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A mind-bending trip down the rabbit hole of terror where aliens, comic books, and nightmares are painted onto a blood-red canvas… Damien Shears is the best artist alive, but his favorite pastime is killing people. Armed with a pen designed by aliens, Damien illustrates his victims until they fall asleep; in their dreams, they confront their worst nightmares while Damien vis A mind-bending trip down the rabbit hole of terror where aliens, comic books, and nightmares are painted onto a blood-red canvas… Damien Shears is the best artist alive, but his favorite pastime is killing people. Armed with a pen designed by aliens, Damien illustrates his victims until they fall asleep; in their dreams, they confront their worst nightmares while Damien visits atrocities upon their flesh. His famous comic store has become the perfect tourist attraction for a group of five burn-outs who're looking for a place to party. Reality and dreams collide for the sake of murder and art; the aliens need more data for their analysis of human fear, and people will have to die. "GRAVITY COMICS MASSACRE is a wild, fast-paced ride into the strangest sectors of your imagination. I dare you to read it without a smile carved into your face; unique and adorably quirky, you can't help but finish this in one sitting. Vincenzo Bilof is what bizarro fiction has been missing." - Max Booth III, author of They Might Be Demons "For original, literate, Horror that swings between the bizarre and the profane, look no further than Bilof's inventive rendition of the darkest Horror tropes. You might just get what you don't expect!" - William Cook, Editor of Fresh Fear and author of Blood Related.


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A mind-bending trip down the rabbit hole of terror where aliens, comic books, and nightmares are painted onto a blood-red canvas… Damien Shears is the best artist alive, but his favorite pastime is killing people. Armed with a pen designed by aliens, Damien illustrates his victims until they fall asleep; in their dreams, they confront their worst nightmares while Damien vis A mind-bending trip down the rabbit hole of terror where aliens, comic books, and nightmares are painted onto a blood-red canvas… Damien Shears is the best artist alive, but his favorite pastime is killing people. Armed with a pen designed by aliens, Damien illustrates his victims until they fall asleep; in their dreams, they confront their worst nightmares while Damien visits atrocities upon their flesh. His famous comic store has become the perfect tourist attraction for a group of five burn-outs who're looking for a place to party. Reality and dreams collide for the sake of murder and art; the aliens need more data for their analysis of human fear, and people will have to die. "GRAVITY COMICS MASSACRE is a wild, fast-paced ride into the strangest sectors of your imagination. I dare you to read it without a smile carved into your face; unique and adorably quirky, you can't help but finish this in one sitting. Vincenzo Bilof is what bizarro fiction has been missing." - Max Booth III, author of They Might Be Demons "For original, literate, Horror that swings between the bizarre and the profane, look no further than Bilof's inventive rendition of the darkest Horror tropes. You might just get what you don't expect!" - William Cook, Editor of Fresh Fear and author of Blood Related.

55 review for Gravity Comics Massacre

  1. 4 out of 5

    R.A. Harris

    A strange expedition into the insanity of art, Gravity Comics Massacre does away with the traditional dialectic of reality vs. dreams and instead fuses them into a raw nightmarish tale about the true sacrifice an artist makes to a higher power to create their masterpiece. Art breaks with reality. A true artist is broken. They are insane or they are dreaming. To truly understand art you need to be an alien and visit the artist's world, you need to understand their fears, their nightmares, their dr A strange expedition into the insanity of art, Gravity Comics Massacre does away with the traditional dialectic of reality vs. dreams and instead fuses them into a raw nightmarish tale about the true sacrifice an artist makes to a higher power to create their masterpiece. Art breaks with reality. A true artist is broken. They are insane or they are dreaming. To truly understand art you need to be an alien and visit the artist's world, you need to understand their fears, their nightmares, their dreams and fantasies. Those are just some of the ideas I got from reading this book. The pace is blistering, the prose tight, the characters... well mostly they're buttholes, and they deserve whatever nightmare they end up in. Vincenzo's book could probably be categorised as schizophrenic, where paranoia, hallucination and unchecked imagination all interplay to create a plot as crazy as it is genius. Don't go into this expecting to make sense of it immediately. Art transcends sense, it transcends the individual even. And this is art. Oh yes, this is sublime art.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jason Allen

