By Martin Mundt, John Everson, Bill Breedlove and Jay Bonansinga
The debut release from Dark Arts Books compiles 12 “new and used” horror stories by four darkly humorous and horrifically dark Chicago authors.
Candy in the Dumpster includes Jay Bonansinga‘s short story “Stash,” which inspired the movie of the same name featuring Marilyn Chambers and Tim Kazurinsky. It also includes one of John Everson‘s most popular erotic horror shorts, “Pumpkin Head,” a modern “Great Pumpkin” patch fable with a femme fatale twist that has been reprinted several times and translated into French. Martin Mundt‘s disturbingly funny “A Perfect Plan” opens the book with a Very Bad Things-style descent into personal disaster and Bill Breedlove contributes his typically rapier-sharp wit in the boys shouldn’t play with boys who play with dolls tale “The Lost Collection.”
The book also features eight more must-read stories by the four authors, and a nod-and-a-wink introduction by another lauded Chicago horror veteran, Mort Castle.
Released at the World Horror Convention in 2006, Candy in the Dumpster’s tales range from the insanely funny to the chillingly creepy. The book garnered the following notice in the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror anthology the following year:
“A few of the originals are utterly tasteless and utterly hilarious, particularly one each by Martin Mundt and Bill Breedlove.”
-Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007
“…And though each is a unique perspective and unique voice, they all have that “tongue in cheek” (not necessarily one’s own), satirical, never say “die” when you can say “maim” kind of thinking that we find in those works of horror likely to reside and resound within the reader’s consciousness for a long, long time.”
-From the Introduction by Mort Castle
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to Bill Breedlove and Martin Mundt, who each have received Honorable Mentions in the 2007 edition of YEAR’S BEST FANTASY & HORROR for their stories “Drowning in the Sea of Love” and “Babies Is Smart” from Candy in the Dumpster!
In 2007, Jay Bonansinga directed Stash, a feature film based on the story in Candy in the Dumpster. Starring the late Marilyn Chambers and Tim Kazurinsky, Stash follows the misadventures of Jimmy Fox (Brian King), a good-hearted nebbish, who hits on the business idea of a lifetime. For a modest fee, he and his cousin Bobby (Will Clinger) come to your home (in the event of your death) and secretly remove all your porn before your spouse or children have a chance to find it. Jimmy calls the process ‘PMR’ (Post Mortem Retrieval). Here’s the film’s trailer: