WRESTLE MANIACS is a fun anthology! Compared to other anthologies, it’s the stylin’, profilin’, limousine ridin’, jet flyin’, wheelin’ and dealin’ son of a gun! This anthology doesn’t have any jabronies. I loved everything about wrestling growing up. I used to get up on Saturday mornings and watch WWF and WCW reruns over and over again. I believed wrestling was real. I wanted it to be real. I had the wrestling figures and the toy ring to go with them. My dad and I loved to hate Ric Flair and Sid Vicious. The Ultimate Warrior was my favorite, though. When he came into the building the crowd would come alive. I even liked the villains, especially Razor Ramone. I used to stand in front of the mirror and do the toothpick toss. I had the video games and the wrestling dummies to practice my Figure 4s and Powerbombs.
WRESTLE MANIACS shows the dark side of wrestling in the best possible ways. Some of the stories feel like they could be on the news. Some of my favorite wrestlers were terrible people and they did terrible things to their loved ones. These short stories shed light on all of that and more.
There a lot to like about this anthology. WRESTLE MANIACS is brutal, disgusting, frightening, and fun. All of the stories brought something to the table. Some of the stories will make you want to throw up, such as Canadian Donkey Punch and Rassle Hassle. Gabino Iglesias delivers El Neuvo Santo’s Last Fight about a luchador and mobsters. James Newman’s A Friend In Need is great. Patrick Lacey’s Kill To Be You is really good.
Even if you don’t like wrestling, you should give this book a read. You should give it a read because it is good and it runs the gamut of the horror genre. WRESTLE MANIACS is a great way to spend a few hours. Remember not to eat before or while reading this book.
4/5 Figure 4s! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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