A good review from Horror World:
DARK JESTERS, edited by Nick Cato & L.L. Soares; Novello Publishers; 122 pgs; $11.00
I’ve often said that there’s nothing that brightens a person’s mood quite like reading a story about a Werewolf Hunter who convinces people that they’ll be safe from attack if they wear a silver buttplug.
Unfortunately, no one ever believed me.
Luckily, Jerrod Balzer has written just such a story, So now, when I impart that bit of wisdom to people, I can show them Wolf Plugs, his laugh-and-cringe inducing contribution to Dark Jesters: An Anthology Of Humorous Horror.
Editors Nick Cato & L.L. Soares have done a masterful job of assembling some truly hilarious stories for Dark Jesters. I’ve never really been one to laugh at printed material…..I’ve chuckled occasionally over a passage in a book, but real, solid, belly laughs are few and far between.
I laughed reading Dark Jesters.
I laughed A LOT.
To the point where I had to explain to a co-worker just what I was laughing AT. Not a fun conversation when what you’re laughing at is a man covering his neck in his own fresh, steaming poop, in order to fend off Count Dracula, as seen in James Roy Daley’s Curse Of The Blind Eel. Daley gets extra points for using just about every scatological nickname in the book, and then inventing a few new ones.
I also busted a gut over Robert Guffey’s bizarre Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag. I really can’t even begin to describe this story…..Let’s just say it involves a ghostly apparition of James Brown. It’s probably one of the weirdest stories I’ve ever read, and it’s also one of the funniest. I’ve read it three times already, and it gets, in the words of Beetlejuice, funnier EVERY…SINGLE…TIME!
There’s the welcome return of Mark Justice’s Deadnecks, there are Zombie Englishmen, Zombie Cavemen, an orphanage for baby monsters, a Boogeyman forced to work a 9-to-5 job……there’s something here for everybody. Out of the ten stories, there was only one that I didn’t love, and that’s a pretty good success rate.
Not to get all schmaltzy, but Dark Jesters brightened up a very bad day for me, and that’s something pretty special. Cato & Soares have served up the most enjoyable book I’ve read in a LONG time.
Here's hoping they can round up the same crew for a sequel, ASAP.
-- Dan Reilly