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John Skipp

Autor(a) de Book of the Dead

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Obras por John Skipp

Book of the Dead (1989) — Editor — 386 exemplares
The Light at the End (1986) 304 exemplares
Zombies: Encounters With the Hungry Dead (2009) — Editor — 194 exemplares
The Scream (1987) 186 exemplares
The Bridge (1991) 168 exemplares
Book of the Dead 2: Still Dead (1954) — Editor — 134 exemplares
The Long Last Call (2006) 130 exemplares
The Cleanup (1987) 125 exemplares
Werewolves and Shape Shifters (2010) — Editor — 107 exemplares
Deadlines (1988) 107 exemplares
Animals (1993) 97 exemplares
Jake's Wake (1601) 88 exemplares
Demons (2011) — Editor; Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Fright Night (1985) 54 exemplares
Mondo Zombie (2006) — Editor; Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
The Emerald Burrito of Oz (2000) 36 exemplares
Spore (2011) 22 exemplares
Looking Glass (2006) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Four Zombies (Anthology 4-in-1) (1961) — Autor — 15 exemplares
Conscience (2004) 14 exemplares
The Art of Horrible People (2015) 11 exemplares
The Day Before (2009) 7 exemplares
Stupography (2004) 6 exemplares
Tales of Halloween [2015 Film] (2015) — Director — 5 exemplares
Sick Chick Flicks (2012) 5 exemplares
NIGHT CRY FALL 1986 (1986) 5 exemplares
The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction (Issue Four) (2010) — Editor — 4 exemplares
The Last Goddam Hollywood Movie (2013) 3 exemplares
Décibels (1999) 3 exemplares
Art Is The Devil (2012) 3 exemplares
L'Angelo della carne (1995) 1 exemplar
Don't Push the Button (2021) 1 exemplar
Still Dead (1992) — Editor — 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Living Dead 2 (2010) — Contribuidor — 317 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: First Annual Collection (1986) — Contribuidor — 314 exemplares
Hot Blood: Tales of Provocative Horror (1989) — Contribuidor — 196 exemplares
In the Shadow of the Gargoyle (1998) — Contribuidor — 171 exemplares
Splatterpunks: Extreme Horror (1976) — Contribuidor — 167 exemplares
21st Century Dead (2012) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Silver Scream (1969) — Contribuidor — 111 exemplares
Hellboy: Oddest Jobs (2008) — Contribuidor — 105 exemplares
Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology (2017) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
Dark Destiny (1995) — Autor — 100 exemplares
Cut! Horror Writers on Horror Film (1992) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
The Architecture of Fear (1987) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Out of the Ruins: The Apocalyptic Anthology (2021) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
In Heaven, Everything Is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch (2013) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
The Battle Royale Slam Book (2014) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
October Dreams II (Anthology) (2016) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Christmas Horror Vol. 1 (2015) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Shock Totem 3: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted (2011) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
You, Human: An Anthology of Dark Science Fiction (2016) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
4 Fear of . . . . (2006) — Introdução — 21 exemplares
Welcome to the Show: 17 Horror Stories - One Legendary Venue (2018) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Cinema Futura (2010) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Tales from the Cobra Wars: A G.I. Joe Anthology (2011) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Appalachian Undead (2012) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Amazing Stories of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (2011) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Outoja tarinoita 2 (1990) 15 exemplares
Clickers Forever (2018) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Chiral Mad 2 (Anthology) (2013) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Dead Cats Bouncing (2002) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
The Unquiet Dreamer: A Tribute to Harlan Ellison (2019) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Dark Tides: A Charity Horror Anthology (2019) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Attack From the '80s (2021) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Zombies vs. Robots: Volume 5, No man's land (2014) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Surviving Tomorrow: A Charity Anthology to Fight COVID-19 (2020) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Madhouse: a Shared World Anthology (2016) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Seductive Spectres (1996) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Rigormarole: Zombie Poems — Ilustrador, algumas edições3 exemplares
Walrus Tales (2012) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Nightmare Magazine, September 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Skipp, John
Nome legal
Skipp, John Mason
Outros nomes
McQueen, Gina
Skipp, John Mason
Skipp, John M.
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA



Considered the first splatterpunk novel, The Light At The End was published in 1986 and it shows it. The story was OK. The writing was alright. Overall, it felt dated and not especially gory. If you grew up in NY in the late 80's/early 90's you may get a kick out of it just for the nostalgia.
LynnMPK | 11 outras críticas | Jul 1, 2023 |

This was a beautifully put together anthology. A rare collection of shorts focusing on one culprit, one monster, the American boogeyman..... the psychopath.