    Vincenzo Bilof is first off, a stylist, a dark poet, and in Gravity Comics Massacre poetic-prose interweave a grim, almost psychological Bizarro story drenched in blood, gore, and aliens, too. At the heart, Gravity Comics Massacre is a bit of a slasher sort of horror story. Young, obnoxious people go to a strange place and get systemically murdered by the psychopath rumored to live or haunt there. I love Slashers, most horror fans do, and Damien Shears has his own Vorhees/Bates-like baggage but b Vincenzo Bilof is first off, a stylist, a dark poet, and in Gravity Comics Massacre poetic-prose interweave a grim, almost psychological Bizarro story drenched in blood, gore, and aliens, too. At the heart, Gravity Comics Massacre is a bit of a slasher sort of horror story. Young, obnoxious people go to a strange place and get systemically murdered by the psychopath rumored to live or haunt there. I love Slashers, most horror fans do, and Damien Shears has his own Vorhees/Bates-like baggage but blend that with Bilof's elegant, poetic approach to prose and horror and anyone who likes some style to their horror will have a blast with Gravity Comics Massacre. Bilof is one to look out for, after you read this get his poetry collection, The Horror Show. I can't wait to see more from this author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hatchet Mouth

    This book contains several of my favorite things: aliens, serial killers, comic books and drugs, all in copious amounts. Brian (or Brain as he is nicknamed) picks up with friends, Jack and Kirk to travel to an abandoned town where a lonely comic book shop owner went nuts and wallpapered his store with human flesh. By the way, no one noticed for a while. The guy blamed it on aliens who entrusted him with an inkpen with cosmic, transcendental energies. A wild ride through the collective psyche of This book contains several of my favorite things: aliens, serial killers, comic books and drugs, all in copious amounts. Brian (or Brain as he is nicknamed) picks up with friends, Jack and Kirk to travel to an abandoned town where a lonely comic book shop owner went nuts and wallpapered his store with human flesh. By the way, no one noticed for a while. The guy blamed it on aliens who entrusted him with an inkpen with cosmic, transcendental energies. A wild ride through the collective psyche of teen abandonment and what it really means to create something.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    There are a lot of word to describe Massacre but the one that works the best is brilliant. Vincent has taken a simple premise and threw it in a blender and out came this novella. If you like a straightforward plot that lays everything out and ends in a nice clean conclusion then you're reading the wrong book. To be perfectly fair you this is a book you have to read for yourself. No matter how many reviews you read they just don't do this book justice. You have to experience it for yourself in o There are a lot of word to describe Massacre but the one that works the best is brilliant. Vincent has taken a simple premise and threw it in a blender and out came this novella. If you like a straightforward plot that lays everything out and ends in a nice clean conclusion then you're reading the wrong book. To be perfectly fair you this is a book you have to read for yourself. No matter how many reviews you read they just don't do this book justice. You have to experience it for yourself in order to understand it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nick Cato

    Fresh, original, and utterly bizarre yet never once loses the reader. If you're going to include aliens in a story this is how it's done.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Horror DNA

    You know that wonderful sense of uncertainty some narratives can cause? I'm talking about the moment you realize you're not entirely sure of whether the words you're reading or what you're seeing on the screen is real, a dream, or something in between. Well, that's exactly what Vincenzo Bilof accomplishes in Gravity Comics Massacre. A bit lost? Yes, you will definitely be a bit lost, but also really entertained and curious about what's happening and how the story got there. You can read Gabino's You know that wonderful sense of uncertainty some narratives can cause? I'm talking about the moment you realize you're not entirely sure of whether the words you're reading or what you're seeing on the screen is real, a dream, or something in between. Well, that's exactly what Vincenzo Bilof accomplishes in Gravity Comics Massacre. A bit lost? Yes, you will definitely be a bit lost, but also really entertained and curious about what's happening and how the story got there. You can read Gabino's full review at Horror DNA by clicking here.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sean Leonard

