Max Booth III Interview

(reposted from Fireside Popsicles)
This is the point in where I attempt to interview far more wittier people than myself (may the gods have mercy on us all).  Today is all about Max Booth III and his utter coolness.  His story, 
A Moment of Silence, is as provocative as it is twisted.  Enjoy, dear readers!


1.       We will start with the hard questions first: Tea or coffee in the morning?

Well I work a night shift, so replace “in the morning” with “in the middle of the night” and your answer would be lots and lots of coffee. Oh God I love coffee. I am actually drinking coffee as I answer this question.

2.       Tell us a little about yourself using as many adjectives as possible.

I’m all out of adjectives but I do have some coffee.

More about me – I am the editor in chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and the assistant editor of Dark Moon Digest. I wrote a collection of flash fiction bizarro called THEY MIGHT BE DEMONS that is currently available through Dark Moon Books. It is the world’s most famous book about Satan possessing a Geo.

 The Might Be Demons by Max Booth III

My debut novel, TOXICITY, is scheduled to be released next spring through Post Mortem Press. It is a dark comedy about horrible things happening to horrible people. My editor described it as a Shakespearean tragedy with a lizard hooker.

3.       Song that best conveys your personal motto.

Happy Holidays, You Bastard” by Blink-182

4.       How did you come to be a part of Fireside Popsicles?

I think M.c. O’Neill read my book, THEY MIGHT BE DEMONS, and decided he was probably going to hell anyway, so he might as well just invite me to the anthology as well.

5.       In three sentences, please tell us about your particular story.

Everybody wakes up and discovers they’ve lost the ability to speak. People riot and destroy the world. A neighbor borrows some sugar.

6.       Where did the idea come from?

Walmart. There was a sale going on

7.       Do you pronounce “caramel” with two or three syllables?

Due to a speech impediment that involves “r”, I do my best to avoid the word “caramel”. Seriously, fuck that delicious, delicious word.

8.       What words of wisdom would you like to give to our readers?

 Never believe anything anyone ever tells you. They are all out to get you. Soon your time will come.

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Macabre Joys by Emelyn St. James

As I lie in wait
The path that you take
Seems to be the logical choice.
You strut and you stroll
Down a path you should know
Gives no echo to a quivering voice.
My eyes watch you slow
The press of danger starts to grow
And you begin to question all noise.
My heart beating madly
Tension pushing me gladly
As I begin the night’s macabre joys.
Emelyn St. James ©

B-Movie Review: I SAW THE DEVIL

Normally, I’m more of a fan of J-Horror as it tends to blend the obnoxious with the sublime seamlessly, but this Korean thriller, I Saw the Devil is an epic tale of revenge that could make the likes of Takashi Miike jealous with squid-blasting rage.



It all begins when young Joon-yun breaks down one snowy evening only to brutally murdered by the psychopathic, school-bus-driving shithead, Kyung-chul. Kyung is not just a serial killer, but something of a celebrity SK who somehow manages to evade police capture.

Unfortunately for Kyung, Joon’s husband is NIS agent and supercop, Soo-hyun. Soo is rightfully enraged, but cares not to take this Korean Ed Kemper into custody, but rather, to get revenge

For Soo-hyun, revenge is an art form. Yes, the target is a high-profile criminal who would make Seoul’s streets safer were he taken down, but Soo must savor the process, or, more to the point, the performance.

I Saw the Devil examines the mechanics of revenge and the philosophy of revenge. The old adage claims that revenge is best served cold, but Soo believes it is better to be served with patience… and frequently.

As Kyung’s beatings commence, the physically superior Soo pummels the freak into submission with ease, often within an inch of his life, but holds back before the killing blow. Soo figures it is best to savor revenge and let the bitter taste linger in one’s soul, so the cop decides to let him go.

For another beating… and another…



For anyone who was a fan of the old Roadrunner cartoons, this is like a grim rendition of it where Wile E. Coyote actually manages to catch the meeping bird. Shoot, it even has a nasty contraption at the climax that is an obvious homage to the ACME Corporation.

I Saw the Devil is a thought-provoking thrill ride that combines the terror and adventure of urban crime with the hermetic philosophy of a Jodorowsky western. Directed by Kim Ji-woon, who was responsible for the excellent Tale of Two Sisters, this film was quite the surprise for me to stumble across on the Xfinity channel. A great, ultraviolent treat.



– M.C. O’Neill

Book Review: They Might Be Demons by Max Booth III

They Might Be Demons. Well, what can I say? Prepare to enter into a smorgasbord of the bizarre. Max Booth has Satan on the brain and a host of other monstrosities too. Werewolves, zombies, Zombie Hitler and even the Wendigo (Canadian Content approved) are featured. You’ll get it all here. It’s a flash fiction anthology, but the drama (and comedy) connects together in a grand story arc that will have you flipping the poo out of your Kindle. It was like I was the little school girl I’ve never been once again. I had such a great time reading this and could not stop screaming, “High Five, bro!” whist digesting this book. Must I say more? Prepare to laugh and cringe as you devour this tome. It’s like an Indian buffet of terror and laughs, but don’t take my word for it… just get it today and chow down, wide load. Hail Satan!

– M.C. O’Neill