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Whargoul Paperback – December 4, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Deadite Press (December 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383368
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bob Chaplin on December 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Whargoul" is the story of a creature (known as Whargoul) who literally lives off of the horror and pain that war causes (and heroin). The book is a record of its crimes and victories. The reader follows this things from war to war through past hundred years while it tries to find a purpose and its creators. We travel with it through Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, Saddam's Iraq, and (my "favorite" war in the book) the Race War in the United States that starts during the Super Bowl.

You can tell Dave Brockie put a lot of work into this story. The book is really well written. As it jumps from war to war, nonlinearly, it never becomes confusing and stays engaging until the very end. The main monster is compelling in that you will fear it but still want to have a beer with it.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a novel written by a man most famous for spraying people with fake blood and pus, but I'm happy to say I loved it. The book went back and forth from disturbing me with war crime depictions to making me laugh out loud at Evil Dead 2-like moments of splatter. As with everything published by Deadite Press, you should be warned that this novel is extremely violent, offensive, and sick. In other words, I loved it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Troy Chambers on December 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
'Whargoul', the first novel by Dave Brockie (best known as Oderus Urungus, the lead singer and mastermind behind the outrageous metal band GWAR), is a gore-filled, horrifying (and quite often hilariously funny) trip through wars fought between (and including) WWII to now from the point of view of the Whargoul- a Demon of War that feeds of Death and carnage.

It's a long book, but so engaging you're instantly pulled in and aren't able to be let go until its over. The book drags you through atrocity after atrocity, forcing your face into the most extreme war scenes imaginable. Dave Brockie must see in blood. The pages drip with it- not to mention filling literature's Corpse Quotient for all time. No book ever needs to feature death or blood again, because Dave Brockie has you covered. This book does for novels what Superjail! and Metalocalypse does for adult cartoons- slaughters EVERYTHING in the most violent ways possible (or impossible, as is often the case).

On top of being the most violent, gory book ever written it's also hilariously funny in places, and filled with a weird vibe that breaks into some outright surrealism in places. The Lovecraft-inspired scene is without a doubt the most horrific Lovecraft pastiche I've read.

For people searching for that next gory book that delivers constant blood, guts and violence- look no further. Whargoul has everything you could ever want and more.

Highly recommended- if you think you can handle it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gabino Iglesias on July 12, 2011
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If Thomas Pynchon and Clive Barker decide to join forces and take a crack at writing a horror novel with a bizarro slant, the result would probably be something as poetic and eloquent as Whargoul, David Brockie's first novel. Brockie, the twisted mind behind cult band GWAR, decided to start his writing career with a bang and penned down an epic story of war, death, sex, blood, transmogrification, booze and a lot of violence. From the blood-soaked Battle of Stalingrad and the death camps of the holocaust to the more recent war in Iraq and even a fictional race war in New York City, Whargoul has been there, bringing death wherever he goes and feeding off the souls and brains of the those left in his wake.

The story is hard to condense because it sprawls across the history of mankind, lacks a conventional chronology of events and zigzags through times and places in no particular order. When Whargoul, a bloodthirsty narrator with a penchant for philosophizing about the nature of humanity, begins to tell a story, the reader might have an idea about where the narration is going, but memories often come and take the story forward, backward or sideways in a maelstrom of violence. If it all sounds a tad confusing, it's because it probably is.

The book shines because of two things: the narrator's insights and Brockie's prose. Whargoul is indestructible, but he can feel pain. As the story progresses, he learns to love, to cry and to understand his own nature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Shroyer on August 17, 2011
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It is sufficient to say that I have almost never heard of GWAR.I can remember being a kid and watching Talk Soup on E! and seeing them on Jerry Springer feeding Jerry to a man eating plant, but other than that GWAR, remained a mystery. With its front man's first literary effort we can see that behind the theatrics and garish make-up is a mind that could rival those in the mainstream.

The novel is told by an ancient being called "Wharghoul" who alongside his demon brethren is responsible for all the world's suffering. Currently the Wharghoul has taken the form of an African American in the ghettos of New York, and is causing chaos by committing acts of terrorism to incite a race riot. But something is hunting him, something worse than he is, and he won't stop until he's dead!

The novel is told in a disjointed narrative switching from the present to WWII era Russia and Gulf War Iraq with ease, making it a daunting read but a pleasurable one. Mr Brockie fills the story with social commentary on the human condition and how we must look inward to find our own evil. It is a novel on society and the societies need for introspection.

I loved this book and would read it again if I had time.
This Wharghoul is definitely cool!
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