A Foodies Guide To Horror (or a horror book for foodies)
5 out of 5 stars
You are invited to a meal to die for. A meal that you will never forget. A meal that is worth giving into your urges for.
I put this audiobook on during a short flight and I ended up starting and finishing it on the flight. I’m glad I did. Consumption was a crazy ride from beginning to end.
I can tell that Hicks is a bit of a foodie himself (or knows some) because the way that each course was described was perfect and a little eccentric. I didn’t read much of the description before starting this small plate novella because, a lot of times with shorter stories, their descriptions are impossible to write without giving away most of the story.
Consumption left me feeling both hungry and disturbed. Hicks has a way of writing that keeps me interested while simultaneously grossing me out and I love it. I’m not always a fan of gory horror, but I’ve been a fan of every book Hicks has written like that (including Mass Hysteria that I just finished). I believe that this short story is even included in that audiobook at the end.
Consumption is not for the weak stomached and probably should not be read while you are hungry… or full. But it is a book that I will recommend because it was awesome. The book itself reminded me of the opening scene of Clue (people didn’t know each other, they were given names on their appearances, and they weren’t sure exactly what they were eating). But the story itself took a major turn from Clue after that. Hicks was able to write both an amazingly thought out and incredibly gory book and made it enjoyable as hell to read.
Consumption by Michael Patrick Hicks
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
Published by High Fever Books on August 23rd 2017
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Reclusive chef Heinrich Schauer has invited six guests to a blind twelve-course tasting menu.
What You Eat
While snow blankets the isolated Swiss valley surrounding his estate, the guests feast eagerly, challenging one another to guess at the secret tastes plated before them.
Meat Is Murder
As they eat, each guest is overtaken by carnal appetites, unaware of their host’s savage plans...or of the creature lurking below.
One thing is clear: There is more on the menu than any of them have bargained for.
Consumption is a 12,000 word (approx.) short story. It contains graphic depictions of sex and violence, and is intended for mature audiences.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
Michael Patrick Hicks has worked as a probation officer, a comic book reviewer, news writer and photographer, and, now, author. His work has appeared in various newspapers in Michigan, as well as several The University of Michigan publications, and websites, such as Graphic Novel Reporter and Leelanau.com. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from The University of Michigan in Journalism & Screen Studies and Behavioral Science. His first novel is CONVERGENCE.