Epeolatry Book Review: WTF was That? by Bridgett Nelson
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Title: WTF Was That?
Author: Bridgett Nelson
Publisher: Indie release
Genre: Horror, Extreme Horror
Release date: 1st, June, 2023
Synopsis: Bridgett Nelson, the two-time Splatterpunk Award-nominated author of the hugely popular A Bouquet of Viscera, has three deranged stories to tell that all you freaks are sure to love!
In “Getaway,” four college friends go on a beach house vacation in an Outer Banks town. The allure is that it’s off-season and the town is completely deserted…so why is there a loud knock on the door in the middle of the night?
In “Scars,” a famous author holds a contest to have characters named after his biggest fans. But after the book is published, the fans begin to die in the same way as their characters…
In “Belong,” Briony has dealt with an obsessed stalker her entire life. Just when she thinks he’s finally gone, all hell breaks loose…and Briony is no longer the only victim.
So enjoy! But if you share this book with the normal people in your life, be prepared to hear “WTF was that?”
Up until this book I had yet to experience anything that would be considered part of the Extreme Horror subgenre. And, holy cow, talk about intense. I mean, glad I didn’t go into these stories with a full stomach. All three are a punch to the gut both viscerally and emotionally. They are not for those with weak stomachs and definitely not for newbies to the horror genre. That said, Bridgett Nelson’s WTF was That? Is a delightful glimpse into the deep end of the horror pool.
Each of these stories has a fairly common plot. ‘Getaway’ being about a group of girls ending up in the wrong beach house. ‘Scars’ recounts how people are murdered in fashions identical to characters in a book. And ‘Belong’ follows Briony as she deals with a psychopath stalker. These seem like standard horror plots, but Nelson lures you in with the promise of comfy, acceptable horror tropes, but then cranks the bat-shit insanity up to eleven! Each time I thought ‘surely, this won’t get any more F-’ed up’, Nelson amped it up ten-fold more. I was not disappointed with any of these three stories.
Admittedly, I don’t see myself dipping into Extreme Horror too often, but I do plan on checking out more of Nelson’s work, as well as trying a few other samples from the deep end. If you’re looking for something a bit beyond what a ‘normie’ publisher would dare to print, be sure to check WTF was That? by Bridgett Nelson.
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Joe lives with his wife and son in the Pacific Northwest where the Cascade Mountains meet the Salish Sea. He enjoys writing in the weird, horror, and fantasy genres.
Growing up he enjoyed R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps books as well as classics like Dune, and Lord of the Rings. In college he discovered Stephen King, and later Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves and authors like Clive Barker and Laird Barron.
Joe’s short story, ‘Gustav Floats’, was published in Dim Shores Presents Volume 2. In the spring of 2021 his story, ‘The Pigeon Lied’ comes out in Howls From Hell.
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