    Vincenzo Bilof has given us zombies (the Zombie Ascension series,Under A Red Sun, and Nightmare of the Dead), he’s given us werewolves (Japanese Werewolf Apocalypse series), and he’s even given us a horror poetry-novel (The Horror Show). In Gravity Comics Massacre, he manages to combine some familiar horror elements with his own vision for a new and original tale. Think Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Nightmare on Elm Street with a pinch of Buffalo Bill and a dash of Tales From the Darkside, and y Vincenzo Bilof has given us zombies (the Zombie Ascension series,Under A Red Sun, and Nightmare of the Dead), he’s given us werewolves (Japanese Werewolf Apocalypse series), and he’s even given us a horror poetry-novel (The Horror Show). In Gravity Comics Massacre, he manages to combine some familiar horror elements with his own vision for a new and original tale. Think Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Nightmare on Elm Street with a pinch of Buffalo Bill and a dash of Tales From the Darkside, and you’ve got a foot in the water, checking the temperature and getting a feel for what to expect when you jump in. But then add in comic books, aliens, drugs, and a ghost town, and you’ve got yourself a Bilof original. Right from the start, we are introduced to the killer. Damien Shears, the owner of Gravity Comics, has a man tied up in his store. He tells him about the pen he is holding, how it came from aliens, how aliens are behind everything good, and how these aliens need him to kill people because they are collecting data. This is the reason for the human skin draped all around the room. And then Damien begins drawing his victim, and we see the innocent man fall asleep and begin dreaming. In his dream, large spiders begin filling his room and crawling all over him, one of his greatest waking fears. This will be the final nightmare he ever has before his flesh is removed and similarly hung about Damien’s store. After the quick introduction, we get into the main story and meet the five friends (I use that word loosely) who are on a road trip to check out Hooksville and the legendary comic book shop. Brian, or Brain as he is nick-named, is the protagonist, a somewhat nerdy guy who is most excited about the trip. Jack is a bully-type, but one who has taken a liking to Brain, and one who has ulterior business-related motives for coming along. Jamie and Kirk are two of Jack’s drug friends. Jamie is a party girl dating Kirk and getting with Jack on the side, Kirk is an abusive drug user. And then there is Miko, an Asian stripper whom Brain has an eye on but assumes would never even give him the time of day. Not a single one of them is a likeable character, a perfect quality for a group of potential victims in a slasher-style story. When they arrive at the deserted area, they go in separate directions to explore, while Brain passes out in the van. One by one, they encounter Damien, with varying end results. Or do they? Part of the intrigue of Gravity Comics Massacre is the way it is laid out. We follow the group for a bit, then the next chapter seems to find us in the middle of an appointment between Brain and a psychologist, discussing his dreams and hallucinations about his friends all dying in a mysterious, made up town. Or is that a dream he’s having while passed out? At one point, Brain even references the movie Inception, providing either a tip for the confused reader or a tricky red herring. We start to question our own theories as we read, asking ourselves if Damien Shears is real, or a figment of Brain’s imagination, or maybe a little of both. Any time an author can have us questioning what we believe to be the reality of the story without devolving into confusion or absurdity, that is a sign of a good storyteller. And that is exactly what we have here. Gravity Comics Massacre is a short but intense novel that fits in the library of any fan of horror, bizarro, or even graphic novels. It is well written and does more than just tell the story of a killer and his victims, it demands that the readers involve themselves in the story and decide what is fact, what is fiction, and where is the line that divides the two. Right alongside the gruesome murders, of which there are plenty, there are numerous references to the world of comic books, including a debate of who is more important, Batman or Superman. And then there is the end. I’m certainly not going to spoil it, but I feel fairly confident that I can say it is not what most readers would have expected. With each of his stories, relative newcomer Vincenzo Bilof has given the world of horror fiction a different taste of what he is capable of. Gravity Comics Massacre expands that world even further, grabbing the attention of more and more readers. I expect that trend will be continuing with each new release.

  8. 4 out of 5

    chucklesthescot

    *I received a free copy of this book from the author through Making Connections in exchange for an honest review* Damien is a comic book store owner with artistic talent, a magic pen provided by aliens and a thirst to murder. He draws his victims until they fall asleep, into a nightmare, while he brutally murders them. I liked the idea of the murderer drawing people and sending them into their worst nightmare so that his alien friends could study human fear, while he gets to murder them. It was a *I received a free copy of this book from the author through Making Connections in exchange for an honest review* Damien is a comic book store owner with artistic talent, a magic pen provided by aliens and a thirst to murder. He draws his victims until they fall asleep, into a nightmare, while he brutally murders them. I liked the idea of the murderer drawing people and sending them into their worst nightmare so that his alien friends could study human fear, while he gets to murder them. It was a bit different and I liked the start when Damien is killing people. Damien himself is the most interesting of the characters and had a bit of life about him. These were the things that I liked about the book. The rest of the characters were obnoxious pieces of human filth that needed some of Damien's TLC. I hated them all and would have liked to kill them myself if I had the magic pen. Especially whiny Brain/Brian moaning about how crap his life is and how much he hates his 'friends'. What a complete loser. I wanted to punch him. However I can put up with bad characters if I have the hope that they might get what is coming to them. The Goodreads description says 'Reality and dreams collide' and this was certainly accurate. However, I admit that I found the whole novella confusing and a bit incomprehensible at times. It was difficult to seperate dream sequences from reality especially when we were following Brian and his psychologist. You were constantly trying to decide if Miko was real or a figment of imagination and by the end I was none the wiser. What happened to Brian in the town? You were never quite sure as it wasn't really made clear when/if he was dreaming/hallucinating. Was Damien or Brian responsible for what happened? No idea. Even the big ending left me trying to work out if this was really meant to be happening or another of Brian's weird dreams. It was just too confusing and mixed up for me. Not for me I'm afraid.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Catchpole

