stories are often difficult to rate. Especially when - like Blood on the Page Vol 1 - they contain a wide variety of an author's works, often dating from their very early, rougher days as a writer. But this also means there's likely something for everyone who enjoys any type of genre the author dabbles in. And after finishing Keene's large short story collection, I cannot imagine how anyone would not find at least one or two golden nuggets amongst these works. And for me, as an unashamed Brian Keene fanboy? Well, it was pretty much a rich vein of gold from beginning to end. That said, there are always going to be stories that fail to hit the mark. For me, they happened to be the ones that I read toward the end of this book (as I rarely read a collection in the order they're presented in; choosing instead to skip around finding stories that are of a length I can read in one sitting). So THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE, TWO HEADED ALIEN LOVE CHILD, JOHNSTOWN and PORTRAIT OF A MAGUS AS A WRITER (INTERPOLATING MAGIC REALISM) did very little for me. Their themes were either too on the nose, too abstract, or simply seemed out of place for such a collection. (I might also mention while outlining my criticisms that there was some shoddy formatting through my paperback edition of the book. Paragraphs too regularly stopped mid-way across the page and continued as if they were a new paragraph on the next line. There were also a few typos which were missed in the final copy edit. Minor quibbles, perhaps, but I am nothing if not balanced when I write a review... Usually.) That's just four stories, however, and Blood on the Page contains no less than 29 pieces of short fiction. Some, like HALVES and BURYING BETSY are pure genius in set-up, execution and pay-off. Others, like FULL OF IT and RED WOOD are straight-forward monster/gore mash-ups that revel in their carnage. Still others are introspective and thought-provoking, with none being more so than A REVOLUTION OF ONE and I SING A NEW PSALM. But all of these (and most I have not named) are well-written and interesting enough to be memorable on their own, and really, what more can a reader ask from a collection of short stories? So the long story short is: Fans of short stories are recommended to give Keene a try. Fans of Brian Keene shouldn't even need a direction as to what they need to rush to their computers to do. 4 Writers Exposing Aspects of Themselves (and Not in the Illegal Way) for Blood on the Page: The Complete Short Fiction of Brian Keene, Volume 1.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    Whether its due to my continuous disillusionment with horror or just continuous disillusionment with Keene, but this collection really ailed to impress. I read a lot of Keene's work over the years, but only lately have I become really aware of how much of it is a cult of personality thing. It's no longer just horror fiction, it's Keene's horror fiction. The author who refers to himself (through fictional implications)as magus and a golden boy. I'm sure certain autobiographical aspects are bound Whether its due to my continuous disillusionment with horror or just continuous disillusionment with Keene, but this collection really ailed to impress. I read a lot of Keene's work over the years, but only lately have I become really aware of how much of it is a cult of personality thing. It's no longer just horror fiction, it's Keene's horror fiction. The author who refers to himself (through fictional implications)as magus and a golden boy. I'm sure certain autobiographical aspects are bound to slip into the work of any author, but in this case it's a blatant overkill. It's seems to be all about Keene's life and Keene's mythos of spooky PA. All the characters are versions of similar prototypes, really tough rural dudes projecting machismo left and right, tough living individuals with tough small lives, basically something right out of John Mellencamp's song or Keene's preferred Springsteen. Some of the stories were outright crap and it seems like the only reasons they were being published is because it's early Keene and has some inherent value for collectors or connoisseurs. If it's for comparison sake, it doesn't do much. The quality of writing hasn't come along that far. Not every author known for longer work can go short. Definitely the case here, exemplified by how the best stories in the collection are the longer ones. The short ones just seem to go for the crude obvious, the low hanging fruit and all that. And this isn't a terrible collection by any means, it's perfectly decent, it's occasionally entertaining, but it never wows or genuinely impresses and seems to be driven by ego over talent. I'm sure there are plenty of fans out there who really do think Keene sh*ts gold, but in the end of the day that's just a turd in a shiny wrapper. Fiction should be fictional, ideally, not just a therapeutic process offal. Certain amount of distance/mystery is required.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Иван Величков

