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A mother is willing to sacrifice it all to save her unborn child... A pair of fishermen reel in a catch they'll soon regret.. A mysterious puzzle holds an ancient secret... ...and ten more wicked tales of the macabre from the remarkably disturbed mind of Joshua Marsella. A mother is willing to sacrifice it all to save her unborn child... A pair of fishermen reel in a catch they'll soon regret.. A mysterious puzzle holds an ancient secret... ...and ten more wicked tales of the macabre from the remarkably disturbed mind of Joshua Marsella.


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A mother is willing to sacrifice it all to save her unborn child... A pair of fishermen reel in a catch they'll soon regret.. A mysterious puzzle holds an ancient secret... ...and ten more wicked tales of the macabre from the remarkably disturbed mind of Joshua Marsella. A mother is willing to sacrifice it all to save her unborn child... A pair of fishermen reel in a catch they'll soon regret.. A mysterious puzzle holds an ancient secret... ...and ten more wicked tales of the macabre from the remarkably disturbed mind of Joshua Marsella.

30 review for Hunger For Death

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mitch Sebourn

    HUNGER FOR DEATH offers a lot of variety. I mean, a lot. And it does so in an intelligent, tasteful way. Every story in this collection is memorable and atmospheric. Long after you finish the book, you’ll recall the snowy, Christmastime bloodshed in “To Feast With Orphans” and “A Trailer Park Christmas.” The dark, cosmic horror of “Polybus.” Or that creepy play space in “A Room Full of Toys” (probably my favorite story here). But it isn’t just the atmosphere that makes this book work. Joshua Mars HUNGER FOR DEATH offers a lot of variety. I mean, a lot. And it does so in an intelligent, tasteful way. Every story in this collection is memorable and atmospheric. Long after you finish the book, you’ll recall the snowy, Christmastime bloodshed in “To Feast With Orphans” and “A Trailer Park Christmas.” The dark, cosmic horror of “Polybus.” Or that creepy play space in “A Room Full of Toys” (probably my favorite story here). But it isn’t just the atmosphere that makes this book work. Joshua Marsella hits a lot of notes in these pages. Holiday tales, cosmic horror, creature features, ghost stories… and the book also offers some *human* horrors that are barely supernatural at all. It’s tired to say “There’s something for everybody!” here, but if you enjoy the horror genre, I can’t help but think that’s true. I also appreciate that while some of these stories reminded me of things I’d read before (such as the character and setting of “A Trailer Park Christmas”), Marsella avoids cliches. And more often than not, I was left thinking, “Okay, actually, I *haven’t* read anything like that before.” Marsella was kind enough to send me a free, digital copy of this book for an honest review. Honestly, I can say that I loved HUNGER FOR DEATH enough to buy a physical copy so I could have it on my bookshelf. This is an eclectic, enjoyable collection that I can’t recommend enough.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    I'll share a proper review soon, but for now I'll just say this was awesome! I'll share a proper review soon, but for now I'll just say this was awesome!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ewreck82

    Overall this collection was a home run, an overtime goal, a clutch free throw, a sudden death 65 yard field goal. What? No it had nothing to do with sports. This collection had a ton of heart and a variety of story types and kept me interested throughout. A few of the standouts for me persoanlly were A Trailer Park Christmas, Sacrifice, and Mean Old Mr Amesbury. I look forward to more from Marsella in the future!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Simon Wilson

    For me, 2021 has been a great year for horror collections. I’ve read some absolute belters, so I was very pleased to be able to add Hunger For Death to my list of bloody good reads. Yep, Marcella has delivered the goods, yet again. Hunger For Death contains 13 tales of terror. Each story is a cracker, and either creeps you out or soaks you with gore. Lots of nice twists too. I do love a yarn that surprises me, and Marsella certainly did that a few times! Coma Toast, for example, was fiendishly c For me, 2021 has been a great year for horror collections. I’ve read some absolute belters, so I was very pleased to be able to add Hunger For Death to my list of bloody good reads. Yep, Marcella has delivered the goods, yet again. Hunger For Death contains 13 tales of terror. Each story is a cracker, and either creeps you out or soaks you with gore. Lots of nice twists too. I do love a yarn that surprises me, and Marsella certainly did that a few times! Coma Toast, for example, was fiendishly clever. Oh, that tale had me giggling with glee. Of course, every collection has its standouts. While there were no fillers to be found with the pages of this book, there were three tales that I thought were just brilliant. The Cauldron definitely wins the prize of the scariest story, the ending to that was truly chilling! The Blue Cliffs was awesome. A very clever ghost story, and one with a powerful message that was handled with great skill and care. Well done, Joshua. That was some damn fine writing, for sure. Polybus, however, has to be my favourite of the collection. With its Lovecraftian imagery, this tale of a mysterious puzzle and monstrous entities was utterly excellent stuff. Personally, I’d really like to read more by Marsella in this style. To sum things up, Hunger For Death is another winner from Mr. Marsella, and I highly recommend this collection to all you good folk who love horror.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brian Bowyer

