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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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's about 160 pages if you want to print it out.
Jason Thacker
The main monster is compelling in that you will fear it but still want to have a beer with it.
Bob Chaplin
This is a VERY graphicly brutal novel that is very well worded, descriptive and imaginative.
dale roberts

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22 of 25 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gabino Iglesias on July 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FRUUUU on December 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is awesome! I read it a few years ago, on dave brockie's website and I was amazed. It reminded me of slaughterhouse five, only the main character is an immortal, vampiric, demon of war, with a mild case of ptsd, who likes to do massive amounts of drugs and reminisce about it's past atrocities, in war. It feeds off death, and usually takes the form of a soldier, so it can kill and feed as much as it wants, without being seen as "inhumane". It is extremely well written, and the grotesque, gory details, will make even the most depraved gore-whore cringe in perverse glee. The ending is epic as hell too!
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