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To a regular person, they’re just tools. . . A chef uses them to prepare a meal. A surgeon uses them to save lives. To the maniacs in this story, however. . . Theirs is a much darker purpose. For them, the first cut is NOT the deepest. It’s just the beginning. . . This is Book 1 in the Maniacs with Knives Series. This story is from Shaun Hupp’s Unapologetic Horror Line. To a regular person, they’re just tools. . . A chef uses them to prepare a meal. A surgeon uses them to save lives. To the maniacs in this story, however. . . Theirs is a much darker purpose. For them, the first cut is NOT the deepest. It’s just the beginning. . . This is Book 1 in the Maniacs with Knives Series. This story is from Shaun Hupp’s Unapologetic Horror Line. The author is NOT sorry this book contains: Gore, violence, dismemberment, rape, swearing, and a dozen other things you wouldn’t want your grandmother to talk about at her Sunday church group. If you’re a sensitive reader, this book is probably NOT for you.


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To a regular person, they’re just tools. . . A chef uses them to prepare a meal. A surgeon uses them to save lives. To the maniacs in this story, however. . . Theirs is a much darker purpose. For them, the first cut is NOT the deepest. It’s just the beginning. . . This is Book 1 in the Maniacs with Knives Series. This story is from Shaun Hupp’s Unapologetic Horror Line. To a regular person, they’re just tools. . . A chef uses them to prepare a meal. A surgeon uses them to save lives. To the maniacs in this story, however. . . Theirs is a much darker purpose. For them, the first cut is NOT the deepest. It’s just the beginning. . . This is Book 1 in the Maniacs with Knives Series. This story is from Shaun Hupp’s Unapologetic Horror Line. The author is NOT sorry this book contains: Gore, violence, dismemberment, rape, swearing, and a dozen other things you wouldn’t want your grandmother to talk about at her Sunday church group. If you’re a sensitive reader, this book is probably NOT for you.

30 review for Maniacs with Knives: Unapologetic Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tim Miller

