Hey, guys. I hope everyone had a good weekend. I finished a few shorter stories that I’ve been working on and had another arm-wrestling practice. Some of the guys think I’m ready for my first tournament, but I’m not sure I’m ready yet. I’m still working out all the mechanics of the sport. Don’t wanna embarrass myself up on the stage! I’m still hard at work on my next novel, but today I have another book review to share.
I just finished reading Aron Beauregard’s The Slob, and I gotta say this is one of the most vile and disgusting books I’ve ever read. A revolting masterpiece. What sets this book apart from others in the genre is that the writing was character driven. I was immediately sucked into the world this author created. From suburban life to utter hell, this was one story that I couldn’t put down as I struggled to keep up with the trauma the protagonist is forced to endure.
Aron Beauregard was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island. He’s been writing horror since the 6th grade when his parents discovered a short story titled “Zombie Child” wedged in the back pocket of his dirty acid-washed jeans. It was about a teenager who couldn’t score the girl of his dreams in life so he decided to kill her and impregnate her corpse… You can imagine where it goes from there. Needless to say, his parents were not thrilled by this tale and rather than acknowledging his creative genius, suspected he might be a budding serial killer.
Regardless of what he did in his life, horror always followed him. After pursuing careers (which ultimately failed) in music, film-making, and full-time drug use, he eventually circled back to his bloody bread and butter: writing highly disturbing and bizarre material that tends to explore the human potential for evil. After tooling around for decades, he’s finally started publishing his work (to the applause of a handful of deranged perverts). He also contributes to the Evil Examined Podcast where he explores the most strange and horrifying events in the history of humanity with his lady and friends. He emits a Manson-esque charm through the pathetic platform, peddling his works of smut and violence to any goon willing to listen. When you enter his realm, be prepared to embrace the ugly and FEEL THE SPLATTER!
Here is my full review of THE SLOB:
A must-read for splatter fans! This is one book you don’t want to miss. After living in a filthy home for most of her early life, Vera becomes an obsessive neat freak. Everything seems to be going well for her, the nastiness that was her childhood a distant memory until a door-to-door salesman inadvertently changes her life forever. To quote the book, “No one knows how the seemingly minor choices they make will come to affect them.” When Vera becomes a salesman herself, she has no idea of the danger she’s put herself into.
What I loved most about this book is that it was completely character driven. The author makes you care about the characters before he puts them through hell. I also really enjoyed the illustrations throughout the book. I’ve included some of my favorites below (with the author’s permission) as well as some of my favorite quotes. In summary, this book was absolutely brutal. The characters were refreshingly original, the story unforgettable, and the ending was to die for. I can’t recommend this one enough! Definitely worth five stars. I can’t wait to read more of Mr. Beauregard’s work.
FAVORITE QUOTES AND IMAGES:
“You can’t change what cloth you’ve been cut from but you can try to at least wash it.”
“The nastiness that was my childhood was something I would always be trying to clean up.”
“Coming back wasn’t what I needed to worry about, it was coming out.”
“Evil had materialized and sought me out.”
“I was being violated with someone else’s remains. Raped by the dead at the will of the living.”
“I felt it enter me like a slimy nightcrawler squirming around.”
Many thanks to the author for letting me share these quotes and images from the book! If you haven’t read this one yet, don’t miss out! Get yours today. Link below.
That’s all I have for today. Thanks for reading! Until next time… -E.B.