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Scars are not a sign of where we have healed, they are a reminder of what we have buried beneath the skin: A talking toaster. A crabbing voyage that descends into chaos. Malevolent snowmen. The debut of a mysterious indie wrestler. A sacrifice in need of an hourglass. A paranormal cremator in search of a friend...and other choice cuts from the mind of Donnie Goodman. The r Scars are not a sign of where we have healed, they are a reminder of what we have buried beneath the skin: A talking toaster. A crabbing voyage that descends into chaos. Malevolent snowmen. The debut of a mysterious indie wrestler. A sacrifice in need of an hourglass. A paranormal cremator in search of a friend...and other choice cuts from the mind of Donnie Goodman. The razorblades have emerged. It is time to dig.


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Scars are not a sign of where we have healed, they are a reminder of what we have buried beneath the skin: A talking toaster. A crabbing voyage that descends into chaos. Malevolent snowmen. The debut of a mysterious indie wrestler. A sacrifice in need of an hourglass. A paranormal cremator in search of a friend...and other choice cuts from the mind of Donnie Goodman. The r Scars are not a sign of where we have healed, they are a reminder of what we have buried beneath the skin: A talking toaster. A crabbing voyage that descends into chaos. Malevolent snowmen. The debut of a mysterious indie wrestler. A sacrifice in need of an hourglass. A paranormal cremator in search of a friend...and other choice cuts from the mind of Donnie Goodman. The razorblades have emerged. It is time to dig.

30 review for The Razorblades in my Head

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    “I’ve just begun to dig” what a great note to leave off on! *clapping* great debut collection. I'll never forget this conversation I had with an author about two or three years ago. I think about it all the time. I asked this guy, are you going to release another short story collection? He says, "It doesn't work that way. You don't just write a bunch of short stories and put them in a collection and release it." I asked, "Why not?" He responded with an explanation that authors submit their stories “I’ve just begun to dig” what a great note to leave off on! *clapping* great debut collection. I'll never forget this conversation I had with an author about two or three years ago. I think about it all the time. I asked this guy, are you going to release another short story collection? He says, "It doesn't work that way. You don't just write a bunch of short stories and put them in a collection and release it." I asked, "Why not?" He responded with an explanation that authors submit their stories to various publications; magazines, anthologies, websites, etc., and then when the author has their rights back, they can collect them all into one book. Oh. Except it seems that these publishing "rules" can be broken all the time! I've read and enjoyed dozens of short story collections over the last few years from indie-published authors and I'm so glad it seems as though writing a bunch of short stories and collecting them for a book with badass cover art is exactly what one can do! I strongly encourage others to do this. THE RAZORBLADES IN MY HEAD by Donnie Goodman. Donnie is a friend of mine and reviews horror fiction for the Night Worms blog. A few of these stories I beta read for Donnie, so please feel free to take this review with a grain of salt, if you think there's a possibility for a bias. The Razorblades in my Head - This one made me sick and queasy. Very detailed descriptions of something unnatural happening to a man's head. Body horror at its best. Great opener. Third Grade - I saw Ross Jeffery say he read this story along with listening to Donnie read it out loud for Celebrate Horror 2021 which is hosted on the Nightworms YouTube channel. That's a great idea! If you enjoy the whole "kids are very creepy" trope-this one is for you. Quick and insidious. Stargazing - A SciFi-apocalyptic tale. Probably not my favorite in the collection but I enjoyed that it showcased a different storytelling voice. I would like to see if Goodman could experiment further with quiet horror for a longer piece. This one felt a wee bit underbaked. Gobble, Gobble - I love this story because one of my favorite tropes is animal revenge stories. There's a children's story called, "Click, Clack, Moo. Cows That Type" where these cows flip the tables on the farm and fuck with him a little bit. Gobble, Gobble is the adult version of that. *wink* Magic in the Hat - This is my favorite story. I had the pleasure of reading this before it was featured in this collection and I knew then that Donnie has chops. I could read a full-length novel with coming-of-age elements from Goodman, I can tell he has the voice for young protagonists. It’s Not Always Why - Some cult horror here that I wish was developed a *tiny* bit more. I'm a short story lover, no doubt, and I very rarely complain about length because the right author can tell the perfect story in as few words as the story in their mind needs-but I found there wasn't really enough here to buy in. Cult horror is tricky, I've said this before in another review. It's hard to convince the reader that people are capable of madness under the influence of a cult if the cult isn't strong enough. I needed more-even just one line. The Stranger in the Squared Circle - Horror and wrestling just go together, I suppose! I've read a few horror stories about wrestlers or wrestling and they have all been really entertaining despite my disinterest in wrestling as a sport. This one is no exception. A strong story. (Read UGLY AS SIN by James Newman) Toasted - What the hell?? This is a fast and feisty one! I smirked upon reading the ending. Teddy - I like the way Donnie built strong tension and character with this piece. The unrelenting sense of dread carries this dark story to the top of the pack for me. A Bloody Heist - Another example that Goodman has a lot of storytelling voices in him which is exciting because it will be exciting to see what genre he decides to go with for his first novel or novella. This stands out as a favorite. Hourglass - Horror comedy is not my favorite genre but this tale shines. The Old Bay King - A stand-out story in the collection and was released as a promo teaser for this collection. Here's my review: If this story is any indication of what Goodman is promising, horror fans better jump on the bandwagon now! This is a "too good to be true" cautionary tale about two guys who find themselves with a debt that needs to be paid and no lucrative way to make good on it. The Old Bay King wants the lion's share of their crab haul but the ocean isn't giving up its bounty so easily. Out at sea, they spot a "ghost ship" their investigation turns up something that might be the answer to all of their problems. Damn! In just a few pages, Donnie is able to paint a very vivid picture of desperation. What stands out to me the most is the gripping narrative and authentic dialog. Goodman has a storytelling voice that is immediately engaging--it takes no time to "warm up" to it--just a few lines in and I'm hooked! I can't wait to see what other dark stories Donnie has cookin' in that noggin. I'm here for it! And this collection feels like only the beginning. An author on the rise and one to watch.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meghan2714

    Reading this was like having a migraine and euphoria at the same time ... each story picks at you and makes you want more like a drug. It is soo focking brilliant!!! This brings new light to the horror genre!!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard Martin