    I've read a few of Hupp's books before, but this one is by far his best. He's dabbled with extreme horror in the past, but it feels like with Maniacs he's finally getting his legs under him. There are a lot of extreme horror books out there now that are just awful. Usually they just lack any personality. I don't expect Shakespeare, but some kind of story and a hit of character development is nice. Hupp does all of that here. What starts out like a bunch of short stories turns into a single conne I've read a few of Hupp's books before, but this one is by far his best. He's dabbled with extreme horror in the past, but it feels like with Maniacs he's finally getting his legs under him. There are a lot of extreme horror books out there now that are just awful. Usually they just lack any personality. I don't expect Shakespeare, but some kind of story and a hit of character development is nice. Hupp does all of that here. What starts out like a bunch of short stories turns into a single connected tale with some fun twists. Each of the characters has a unique personality, I could almost see their facial expressions as I was reading. And of course, the gore was excellent without seeming like he was going down some check list. If you like extreme horror, then this one is a must read. I can't wait for part two.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    SUCH A BANGING BLAST TO READ!!! Holy Hell Hupp....I agree with the consensus, you really are a sick pup. Downright rabid but oh so cute, and in need of a good home. Awwww puppy dog eyes, gets ya every time. So yes, I flat out LOVED THIS! It's been too damn long since I've cozied up to some Hupp and right from the top...My God, that warning disclaimer love letter to his readers....."Fuck You", no...fuck me....yea, we're all just fucked and it feels pretty damn good. There are way too many sensiti SUCH A BANGING BLAST TO READ!!! Holy Hell Hupp....I agree with the consensus, you really are a sick pup. Downright rabid but oh so cute, and in need of a good home. Awwww puppy dog eyes, gets ya every time. So yes, I flat out LOVED THIS! It's been too damn long since I've cozied up to some Hupp and right from the top...My God, that warning disclaimer love letter to his readers....."Fuck You", no...fuck me....yea, we're all just fucked and it feels pretty damn good. There are way too many sensitive people out there who get offended at a bit of gleeful and demented fun so writers are having to get super inventive to avoid unfair/unwarranted bad reviews from said pansies. A simple 'WARNING EXTREME CONTENT' banner in big bold letters across the cover just doesn't seem to be enough anymore. I know that some readers are just more sensitive and that's all A-OK, just don't read anything with any sort of warning label then. Personally, I ain't the least little bit peevish, it takes a lot to trigger flip me into my 'find a happy place' corner. As long as the story is strong, I'm down for any sort of shock and awe/stomach churning hellish ride and this story was STRONG. Roid Rage Strong. That is a perfect title too, Maniacs with Knives: Unapologetic Horror. Simple and to the point, you know exactly what you're getting into. If not, fuck off, you're dumb. SORRY, Hupp rubbed off on me. He's a rubber. :P I do have to admit though, I was a bit hesitant about starting a new Hupp serial caaaause I'm still waiting on his Shaun Hupp Collection Volume 2, which was a jaw dropping favorite read from last year. The way he grouped all those previously released short stories together with a weaving wrap-around tale was ingenious. And seamless. I WANT MORE! Not to mention another episode of Valentine Rodgers, that bumbling self professed/obsessed private dick(wad)/umbrella peddler. Just hysterical! Yea, this guy can do the most eye-bulging brutal horror then flip that tripled sided coin of his, and hilarious slapstick satire ensues...ensnares. Ohhhh, I've tried holding my breath in defiance for more Valentine but the blue hue clashes with my rosy cheeks. I WANT MOOORE!! Damnittt.... So, you got knife wielding maniacs and their marks. Simply as that, buuuut it's not so simple, it's actually quite complex in it's execution...like some kind of comfy double flesh padded corpse quilt he looms with the most tenderest loving care. ~ We got the artistic maniac with his eye on a masterpiece. ~ The seasoned/semi retired maniac who feels entitled to some bragging homage retrospect. ~ The sudden snap psyche maniac whose repression is feeling a bit cagey. ~ The brooding, towering Leatherface-esque maniac who pawn stacks his duress board. ALL of whom take very different terror tactics to accomplish their #sliceoflifegoals. Some of their marks are down before the fight or flee has time to register and some of them are spry and just sly enough to post-initiate a little cat and mouse play. It may all seem random and aimless but it's quite targeted, with dead-on precision. I love how it all bleeeeds together to form a big ole plot clot, requiring more than just a bacitracin'd up bandaid, that's for damn sure! These are the best kinds of stories and I've only come across a handful of new authors who are able to pull it off and pull it off well ~ yea...pull that steel wool over our eyes!! Some books I can pretty easily give a spoiler free, thorough plot run down but there are some books, some books, that...I just don't wanna. This one definitely works best knowing very little beforehand. Ok so, if you pair this story alongside his Volume 1 collection, I've come to the conclusion that Shaun's niche is the weave. I'm a beweaver. These 3rd act holy shit (No Way!) reveals, but then when you go back and reread it, the shadowing was foremidable....he perfectly overcasts his stratospherically written skies in a hot peppered laced fog. It's all there, even if he is quite undeniably...not. Shaun NEEDS to write more, he's a natural. Gots appropriately hasmet labeled bucket fulls of charm, charisma, and repulsion, in unbalanced yet equal parts. But I hear he has one of them debilitatingly life draining full time day jobs and that's bound to stifle that ripe and raw writer mindset. Plus about half a dozen kids to cramp and crimp that wild and smooth style of his. Totally understandable, we just...get what we get and don't throw a fit. Got it! Ooor maybe he just needs to delegate and procrastinate with all of the above better. So start spawning more unapologetically graphic gooey goodness. Your fields are obviously fertile. :P And YES, we are supposed to be getting another Maniacs with Knives in June, next month. Little teaser epilogue sets it up perfectly to go in a totally new cutthroat direction. AWESOME!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shadow Girl

    This is Shaun Hupp's best work so far! Full review posted HERE - come meet your maniacs, and find out why Maniacs with Knives: Unapologetic Horror is proving to be one of my main sources of hilarity so far this year! Sure, I'm a bit twisted & depraved, but if you honestly tell me that you DIDN'T laugh while reading some of the extremiest extreme moments - I'll apologize and might think about removing the awesome .gifs posted on my review ;) P, L & N ♥ ~sg ...maybe not, haha! This is Shaun Hupp's best work so far! Full review posted HERE - come meet your maniacs, and find out why Maniacs with Knives: Unapologetic Horror is proving to be one of my main sources of hilarity so far this year! Sure, I'm a bit twisted & depraved, but if you honestly tell me that you DIDN'T laugh while reading some of the extremiest extreme moments - I'll apologize and might think about removing the awesome .gifs posted on my review ;) P, L & N ♥ ~sg ...maybe not, haha!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tara Losacano

    This book is such gory fun! There were definitely a couple twists(of the knife😉) that I didn't see coming and which made the book that much better. I can't wait to read Maniacs with Knives 2!! This book is such gory fun! There were definitely a couple twists(of the knife😉) that I didn't see coming and which made the book that much better. I can't wait to read Maniacs with Knives 2!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Justin M.