    Първи том от събраните разкази на Барайън Кийн предлага доста от по-ранните му творби, включени в отдавна изчерпаната „A Little Silver Book of Street Wise Stories“, няколко от Tequila's Sunrise и непубликувани в сборници творби от деветдесетте години. Както показва и заглавието, обединяващата връзка в произведенията е автобиографичната. Няколкото авторски думи преди или след всеки разказ засилват връзката помежду им. PORTRAIT OF THE MAGUS AS A WRITER – Чудесен избор за откриващ разказ. Метапроза Първи том от събраните разкази на Барайън Кийн предлага доста от по-ранните му творби, включени в отдавна изчерпаната „A Little Silver Book of Street Wise Stories“, няколко от Tequila's Sunrise и непубликувани в сборници творби от деветдесетте години. Както показва и заглавието, обединяващата връзка в произведенията е автобиографичната. Няколкото авторски думи преди или след всеки разказ засилват връзката помежду им. PORTRAIT OF THE MAGUS AS A WRITER – Чудесен избор за откриващ разказ. Метапроза за Кийн и електронната му муза, която посещава него и приятелите му писатели и има огромни изисквания. CAPTIVE HEARTS – В света на Dead Sea една женица е завързала шефа си и парче по парче рани с него зомбясалия си съпруг. Скъсах се да се смея, когато прочетох, че е писан за антология с паранормални романси. Да мислят при подбора на авторите, ебаси. JOHNSTOWN – Вдъхновен от няколко песни на Спрингстийн за родната на Кийн Пенсилвания, този разказ е поредното доказателство, че жанровите автори могат и с гъза си да напишат история, за която конвенционалните писатели се пънат с месеци, просто не искат. А, съдържанието – просто си пуснете „Johnstaun“, „The River“ или „Spare Parts“ на батко Брус. DUST – Вече го бях чел и ревюирал в „Текилата“. Разкошен пропит с тъга призрачен разказ гравитиращ около 11 септември. BURYING BETSY – Пак ще го цитирам: „Заровихме Бетси в събота. В понеделник я изкопахме и и позволихме да се прибере, обаче в сряда, тате каза, че трябва отново да я положим в земята.” Няма такова начало, няма такъв разказ! FAST ZOMBIES SUCK – Забавен разказ, който директно пунтира зомбиобсесията ми. Задръстен зомби фен установява, че се е почнало. Само дето зомбитата пищят и бягат, когато стреляш по тях. I SING A NEW PSALM – Малко наподобява Джонстаун с работническата си история от малкия град. Подредбата като църковен псалм, обаче кърти. CAUGHT IN A MOSH – Един от най-ранните разкази на автора и съответно доста боклучав. Може би се вижда потенциал, но ако ми беше попаднал преди да изчета камара неща на Кийн, щеше да мине дълго време преди да подхвана нещо друго от него. Група хлапета отиват на рок фестивал, където млад изпълнител е вплел призоваваща магия в една от песните си. Появява се богът(или демонът) на танца и става мазало. I AM AN EXIT – Разкошен финален обрат и първа поява на един от най-емблематичните образи от митологията на автора – Изхода. THIS IS NOT AN EXIT – Тук серийният убиец от предходния разказ прави компромис с принципите си, за да разкара един истински боклук от лицето на земята. THAT WHICH LINGERS – И за този съм писал. Интересна и различна призрачна история. Не знам защо всички я свързват с дебатите около абортите. HALVES – Много, много добра. Осиновената котка всяка сутрин носи подаръчета на семейството, обикновено са части от подаръчета. Въображаемият приятел на малкото им момиченце хич не харесва навиците на любимеца. Има защо. WITHOUT YOU – Пак ранна творба. Наистина ми вдъхват надежда тези отчайващи ранни опити. Един мъж решава да сложи край на жалкото си съществуване, само че е забравил брачната си клетва. „Събудих се сутринта и се застрелях два пъти“ – пак, няма такова начало. COUCH POTATO – Сладурска зомби история със симпатична главна героиня. Отново в света на “Entombed” и “Dead sea” FADE TO NULL – Пак е от Текилата и пак няма да я коментирам, но е супер. Алцхаймер е коварна болест, но наистина не знаем какво става в смаляващото се съзнание на засегнатия. BABYLON FALLING – Тук вече имаме Кийн в целия му блясък. Група военни в Ирак попадат в плен на фанатизирани фаедини. Те ще бъдат използвани за призоваването на нещо древно и жестоко. A REVOLUTION OF ONE – По-скоро манифест на отвратения от света човек, от колкото хорър. При всички положения е страхотно начало на постапокалиптичен сценарий. Все пак слабичък и предвидим. FULL OF IT – Участник в Gross-Out Contest на Световната хорър конвенция. Тук не търсим литература, а вадим гнусомера. ФБР агент попада в плен на група паравоенни, които е следил. Решават да го удавят във външния кенеф, но даже не предполагат какви ще са последствията. Вкусноооо, макар и безсмислено :) TWO-HEADED ALIEN LOVE CHILD – Когато Досиетата Х срещнат Гришам. Отново се смях много, въпреки че го бях чел. BUNNIES IN AUGUST – Нетипична за автора, много изтръпнало-зловеща история. Една от най-добрите му. THE WIND CRIES MARY – Надявам се с това да е изчистил вече зомби романса от системата си. Посредствено, но финалът беше добър и изненадващ, а умението на Кийн да ти направи героите симпатични с по две изречения тук е на върха си. THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE – Да, Исус е вдигнал Лазар, но дали е човек това което ходи в тялото му? Сбойлер – прочетете „The Rising“. STONE TEARS – Следващите три истории са в митологията на „Падината на Лехорн“, които допълват света на двете книги. В тази действието се развива преди първата „Dark Hollow“и ни показва младия Нелсън Лехорн те първа навлизащ в окултното. Връзката с романите е по-интересна от самия разказ. RED WOOD – Няма такова начало. Група приятели отиват на лов около Падината, но там вече са започнали да се случват мистериозни неща. Никой от тях не очаква, не плячката, а самата природа да се превърне в преследвач. THE GHOSTS OF MONSTERS – Действието е година след събитията в Ghost Walk. Двойка младежи си търсят местенце да се усамотят. Отново най-големите чудовища ходят на два крака. SLOUCHING IN BETHLEHEM – История за раждането на друга емблематична за автора фигура – Проспър Джонсън. Наистина забавно заиграване с библията, макар и просташко. Докато серийния убиец на бебета Ирод обикаля града, в една канавка е заченато дете от ангел и надрусана проститутка, която се сдобива с втора девственост. MARRIAGE CAUSES CANCER IN RATS – Качвам каквото съм написал при първото четене в „The Cage“: Това е нещо друго. Колко далече може да стигне психо-соматичното желание за самонаказание? Колкото е голямо престъплението, а при Кийн до потресаващи размери. Само да добавя, че след изчитането на този сборник, вече съм на ясно от къде идват нещата, чисто автобиографични са. GOLDEN BOY – Забавна, но не само история за момче, което отделя по всякакви начини злато. Естествено, щастието съвсем не се връзва с цялата история.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    A great collection of Brian Keene's stories all in one place. Here is hoping that the publishers continue this series. One of the stories collected here in was published on a "T" shirt. Others were quite limited and impossible to find, till now. A great collection of Brian Keene's stories all in one place. Here is hoping that the publishers continue this series. One of the stories collected here in was published on a "T" shirt. Others were quite limited and impossible to find, till now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Albert