    A Killer Collection! HUNGER FOR DEATH is great. I devoured the whole collection in two days. I enjoyed all the stories, but "The Blue Cliffs" is my favorite. Highly recommended! A Killer Collection! HUNGER FOR DEATH is great. I devoured the whole collection in two days. I enjoyed all the stories, but "The Blue Cliffs" is my favorite. Highly recommended!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary-Ann Maronski

    I cannot say enough good things about this short story collection. It blew me away. The stories are as varied and original as they are dark and gruesome. Most short story collections can be hit and miss where some stories will be good, but there will always be a clunker in there somewhere. That is not the case with Hunger for Death, from beginning to end I loved every one of the stories in this book. This is Joshua Marsella’s debut short story collection, and with a debut this good I will be sur I cannot say enough good things about this short story collection. It blew me away. The stories are as varied and original as they are dark and gruesome. Most short story collections can be hit and miss where some stories will be good, but there will always be a clunker in there somewhere. That is not the case with Hunger for Death, from beginning to end I loved every one of the stories in this book. This is Joshua Marsella’s debut short story collection, and with a debut this good I will be sure not to miss the next one!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Torres

    I enjoyed this collection and all of the different emotions I felt while reading! There are some favorites and others I'd love to read more about. Marsella wrote a great collection and I can't wait to read more in the future! I enjoyed this collection and all of the different emotions I felt while reading! There are some favorites and others I'd love to read more about. Marsella wrote a great collection and I can't wait to read more in the future!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily Haynes

    Chilling tales Some men assault Santa, but then have some very bad luck. A woman takes her kids to a party, and they find something that haunts one of them until her death. These and other tale to bring a chill to your bones. Great characters you will not want to put it down.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Huntington

    This was great! I do love full novels but there's something about short story collections I adore. In this, every story is vastly different and all are very creepy and well written. Excellent collection. I think more than a few could be novellas too. Because of this book, I have been shouting BING BING randomly throughout the day ( That will make sense when you read the book) This was great! I do love full novels but there's something about short story collections I adore. In this, every story is vastly different and all are very creepy and well written. Excellent collection. I think more than a few could be novellas too. Because of this book, I have been shouting BING BING randomly throughout the day ( That will make sense when you read the book)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ronald McGillvray

    A collection not to be missed! For a debut short story collection, Joshua Marsella hits all the marks. Compared to other titles I’ve read by him, these stories seemed more personal and had a tinge of melancholy to them which often left me thinking on them well after I’d finished. Joshua really stretched his writing muscles on this one, offering up a wide variety of tales not for the faint of heart. Highly recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Austrian Spencer

    The first short story collection from Joshua Marsella (Author of Scratches and Severed) was something I had to pick up – from his first to novellas, I know Joshua has a very easy-going narrative, it feels like listening to a good friend telling a horror story around a campfire. Joshua also has a fairly ingrained moral compass, a lot of which comes out in his writing. That sometimes makes the bad guys really bad (see the end of Severed), but it also lets you know you’re in good hands. This debut The first short story collection from Joshua Marsella (Author of Scratches and Severed) was something I had to pick up – from his first to novellas, I know Joshua has a very easy-going narrative, it feels like listening to a good friend telling a horror story around a campfire. Joshua also has a fairly ingrained moral compass, a lot of which comes out in his writing. That sometimes makes the bad guys really bad (see the end of Severed), but it also lets you know you’re in good hands. This debut collection is pretty strong, Joshua covers everything from Alien abduction to cosmic horror intruding on the world through a jigsaw puzzle. Joshua piles on the emotional content to wreak his havoc, from unborn child fatalities to old men, lonely, dying alone whilst children mock him, Marsella has a knack for picking up storylines that twist your moralistic standpoint and make you aware that there are humans on the other side of scorn. Sometimes that can be a little preachy, but most of the time it hits home, as in here. I think this is a solid first collection, there were a couple of shorts here that didn’t hit home with me, but overall the writing standard sweeps you along, and it’s great to be in Joshua’s world again. 4 ⭐ ‘s out of 5

