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BELLY: A Brutal Bible Tale [Kindle Edition]

Reverend Steven Rage
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Book Description

Immanuel the Christ has some nerve. Jonah has already lost everyone he loves to Pilate the vampire and his Harbor drug violence. Jonah now trudges through his days staying as high on Plata as possible. He just wants to be left alone while he waits for his turn to die.
The Christ has other plans for him. She sends Her messenger, Pedro, to assign Jonah the very dangerous task of ordering the Herod to dismantle the Harbor's Plata trade. Jonah has a choice: fight or flight. He decides to run. But you can't run from God forever. As Jonah learns the hard way when the 'Edmund Fitzgerald' founders and goes down in rough seas, with the reluctant prophet on board.
Job is Satan’s Chosen One and he doesn’t take kindly to orders from some upstart prophet. Rather than acquiescing, Job thinks caving Jonah’s head in with a tire iron is the best bet. Jonah finds himself out of the frying pan, but firmly fixed in the fire. Then the Lord Herself starts dispatching Job’s children. One at a time, until the Herod of The Harbor finally obeys.
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PRAISE FOR REVEREND STEVEN RAGE:

Hardcore Horror & Bizarro Collide..., October 30, 2010
By Nick Cato "nickyak" (Staten Island, NY United States) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: The Place In Between (Paperback)
The three stories presented here are tied to an apocalyptic underground community known as The Harbor (two take place post, while the title tale goes down before all hell breaks loose).

In 'Blood and Bubblegum,' we're introduced to some seriously strange characters who are involved in an ever-growing organic narcotics trade, including protagonist Juan and a fecal-demon that lives in his rectum. This is by far the weirdest entry here, and features a fresh look at vampirism.

'The Place In Between,' shows that a revenge story can be done in a fresh manner: Del's wife Luci is having an affair with her drug supplier, Sancho. Sancho and Luci eventually manage to get custody of the invalid Del, and Sancho uses this as payback time from their navy days (apparently Del had done something to ruin Sancho's career). The story becomes an extreme torture tale, one that made me wince a few times...but Del manages to turn the tables via a Faust-ish deal with a demon. Rage also gives another fresh spin here on ghosts, making this a perfect blend of hardcore horror and bizarro goodness.

In the final piece, 'Bad Notion, Traveling Potion,' we return to The Harbor and learn more about The Good Doctor (responsible for creating drugs and mutants) and his created servant, the scene-stealing hybrid man/chimp, Tugmunkee. This one was a bit of a chore to follow, but in the end Rage brings it all together. While some people in the bizarro community frown upon stories centered around drug use, this one works as the "tripping" scenes are just a side-note to the real weirdness.

THE PLACE IN BETWEEN is gross, disgusting, funny, horrific, and disturbing, yet at the same time it's quite entertaining. Rage writes with his conscience thrown out the window (that is, if he had one to begin with), yet unlike some more extreme stuff I've read, he actually knows how to WRITE a story around the grue. I'm keeping my eye on this guy as he truly lives up to his last name.


Editorial Reviews

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Brutally Good
Compound street violence and mega-violence of the most extreme horror variety and you get a story that any horror fan would eat up. I highly recommend it. ------W. D. Hanson "AKA Ichorous" (Clarksburg, MD USA)

vivid, explicit, inventive and engrossing..with fangs on it!
Rage blatantly gawks at the darker side of our modern world and draws biblical parallels using vampires. He mixes respectable dark poetic prose. ------D. Gorman "Crystalline Structure Moon"

Step Aside, Passion Of The Christ!
Rage does not down play the evils of today, and he re-enforces the fact that there is no good without evil (and vice-versa) in this thrilling tale. ------A. A. A. (Illinois, U.S.A.)

Violent, Confrontational, and Fascinating,
Tales of greed, ambition, betrayal, cruelty--and ultimately, salvation. This is not simply for the sake of shock. But maybe you needed to be shocked."  -----Ray Dittmier

Worth getting your hands dirty for!,
Rage forces us to look at true sin, true villainy, and truly offensive images of alternative realities. ------J. Aguilera "MLA, Professional reviewer, writ...

From the Author

Also by The Grim Reverend Steven Rage:
 
"The Fall of a Blood Drinking Drug Dealer"
"Rage Primer"
"BELLY: A Brutal Bible Tale"

"For All The Marbles"
"The Place In Between"
"You Morbid Westphal"
"PILATE: A Brutal Bible Tale"
 
AND LOOK FOR "PHARMACIDE" coming soon!!
 
Rage creates a dismal post-industrial future, a look at man defiled and in decline. Evil has arrived. Dominion has been taken by those who walk as the damned, demons, halflings, products of debauched rampages and sins against nature. Sex, drugs, and broken souls are the only things of value. Life is more like a disease, and the only salvation is the right amount of Plata to numb the conscience and, if one is lucky, to bring on a cleverly disguised demise. Through the sheer shock of his presentation, Rage forces readers to consider the alternatives, to look at the garbage in the streets, to see what is swept into the gutters at night right before all decent people awake to see another cleaned up version of the day. He uses tradition to break tradition, to push the imagination in ways that are uncomfortable at the least and border on the offensive at worst. Yet, in doing so, he illustrates what real Love is.
Visit Rage anytime at stevenrage.wordpress.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 103 pages
  • Publisher: MorbidbookS. Everything Bleeds. (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MNGFV0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Violent, Confrontational, and Fascinating July 11, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
"Brutal Bible Tales" is a fascinating book. It's violent, confrontational, and might even be uncomfortable in places, depending on your sensibilities. Rage takes a selection prominent Biblical figures and and puts them in a contemporary world full of drug dealers, gangsters, pimps, prostitutes, perverts, and even vampires. But this is not just a facile, updated retelling of old stories, nor is it shock value simply for the sake of shock.

Rage uses the Biblical material as a starting point to tell his own stories. This book is well-thought-out, told in a distinctive and confident style that keeps the reader turning pages. If you want to complain that some of the sex and violence is gratuitous, I won't--I can't--argue the point. I'm not sure I'd want to say that "gratuitousness is the point" is ever a valid defense, but then again, I would insist that in a book like this it's better to go too far than not to go far enough.

The book gives us a new context for looking at this source material (if I may call it such), like a cynical Sunday school teacher telling the kids, "This is what these stories are really about." And maybe it is, if you can approach the book with no expectations and just let it be what it is--tales of greed, ambition, betrayal, cruelty--and ultimately, salvation. As I said earlier, this is not shock value simply for the sake of shock. But if it shocks you, maybe you needed to be shocked.
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The Reverend kind of tumbled into all this shit. If truth be known, he didn't really want to work in critical care, or be a minister, publish, or even write. What he really wants to do is direct. Amateur porno would be fine. Or maybe be a game show host. Rage originally wanted to be a showgirl, but he was cursed with freakishly narrow ankles, so he had to pursue other means.

And there is no proof that the Reverend sleeps upside down in a sealed closet, guarded by the damned. No proof at all.


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