    This debut collection and much-anticipated release from Donnie Goodman boasts a killer cover by Justin T. Coons and twelve tales of terror inspired in no small part by the mass market horror paperback explosion of the 1970s and 1980s. Affectionately referred to as ‘Paperbacks From Hell’ named for the recent Grady Hendrix book of the same name that chronicles their history, these lurid covers and unashamedly gory content has inspired a whole generation of writers, and the influence on Goodman’s i This debut collection and much-anticipated release from Donnie Goodman boasts a killer cover by Justin T. Coons and twelve tales of terror inspired in no small part by the mass market horror paperback explosion of the 1970s and 1980s. Affectionately referred to as ‘Paperbacks From Hell’ named for the recent Grady Hendrix book of the same name that chronicles their history, these lurid covers and unashamedly gory content has inspired a whole generation of writers, and the influence on Goodman’s inaugural release is clear to see before you’ve even started reading. Everything about the book screams fast-paced, fun and gory good times and, if his ‘sneak peek’ release of the short story ‘The Old Bay King’ back in February is any indication, that is exactly what we can expect. The Razorblades in My Head It’s easy to see why Goodman chose to lead with this story, as it very much sets the tone for what is to follow, and more than any story in this collection demonstrates a range that few writers can boast. As a pure body horror story, it is very effective. The titular premise is surreal and unpleasant and the story gets good and disgusting, but dig a little deeper and there is more going on that first meets the eye. As fun as it is as a gross-out piece, the story is also a very relatable and slightly melancholy metaphor, one which I initially read as almost a take on PTSD, and the minds unwillingness to let go of past traumas. Horror readers just wanting a fun read will leave very happy, but genre fans wanting a little more substance over style get that here as well, and the balance between the two is perfect. An incredibly strong opener. Third Grade Told from the perspective of a third-grader writing a letter to his teacher, the story starts off rather sweet and endearing but gets very dark very quickly. Goodman gets a lot of mileage out of childhood innocence here, his letter writer clearly positioned as well-intentioned rather than leaning into the trope of ‘evil children’ and the fun of this short is how the reveal comes gradually, almost mentioned as a passing thought until the lurid details come out. Goodman nails the voice of an eight/nine-year-old, their focus all over the place, the structure of the letter messy, almost ‘stream of consciousness’ in style and I enjoyed the unique format and thought the overall piece, experimental as it was, worked incredibly well. Stargazing This one came as a bit of a surprise as it is, to begin with at least, a much more quiet and reflective story, focusing on character as opposed to concept. Following a young woman still mourning the untimely death of her younger brother, who was taken by leukaemia when he was a child, a lot of the story’s events are told through this lens of tragedy and it informs everything that happens, even when things take a more peculiar turn. The whole story has a surreal, dream-like quality to it and is more impactful for choosing to tell such a big scale story through such personal means. Gobble, Gobble I love Creature Features and read any I can get my hands on. I’ve read stories featuring the unlikeliest of killer animals. Pigs, Moths, Cows, Frogs, Slugs, Jellyfish, Worms, Pikes, Cormorants, Kangaroos, I’ve read them all. I believe this was my first ever ‘Death by Turkey’ though and, for such a silly premise, Goodman actually manages to wring a surprising amount of tension out of it. Not to say it’s not as out there and as funny as the title suggests, but a genuinely creepy story about a Turkey is no mean feat. Magic in the Hat Reading like a ‘Tales From the Crypt’ Christmas Special, this fun and festive short follows three troublemaking boys who get some creative comeuppance when they choose the wrong house to prank. You’ll see the ending coming a mile off but the fun is in the journey with this story. Goodman seems to have a knack for characters and dialogue, especially when his leads are children, and I loved to hate the three naughty kids in this one. There is some vivid yuletide body horror in the finale and hints at a much wider story, giving you a lot to get your teeth into for such a seemingly straightforward cautionary tale. It’s Not Always Why “I want to know why” This phrase comes up a lot in this story, which is far darker and more serious-minded than most in this collection. It’s an apt mantra because, until the very end, we’re kept in the dark as to exactly what is going on, and answers are not necessarily forthcoming. Fans of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (‘Resolution’ in particular) will find a lot in common between the filmmaking duos work and ‘It’s Not Always Why’. A chilling set-up and a build-up that delivers a lot, but does not offer the ‘whys’ readily, building to a vaguely defined and wholly unexpected cosmic finale. When the story starts the young protagonist has power over the reader because she seems to have an understanding of what is happening, which is not afforded to us. By the end, we’re in the same position she is; we’ve seen the forces at play, but are no closer to understanding what they are or why they are here, and that is what makes this one of the collections more disturbing offerings. The Stranger in the Squared Circle The longest story in the collection also happens to be my favourite. Mixing professional wrestling and classic monsters is inspired, and the result is just as enjoyable as you’d expect. Resisting the temptation to get straight into the ring, a lot of time is spent getting to know the lead character first, then setting the final confrontation into motion by building up the suspense and upping the stakes until the final showdown. The ending is perfect, and while being somewhat unexpected, it is exactly the way the story needed to end. I’d love to read more stories in this vein, which perfectly balanced the horror and the fun factor. Toasted A short and sweet piece of flash fiction that revels in the strange, this was another story that subverted my expectations by keeping things off-kilter and telling a strange tale that doesn’t go too big or opt for a classic twist ending. We’re never quite sure whether the protagonist is in the midst of a psychotic break or if she is genuinely experiencing something profoundly supernatural. A brisk and well-told short that sets up a lot in such a short page count and delivers a satisfying ending while still leaving plenty of things unsaid or unanswered. Teddy In the short story notes at the book of the book, Goodman mentions that he intends to write a longer piece of fiction in the near future and, for what it’s worth, my vote goes to an expanded adventure with Wallace and the rest of the cast of ‘Teddy’. The premise of this short has so much potential for more stories set in this world. I picture a mixture of The Warrens meets Indiana Jones, with some secret societies thrown in for good measure. If this does prove to be a one and done then it was a fun ride, with its period setting and bleak worldview. A Bloody Heist A high concept story that does exactly what it says on the tin (there is a heist… and I’ll not spoil how the blood comes into play). I thought the way Goodman described the action was incredible. Its very precise language and quick sentences, keeping the momentum going on a story that is almost 100% bank robbery and car chase. I flew through this one and it proves that the author is equally capable at tackling other genres (thriller in this case) as he is horror, even if the temptation to throw in something supernatural proves a little too tempting. Hourglass Easily the collections most overtly comedic short (and yes, I’m including the killer turkeys story in that statement). This one actually had me laughing out loud (“Are these gluten-free?”). It was a little weird to read the story notes on this story and hear that this had its origins when Goodman was working on a short film because as I was reading it I absolutely thought to myself what a great 5-10 minute short film this would make. The Old Bay King This was the only story I was familiar with going into the collection and remains one of my favourites. This is the kind of story the book's design leads you to expect. It’s a love letter to the mass market horror paperback boon, in particular, the Guy N. Smith ‘Crabs’ series and it’s as much fun as these bloody stories were, with the added bonus of interesting, well-rounded characters and a worthy plot to hang things on. It is one of the longest stories of the collection, and the perfect one to end the book on, leaving us on a strong and memorable note. Wrapping up with some story notes that cover some insightful looks into the themes and inspirations behind the stories, as well as some fun anecdotes behind their inception, the book feels over far too soon. The passion behind the stories and the personal touches that have gone into the release shine through and I was left craving more. ‘The Razorblades in my Head’ delivers on its promise of big entertainment and exuberant, blackly funny carnage, but there is also a surprising number of stories that are a little quieter, more heartfelt, and these are a welcome addition, mixed in with stories of killer turkeys and sinister snowmen. It is hard to believe that these stories come from a debut writer, as the voice behind them is so assured and distinctive and I’m excited to see what Donnie Goodman has lined up for us next. This review was initially written for and published by Horroroasis.com. Check out their site for horror book and movie reviews, articles, giveaways and more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ross Jeffery