    A nice quick easy read. There are a few moments when you feel like you get a bit mixed up where the story is or what is happening, but it didn't take much to get back on track. I did feel as there was so much involved in this book that maybe it could have done with being a bit longer. There are aliens! There isn't a lot of description about them, but they seemed to have played quite a big role in why and how Damien did his murders. The base of the story is your typical slasher type, 5 not very l A nice quick easy read. There are a few moments when you feel like you get a bit mixed up where the story is or what is happening, but it didn't take much to get back on track. I did feel as there was so much involved in this book that maybe it could have done with being a bit longer. There are aliens! There isn't a lot of description about them, but they seemed to have played quite a big role in why and how Damien did his murders. The base of the story is your typical slasher type, 5 not very likeable people visit some deserted/haunted place and get murdered.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rocky Alexander

    One of my top favorite bizarro books of all time. If I were a ghost, I would possess author Vincenzo Bilof, just so I could see how his mind works. I don't know how he comes up with this stuff. "Gravity Comics Massacre" made me laugh, it made me shudder, it made me wince, it made me go, "WTF???," and it made me want to read it twice. So I did. And loved it even more the second time around. Killer book. That's all.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    This is a fascinating bizarro novella that has a good pace and keeps your mind working hard as it tries to discern the truth as dreams merge with reality. I really enjoyed trying to keep pace with the different perspectives of the characters. There is plenty of bloodshed and an enjoyable final standoff. This is really well done and look forward to future tales from the author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Max III

    GRAVITY COMICS MASSACRE is a wild, fast-paced ride into the strangest sectors of your imagination. I dare you to read it without a smile carved into your face; unique and adorably quirky, you can't help but finish this in one sitting. Vincenzo Bilof is what bizarro fiction has been missing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christine Blücher

    Ein fieser, kleiner Bizarro-Stinker mit hohem WTF-Faktor, der Comiczeichner ganz oben auf die Liste potentieller Serienkiller mit irreparablem Dachschaden setzt. Dazu eine Schreibe, die Herrn Bilof einen Platz in der Kategorie "Bizarro-Autoren, die ihr Handwerk beherrschen" beschert — viel zu oft gerate ich besonders in diesem Genre an Dilettanten, denen man dringend die Tastatur wegnehmen und durch Knetgummi ersetzen sollte.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Payne

    A mind-bending trip down the rabbit hole of terror where aliens, comic books, and nightmares are painted onto a blood-red canvas… Damien Shears is the best artist alive, but his favorite pastime is killing people. Armed with a pen designed by aliens, Damien illustrates his victims until they fall asleep; in their dreams, they confront their worst nightmares while Damien visits atrocities upon their flesh. His famous comic store has become the perfect tourist attraction for a group of five burn-ou A mind-bending trip down the rabbit hole of terror where aliens, comic books, and nightmares are painted onto a blood-red canvas… Damien Shears is the best artist alive, but his favorite pastime is killing people. Armed with a pen designed by aliens, Damien illustrates his victims until they fall asleep; in their dreams, they confront their worst nightmares while Damien visits atrocities upon their flesh. His famous comic store has become the perfect tourist attraction for a group of five burn-outs who're looking for a place to party. Reality and dreams collide for the sake of murder and art; the aliens need more data for their analysis of human fear, and people will have to die.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Person1234

    I just won this book from Goodreads, and I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT!! OMG! IT SOUNDS SOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOL! Anyways, once, I receive my free advance reader's copy in the mail, I will definitely be updating this review! I REALLY HOPE IT IS AS GOOD AS I THINK IT IS!! I JUST CAN'T WAIT! THANKS AGAIN GOODREADS! Review to be updated........

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thesexyman19

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    Betty

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    Joshua Macer

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Faun

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    john charles

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Geiser

  25. 5 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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    Richard Tyler

  32. 5 out of 5

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    Laura Dobb

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  45. 4 out of 5

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  46. 4 out of 5

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  48. 5 out of 5

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  49. 4 out of 5

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  50. 4 out of 5

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  51. 5 out of 5

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  52. 5 out of 5

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  53. 4 out of 5

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  54. 5 out of 5

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  55. 4 out of 5

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