Fan-fucking-tastic! This book is awesome and a must for any fans of the more extreme end of splatterpunk and extreme horror. The book is two novellas in one, both linked and set in the same universe as JF Gonzalez’s classic novel, SURVIVOR. JF wrote the first novella, MONSTERS, and the second, ANIMALS was finished by his some-time collaborator and friend, Wrath James White. First of all, Wrath did a great job in finishing off JF’s work, (hats off to you!). Secondly, this is fucking great book and I’m so glad it saw the light of day.
MONSTERS, tells the story of Melanie and how she uncovers her mother’s evil secret in the family basement. ANIMALS, my favourite of the two, is more in the style of SURVIVOR. We meet Mike, a young gay, who’s kicked out of his family home by his Dad and ends up turning tricks on the notorious streets of 1970’s NYC, finally ending up in a world of extreme sex and torture, and his hippie friends who try to do the best thing and save his ass from the dangers this life brings. It’s all Dark Web stuff, nothing you’d find in your local sex club, but at the same time it makes highly addictive reading. I couldn’t put it down and was so disappointed when it ended. I wanted more!
Fans of SURVIVOR will know what to expect, this is some sick, depraved stuff. Not for the faint hearted! It’s also an extreme horror reader’s wet dream. Both stories centre around the snuff movie scene. I don’t wanna give too much away but there’s some really fucked up death scenes involving sex and torture. If you’ve read SURVIVOR then you’ll know what I’m talking about, and if that book offended you then you won’t be picking this one up. Same goes for any of Wrath’s work. MONSTERS AND ANIMALS is a modern splatterpunk classic, and I urge any fan of the sub-genre to check it out. (Jack Bantry)