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Suffer The Flesh [Kindle Edition]

Monica J. O'Rourke
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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"Kidnapped off the streets of Manhattan, Zoey Masterson is whisked away from the safe, normal world she once knew and finds herself the victim of one man’s reprehensible vision.

"Forced to experience his seedy underworld, Zoey must play his games—but for how long? Somehow she must learn to survive—but how could anyone?

"Somewhere between ecstasy and pain, learn to Suffer the Flesh."

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Uncompromisingly grim and disturbingly erotic, Suffer the Flesh is as harsh as horror fiction gets. -- Cemetery Dance Magazine, issue #40, August 2002

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  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Biting Dog Publications (December 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted November 28, 2004
I was expecting to read a tale of "psychological horror" when I picked up this book, but what I found inside was nothing of the sort. The book is filled with graphic scenes of torture, rape and all manner of perversion repeated over... and over... and over. It is definitely not for the weak-hearted (or weak-stomached, for that matter). Some of the scenes are extremely graphic, and the characters are extremely elaborate in their brutality. It is no doubt the sickest book I've ever read.

This really is worth 3 1/2 star rating. Despite its gruesome style, the novel does make you turn pages, care about the characters, think, feel complicated emotions and, most of all, wonder. And it is the wondering part that sends shivers down your spine. "What would ~I~ do in such a situation?"

I would like to disagree with those who consider this to be an anti-male novel. I have read a couple of reviews in which readers have described this as a book in which men are shown at their worst and women at their best - not so. One of the guards who abuses the heroine in the book is a woman, and the only guard who is shown as kind and rueful is a man.

Of course, there's the ages-old sub-question here of how far can a person be pushed until she snaps. There's also the idea that some things out there are so evil that anything you've considered evil before pales in comparison (i.e. guards vs. the "Visitors"). But it's my impression that the main intention of Ms. O'Rourke's was to depict Hell, and not just because the word itself is mentioned more than once in the book. And she succeeds, on that level. The feelings of hopelessness, terror and despair that the main character goes through are very real.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Delish! August 14, 2002
By Teri
SUFFER THE FLESH, the title says it all. One woman has been kidnapped off the streets of Manhattan and kept captive in an underground dungeon, where she suffers in flesh and spirit. Her captors are twisted men bent on slimming these victims down. They torture the women, forcing them into deprave acts of sex, forcing them beyond limits of their ability to handle pain and humiliation. The brutal scenes will have the readers cringing. But will also have the extreme horror fan turning page after shocking page to find out what happens next and how she will survive the monstrocities.
I finished this novel in a day. Definitely a book hard to put down!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Quitters, Inc. Meets The Story of "O". September 28, 2002
If you like the "splatter-punk" fiction of Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, and John Skipp & Craig Spector, then you're going to be in pig heaven with Monica J. O'Rourke's first novel, SUFFER THE FLESH. Consider Ms. O'Rourke to be the female version of the above authors, but with writing that hits you with the force of a stake being driven into the heart! Her novel is about Zoey Masterson, a big girl who'd like to lose thirty-or-forty pounds. One afternoon, while scouting through the diet section of a Manhattan book store, Zoey's approached by a stranger named Mel, who used to the same size as her and knows exactly what she's going through. Mel tells Zoey about a mysterious diet plan that's guaranteed to get the weight off of her, and it's absolutely free. Mel then apologizes for what's about to happen and disappears. Later, kidnapped off of the street as she's leaving the store by two men posing as cops, Zoey is drugged and taken to a hidden research facility where the process of losing weight begins. Once she awakens from her drugged state, our heroine is raped and tortured by the men who run the facility. Zoey, however, isn't the only victim being subjected to such severe measures. There are at least sixteen other women at the facility, experiencing the same brutal degradation. Escape seems to be impossible. It's only when a group of visitors arrive, who have paid a large sum of money for the privilege of using these helpless women for their own perverted pleasures, that everything turns into a life or death situation. Zoey and her fellow prisoners must find a way to fight back and escape, or risk facing a hideous death, filled with unbelievable pain and the most horrible humiliation. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suffer the Flesh by Monica J. O'Rourke April 18, 2008
Need to lose weight? Monica J. O'Rourke has the ultimate get-thin quick plan in her first novel, Suffer the Flesh. Zoey Masterson is overweight and alone in the world, when a strange woman approaches her one day and says, "I can help." The help she has in mind is a weight-loss retreat. One where rape, beatings, and humiliation are policy and freedom is gained only by shedding pounds.