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angel

    At the risk of sounding redundant, Joshua Marsella is phenomenal at taking moments of familiarity and making them unsettling, scary, and hard to shake. This collection is such a range of experiences and is definitely being added to my list of favorite anthologies. No creativity spared here, I highly recommend checking out this collection for any fan of horror, the macabre, or anthologies.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cole Poindexter

    Marsella is becoming one of the horror masters of our generation. There's plenty of gore and unsettling imagery, but also a genuine love for storytelling and humor. Stand outs are "Sacrifice", a post apocalypse tale from a female point of view and "Polybus", an eerie bonkers-creature tale that will transport you to the New England coast and sounds like it could have been written in the 90s by Stephen King himself. Marsella is becoming one of the horror masters of our generation. There's plenty of gore and unsettling imagery, but also a genuine love for storytelling and humor. Stand outs are "Sacrifice", a post apocalypse tale from a female point of view and "Polybus", an eerie bonkers-creature tale that will transport you to the New England coast and sounds like it could have been written in the 90s by Stephen King himself.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paul Preston

    Stories of desperation, struggle, aliens, hate, grief, and about how little we can value another’s life. A wide range of tales showcasing the authors flexibility of his imagination. He is able to craft intriguing characters and then put them in the path of a nightmare. Marsella likes to sedate you with wonderful imagery, leaving you complacent with visions of peace and beauty before stabbing you in the gut, holding the knife in place and staring at you with a smirk. “The eye-that eye-seemed to b Stories of desperation, struggle, aliens, hate, grief, and about how little we can value another’s life. A wide range of tales showcasing the authors flexibility of his imagination. He is able to craft intriguing characters and then put them in the path of a nightmare. Marsella likes to sedate you with wonderful imagery, leaving you complacent with visions of peace and beauty before stabbing you in the gut, holding the knife in place and staring at you with a smirk. “The eye-that eye-seemed to be locked onto him, staring into the very depths of his soul with an insatiable hunger. A hunger for death.”

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Baker

    Fantastic horror anthology! I enjoyed every story in this collection. Each one was unique, interesting, and scary. The entire collection is well-written and nicely formatted. Plus the cover is super awesome! I'm continuously impressed by author Joshua Marsella. My favorite story was actually the last one and I think it was a perfect choice for an ending story. The lengths of the stories varied and none of them were too long. I'm personally not a fan of super long stories in anthologies. I would hig Fantastic horror anthology! I enjoyed every story in this collection. Each one was unique, interesting, and scary. The entire collection is well-written and nicely formatted. Plus the cover is super awesome! I'm continuously impressed by author Joshua Marsella. My favorite story was actually the last one and I think it was a perfect choice for an ending story. The lengths of the stories varied and none of them were too long. I'm personally not a fan of super long stories in anthologies. I would highly recommend this anthology to horror lovers! Some of the stories stick with you long after you've read them, which I think is the mark of a great book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    John Lynch

    New England Native Joshua Marsella returns with a collection of shorts, his third release following scratches, and its prequel, Severed. I've gotta say, I enjoyed this one. Single Author collections can be really hit or miss for me, especially lately, I've been feeling burnt out on short stories in general. My reservations of a short story collection turned out to be for nothing, because Josh has proved that Maine has yet ANOTHER horror writer to keep on your radar. This collection contains some New England Native Joshua Marsella returns with a collection of shorts, his third release following scratches, and its prequel, Severed. I've gotta say, I enjoyed this one. Single Author collections can be really hit or miss for me, especially lately, I've been feeling burnt out on short stories in general. My reservations of a short story collection turned out to be for nothing, because Josh has proved that Maine has yet ANOTHER horror writer to keep on your radar. This collection contains some really great stories of varying lengths, and despite clocking in at just under 200 pages, I finished it in one day. some of my favorites stories in here are Polybus, Coma Toast, Sacrifice, Unholy Communion, and there wasn't anything in here that I DIDN'T like, another plus for me considering most collections have a couple misses in them. I'm really pleased with this collection, it is one of my favorites of the year, for sure. Fans of Marsella will find more to love here, and I'm sure this offering will bring some new fans to the fold.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erica Robyn Metcalf

    Hunger For Death by Joshua Marsella is dark, gritty, and it has loads of heartbreak and terror. As Joshua’s first short story collection, this one is sure to blow readers away! Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. I also purchased a copy. This is such an amazing collection with wonderful range. Joshua is really showing off his skill here and I am so here for it. If this isn’t already on yo Hunger For Death by Joshua Marsella is dark, gritty, and it has loads of heartbreak and terror. As Joshua’s first short story collection, this one is sure to blow readers away! Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. I also purchased a copy. This is such an amazing collection with wonderful range. Joshua is really showing off his skill here and I am so here for it. If this isn’t already on your TBR, I highly recommend going to add it right away. I cannot wait to read what Joshua writes next! More here: https://www.ericarobynreads.com/book-...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristina aka