Compiled of 38 stories written by different writers, exhibiting vastly different styles, spanning across many decades. It includes a forward and afterword from Skipp, and an appendix from Cody Goodfellow.....I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

Overall, this was one of the best collections I've read.

Due to the amount of stories in this book......I will break them down by sections.....by rating, notations I made while reading, etc. This is based on my opinions and reading style alone....my ideals may not coincide with or represent everyone's.

BEST: **These are the best in the entire book imo.**

All through the house ( Christopher Coake): Fantastically written!! Easily in my top 3 for this book!! Would make an amazing full length novel or movie!! Well done Christopher Coake!! Bravo!! .....5 stars

Classic scenes of Farewell ( Jim Shephard): Amazing....one of my faves... 5 stars

Hop Frog ( Edgar Allen Poe ): This has always been one of my faves by Poe....5 stars

The most dangerous game (Richard Connell): Great read, feels like a complete story.....5 stars

Red Dragon ( Thomas Harris): This is an amazing series.....adding a chapter to this anthology was an incredible idea.....5 stars

Going solo ( Leah Mann): Amazingly complete....5 stars

Life with Father ( Bentley Little ): I've read this Bentley little piece before....its shockingly disturbing, raunchy, gory....all the things I'd expect.....5 stars

Lucy comes to stay ( Robert Bloch): A very short, but striking story. Psychos....after all....are what Bloch does best!!....4 stars

The Paperhanger ( William Gay): Wow! Heart wrenching.....and more than alittle disturbing.......4 stars

The incident in and off mountain road (Joe Lansdale): Joe writes an in your face and completely unapologetic gruesome tale!.....4 stars

The shallow end of the pool ( Adam -Troy Castro): A darkly twisted and unique take on toxic family dynamics. An almost satire like rendition, depicting the use of children as pawns in the battles of parents.....4 stars

Intruder ( John Boden): Haha! Comedic horror done right!! Hilariously frightening!! .....4 stars

Straycation ( Scott Bradley & Peter Giglio): Another comedic horror win!! A nod to animal owners/lovers.....both psychotic and not!......4 stars

GOOD **These were good to ok reads..... nice additions to the collection**

Marmalade wine ( Joan Aiken): Nicely written...a bit abrupt, even for a short......3 stars

Marla's eyes ( Ed Kutz): Ok.....a tad hard to decipher the ending....3 stars

Jesse ( Steve Rasnic Tem): Dark, twisted, disturbing......but, predictable.....3 stars

Death -in- life love song ( Kevin Donihe): Pretty good.....3 stars

Mommy picks me up at Daycare (John Gorumba): Sad, heart wrenching.....3 stars

Life coach ( Cody Goodfellow): Another satirical dark comedy....this one takes aim at both LA residents and pet owners......pretty good.....3 stars

Righteous ( Weston Ochse): Ok.....3 stars

Willow tests well ( Nick Mamatas): Ok.....3 stars

Serenity now ( Simon McCaffery): Pretty good....3

ODDBALLS: **these weren't awful.....but, I would have probably preferred something different in there place**

In for a Penny ( Lawrence Block): Meh.....ok.....2.5 stars

Bucky goes to Church ( Robert Devereaux): Not sure exactly how I feel about this one......unique, well written, interesting......but, utterly disrespectful to religion....2.5 stars

NOT GOOD:** These were not enjoyable....they were lacking in plot and/or style and storyline.**

The small assassin ( Ray Bradbury): I was so disappointed this was the Bradbury piece Skipp chose to add. I'm a huge fan of Bradbury....and John managed to pick the one story I don't care for. This pushes the ideology that babies in general....rather than just the one here..... are inherently selfish and evil. While its as beautifully written as most of his work....its just not for me....2 stars

The liar (Laura Lee Bahr): I'm not sure if I'm missing some sort of symbolism here.......2 stars

Ralph and Jerry ( Leslie-ann Wilder): A lukewarm attempt at associative horror.....2 stars

Sensible Violence ( Brian Hodge): Rambles on......an incredible feat for a story thats less than 20 pages.....2 stars

The exit at Toledo blade BLVD ( Jack Ketchum): Another disappointing choice from an author who has much better work available....2 stars

Murder for beginners ( Mercedes Yardley): Ok...seriously?? This one is just stupid. I think the writer was aiming for funny.....but, it just isnt.....1 star

