Loosely Enforced Rules

Posted on: March 14th, 2012 by Anthony Rapino 9 Comments

I’m proud to announce, after over two years of waiting, that Black Ink Horror #7–containing my story “Loosely Enforced Rules”–is now available.

I feel the need to issue a stern warning.  This story is not for the faint of heart.  It is, without a doubt, the darkest, most depraved, cynical, and graphic story I’ve ever written.  When I workshopped this story with my critique group, the members there felt portions bordered on pornography and kindly asked I never submit anything like it to the group again.  More disturbing still, they claimed, were the characters, none of whom seemed to have any redeeming qualities.

As if this were not bad enough, Black Ink Horror contains not only the story, but two full page illustrations for it (and every other story in the book).  I shiver to think which scenes they chose to illustrate.

If you’d like a brief glance at the darker side of my mind, where there are no boundaries and good people don’t always win, you now know where to look.

9 Responses

  1. Indigo says:

    Something that shows the true depravity of your mind…

    Hmm, tempting as all get out, but I think I’ve already got a hint of just how deeply touched you can be ;P

    Still to have crit partners begging off is something else. (Hugs)Indigo

    • Ha, yeah, I fear that’s true.

  2. Laurita says:

    “It is, without a doubt, the darkest, most depraved, cynical, and graphic story I’ve ever written.”

    Sweet! I’m off to read.

    • 🙂 Ha! I love that reaction.

  3. You know I gotta read this, right? =) Congrats on getting it published and keeping a bit of your mind intact…I think.

    • HA, thanks! I think my mind is still there…

  4. 2 years? You are a patient man, sir — no matter how depraved! =] Seriously though, congratulations.

    • Yeah, it’s been a long wait, but well worth it I think. 🙂

  5. Cate Gardner says:


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