    Very nice anthology, I really enjoyed most of these stories. This was a memorable collection, depressing and hard hitting but also fun. I'm looking forward to Volume 2. Very nice anthology, I really enjoyed most of these stories. This was a memorable collection, depressing and hard hitting but also fun. I'm looking forward to Volume 2.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Knight

    I will start this brief review by saying that I have yet to read anything by Brian Keene that I haven’t loved. His take on zombies is a breath of fresh air, he has plenty of degenerate inbred horrors, he hates reality shows (haha). But I especially love his short stories. If an author can pack punches in novels, imagine the rabbit punches you get from a shorts collection! This collection includes the fabulous “Fast Zombies Suck” and two stories featuring Keene’s serial killer with honor The Exit I will start this brief review by saying that I have yet to read anything by Brian Keene that I haven’t loved. His take on zombies is a breath of fresh air, he has plenty of degenerate inbred horrors, he hates reality shows (haha). But I especially love his short stories. If an author can pack punches in novels, imagine the rabbit punches you get from a shorts collection! This collection includes the fabulous “Fast Zombies Suck” and two stories featuring Keene’s serial killer with honor The Exit. The long and short of it (see what I did there?) is if you are a Keene fan, you need this. If you haven’t yet experienced Brian Keene imagination, do yourself a favor and in the words of Me. Keene himself: “[email protected] that right away!”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    I read two Brian Keene short stories before buying this book on Amazon. I loved both of them and I figured if two random Keene stories could knock me out then a collection of them had to be pretty good. I have had trouble reviewing collections of short stories in the past so I am going to try something different. I am going to review each story individually. PORTRAIT OF THE MAGUS AS A WRITER - I would perhaps have liked this story less by itself, but as an opening to a collection it works. It i I read two Brian Keene short stories before buying this book on Amazon. I loved both of them and I figured if two random Keene stories could knock me out then a collection of them had to be pretty good. I have had trouble reviewing collections of short stories in the past so I am going to try something different. I am going to review each story individually. PORTRAIT OF THE MAGUS AS A WRITER - I would perhaps have liked this story less by itself, but as an opening to a collection it works. It is one of those stories about a writer and his "muse" and sets up the tales that follow pretty well. (Four Stars) CAPTIVE HEARTS - There are a lot of zombie stories in this collection and this is one of them. Keene says it is a stab at paranormal romance but it does not resemble that genre on more than superficial terms which might be a good thing. (Three Stars) JOHNSTOWN - This is story is inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen and sometimes captures that same sad ache that his songs do. (Four Stars) WAITING FOR DARKNESS- A piece of "flash fiction" that works very well. (Five Stars) DUST- This story invokes 9/11 and has a similar feel as Johnstown. Not really horror, yet cutting the way horror does anyway. (Four Stars) BURYING BETSY- This is the only story I had read previously. On a second read I was bothered by some of the logic of the story but it wasn't anything I could not explain away. It still packs a wallop. (Four Stars) FAST ZOMBIES SUCK- A pretty funny dig at horror fans. (Four Stars) I SHALL SING A NEW PSALM- The story is cliche but the structure makes this one something special. (Four Stars) CAUGHT IN A MOSH- Keene warns that this is an early story and it is immature writing. The punchline is pretty good, though it would have been better if the rest of the story was better written. (Two Stars) I AM AN EXIT- Classic misdirection. (Four Stars) THIS IS NOT AN EXIT- A sequel to the previous story that is not really necessary. (Three Stars) THAT WHICH LINGERS- Keene says he did not intend for this story to be political but it is hard to imagine him not knowing it was a tough sell. I do not think it works at all because you can't help but think of it as a political statement. (Two Stars) HALVES- This story is pure genius. It reminds me a little of the Neil Gaiman story The Price only better. (Five Stars) WITHOUT YOU- This is another one where the story is meh but the writing makes up for it somewhat. Great first line. (Three Stars) COUCH POTATO- I saw the ending coming a mile away but still really liked this story. (Four Stars) FADE TO NULL- This starts off really fascinating and you expect great things but then it turns out to be obvious. Still worth it for the beginning. (Three Stars) BABYLON FALLING- This is another great story by Keene. It actually offended me a little while I was reading it, which was a bit of the point. Keene wades into bad taste territory but the ending makes it clear where he stands. (Five Stars) A REVOLUTION OF ONE- I hated this story. It is heavy-handed, obvious and a chore to read. I kept expecting some kind of clever twist but it never came. (One Star) FULL OF IT- Cliche story well written once again. (Three Stars) TWO-HEADED ALIEN LOVE CHILD- The title gives away the joke. (Two Stars) BUNNIES IN AUGUST- This story is pretty creepy even though I had some problems with some of the story's logic. (Four Stars) THE WIND CRIES MARY- Another zombie story. It is decent if not memorable. (Three