    I don’t know if it was Shaun’s intention with this book to completely mind***k me or what, but that’s what it did. Shaun’s style is simplistic and abrasive which only adds to the rawness of this story. I felt like I was inside of an old Grindhouse film, or any classic 80’s era slasher. The gore alone made me queasy, and the way the stories abruptly changed had me guessing what was going on. I really enjoyed it Shaun. Can’t wait to start part two.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Toneye Eyenot

    Just spent a bloody marvelous night with Mr. Shaun Hupp. Maniacs with Knives was non-stop, start to finish brutality that held me in place until the last page. Several interconnected stories stitched together into one abomination of a tale! This book delivered in torrents of blood and sadistic glee haha! "Unapologetic Horror"? No apologies necessary. This was just brutiful! Well done, sir. Eye take my head off to ya 🤤 Just spent a bloody marvelous night with Mr. Shaun Hupp. Maniacs with Knives was non-stop, start to finish brutality that held me in place until the last page. Several interconnected stories stitched together into one abomination of a tale! This book delivered in torrents of blood and sadistic glee haha! "Unapologetic Horror"? No apologies necessary. This was just brutiful! Well done, sir. Eye take my head off to ya 🤤

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rayne Havok

    I absolutely loved this! Am I sick? Yes. I love when someone can shock me enough to bring that sneaking smile out. Shaun Hupp is a twisty fucker who can really get into the dark places that make my 'creepy girl' parts tingle. Fantastic. Highly recommend, can't wait for more. I absolutely loved this! Am I sick? Yes. I love when someone can shock me enough to bring that sneaking smile out. Shaun Hupp is a twisty fucker who can really get into the dark places that make my 'creepy girl' parts tingle. Fantastic. Highly recommend, can't wait for more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Swearengin

    Oh wow. This is a mish-mash of the most demented and depraved story telling! There are several story lines going on at once, crossing time lines. I am pleasantly getting used to Shaun's awesome writing style. I don't want to give anything away, so trust me when I say read this sick story!! I can't wait for the sequel!! Oh wow. This is a mish-mash of the most demented and depraved story telling! There are several story lines going on at once, crossing time lines. I am pleasantly getting used to Shaun's awesome writing style. I don't want to give anything away, so trust me when I say read this sick story!! I can't wait for the sequel!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary Grissom

    Great It was a very suspenseful and gory read and at first it was hard to follow because of the way the characters jumped around. But after you connected them it was fricking amazing. I hope to read more from this author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lance Dale

    This book is sick, twisted, and fun. At first I didn't know what to make of it. There are multiple story lines going on which don't seem to go along with each other. As you get further into the book they begin to intertwine and mix until they reach an epic crescendo. I've never really read anything quite like it. It's a rare gem which stands out in the splatterpunk genre. This book is sick, twisted, and fun. At first I didn't know what to make of it. There are multiple story lines going on which don't seem to go along with each other. As you get further into the book they begin to intertwine and mix until they reach an epic crescendo. I've never really read anything quite like it. It's a rare gem which stands out in the splatterpunk genre.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    Not unlike reading a slasher film. From an abused housewife, to a retired serial killer, to the Artist who believes he is creating something special, the stories revolve around psychos and their love of knives. All different types of knives. The author admits up front in the preface that there will be lots of gore and blood and he's not sorry about any of it. Super fun and gory with an interesting tie-in at the end. Like any good slasher film, there is a sequel. Like any good horror junkie, I al Not unlike reading a slasher film. From an abused housewife, to a retired serial killer, to the Artist who believes he is creating something special, the stories revolve around psychos and their love of knives. All different types of knives. The author admits up front in the preface that there will be lots of gore and blood and he's not sorry about any of it. Super fun and gory with an interesting tie-in at the end. Like any good slasher film, there is a sequel. Like any good horror junkie, I already started it. 4 out of 5 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    4.5 stars!! Shaun Hupp is one sick dude! This was a super fun and gory read. I cringed multiple times while reading this. I love how all the seemingly separate story lines converged into one. Can't wait to read part 2!! 4.5 stars!! Shaun Hupp is one sick dude! This was a super fun and gory read. I cringed multiple times while reading this. I love how all the seemingly separate story lines converged into one. Can't wait to read part 2!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Keith Norman