O'Rourke creates a vivid story populated by some extremely memorable characters. The nightmarish torments Zoey is forced to endure are overshadowed only by her demented captors. Despite taking their creative inspiration from the Marquis de Sade and the Spanish Inquisition, the "Guards" insist that they are doing everything for Zoey's own benefit.

Calling to mind the Stephen King short story, "Quitter's Inc", by way of the Stanford Prison Experiment, Suffer the Flesh is a fascinating story of authority; the authority we hold over ourselves and the authority we hold over others. O'Rourke takes this philosophical base and stretches it to grotesque extremes.

Not only is the book thoroughly gripping, but it is also just plain scary. The tortures the women undergo are gross and sickening, and O'Rourke places the reader front-and-center for the suffering. Her sparse prose is used to excellent effect and the reader can feel the psychological torment being inflicted. The horrors in this book will linger in one's mind long after the story is over.

It is unfortunate that this book has been out of print for a few years now, but affordable copies can be found on the second-hand market. While it may be a little difficult to track down, Suffer the Flesh is the very definition of a "hidden gem". It is a frightening and engrossing read; just not around dinner time.

Correction: Suffer the Flesh was only out of print for a few months and is now back in print.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and nasty!
Never let this lady sell you on any sort of weight loss plan or exercise regimen. I may have said something similar in my review of Wrath James White’s Voracious – these two are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christine
Monica once again delivers an excellent story.Suffer theFlesh takes the commercial about what's more importnat smoking or your kids, your friends , and other other loved ones. Read more
Published 2 months ago by the Citizen
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read
Looking at the reviews, this book has been around for many years. I had never heard of it until it was re-released recently. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. W
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Concept, Good Read, Half As Long As I'd Have Liked
I received this as a review copy from the publisher and shoved it to the top of my list, on the strength of some of Monica's short work that I've read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lincoln Crisler
4.0 out of 5 stars extremely graphic but oddly compelling
I began quite hesitantly and after a few of the graphic rape scene did in fact consider putting the book down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lastvictim
2.0 out of 5 stars feh!
Just not good. BDSM, but not erotic, just cruel. Sophomoric prose. Obvious ending. Unable to read last few pages, skipped to the end.
Published 6 months ago by bluhart2
3.0 out of 5 stars Tortoise and the hair
Awesome concept,really good start but the more you get into it the more it looses substance till all your left with is an awful climax and an awful conclusion.
Published on November 20, 2011 by xPriesTx
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Tame, But Solid Erotic Horror-Thriller
This isn't necessarily a knock on the novel, but given the shocked...shocked! reader reviews I was expecting a celebration of nausea in the vein of Edward Lee's anatomical field... Read more
Published on May 26, 2011 by Edward Sung
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!!!!
Raw, brutal, uncompromising and unapologetic. This book shows an underside of humanity that most of us never even imagined could exist. Read more
Published on May 9, 2011 by Bullfrog
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too formulated
As a fan of extreme horror I was very excited to read this book based on the other reviews. What I found was a book that had an interesting premise but it fell short. Read more
Published on June 8, 2009 by Misfitbreed
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More About the Author

Monica J. O'Rourke has published more than one hundred short stories in magazines such as Postscripts, Nasty Piece of Work, Fangoria, Flesh & Blood, Nemonymous, and Brutarian and anthologies such as Horror for Good (for charity), The Mammoth Book of the Kama Sutra, and The Best of Horrorfind. She is the author of Poisoning Eros I and II, written with Wrath James White, Suffer the Flesh, and the brand-new collection, In the End, Only Darkness. Watch for her new novel, What Happens in the Darkness, later this year from Sinister Grin Press. Monica works as a freelance editor, proofreader, and book coach. Her website is an ongoing and seemingly endless work in progress, so find her on in the meantime.

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