"With Back Roads and Frontal Lobes (a title I wish I'd thought of), Brady Allen has unleashed a dense, thoroughly satisfying collection of tales that range from the whimsical to the macabre and every combination in between. The word 'quirky' is often used in a faux-derogatory manner, but, man, does it apply here, and in the best sense of the word. You don't know what's coming from one story to the next, and, personally, I love that sort of cornucopia-like unpredictability. His narrative voice is assured, his prose is right on the money, and there's a plethora of brand-new material here that will make your head spin and tie your nerves in knots. Can you tell I liked it? I guarantee you will, as well!"
-Gary A. Braunbeck, 6-time Bram Stoker Award-winner and author of To Each Their Darkness and A Cracked and Broken Path
"In Back Roads and Frontal Lobes, Brady Allen conjures from the dust and dirt of Americana both the horror and the pathos of life on the edges. Each story spins out a heightening dread, the prose swinging from brutal to beautiful and back again. A stellar collection!"-John Hornor Jacobs, author of Southern Gods and This Dark Earth
"Brady Allen's dark, finely-crafted tales take you on journeys that make your heart and gut clench and set your teeth hard against each other; they drive you headlong into irresistible worlds of insanity and horror. Buckle up, readers!"
-Elizabeth Massie, Bram Stoker Award- and Scribe Award-winning author of Sineater, Wire Mesh Mothers, Homegrown, and Naked, On the Edge
"Authentic, gritty, and eerie, Brady Allen's tales grab one's brain while lining up a kick in the pants. Diverse, strange, and disturbing, and churning with a power as primal as it is intelligent, Back Roads and Frontal Lobes delivers the goods but leaves some bloody footprints. After several helpings of his work, you'll want more and would probably kill to get it."
-Steven L. Shrewsbury, author of Overkill, Thrall, and Hawg
"Brady Allen demonstrates an astonishing breadth of imagination in this collection, along with memorable characters and a style that’s as clear and crisp as it is hard-hitting. Back Roads and Frontal Lobes is a master class in fiction writing, wildly entertaining and highly recommended!"
-Tim Waggoner, author of Like Death and The Harmony Society
"Brady Allen's stories truly got me to flinch. While reading this excellent collection, I was put into the vibe of horror giants such as Robert Bloch, Joe Lansdale, and Robert McCammon. Outstanding, blood-drenched, and heartfelt work from a writer you will instantly add to your list of favorites."
-David Whitman, author of Harlan and co-author of Scary Rednecks and Other Inbred Horrors