Now hold still ( David Schow): Um...no....1 star

The meaning of life ( Amelia Beamer): I get what the writer was going for here......but, no child.....psychotic or otherwise....thinks the way the child here is does, at the ages portrayed.....it completely ruins the story, it falls flat....1 star

WHAT? WHY?: **I'll lump the last few in this category together.....they are ambiguously obscure.....an attempt at interpretative horror.....is there a quota to fill for these in short story collections???**

Feminine endings (Neil Gaiman): Yet again, I'm disappointed in Skipps choice ......I was excited to see Gaimans name on the list of writers included. I'm a fan, but a rather new fan....I've only read a few of his novels and was eager to read his addition here. I didn't care for this at all. Rambling, completely uninteresting, with a ambiguously vacant plot. This simply didn't hold my interest in the least....1 star

And what did you see in the world ( Norman Partridge):..1 star

Mannerly Man ( Mehitobel Wilson): ....1 star

At evintides ( Katherine Koja): ....1 star

THE WORST OF THE BUNCH:** These last 2 additions win the dead last place award.....they were both disgusting and disappointingly bad.**

Damaged Goods ( Elizabeth Massie): I've read this previously and was not happy to see it here.....grossly disturbing.....and not the way it should be for a horror anthology. This is simply the fantasies of a sexual deviant put to paper....0 stars

When the zoo closes down they'll come for us (Violet Lavoit): A disgustingly racist story designed to cause further racial divide and push ridiculous ideology.....0 stars
… (mais)
Jfranklin592262 | 5 outras críticas | May 21, 2023 |
From the Files of Sheldon Nylander:

I came across a publication the other day called The Emerald Burrito of Oz, put together by John Skipp and Marc Levinthal. It was an account of Gene Spielman of Los Angeles' visit to his friend Aurora Jones, the proprietor of the Emerald Burrito which is the only Mexican restaurant in Oz, a magical world that seems to exist in parallel with our own and is the true world which L. Frank Baum based his books on. The gate exists in Salina, Kansas, but it requires special government permission to pass through. This would explain the recent influx of Munchkins working around Salina in recent years.

This world of Oz plays by its own rules, right down to the laws of science. Things don't work the same as they do over here, especially when it comes to technology. In Oz, only the simplest of technologies work. When any man-made technology passes through the gate, the results are...unpredictable, which leads to some odd situations, especially when reading through Gene's account written on the computer he took with him.

It becomes very easy to feel lost with this account, especially if you are only familiar with the Judy Garland movie (and to a lesser extent the much darker “Return to Oz” with Fairuza Balk; this book was originally published back in 2000, before “Oz, the Great and Powerful” was even a gleam in a studio executive's eye). There are references to individuals and creatures that, to my knowledge, are only accounted for in the L. Frank Baum books, which I haven't read.

The book has more violence than you might initially expect from something related to Baum's children's books, but then you remember that is the real life accounting of time in Oz during a civil war as they face off against someone known as the Hollow Man. When you get the real life counterparts of an axe-wielding Tin Man or the Lion, there's going to be violence and blood.

While the book seemed interesting for what it is, I had a hard time getting into it. Admittedly, this may be because, as I mentioned above, I haven't read Baum's original books, so there was some sense of feeling lost in a world that I should have reviewed the map for before traveling there. The players are interesting, with Aurora being the traditional tough hero while Gene is more of a wimp, but I would have liked to learn more details about the real life counterparts of the Scarecrow or the Lion. Still, you get quite a bit of story, character, and world-building, and The Emerald Burrito of Oz is one of the longer books to fall into the bizarro genre with very little padding, so you'll get more substance out of your reading.

The Emerald Burrito of Oz earns 3 flying monkeys out of 5.

Note: Just in case you can't tell (and there some are some out there who might not), this review was written in character. Yes, I know it's not real.
… (mais)
sheldonnylander | Apr 5, 2023 |
Art is the Devil is a short story by John Skipp that takes a satirical look at the art community. Well, maybe more specifically the art community in Los Angeles. Pretentiousness be thy name. It has a dark humor (very dark) that readers of bizarro fiction will love, although it could be off-putting to someone who is not familiar with bizarro or John Skipp. He engages in some rather in-your-face commentary, but there's also a more subtle layer of commentary that you'll need to dig for. What is the truth of art? Who can explain this truth? You'll have to read to find out. Quick and entertaining. At 99 cents, you can't go wrong here. Have at it!… (mais)
sheldonnylander | Apr 5, 2023 |



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