By Gary Raisor
Mind-wrecking Splatterpunk Horror
Mr. Sprinkles is a teddy bear, a child’s plaything. Mr. Sprinkles has a missing button eye, and it makes him look like he’s winking. It’s not a friendly wink, no sir, not at all. Mr. Sprinkles looks like he’s done something bad, something he doesn’t want you to tell on him.
Hell has come to the secluded, Kudzu-covered town of Eden Pointe, Georgia. It slid in on a train late one night, bearing shadows of the damned, and the most unlikely of demons—a teddy bear—Mr. Sprinkles. The bear, monstrous as it is, works for something even more horrible. Something hungry that’s marked the town for its own.
Only a few people, including a drug-addicted priest, know what they’re up against. As shadows gather in Eden Pointe, the death toll mounts. Burnings, decapitations, crucifixions, impalings, and the occasional premature burial. Each death brings the Hell train closer. Only problem is, its thunder can only be heard by a few troubled souls.
The priest, along with his ex-marine uncle, both fighting their own private demons, have to decide just how far they will go to get their loved ones off the train. Demons are about to learn that when a man has nothing to lose, there’s no telling how far he’ll go. He might even go to Hell and back.
Heavily re-worked, with a brand-new novel leading off, this is a hefty collection of connected stories that form a unified, terrifying tale from Gary Raisor, the author of Less Than Human. This one is something special, folks! And now, it’s even more special!
Sinister Purposes by Gary Raisor is a mind-wrecking Splatterpunk story told in six parts. Raisor uses an in-your-face style of writing not uncommon in Splatterpunk to tell this tale. There is nothing pretty or prosy about it. It is meant to horrify you, creep you out, and offend your sensibilities. And it succeeds.
Gary Raisor pulls absolutely no punches. The reader is immediately plunged head first into horrifyingly offensive imagery and subsequently drowned in it. I spent the first few pages wondering what in the world I had gotten myself into. I did not know going in that it was Splatterpunk. I had to take a break after the first section to administer first aid to my sanity.
Once I realized I was venturing into the type of unapologetic gruesome horror one expects of Shane McKenzie and Shaun Hupp, I was ready to go back in. But nothing can really prepare you for the relentless nature of Raisor’s writing in the stories. Gruesome, graphic, suspenseful, twisted, varying combinations thereof. One element that puts a twist to your psyche is Raisor’s subtly changing style from one story to the next. The stories are connected, but each has its own flavor and feel.
Sinister Purposes is ultimately about the proverbial train to Hell, but Raisor twists the classic theme into a unique horror all his own.
If you are a fan of Splatterpunk, here’s your ticket to Hell. Enjoy the ride.
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About the Author: Gary Raisor
When not torturing baby tigers, I write horror. Less Than Human, Graven Images, Sinister Purposes. Do a lot of short fiction. I was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Less Than Human. The baby tiger was not impressed.
I also dabble in screenplays and comics. Repped by the Athena Talent Agency. Two stories of mine, Making Friends and Night Caller have been turned into award-winning movies.