    This is a 4.5 review from me rounded up to 5 for Goodreads and Amazon. The Razorblades in my Head - well damn, what a way to kick off the collection and a brilliant introduction to Donnie’s work. This one has the weird horror vibes that I love, think Sarah Hall, Emily Harrison and Angela Readman (all writers you should be checking out) - I love my weird horror and this is just all of that and more, body horror and the healing of old wounds in the most macabre way. Third Grade - I loved the tone o This is a 4.5 review from me rounded up to 5 for Goodreads and Amazon. The Razorblades in my Head - well damn, what a way to kick off the collection and a brilliant introduction to Donnie’s work. This one has the weird horror vibes that I love, think Sarah Hall, Emily Harrison and Angela Readman (all writers you should be checking out) - I love my weird horror and this is just all of that and more, body horror and the healing of old wounds in the most macabre way. Third Grade - I loved the tone of voice in this piece, the clipped dialogue really gets you into the characters mind. A young boy with an idea sets about helping his teacher get over her grief in the way only a child could think of. Well if that child was deranged! I actually mixed this one up, I read it along with listening to Donnie read this story for Celebrate Horror 2021 which was hosted by Sadie Hartmann on the Nightworms YouTube channel - I’d recommend doing it that way if you can, I love authors reading their own work and Donnie does a terrific job. Stargazing - here we’re treated to an apocalyptic vision, an invasion of sorts as our protagonist wakes to find the place belongs under attack. He brother returns to guide her to the place beyond, because he also knows what their mother called her ‘Stargazer’ - a great little change in tone and genre here, it’s less horror more science fiction / apocalyptic dread. Gobble, Gobble - a nice dip into one of favourite sub genres the ‘Creature Feature’ - I have to say when I read the title I was thinking stuff was going to get sick, but after the first line I realised that we were going to be treated to something a little different - think Herbert’s The Rats but with Turkey’s and you’ll be in that wheelhouse! It’s absurd but I loved it! Magic in the Hat - we’re treated to a slice os seasonal horror here, Goodman does a great job at bringing this coming of age tale to a dramatic and horrifying conclusion and it reminded me of those 80’s style horror books and films - where the unthinkable the unimaginable happens, it’s crazy, you know it’s mad - but you just can’t help but love it! Frosty the Snowman has nothing on these guys! It’s Not Always Why - this one read like a perfect blend of Adam Nevill (horror) and Cormac McCarthy (crazy) - a young girl breaks into a hospital abs steals a newborn child, for what purposes you’ll need to read and find out - but the ending is not what you’d ever imagine! The Stranger in the Squared Circle - I’m going on the record here to say that there are not enough wrestling horror stories out there. This one is a beaut, all the action and escapism one gets from watching the real thing great the reader on the page and the subtle horror that becomes bright lights and popcorn horror was something I never knew I wanted until I had it. An enjoyable crazy read - just my level of vampiric, not too much, just enough! Toasted - all I can say is WHAT??? Madness I tell you, utter weird mad horror! Teddy - working in a crematorium might be a strange job to want but for our protagonist it’s everything she wants right now. It’s a lonely existence for her, but she finds a friend - Teddy and all her troubles just melt away! This ones a slow burn with creepy undertones - I liked the mix up of pace to the other stories in the collection. A Bloody Heist - this is brilliant. The twist in this book of fabulous, it’s like the film ‘Heat’ but with some crazy twist - also you gotta admire the chops of Goodman for writing about a terrorist bomb or terrorist cell - it’s the first one I’ve read and I feel some people (since recent history) stay away from this subject. But the subject is horrific and I feel horror is a great platform to tackle such hard hitting subject - also this is handled with care and precision throughout! Hourglass - I really enjoyed this one, a comical look at sacrifice - the details are handled to perfection and I did a few chuckles as reading. Woodman did a fabulous job balancing the horror with the comedy and the ending was perfect - like something out of a horror film! The Old Bay King - I think this is the longest story in the collection and was also previously released as a single story as a teaser for this collection (great promo Donnie). And what I have to say is this story shows the true brilliance of Goodman’s work - he excels in the longer story, his prose is sharp as a scalpel and his words are drenched in his deep love of all things horror. This had some real Guy N Smith vibes which I loved - creature feature is a sub genre I love and Goodman takes it to the next level with some Benchley vibes too. At the back of the collection we find the author notes about each story, so you can read and find out where these ideas came from, what inspired them and how they came to be - I do love these appearing in short story collections / they give you a glimpse behind the macabre curtain. A fabulous debut collection, some (some) of the stories had a Goosebumps vibe to them and one I didn’t vibe with (Goosebumps is not really my thing - they weren’t available when I was at school so the nostalgia they bring to readers is lost on me a little) - but having said that I can still see the creative brilliance on offer. I’m also not a fan of the vampiric (although I read it) and Goodman does a great job at incorporating this trope but not drowning the stories in it - so hats off to you man! When this collection gets dark, it gets damn crazy and you’ll be repeating ‘it’s just a book, it’s just a book!’ - I want more of that darkness from Goodman’s pen! I’m excited and desperate to see what Donnie does next and hope it’s something bigger - a novella or a novel, something I can really sink my teeth into and devour! Also - damn that cover is amazing! Cover of the year contender if that’s a thing or not - it should be!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex | | findingmontauk1

    What a kickass debut collection from Donnie Goodman! Covering so many creepy topics and spooky themes, Goodman clearly demonstrates his love and passion for horror. From body horror to creepy kids, sci fi, animals, cults, and more, he is able to show us just a fraction of what is on his mind and the stories he has in his repertoire. A few of these stories made my jaw drop on those final words - which is always a great feeling as a reader. He is able to pull the reader right into the story with e What a kickass debut collection from Donnie Goodman! Covering so many creepy topics and spooky themes, Goodman clearly demonstrates his love and passion for horror. From body horror to creepy kids, sci fi, animals, cults, and more, he is able to show us just a fraction of what is on his mind and the stories he has in his repertoire. A few of these stories made my jaw drop on those final words - which is always a great feeling as a reader. He is able to pull the reader right into the story with ease and engage fully until the end. I cannot wait for what comes next - I will be there for it! 4.5 rounded up for Goodreads And always a huge shoutout to Justin T. Coons for BRILLIANT and incredible cover art!