    Review on Amazon. Very good read full of gore and a clever ending.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    What you get when you have three serial killers and one female who has killed in self defense, be it very brutally, you get a wild ride of mayhem. While killing, they are also hurling towards a final blood filled, gore fest collision course. This is extreme horror at it's best with lots of blood, guts, gore and horrific deaths. Definitely not for the people with weak stomachs or the faint of heart as this is brutal! Extreme horror fans this is a must read. What you get when you have three serial killers and one female who has killed in self defense, be it very brutally, you get a wild ride of mayhem. While killing, they are also hurling towards a final blood filled, gore fest collision course. This is extreme horror at it's best with lots of blood, guts, gore and horrific deaths. Definitely not for the people with weak stomachs or the faint of heart as this is brutal! Extreme horror fans this is a must read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    amanda Pickett

    Amazing I love horror, and this has to be one of my favourites. I loved how this story was told by a few people, and the fact that it blended into one story. If you're a fan of blood, guts and all horror, then this is for you. Amazing I love horror, and this has to be one of my favourites. I loved how this story was told by a few people, and the fact that it blended into one story. If you're a fan of blood, guts and all horror, then this is for you.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ebony

    This is the first book that I have read from Shaun Hupp and will definitely not be the last!!! This book was filled with twists, turns, and tons of gore!!! The way that the different stories came together at the end of the book BLEW MY MIND!!! I cannot wait for the sequel to come out so that I can find out what happens next!!! Shaun Hupp is a crazy storyteller that I plan on following for the long haul!!! Well Done!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Depraved, sick, twisted... fun!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristyn

    This book was super gory and it was very interesting to see the way it all ended...or didn't end. I'm looking forward to reading part two. Great summer slasher read! This book was super gory and it was very interesting to see the way it all ended...or didn't end. I'm looking forward to reading part two. Great summer slasher read!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Daina Frame

    This was a great read. I honestly bought this book bc this man’s meme game is strong, so I was curious to see if he was as weird as I assumed he is. This is a solid, unabashed horror, as the title clearly states. I absolutely loved the style. The gore was gory, the story was immersive, and my imagination is prolly traumatized even more so. I’ll be getting the sequel ASAP. I picked it up and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Highly recommend! Looking forward to reading much more from this This was a great read. I honestly bought this book bc this man’s meme game is strong, so I was curious to see if he was as weird as I assumed he is. This is a solid, unabashed horror, as the title clearly states. I absolutely loved the style. The gore was gory, the story was immersive, and my imagination is prolly traumatized even more so. I’ll be getting the sequel ASAP. I picked it up and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Highly recommend! Looking forward to reading much more from this clearly deranged individual. 🖕🏿🖕🏿🖕🏿🖕🏿🖕🏿

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    If your stomach and brain can handle it, I definitely recommend reading this twisted, winding tale of unapologetic horror.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Filion

    This was the first book I read by Shaun Hupp, and it had me hooked from the first few pages! Had me eagerly finishing chapters, and had me cringing at certain parts. In the best possible way of course! I ordered the second book as soon as I finished with this one!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Colin Buckland

    Enjoyable slaughter I'm well impressed with how all the characters stories blended together into one final bloodbath. Very well done indeed Mr Hupp. Enjoyable slaughter I'm well impressed with how all the characters stories blended together into one final bloodbath. Very well done indeed Mr Hupp.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark Woods