Stars) THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE- A bible story retold as a zombie story. This could have been better but it is still pretty good. (Four Stars) STONE TEARS- The premise is more interesting than the story. (Three Stars) RED WOOD- A standard horror story exceptionally well told. (Four Stars) THE GHOSTS OF MONSTERS- This feels like we read this story already earlier in the collection. (Three Stars) SLOUCHING IN BETHLEHEM- This feels like it is the beginning of a novel not a short story. (Three Stars) MARRIAGE CAUSES CANCER IN RATS- Weird and creepy story but once again feels like more of the same. (Three Stars) GOLDEN BOY- Keene says this is not a metaphor for anything but still a great idea for a story! (Four Stars) I kind of wish I could give this collection 3 1/2 stars overall because that is where I think it deserves to be. About half of the stories are good or great, another half fair with a few outright duds in there. I am going to give it three stars but I like this more than most collections I have given three stars to, but it is still not as good as collections I give four stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Complete collections are tough to rate. There are a lot of stories here from a lot of different phases of Brian Keene's career. Some of the stories are particularly cool because of their association with the mythos of his longer works. You can see him trying some things out that would make it into later works. You can watch his writing skill progress. For a Brian Keene fan, that is worth a lot. Some of the stories are great. Keene has a way of mixing graphic horror with dark humor. It's a great Complete collections are tough to rate. There are a lot of stories here from a lot of different phases of Brian Keene's career. Some of the stories are particularly cool because of their association with the mythos of his longer works. You can see him trying some things out that would make it into later works. You can watch his writing skill progress. For a Brian Keene fan, that is worth a lot. Some of the stories are great. Keene has a way of mixing graphic horror with dark humor. It's a great marriage when it works out. But there are also stories in this collection in which he was still trying to figure out exactly how to go about that. It's a spectacular insight into a single writer, with everything from flash fiction to longer short stories. Some of the stories, as Keene will admit, aren't as strong. But they are elements that add up to the sum of his career, and it has been a pretty good one so far.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    This is an excellent collection of short stories. I'm a fan of Keene's longer works, but this collection contains some of the best writing I've yet to read from the man. It's always difficult to give a collection a single rating, because no author on earth has ever been blessed with perfect consistency. I chose a four, because 1) that's my overall impression of the read, and 2) that's where I'd put the majority of the stories. Some were sublime, inching into 5-star territory. Others were more med This is an excellent collection of short stories. I'm a fan of Keene's longer works, but this collection contains some of the best writing I've yet to read from the man. It's always difficult to give a collection a single rating, because no author on earth has ever been blessed with perfect consistency. I chose a four, because 1) that's my overall impression of the read, and 2) that's where I'd put the majority of the stories. Some were sublime, inching into 5-star territory. Others were more mediocre, earning a 2 or 3. Unfortunately, some editorial errors made it into the final product - in particular a few misuses of apostrophes. Though jarring, there were only a handful, and they do not greatly take away from the experience. If you are a fan of horror, gritty life experiences, and general creepiness, you owe it to yourself to give this one a shot.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    My experience with Brian Keene's novels has been hit or miss, so I expected more of the same from this short story collection. I usually prefer novels to short stories, so I was very surprised that I liked this as much as I did. For me, Mr. Keene's writing style is more effective in these shorter works. For diehard fans, there are plenty of links here to the ongoing Labyrinth mythos, but knowledge of that isn't necessary to enjoy the stories. I'm looking forward to reading the next volume. My experience with Brian Keene's novels has been hit or miss, so I expected more of the same from this short story collection. I usually prefer novels to short stories, so I was very surprised that I liked this as much as I did. For me, Mr. Keene's writing style is more effective in these shorter works. For diehard fans, there are plenty of links here to the ongoing Labyrinth mythos, but knowledge of that isn't necessary to enjoy the stories. I'm looking forward to reading the next volume.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Great collection of short stories by a master craftsman. WE can all relate to these stories, with the twists Brian spins on feelings and emotions we all encounter in our lives. I highly recommend reading this collection of character driven stories. This being volume 1, I can't wait for 2. Great collection of short stories by a master craftsman. WE can all relate to these stories, with the twists Brian spins on feelings and emotions we all encounter in our lives. I highly recommend reading this collection of character driven stories. This being volume 1, I can't wait for 2.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Anderson

