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A God of Hungry Walls Paperback – September 1, 2015
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""Garrett Cook's A GOD OF HUNGRY WALLS is Clive Barker and Gaspar Noe teaming up to write the most transgressive possible Shirley Jackson tribute song. Smart and literate, Cook dismantles lesser practitioners of 'extreme' horror and offers readers who aren't into the subgenre a chance to reconsider its validity."- Adam Cesare, author of Mercy House and Tribesmen
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"Part poetry, part splatterpunk novel, A God of Hungry Walls tells a haunted house story, but from the perspective of the house, orperhaps something evil that lives within it. Described as a "perverse,violent, and soul-crushing take on supernatural horror," A God of Hungry Walls, if not already on your radar, definitely needs to be. Pick up a copyand be whisked away into a terrifying journey of the unknown."- Moviepilot.com
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This book is sadistic. If you are not a person who can handle extreme violence with a heavy side of destructive sex, then you need to stay away. But for those curious, the ones driving by the car crash who feel the dreadful pull to look, you will see sights that will continue to haunt you once the final scene fades to black.
The best part of this novel is that the tale is told from the view of the haunting. That is why this extreme violence and sex fits the narrative. One would not expect an evil spirit, or possessed dwelling to be filled with jolly thoughts and candy. This house loathes its inhabitants, and like a sadistic child with a butterfly, only wants to pull the wings off.
This novel also reminded me a lot of the phenomenon of the intrusive thought. For most people, a horrible thought will pop into mind and like an average breath it is forgotten and never analyzed, but this novel illustrates what could happen if one does not ignore the voice, and it is pretty disgusting.
I give this book five out of five stars, for it feels like a haunting, which modern horror rarely ever appears to get correct anymore. There is real fear here, and dread leaks from the pages.
I shook my head, tilting my Kindle away so that he couldn’t possibly read anything on the screen, though he seemed determined to. “No. Definitely not.”
“Are you sure?”
“Uh, yeah,” I said, but what I really wanted to tell him is that he isn’t old enough to read this book and it was possible that he would never be old enough. Hell, I’m not sure that I’m old enough to dig into this thing, but I’m certainly glad that I did.
To miss Garrett Cook’s book would be to miss a singular vision of horror akin to early Clive Barker with the permeating hopelessness of Scott Smith’s The Ruins or Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. To the reader, the book is like the sinking of the Titanic if Salvador Dali was the captain and everyone decided to go down with the ship just to see what happens next.
I may be burying the lead here, but I have to confess that what initially drew me to the book was the promise of the premise: A haunted house story told from the point of view of the haunting. Don’t get me wrong, this is a haunted house story, possibly the most original one that I’ve read, but the premise isn’t really the star of the show. I warn you to not to go into this novel expecting a white middle-class family with 2.5 kids who encounter creaky stairs and cold spots in their Victorian dream home. The book doesn’t toy with the reader like that. There isn’t fifty pages of Could this house actually be haunted? Oh, it is. Just ask the house, it will tell you. In fact, it might possibly be the first novel that I’ve read that is actually written is first person-omniscient. Even the characters, at times, understand that things are really bad in the house, but choose to ignore or, worse, to revel in it. The real star of the show, though, is the combination of Cook’s lyrical prose and the horrible things that he chooses to do to us with it.
The house commits terrible acts on its inhabitants who, coincidentally commit equally terrible acts on themselves and others. Some of these things, I confess, I wouldn’t be able to watch in a movie and in the hands of a lesser writer, might seem gratuitous. The book is about control and manipulation on many levels and one of my favorite sequences involves the book, in the form of the demonic narrator, actually manipulating the reader. No spoilers, but you’ll know it when you read it.
At the risk of being overly meta, I wondered at times if A God of Hungry Walls isn’t in many ways an indictment of not only horror authors but of readers. The house entity crafts his horrors as creatively and ironically as any artist and presents them proudly to us. As a reader, we sympathize with the characters, but, as is the nature of horror fiction, we anxiously await the next violation.
The novel doesn’t keep you waiting. At 164 pages, it is a quick and dirty read that never outstays its welcome, although the torture and graphic sexual violence can be, depending on your personal taste in horror, a little off-putting.
I highly recommend this novel, but make no mistake, A God of Hungry Walls is not an intro level horror novel, this is one for the advanced class.
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