  6. 4 out of 5

    John Lynch

    Let me preface this review by saying this, Donnie is a friend of mine. However, check my track record of reviews and you’ll find that when I review a friends book, I tend to be more difficult on them. Maybe I’m afraid of putting my stamp of approval on something and be accused of giving fake reviews. I don’t know, but I know I’m not that guy. So when I tell you this collection was phenomenal, I mean it. First off. Cover of the year 2021? Right now it’s a certainty to me that This and Janine Pipes Let me preface this review by saying this, Donnie is a friend of mine. However, check my track record of reviews and you’ll find that when I review a friends book, I tend to be more difficult on them. Maybe I’m afraid of putting my stamp of approval on something and be accused of giving fake reviews. I don’t know, but I know I’m not that guy. So when I tell you this collection was phenomenal, I mean it. First off. Cover of the year 2021? Right now it’s a certainty to me that This and Janine Pipes collection (which you should also check out) are going to be fighting for that mantle. There is a lot to like about this collection. A lot of variety in the stories. No 2 feel alike. Many of the stories are on the shorter side, and to be honest that’s another plus for me. I do like a well done long, short story BUT I don’t want a collection full of stories that read like a novel. There’s a nice mix of length and brevity in here. The writing in Donnies collection doesn’t read like a debut, that’s for sure and I believe that’s where “The Horror Hypothesis” proves his genre chops. He marries accessible writing with a nice variety of stories in different sub genres. A few of my favorites The Razorblades in my head Magic in the Hat It’s not always Why The Stranger in the Squaded Circle A Bloody Heist The Old Bay King Listen do yourselves a favor, check this book out. You’re welcome to take my word with a grain of salt because of my friendship with the author, but I guarantee you you’re going to be seeing quite a few 4 and 5 star reviews of this excellent review and I think this will be a contender for best collection of 2021. I’ll be buying a signed copy from the author whenever he has them available.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janine Pipe

    Debut??? I don’t know how. I’m pretty mad that Donnie’s first collection of short stories is so damn good to be honest ... Not really of course, I’m thrilled. I absolutely loved this collection and I’m over the moon for him. Donnie is fab and I can’t wait for more. Full review to come but just know this entire collection is brilliant.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Briana Morgan

    This short, sharp collection has more bite than I expected! Goodman's work is evocative, and he presents some grotesque imagery that is sure to stick with you long after you've finished reading. This short, sharp collection has more bite than I expected! Goodman's work is evocative, and he presents some grotesque imagery that is sure to stick with you long after you've finished reading.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This collection has everything. Gorgeous cover? Check Revenge? Check. Cosmic horror? Check. A heist? Check. Professional wrestling? Yup, that's in here too. I have never experienced a more wildly diverse collection of stories in all my years of reading. Goodman throws in a little of everything for readers. This was such a fast and easy read. My favorites were Teddy A Bloody Heist Hourglass If you are looking for a little variety in your horror reads, pick this up! You will not be disappointed. "It's t This collection has everything. Gorgeous cover? Check Revenge? Check. Cosmic horror? Check. A heist? Check. Professional wrestling? Yup, that's in here too. I have never experienced a more wildly diverse collection of stories in all my years of reading. Goodman throws in a little of everything for readers. This was such a fast and easy read. My favorites were Teddy A Bloody Heist Hourglass If you are looking for a little variety in your horror reads, pick this up! You will not be disappointed. "It's time to dig" into this wild assortment of tales.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    ✨💀Book Review - THE RAZORBLADES IN MY HEAD by Donnie Goodman💀✨ *Thank you to the author for an e-arc copy in exchange for my honest review. YYYEESSSS!! This was everything I was hoping it would be. The author teased on Twitter about writing these short stories and mentioned that one had snowmen in it which absolutely caught my attention--I loved that whole concept. THEN the cover was revealed and I just could not wait to get my hands on a copy. As a whole, this collection of short stories is really ✨💀Book Review - THE RAZORBLADES IN MY HEAD by Donnie Goodman💀✨ *Thank you to the author for an e-arc copy in exchange for my honest review. YYYEESSSS!! This was everything I was hoping it would be. The author teased on Twitter about writing these short stories and mentioned that one had snowmen in it which absolutely caught my attention--I loved that whole concept. THEN the cover was revealed and I just could not wait to get my hands on a copy. As a whole, this collection of short stories is really good for a debut anthology imo. Every story I found a tid bit of entertainment in one way or another. They range from brutal body horror, crazy cosmic to me laughing out loud at the ridiculousness of a situation. I'll do a quick review for each story. + THE RAZORBLADES IN MY HEAD: Holy s#!t! This is one of my favorites and what a way to open this anthology up in a sharp way. + THIRD GRADE: A fun way to tell a creepy story and the reveal was on point. This story is definitely ahead of it's time. + STARGAZING: I felt anxiety with this from the beginning to end. Tiptoes along the line of religious at first (well that's where my mind went) but then things go awry and you quickly get sucked in. + GOBBLE, GOBBLE: A hilariously gory good time. This will make you want to go for seconds. + MAGIC IN THE HAT: The story I was looking forward to most and it got the job done. Snow what I mean? + IT'S NOT ALWAYS WHY: The most cosmic one out of the bunch and in my typical fashion, it sort of went over my head but still found cultivating. + THE STRANGER IN THE SQUARED CIRCLE: I really enjoyed this one and after reading Donnie's note about this story, I'm glad he edited it the way that he did. This one will make you wrestle with your own morals for sure. + TOASTED: This was tragic and also had me going, "WTF?" at the end. VERY memorable--especially if you are a metal head. + TEDDY: Another quirky fun story that makes the sweetest things terrifying. + A BLOODY HEIST: A unique, action packed story with a heart warming ending. A bloody good time. + HOURGLASS: I laughed so hard throughout this one. I would LOVE to see this made into a short film. + THE OLD BAY KING: I read this way before this collection came out and really enjoyed it. Creature feature and greed--the perfect seafood splatter platter. As mentioned before, I appreciated the notes the author left about each of the stories. I feel when authors do that, it adds so much more depth and background to their stories. Great insight. I recommend this to people who enjoy horror that ranges all along the spectrum. There are definitely uncomfortable gross moments and also light hearted "lol" moments. There's a little bit of everything for every type of horror reader in THE RAZORBLADES IN MY HEAD. Give it a try and get lost in a head full of razorblades. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 *Content warnings. Just message me if you want specifics.🖤