    This is a solid short story collection. If you like horror stories that are on the darker/sadder side (mmeeeeee!) then you will most likely get enjoyment from this book. One of the overarching themes I got from this was that people suck. There are 13 stories in this collection all ranging from gross body horror to more psychological cosmic-ish terror. The thing that I liked most about this book is that, yes, there are moments of actual "monster" moments BUT the true horror comes from the humans This is a solid short story collection. If you like horror stories that are on the darker/sadder side (mmeeeeee!) then you will most likely get enjoyment from this book. One of the overarching themes I got from this was that people suck. There are 13 stories in this collection all ranging from gross body horror to more psychological cosmic-ish terror. The thing that I liked most about this book is that, yes, there are moments of actual "monster" moments BUT the true horror comes from the humans themselves. I find death, murder and morally bad characters more terrifying than anything else. Marsella shows the ugly sides of people in these stories and I loved it. I feel there are different "sub-genres" of horror in this that will appeal to most people who enjoy quick, dark narratives. These stories gave me a feeling as if you are around a campfire at night in the woods and listening to someone share these tales. I think this is a great first short story collection and with Marsella being on my auto-read list, I can't wait for his next book to come out! My Favorite Stories: - A ROOM FULL OF TOYS: Loved the vibe with this one; heartbreaking and bone chilling. - TO FEAST WITH ORPHANS: This one made me laugh a little but I love a good revenge type story and creepy children! (Also, a great Christmas story) - A TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS: Yes, another fun Christmas story involving a punishment in some way. - UNHOLY COMMUNION: Midnight Mass vibes (religious horror) but WOW..the climatic scene was done brilliantly. It was gross and shocking. Loved it. - SACRIFICE: Lots of tension and the ending just ripped my heart out (I like to feel emotions). **I'd like to note that the TW/CW are listed at the back of the book if you are at all interested. You can also always message me and I can give you a heads up. *Thank you to the author for an e-arc copy in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dexter

    One of the things I look for in a collection/anthology of short stories is variety, even if it falls under the umbrella of a theme. I want to be taken down lots of different paths with a parade of unique characters. That's easier accomplished in an anthology where a full choir of different authors each adds their note. But in a single author's collection, it is sometimes harder to get a full experience of different tones, locales, and even genres. Marsella manages this, providing a truly varied One of the things I look for in a collection/anthology of short stories is variety, even if it falls under the umbrella of a theme. I want to be taken down lots of different paths with a parade of unique characters. That's easier accomplished in an anthology where a full choir of different authors each adds their note. But in a single author's collection, it is sometimes harder to get a full experience of different tones, locales, and even genres. Marsella manages this, providing a truly varied experience that reminds me of times I've watched marathons of classic shows like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Tales from the Darkside, or Tales from the Crypt (insert the Crypt Keeper's cackle here). Hunger For Death has something for everyone. If you like your horror to deliver monsters and mayhem, Marsella has you covered with pieces like "Daphne," "To Feast With Orphans," "A Room Full of Toys," "The Cauldron," "A Trailer Park Christmas," and "Unholy Communion." While (some of) the creatures in these stories may be familiar, Marsella doesn't fail to create a unique take on each. He gives you just enough of the monster to be familiar before veering off into unexpected, disturbing vistas. And I'm still not sure what the thing in "A Room Full of Toys" is, or if it's better not to ask. If you enjoy more quiet or contemplative horror, where a character's interior life or personal traumas are explored, you'll find that in "Coma Toast," "The Blue Cliffs," "Mean Old Mr. Amesbury," "Man of My Dreams," and "Sacrifice." Some of these are quite cruel, others hopeful. But in horror, not all characters make it through the trials of their trauma unscathed. That fire refines some, devours others. "Man of My Dreams" in particular was extraordinarily disturbing, and an unthinkable choice made in "Sacrifice" surprised and horrified me more than any story has in a while. If those things concern you, there is a helpful content warning section at the back of the book, though it does not tell you which story has which warning. Two others are a bit harder to categorize. They include "Polybus" and "Desecrated." "Polybus" has a bit of both categories: monsters a plenty and the self-inflicted trauma of a protagonist's personal obsession. It has an almost modern fairy tale quality, if fairy tales had grown up in a nursery room of dark Outer Gods instead of pastoral tales of fae folk. There's a certain nonsensical dream logic to the story that reminds me of Lovecraft's Dream Cycle, though its darkness is leavened with a dash of the brighter quirks and humor of Alice in Wonderland. And then there's "Desecrated," which might have been my favorite in the sense that I think it might have deserved a novel/novella-length treatment. It's the sort of horror where the evil is all too human: a collision of the ravages of old age with the depravity of murder. If Marsella were to revisit any story in this collection for a longer adaptation, I think he might have a memorable serial killer story on his hands with this one. If you enjoy a wide and challenging variety in your collections, I'd recommend this one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Villimey

