Hell Comes To Hollywood by Eric Miller editor; Big Time Books; 2012; 317 pgs; $14,99 US

Someone would say that the Hollywood world is horrific enough  to have no need of a short story anthology to prove it, but the idea of enrolling a group of  movie and TV professional as horror writers is original enough to grant full attention. Under the direction of Hollywood veteran Eric Miller (here acting as an editor and a publisher) twenty people working in Tinseltown under various roles have penned twenty original stories some of which , rather predictably,  take  place in the movie world, other simply resemble movie scripts that Hollywood might transform in actual films.

As any anthology, the book is a very mixed bag, featuring both good or very good stories, some fair material and the occasional awful stuff. I’ll take advantage of my privilege as a reviewer by mentioning only the best stories.

“Muse” by Andrew Helm is a well crafted piece where a young scriptwriter achieve success thanks to a destructive, monstrous muse disguised as a sexy girl.

“Town Car” by Joseph Dougherty is an excellent tale featuring a smart driver and a spoiled, drunk young girl as his only passenger. The author displays an uncanny ability to maintain the tension in a situation  with only two characters and no real plot to be developed.

In the captivating “Pool Boy” by Ann Lewis Hamilton the mystery behind an attractive pool by a Hollywood villa is finally disclosed while in the strong and vivid “Trash Day” a screenwriter for horror movies found himself involved in a real, more frightening nightmare

John Schouweiler contributes “Dog Eats Dog”, a Grandguignolesque piece of graphic horror describing the violence of Hollywood tycoons when their employees make some mistake.

Travis Baker’s “Pyre” is a tense, gripping story about a lonely widower fighting against a powerful fire which menaces his house and its well concealed secrets.

The volume highlight  is perhaps “The Box”, by Jamison Rotch, a splendid, well written story featuring a movie actor whose successful career is due to a dark, unspeakable secret.

All in all an enjoyable anthology including some noteworthy material.


Dec 28, 2012

**Please note. You may not reproduce any reviews in whole or in part without the express permission of Horror World and the respective author. Please contact the webmaster with any requests. Thank you.**