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Torres

    Donnie absolutely nailed it with this short story collection. I was a giant fan of The Old Bay King & when I was given the opportunity to read THE RAZORBLADES IN MY HEAD I jumped on it immediately! I won't give much away but I will say everyone needs to own & read this book. I can't wait to read more from Donnie in the future! Donnie absolutely nailed it with this short story collection. I was a giant fan of The Old Bay King & when I was given the opportunity to read THE RAZORBLADES IN MY HEAD I jumped on it immediately! I won't give much away but I will say everyone needs to own & read this book. I can't wait to read more from Donnie in the future!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (That's What She Read)

    These stories were a lot of fun. There was a nice variety to the types of stories told. I think if I had to choose favorites they would be Teddy, Stargazing, It's Not Always Why and Hourglass! The inclusion of story notes in the back was great too. An impressive debut! These stories were a lot of fun. There was a nice variety to the types of stories told. I think if I had to choose favorites they would be Teddy, Stargazing, It's Not Always Why and Hourglass! The inclusion of story notes in the back was great too. An impressive debut!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    It took some deep breaths to get through the first story but this collection was really good! As a huge fan of flash fiction, I loved the story Toasted.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Damien Casey

    Imagine if those lame commercials for “best of the blah blahs” cds that play at 3am were for horror books. This is what Donnie Goodman has given us here. Each story captures the tone of great horror writers. Reading like a cover album almost. Donnie manages to take a tone from this, an atmosphere from that, and show that not only is he extremely well read but he knows how to make all of these influences his own. At no point do any of these stories feel like “rip-offs” and if that’s what this rev Imagine if those lame commercials for “best of the blah blahs” cds that play at 3am were for horror books. This is what Donnie Goodman has given us here. Each story captures the tone of great horror writers. Reading like a cover album almost. Donnie manages to take a tone from this, an atmosphere from that, and show that not only is he extremely well read but he knows how to make all of these influences his own. At no point do any of these stories feel like “rip-offs” and if that’s what this review is making it seem like hit me with something because I’m just honestly not great at reviews. Each story in this collection creates a unique set of atmosphere, characters, and situations that show exactly how diverse the author is. My personal favorites were “Stranger in the Squared Circle” (because wrestling really is one of the purest forms of entertainment) and “hourglass”. If you’re a fan of paperbacks from hell style horror, indie horror, or horror from the greats like T.E.D. Klein, Barker, or Keene, don’t be a sausage short of a bbq(whatever the hell that means) and pick up this fantastic debut collection.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dustin

    3.5/5 rounded up. This is a great debut collection, with a fun variety, written by someone who obviously has a great deal of love for all things horror. If I have a complaint, it's that I wanted most of the stories to be longer, but that is probably a personal taste thing, and something I frequently have trouble with when it comes to short stories; by the time I'm getting hooked in, they're wrapping up. I'll definitely be interested to see what Donnie can do with a longer format, and I very much 3.5/5 rounded up. This is a great debut collection, with a fun variety, written by someone who obviously has a great deal of love for all things horror. If I have a complaint, it's that I wanted most of the stories to be longer, but that is probably a personal taste thing, and something I frequently have trouble with when it comes to short stories; by the time I'm getting hooked in, they're wrapping up. I'll definitely be interested to see what Donnie can do with a longer format, and I very much look forward to seeing what he does in the future. The standouts in this collection for me were: Stargazing, The Stranger in the Squared Circle (my personal fave), A Bloody Heist (this would make a great movie) and The Old Bay King.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    A great collection of short stories full of horror. A fantastic introduction to this author with nice short, sharp stories to give you a taste of their talent. The title comes from the first story which stayed with me till the end. It was full of gore and with no nonsense brutality which doesn't need explaining for it to be felt! Will definitely pick up more from Donnie Goodman in the future and recommend you do the same. A great collection of short stories full of horror. A fantastic introduction to this author with nice short, sharp stories to give you a taste of their talent. The title comes from the first story which stayed with me till the end. It was full of gore and with no nonsense brutality which doesn't need explaining for it to be felt! Will definitely pick up more from Donnie Goodman in the future and recommend you do the same.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shane

    1, 2 , 3 , 4 stars! Punk rock’s not dead and either is splatterpunk. Like a good punk album, @thehorrorhypothesis’s debut short story collection is all killer, no filler. Some of the stories are only a few pages long but it’s when Donnie lets the word count build that he gets to flex his creative muscles. There’s killer turkeys (gobble), cursed toys, mutilation by crustacean and an hilariously droll satanic ritual in a suburban garage. Donnie wears his influences on his sleeve, name dropping Lay 1, 2 , 3 , 4 stars! Punk rock’s not dead and either is splatterpunk. Like a good punk album, @thehorrorhypothesis’s debut short story collection is all killer, no filler. Some of the stories are only a few pages long but it’s when Donnie lets the word count build that he gets to flex his creative muscles. There’s killer turkeys (gobble), cursed toys, mutilation by crustacean and an hilariously droll satanic ritual in a suburban garage. Donnie wears his influences on his sleeve, name dropping Laymon, Barker and Ketchum in The Stranger in the Squared Circle, but he’s got some serious chops and this a really fun ride that I’m sure is just the start of his journey.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    An amazing debut collection of short stories. I have been a Donnie Goodman fan for the last year or so, and was fortunate that he provided me with a sneak peak at a few of the stories in this collection. After reading Stargazing and The Old Bay King, I felt like a kid waiting for Christmas to come and when the book was finally released I dove into it immediately. Wow! Bizarre! Thrilling! Mesmerizing! Horrific! I hope this is only the beginning for Mr. Goodman.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Review to come