    Probably about as sick a book as you can get... Until I read this, my only experience of Shaun Hupp was following his memes on facebook. So when I saw this book for free, I decided to pick it up and see for myself just what he was all about. Maniacs with knives is about as sick a book as you are ever going to read outside something by Matt Shaw. Seriously, if you are at all sensitive, easily offended, or prone to triggers, this book is not for you. In one scene, a young woman is sexually assaulted Probably about as sick a book as you can get... Until I read this, my only experience of Shaun Hupp was following his memes on facebook. So when I saw this book for free, I decided to pick it up and see for myself just what he was all about. Maniacs with knives is about as sick a book as you are ever going to read outside something by Matt Shaw. Seriously, if you are at all sensitive, easily offended, or prone to triggers, this book is not for you. In one scene, a young woman is sexually assaulted by two men and when one of them can’t get it up, he uses a baseball bat - and this is in one of the tamer scenes. Hupp’s writing feels, at times, heavily influenced by Laymon, but Hupp here goes far and beyond anything Laymon ever attempted and there were more than a few moments when even I was cringing and flinching and I have a really high threshold for such things. This really is Extreme horror at its finest and next pay day, I will definitely, definitely be paying for the sequel!!! A very well deserved 5 stars out of 5!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Clota

    Bloody Fun! First of all, I want to tell Shaun Hupp.... Fuck you, too! And I say that with love! Manic With Knives: Unapologetic Horror is just that, manics with knives! We have several characters, each with their own character quirks and idiosyncrasies, and each having their own reasoning (and I say that with a straight face....) for going on a killing spree. We have extreme blood and gore, extreme hilarity with his extremeness, and just plain ol' bludgeoning fun! The best part is how all these m Bloody Fun! First of all, I want to tell Shaun Hupp.... Fuck you, too! And I say that with love! Manic With Knives: Unapologetic Horror is just that, manics with knives! We have several characters, each with their own character quirks and idiosyncrasies, and each having their own reasoning (and I say that with a straight face....) for going on a killing spree. We have extreme blood and gore, extreme hilarity with his extremeness, and just plain ol' bludgeoning fun! The best part is how all these manics connect at the end. It's like psychotics v. psychotics! I was easily transported into some 70's-80's slash-horror setting, much like Leatherface, even though it was clearly set in the 2000s. If straight up blood-fest, torture, shock-value isn't your cup of tea, then you'll be missing out on this wacky fun. How about y'all pansies try to develop a taste for it and pick up this book, because fuck you, it's worth it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sea Caummisar

    My head is still spinning! I'm not gonna lie, at first I was like confused. Like the story jumped all over the place and I was trying to connect all the stories ( which I couldn't). But at the end, the author connects the dots and it all makes sense. Since I love horror, I try not to think too logical ( like the chances of so many serial killers coming together). At least I don't think logical when the gore is good. And in this book, the gore was great!!!! I loved The Artist storyline and would My head is still spinning! I'm not gonna lie, at first I was like confused. Like the story jumped all over the place and I was trying to connect all the stories ( which I couldn't). But at the end, the author connects the dots and it all makes sense. Since I love horror, I try not to think too logical ( like the chances of so many serial killers coming together). At least I don't think logical when the gore is good. And in this book, the gore was great!!!! I loved The Artist storyline and would read a book solely about him. This book is good. But oh yeah, for the author (f u 2) lol!!?!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Potter

    This book surprised the hell out of me. At first it seemed a little confusing, jumping around characters. But the writing and the absolute gore had me hooked. I was already enjoying the story immensely, when all the sudden, everything just linked in together and absolutely blew my mind! I bought the follow up book as soon as I finished this one. If you haven't read this yet you really should! This book surprised the hell out of me. At first it seemed a little confusing, jumping around characters. But the writing and the absolute gore had me hooked. I was already enjoying the story immensely, when all the sudden, everything just linked in together and absolutely blew my mind! I bought the follow up book as soon as I finished this one. If you haven't read this yet you really should!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lexi

    A sick, twisted, gory fun ride from the first page to the end!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brad Tierney

    I ❤️ Mr. Hupp. You should read this insane fucking story to find out why. And then you’ll ❤️ Mr. Hupp too. 4/5 freshly peeled skulls! 💀💀💀💀

  29. 4 out of 5

    R.J. Roles

    Hupp takes to places you never wanted to go! An instant classic for slasher fans to enjoy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    mike frazier

    Bad writer I realize these are kindle unlimited books but I wouldn't publish something so amateurish, extreme horror or not. The writing is awful and the author isn't capable of telling a story correctly. Reminds me of so many extreme horror authors who focus more on the sex and gore but not the actual storytelling. A quick buck. Bad writer I realize these are kindle unlimited books but I wouldn't publish something so amateurish, extreme horror or not. The writing is awful and the author isn't capable of telling a story correctly. Reminds me of so many extreme horror authors who focus more on the sex and gore but not the actual storytelling. A quick buck.

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