    I've been known to be a Brian Keene fanboy, and I've probably said all there is that needs to be said about his early books being staples of my introduction into horror and zombies. I've also written repeatedly, about the steady decline of his books, along with his health, confidence, and personal life, and the fear that one of my all time favorite authors of the past had finally reached his zenith of greatness and would ever be the same again. I admit, that fear is still there when it comes to I've been known to be a Brian Keene fanboy, and I've probably said all there is that needs to be said about his early books being staples of my introduction into horror and zombies. I've also written repeatedly, about the steady decline of his books, along with his health, confidence, and personal life, and the fear that one of my all time favorite authors of the past had finally reached his zenith of greatness and would ever be the same again. I admit, that fear is still there when it comes to his full length novels (although the more recent Pressure was a small step in the right direction), but there's still no doubt that when it comes to short stories, Keene is still at the top of his game and still leaves me with faith that there's still a great author somewhere inside of him. Blood on the Page is one of the reasons I still have faith in Keene. Now, while it's been noted that trying to give a short story collection an honest review is tough due to the nature of the hodgepodge of collected stories and the varying strengths and weaknesses (as well as length) of the collected works involved, it's still a fairly easy enough conclusion that Blood on the Page fully deserves every one of its four stars. While the stories inside of this volume range the gamut from zombies, aliens, serial killers, and introspective (meta) fiction, the one thing that is constant is the consistency of strength in pretty much every single one. I can count only 3 stories that I found to be a bit on the lacking side ("Portrait of the Magus", "Fade to Null" and "Golden Boy" if you really want to know), while the rest were above-average to awesome. Trying to pick out the ones that really stood out is kind of tough (since they were almost all stand outs) but if I had to chose, "Full of It" (because it harkens back to the glory days of Keene's gory and gross out brand of fiction), "Bunnies in August" (because it was just such a heart-rending tale), and "Red Wood" (just because it was a hell of a lot of fun to read). There were one or 2 stories I have read before in other collections but it's still crazy that being a fan of Keene for so long, I've missed so many of his short stories. And that fact that this is only volume one of a 2 part series is pretty exciting.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Echevarria