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mylene

    Wow! Quite the debut! If this is a debut from Donnie Goodman, I can’t wait to read more! This collection of short stories is filled with a variety of unique tales. The cover art is magnificent. All of the stories were above average, but my favorites were: Razorblades in My Head Gobble, Gobble. A Bloody Heist Hourglass Very enjoyable and extremely readable stories.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heather Horror Hellion

    Y'all aren't even ready for this one. Do you love those horror movies where things kill you that shouldn't be able to kill you? I'm thinking turkeys, snowman, teddy bears, crabs, maybe a toaster. If you were nodding enthusiasticly thinking of Jack Frost and Thankskilling. I have a book for you! Donnie hits it out of the park with this one and it was so fun to read! I really want more of his stories and I can't wait to see what he has for us in the future!! Y'all aren't even ready for this one. Do you love those horror movies where things kill you that shouldn't be able to kill you? I'm thinking turkeys, snowman, teddy bears, crabs, maybe a toaster. If you were nodding enthusiasticly thinking of Jack Frost and Thankskilling. I have a book for you! Donnie hits it out of the park with this one and it was so fun to read! I really want more of his stories and I can't wait to see what he has for us in the future!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Hodges

    This is a book I had wanted to read for a long time, both because of its absolutely phenomenal cover and on the recommendation of others. Before we begin: this cover is a work of art, and YES, it does depict the tone of the tales inscribed within quite accurately. On these fair pages, you will find everything from killer teddy bears to sentient toasters to undead wrestlers, plus tons and tons of high-quality gore. This is some premier splatterpunk prose, and Donnie Goodman does indeed do a good j This is a book I had wanted to read for a long time, both because of its absolutely phenomenal cover and on the recommendation of others. Before we begin: this cover is a work of art, and YES, it does depict the tone of the tales inscribed within quite accurately. On these fair pages, you will find everything from killer teddy bears to sentient toasters to undead wrestlers, plus tons and tons of high-quality gore. This is some premier splatterpunk prose, and Donnie Goodman does indeed do a good job of laying out some tales to terrify. I'll review them one-by-one, before discussing the book as a whole: The Razorblades in my Head-10/10-This is without question the best story in the collection, and one of the best short stories I've read by a horror author all year. Its simple: an outcast's acne turns deadly, in some of the most grotesque body horror I've ever seen. This story and one other ALONE make this collection worth the read, but more on that later. Third Grade-7/10-It's a simple premise, told in the style of a letter from a child to a teacher. And it gets dark, like, REALLY fast. It's a little too short, but I really enjoyed the premise and the author captures the language of little kids very well. Stargazing-8/10-An interesting story of space invaders with some implications of cosmic horror. I enjoyed the main character's backstory, and the final scene where she accepts her fate in the face of Terrors from Beyond the Stars is extremely effective. Gobble Gobble-7/10-Things at a turkey processing plant go bad just before thanksgiving. Need I say more? Donnie delivers on the blood, but this one is pretty scant on plot. Our two braindead factory workers are a little too "Cleetus" for my taste, but as a Friday the 13th fan, I guess I have no right to complain. Ultimately, it works pretty well, and the climax is suitably grotesque. Magic in the Hat-10/10-Spoiled rich kids from Northern Virginia vs. Killer Snowmen. Did you hear me? KILLER EFFING SNOWMEN! Ever since reading Calvin and Hobbes as a kid, I've always been fascinated by killer snowmen. This story does a great job of delivering the goods, and features more of that wonderful Donnie Goodman Gore. It's Not Always Why-4/10-A 13 year old cultist steals a baby to be sacrificed to a Lovecraftian horror. Despite some wonderful violence with a security guard and a nurse, I felt the plot was bare. Ultimately it reads less like a complete narrative and more like the latter half of a thumping good story about cults and teenage naivete. Not bad, but it feels horribly incomplete. The Stranger in the Squared Circle-8/10- Undead blood sucking wrestlers, and no, that's not a joke! This one has some GREAT buildup, but I really wish the final fight had gone on for a little longer. Within the blink of eye, the whole story climaxes, and then BAM curtain falls before we've had a chance to register what has happened. Really wish we'd had more action, but the concept alone really carries this piece well. Toasted-3/10-A woman tapes a talking toaster to her husband's decapitated corpse. Would you like to know why? Well, get in line. Teddy-7/10-An ex-vet gets a job at a crematorium that specializes in burning cursed objects. I felt that alone would have worked well, but we get a killer Teddy to boot. Too bad the blood-thirsty bear only appears for a couple of pages towards the end. But still a strong entry, again, just for the concept alone. A Bloody Heist-5/10-Vampire terrorists who steal blood from American elites. It seems to take place in an interesting world where vampires are a hated minority: would that we saw more of it! Hourglass-6/10-Some poor schmuck gets kidnapped by a cult of elitist suburbanites. Not good, not bad, just typical The Old Bay King-7/10-Man, I don't know how to feel about this one. Two schlub fishermen who owe money to some dangerous people go fishing for crabs, and find a golden box on an abandoned ship that sics an unholy horror on them both. Again, I love the concept, but it takes so much time to get to the actual meat of the story, and then its over before we know it. A giant crustacean horror is a great idea, but the title monster barely makes an appearance. A shame, because it's a real beauty, and proves that Mr. Goodman knows how to write some topnotch critter horror! Overall, this is a pretty good introduction to an up-and-coming splatterpunk author who knows how to weave some bizarre stories of the strange and supernatural. My biggest complaint would be that many of the story feel incomplete: more like notes or scenes from some planned narrative than a complete story. More than a few felt rushed, which is a pity considering all of them have some interesting premise at their heart. I was never bored, and every entry was a page-turner, even if some of them ended rather abruptly. I recommend this for horror fans, and HIGHLY recommend it to lovers of gore.