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have enjoyed Joshua Marsella's novellas and so when I heard he was working on a short story collection, I was very excited. What I really liked about his debut collection was the variety. Every story is unique and most of them feature normal people in horrifying situations. I was actually pleasantly surprised that there were no classic monsters in them. My favorite stories were: - Coma Toast: I loved how Joshua Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have enjoyed Joshua Marsella's novellas and so when I heard he was working on a short story collection, I was very excited. What I really liked about his debut collection was the variety. Every story is unique and most of them feature normal people in horrifying situations. I was actually pleasantly surprised that there were no classic monsters in them. My favorite stories were: - Coma Toast: I loved how Joshua used different perspectives to deliver both the tone and the setting. The ending was horrifying but I'll admit, it did make me chuckle. - Polybus: The lovecraftian influence was great in this story. The descriptions of the monsters were imaginative and made my skin crawl. - A Trailer Park Christmas: This was a fun one with a savage twist of the meaning of being naughty and believe me, you don't wanna be naughty when you see that monster! - Sacrifice: This one broke my heart. I really felt for the main character and could easily imagine myself in her situation and facing those difficult decisions. One particular death scene was stomach churning. I enjoyed the other stories as well but I feel like these stood out within the collection. The only thing that bothered me while reading was the amount of passive writing in the stories. It pulled me out of them from time to time and I couldn't immerse myself in them as much as I'd wanted to. It's still a great collection and I encourage everyone who likes variety in horror stories to check it out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Adam Hulse

    A solid collection of horror short stories. Aside from the first story which didn't feel like a good fit for me personally, this is a really solid collection of stories. Joshua Marsella has a style all of his own which is so difficult to achieve. If you like your horror stories with a sting in their tails then you will love this collection. Reminded me of the pulp comics and magazines that I couldn't get enough of as a teen and also has a great mix of horror and bizarre similar to Tales of the Cr A solid collection of horror short stories. Aside from the first story which didn't feel like a good fit for me personally, this is a really solid collection of stories. Joshua Marsella has a style all of his own which is so difficult to achieve. If you like your horror stories with a sting in their tails then you will love this collection. Reminded me of the pulp comics and magazines that I couldn't get enough of as a teen and also has a great mix of horror and bizarre similar to Tales of the Crypt and The Twilight Zone. Well worth checking out.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily L. Terry

    If you want the perfect sampling of horror sub genres, you’ll do well to devour this horrific feast! Hunger for Death by Joshua Marsella is a short story collection for horror fans of all kinds. You have your ghostly stories, some sci-fi, apocalyptic vibes, domestic thrillers, and of course, my favorite: religious horror. ✝️ I’m telling you, you’re going to want a physical copy on your shelves to satisfy those late-night cravings. Whether you desire a bite-size snack or a thirteen course meal, th If you want the perfect sampling of horror sub genres, you’ll do well to devour this horrific feast! Hunger for Death by Joshua Marsella is a short story collection for horror fans of all kinds. You have your ghostly stories, some sci-fi, apocalyptic vibes, domestic thrillers, and of course, my favorite: religious horror. ✝️ I’m telling you, you’re going to want a physical copy on your shelves to satisfy those late-night cravings. Whether you desire a bite-size snack or a thirteen course meal, this book can curb those dark and twisty cravings.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ben Wolters

    What an amazing collection! Every story was great! If your looking for some amazing short stories Josh is your man! My four favorites were To Feast With Orphans, Polybus, The Blue Cliffs, Unholy Confessions and Sacrifice! Mr. Marsella has continued to improve his writing! I can’t wait to read his next book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Terri Wehrman

    Excellent! Short horror stories all well written. A quick read to make you scared all night long!

  25. 5 out of 5

    SanchezMY

    It has a lot of suspense and plot, it is a very good book, I really like it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lola Brown

    What's Next? If you're a fan of short stories, like myself, Joshua Marsella's compilation should definitely be added to your TBR list! Can't wait to see what he comes up with next! What's Next? If you're a fan of short stories, like myself, Joshua Marsella's compilation should definitely be added to your TBR list! Can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

  27. 4 out of 5

    MK-reads

  28. 4 out of 5

    Graner

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tim Meyer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Meyer

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