    Blood On The Page contains many of Brian Keene's hard to find short fiction. Previously most of them have only been printed in expensive limited editions and lettered editions, so this book was a real treat for his less wealthy fans. Blood on the Page: The Complete Short Fiction of Brian Keene, Volume 1 is going to be the first in a promised series, which will eventually contain every novella, flash fiction, or short story he has ever written. This book delivers on the goods and runs slightly ov Blood On The Page contains many of Brian Keene's hard to find short fiction. Previously most of them have only been printed in expensive limited editions and lettered editions, so this book was a real treat for his less wealthy fans. Blood on the Page: The Complete Short Fiction of Brian Keene, Volume 1 is going to be the first in a promised series, which will eventually contain every novella, flash fiction, or short story he has ever written. This book delivers on the goods and runs slightly over 200 pages long, some of me personal favorites include The Resurrection and the Life which features Ob from The Rising series. There are other awesome guest appearances from Tony Genova from Clickers and Nelson LeHorn from Dark Hollow. At the same time this wonderful collection also acts as a scrapbook showcasing various snapshots at the different high and low points of Brian Keene's career. We get to see the man behind the legend in many different ways, by experiencing his fears, his passions, his love for his family, and his life through the characters in his book. Blood on the Page is a very fitting name for this series. Throughout this collection many stories exist within the universes of his previous written novels. Readers who have read Clickers II: The Next Wave, Ghost Walk, or Dead Sea might recognize familiar faces or settings. The majority of these tales stand on their own and don't need prior knowledge of existing work to enjoy them. However if you are a fan of his preexisting material then your enjoyment will be greatly enhanced. This first installment contains the majority of short novellas that were already featured in Unhappy Endings, A Little Silver Book of Street Wise Stories, and Fear of Gravity. However those collections aren't really necessary since most of those novellas were either reprinted in this collection or will eventually be reprinted in the second or third volume in this series. One of my personal guilty pleasures is his authors notes that accompany each short in this book, usually acting as commentary or bonus material for each tale. I learned a lot about the author and how each piece of fiction came to be because of these small but very welcomed additions. Brian Keene reveals a little about himself through each and every piece of fiction included in Blood On The Page. In some instances he reveals how the military plays a part in his heritage, in others, like a "Revolution For One", he lets us in on some of his political beliefs. I even saw myself connecting with him through his love for his pets in the novella called Halves. I found his work to be very intimate and I now know how writing can leave you feeling more vulnerable then I ever previously understood. (Even in a genre like Horror we can still find parts of ourselves and our love for each other. Who would of thought?) As a fan I couldn't be more happier with this wonderful collection of ultra rare hard to find novellas. If you already couldn't guess this series easily gets a five out of five stars from me. Two of the stories in this collection are first and only known appearances of certain members of the Thirteen. (The villains who appear in many of Brian Keene's books, such as The Rising and Earthworm Gods series.) Blood On The Page also helps set up some of the ground work that will lead to his epic crossover Labyrinth series coming soon. (Titled The Seven.) Fans who read Tequila's Sunrise know why I am eagerly looking forward to the first installment of this crossover! If you are a loyal fan of the authors work or if you just like to follow the Labyrinth mythology then you can not go wrong with Blood On The Page.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Henry L. Racicot