  23. 4 out of 5

    VICKI HERBERT

    The Rocks in My Head... No spoilers. 3 stars. I anxiously awaited the release of this collection because of reading the author's short story THE OLD BAY KING which was excellent... There are 12 stories in this collection but sadly not all of them were as stellar as THE OLD BAY KING. I've rated each story individually... THE RAZORBLADES IN MY HEAD: 3 stars. A man discovered a painful acne-like lump on his head one morning and concludes that scars are not a sign of healing but are a reminder of what w The Rocks in My Head... No spoilers. 3 stars. I anxiously awaited the release of this collection because of reading the author's short story THE OLD BAY KING which was excellent... There are 12 stories in this collection but sadly not all of them were as stellar as THE OLD BAY KING. I've rated each story individually... THE RAZORBLADES IN MY HEAD: 3 stars. A man discovered a painful acne-like lump on his head one morning and concludes that scars are not a sign of healing but are a reminder of what we have buried beneath the skin... THIRD GRADE: 3 stars. A little boy journals his (innocent?) exploits in the third grade... STARGAZING: 3 stars. Imani wakes from a nightmare in which her little brother is swallowed by deep dark chasm only to wake up to the real nightmare... GOBBLE, GOBBLE: 2 stars. Garth and Clint prepare to kill their last lot of turkeys at the processing plant but they find that these turkeys have a longer shelf life... MAGIC IN THE HAT: 3 stars. The 3 boys called themselves The Priviledged Kids Gang and every winter they raised hell in their gated community but this year they picked the wrong house to vandalize... IT'S NOT ALWAYS KNOWING WHY: 2 stars. A young girl shambles toward a hospital maternity ward from the Shenandoah mountains to steal a baby boy. She wants to know why (and I still don't know why)... THE STRANGER IN THE SQUARED CIRCLE: 4 stars. Luke is scheduled to spar in the boxing ring with an unknown talent known as the Stranger. What Luke doesn't know is that this match is going to make them both famous and they will be working together in the future (I get no punch from boxing stories)... TOASTED: 2 stars. Rachael carefully paces in her living room: I am done, this is over, she says... TEDDY 3 stars. The devil doesn't have a face but he is real and the earth is full of evil things so Wallace becomes a paranormal cremator. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, as they say... A BLOODY HEIST. 3 stars. Four vampires plan to hijack an armored truck for some very valuable cargo... HOURGLASS: 4 stars. Jerry is attending his very first sacrifice. The victim is tied to a chair and everything is in place when one of the attendees drops and breaks the ceremonial hourglass... THE OLD BAY KING: 5 stars. This is a seafaring story of two men marooned at sea on their crabbing trawler while trying to catch a great load of crabs to pay back a loan to local thug Otis, also known as The Old Bay King because of his seafood chain of plants... Overall I would give this collection 3 stars. The standouts were THE OLD BAY KING, THE STRANGER IN THE SQUARED CIRCLE and TEDDY.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Austrian Spencer

    The Debut collection of Donnie Goodman’s short stories hit the shelves this week, “The razorblades in my head”, and it’s landed on a lot of love and attention, and deservedly so. There’s a lot in here to love, and the energy and commitment to his craft is plain to read. Each story springs from the page, Donnie has done a great job in both breadth of style, subgenres, voice, and pace, even changing up the lengths of the stories, from quick-fire short shorts (Toasted) to longer pieces (The Old Bay The Debut collection of Donnie Goodman’s short stories hit the shelves this week, “The razorblades in my head”, and it’s landed on a lot of love and attention, and deservedly so. There’s a lot in here to love, and the energy and commitment to his craft is plain to read. Each story springs from the page, Donnie has done a great job in both breadth of style, subgenres, voice, and pace, even changing up the lengths of the stories, from quick-fire short shorts (Toasted) to longer pieces (The Old Bay king), it’s a refreshing and explosive attack on the senses, and Mr. Goodman has every right to be proud of his beautillion ball’s entry. There’s something very sexy about the entire book. Alone, the magnificent Justin Coon’s cover just screams satisfaction, it’s one of those covers you can spend hours looking at, picking out the individual stories, and marveling at the scope at play here, Justin’s perfect presentation of word into reality. Donnie launches into his world after a likable and honest introduction and then hits us with body horror. That's the kind of quick-paced change you can come to expect - and it’s a great starter, voice pitch-perfect, eminently readable. You’re there, sitting in your favorite chair, or on the grass next to the lake in the middle of your village, or you’re in bed, surrounded in comfort – it makes no difference, because after a single page you know you are going to be entertained. And that’s the promise that Donnie is fulfilling here. The variety and delivery of stories are as individual as the man’s many voices. I am not going to pick out individual stories – I’ll leave that alone this time, I think that overall, this was always going to be a collection of shorts that came together into a cohesive whole, the package completed with a great cover and sterling recommendations from leading voices in our shared genre. It just feels like a whole book, and splitting it up into smaller parts would be a disservice to the author. I liked this book. It made me happy. It made me feel like I was being entertained by an author in full control of every aspect of the presentation of his book, and that, more than anything else, shone through. There’s a hell of a lot of effort and love in the details and the book, and this is a great first book. 4,5 ⭐’s out of 5, rounded up to 5 because, well, it’s just too damn sexy for Goodreads.

  25. 5 out of 5

    isyrein

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Razorblades In My Head is a collection of short horror stories, some funny, some terrifying, all of them good. I’ll be rating each story, but overall I give this book 5 stars. If you want a quick read that will leave you chilled for the rest of the day I suggest you pick this collection up. ❤️The Razorblades in my Head: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This story hit me the most. This story is about an individual who had a problem with acne during their teenage years that comes back one day and opens up repressed m The Razorblades In My Head is a collection of short horror stories, some funny, some terrifying, all of them good. I’ll be rating each story, but overall I give this book 5 stars. If you want a quick read that will leave you chilled for the rest of the day I suggest you pick this collection up. ❤️The Razorblades in my Head: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This story hit me the most. This story is about an individual who had a problem with acne during their teenage years that comes back one day and opens up repressed memories. As someone who had a problem with acne, I couldn’t help becoming squeamish during certain scenes. Third Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We’re given a view of the thought process of a third-grader who is really into horror novels and thinks he’s found the solution to his teacher’s grief. Quick, chilling, and slightly funny story ❤️Stargazing: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Imani is still grieving the loss of her brother when humanity comes to an end. If you've watched channel 58 or read hellstar remina you’ll enjoy this story. Gobble, Gobble: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It's the day before Thanksgiving and there’s something amiss at the slaughterhouse. Magic in the Hat ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A group of boys can feel the end of their friendship drawing nea. There's snowmen, package theivery, and a vindictive neighbor. Not my favorite, but I did enjoy the ending. It’s Not Always Why ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A sheltered young girl turns thirteen, but before she can start the journey towards adulthood she has to partake in a ceremony that has her questioning why. Loved it! ❤️The Stranger in the Squared Circle ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A wrestler has to come to terms with the fact that his next match might be his last when he's paired up against The Stranger. This is one of the longer short stories and my absolute favorite out of the collection. Toasted ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The culminating relationship between a woman and a talking toaster. I was confused by this one. I'll leave it at that Teddy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The story of a lonely paranormal cremator. A Bloody Heist ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A group of Vampires being oppressed by their government and what they have to do in order to survive. I almost forgot about this story, and I don't know why? It was good and I would love to read more about this world. Hourglass ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A sacrifice between middle aged men is postponed when a crucial instrument is damaged. This one was the funniest out of the bunch due to the contrast of it. The Old Bay King ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fishing for crabs leads to a treasure that unleashes an aquatic horror. The other longer story in this collection and a good way to end this book in my opinion.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hughes Ouimet

    The Razorblades in my Head - Donnie Goodman What a debut for the very promising author Donnie Goodman! The Razorblades in my Head are 12 nice creepy easy enjoyable read! Very cinematic in the likes of Creepshow! Evil turkeys, snowmen and even a teddy bear might sound cheesy but Mr. Goodman makes it a worst nightmare! Some of the stories such as Third Grade and Hour glass actually feels like Razorblades in your head. It felt a bit like those long opening scene in a Tarantino movie where character The Razorblades in my Head - Donnie Goodman What a debut for the very promising author Donnie Goodman! The Razorblades in my Head are 12 nice creepy easy enjoyable read! Very cinematic in the likes of Creepshow! Evil turkeys, snowmen and even a teddy bear might sound cheesy but Mr. Goodman makes it a worst nightmare! Some of the stories such as Third Grade and Hour glass actually feels like Razorblades in your head. It felt a bit like those long opening scene in a Tarantino movie where characters are just engaged into a conversation only to end up to a maddening breaking point. And to talk about The Stranger in the Squared Circle, this one is a masterpiece of a short story, something never seen before! Shout out to Justin T. Coons for one of the nicest cover I’ve ever seen, on which you can get a glimpse of almost everything you’ll be dealing with in these pages. I am usually not a fan of anthologies but a work like this one makes me want to read more of them. After reading The Old Bay King a few months ago I mentioned it felt like a long length novel and I stay true to these words as every single one of them feels that way. Even better, a few of them have potential to develop into a bigger story follow up or maybe into a novel. This from the Razorblades notes that accompanies each stories at the end of the anthology and the author doesn’t hold back on the origin of his stories. Something readers really appreciates. I cannot wait to see what he comes up with in the near future! Count me in! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kev Harrison

    I had no idea what to expect when I picked this book up, having missed the teaser release of The Old Bay King which came out right before the book. What I *really* didn't expect was so much variety. It's been a weird year for me, in that I've read more collections than I ever usually would. Some have been thematically quite strongly inter-related, or share a location, but this was quite the opposite, moods and settings shifting from one story to the next. There were, of course, themes present in t I had no idea what to expect when I picked this book up, having missed the teaser release of The Old Bay King which came out right before the book. What I *really* didn't expect was so much variety. It's been a weird year for me, in that I've read more collections than I ever usually would. Some have been thematically quite strongly inter-related, or share a location, but this was quite the opposite, moods and settings shifting from one story to the next. There were, of course, themes present in the writing. One is the harking back to the golden age of slasher horror movies, and some of the sceneries here recreated those films perfectly. Another is revenge on dreadful humans, which I am fully supportive of. The lengths of the stories is something that varied greatly, too, with a couple of novelettes here, alongside some tales which were not much longer than flash fiction. This meant there was always that sense of uncertainty over what was coming next, and often led me to take the plunge to the next story. Overall, an excellent collection and I'll certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for what Goodman serves up next.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (sheepyreads)

    Review of The Razorblades in My Head by Donnie Goodman I just finished The Razorblades in My Head. I think it’s rare that you read every story in a collection and find them all great. I loved this so much. (Also, this cover is still the actual coolest @justintcoons.) In this collection the author shows all their writing chops super well by creating complex storylines and characters most would read a full novel about. I also enjoyed the different genres of horror represented which only adds to its Review of The Razorblades in My Head by Donnie Goodman I just finished The Razorblades in My Head. I think it’s rare that you read every story in a collection and find them all great. I loved this so much. (Also, this cover is still the actual coolest @justintcoons.) In this collection the author shows all their writing chops super well by creating complex storylines and characters most would read a full novel about. I also enjoyed the different genres of horror represented which only adds to its overall uniqueness. My personal favorites were: The Stranger in the Squared Circle, The Old Bay King, Teddy and both stories that take place in the Greenfields gated community. I always enjoy when an author includes a blurb about the inspiration behind each story and it creates another layer to the collection. Congrats to @thehorrorhypothesis on this epic first collection. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️—- 5 Stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brittney

    Contents in order of appearance: The Razorblades In My Head* Third Grade* Stargazing Gobble, Gobble Magic in the Hat It's Not Always Why The Stranger in the Squared Circle Toasted* Teddy* A Bloody Heist Hourglass* The Old Bay King* *Favorite stories that I read. What have I just read?! Ok, ok DUDE. Donnie Goodman is onto something here. Honestly, this is one of the first good books I've read in the "horror" genre and have to say that I'm not disappointed with that. Some of these stories are just plain fucked Contents in order of appearance: The Razorblades In My Head* Third Grade* Stargazing Gobble, Gobble Magic in the Hat It's Not Always Why The Stranger in the Squared Circle Toasted* Teddy* A Bloody Heist Hourglass* The Old Bay King* *Favorite stories that I read. What have I just read?! Ok, ok DUDE. Donnie Goodman is onto something here. Honestly, this is one of the first good books I've read in the "horror" genre and have to say that I'm not disappointed with that. Some of these stories are just plain fucked up and gory, some are mind fucks 🤯 and others were kinda confusing to me. I found myself making so many faces... disgust, confusion, aghast, mind blown. I yelled "what the fuck!?" at several stories. I highly recommend this if you want to read, but don't want to commit to a book about one thing or anything super lengthy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    José Santos

    It's an excellent anthology and I am happy with my purchase but the "magic in the hat" story needed less in order to do more. Less hyper specific details, like video game and console names, apps, etc. A single line of dialogue from one of the characters also stood out awkwardly as out of place. It happens during a backstory exposition. It's just my opinion, but the author should have cut out some stuff or worked from a different angle to get where he was going though I also understand it was an ex It's an excellent anthology and I am happy with my purchase but the "magic in the hat" story needed less in order to do more. Less hyper specific details, like video game and console names, apps, etc. A single line of dialogue from one of the characters also stood out awkwardly as out of place. It happens during a backstory exposition. It's just my opinion, but the author should have cut out some stuff or worked from a different angle to get where he was going though I also understand it was an experiment into writing characters of a certain age and dating the story was likely the point, it could have been done with. More finesse. Not sure how well it will age.

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