    I picked this up thinking it was a collection of horror short stories, but the horror is pretty light, it’s more serial killer/zombies/word gore horror than pure horror. The story ideas are pretty good (latchkey kid trying to survive zombie apocalypse with white trash addict mom, a Psalm from a church shooter, a Bible story redone in gnostic demonology), along with some unusual settings (Iraq Gulf War, 9/11 New York), but the characters and dialogue are pretty basic (generic bitchy wives/girlfri I picked this up thinking it was a collection of horror short stories, but the horror is pretty light, it’s more serial killer/zombies/word gore horror than pure horror. The story ideas are pretty good (latchkey kid trying to survive zombie apocalypse with white trash addict mom, a Psalm from a church shooter, a Bible story redone in gnostic demonology), along with some unusual settings (Iraq Gulf War, 9/11 New York), but the characters and dialogue are pretty basic (generic bitchy wives/girlfriends, tired male banter). There are two more *volumes* of this guy’s stories. . .this one was enough for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Allan

    An amazing collection of short stories! Highly recommend if you are a Keene fan, or a great introduction to Keene if you have not read him!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rob Karraker

    a book of his short stories. Many of them are of zombies which makes the book boring, but some stories are good. I just tired of reading bout zombies.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Keene is an excellent writer of short fiction, a fact which is often overshadowed by his popular novels. This is the first volume of what promises to be his complete short works. I'd read many of them before, particularly in the recent Deadite Press titles, but several were new to me. It's a nicely representative collection, containing some very early works and pieces which represented (and overlapped) his various series. There are some straight horror pieces, a couple of bizarro stories, some h Keene is an excellent writer of short fiction, a fact which is often overshadowed by his popular novels. This is the first volume of what promises to be his complete short works. I'd read many of them before, particularly in the recent Deadite Press titles, but several were new to me. It's a nicely representative collection, containing some very early works and pieces which represented (and overlapped) his various series. There are some straight horror pieces, a couple of bizarro stories, some humorous bits, and a nice contrast in lengths. I found that reading a couple of these stories between other books worked best for me. There were a few typesetting issues in places, but I'm looking forward to the next volume.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Blood on the Page (Volume 1) is a collection of short stories from horror author Brian Keene. For those of you familiar with Keene's work, many of these shorts take place in or are tangentially related to worlds previously created by the Author (e.g. LeHorn's Hollow and The Rising). Normally, with a collection of short stories I find myself skimming through or flat out skipping stories that do not retain my interest. However, each and every one of the stories in this collection were highly reada Blood on the Page (Volume 1) is a collection of short stories from horror author Brian Keene. For those of you familiar with Keene's work, many of these shorts take place in or are tangentially related to worlds previously created by the Author (e.g. LeHorn's Hollow and The Rising). Normally, with a collection of short stories I find myself skimming through or flat out skipping stories that do not retain my interest. However, each and every one of the stories in this collection were highly readable. Keene has a knack for being able to create characters, plot and resolution within a mere a few pages. Highly recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lou Sytsma

    This collection is pulled from various phases of B. Keene's career and you can see the steady progression of his writing skill. Regardless of when a story was written these all grab you because of B. Keene's distinctive voice. Fascinated by where he came from. Excited and intrigued to see where he goes with his stable of characters and the Labyrinth Mythos. This collection is pulled from various phases of B. Keene's career and you can see the steady progression of his writing skill. Regardless of when a story was written these all grab you because of B. Keene's distinctive voice. Fascinated by where he came from. Excited and intrigued to see where he goes with his stable of characters and the Labyrinth Mythos.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Some good short stories. I had read many of them previous before as they were attached to some of Brian Keene's earlier Deadite Press releases. I enjoyed re-reading the ones I had read already and enjoyed the new ones (new to me anyways). A good set of horror/supernatural short stories. Some good short stories. I had read many of them previous before as they were attached to some of Brian Keene's earlier Deadite Press releases. I enjoyed re-reading the ones I had read already and enjoyed the new ones (new to me anyways). A good set of horror/supernatural short stories.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dave Heeley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  23. 4 out of 5

    Breane Ross

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Adams

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael English

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michael Winters

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  28. 4 out of 5

    George Shaub

  29. 5 out of 5

    Visago

  30. 4 out of 5

    Travis

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