By Wrath James White
Doctor Trevor Adams is a genius by all accounts. His ethics, however, leave a bit to be desired. When the Aphrodite Aesthetic Reconstruction Clinic hires him to create a genetic weight-loss treatment, Doctor Adams uses a synthetic retro virus to transport pygmy shrew DNA into clients willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to be able to eat whatever they want without gaining a pound. Pygmy Shrews have metabolisms so fast they don’t store fat cells and have to eat every two hours, twice their body-weight in food every day, or they will die. When they are hungry, they will attack and consume prey more than twice their size. They have fangs tipped with a red iron ore, saliva that contains a paralyzing neurotoxin, are the size of a quarter, and are considered to be some of the most vicious animals on earth. When Doctor Adams’s clients begin burning more calories than they can possibly consume, he is afraid he has made one terrible mistake.
We are going to step back in time for a moment to one of my favorite books. I read this for the first time in 2015. I have read it twice more since that first time, first because it was just that good and second because there was a content discussion about it one day on social media. I am a big fan of the work of Wrath James White. It is unapologetically graphic in content and writing style. It deals with the ugliest side of humanity in the ugliest way imaginable. I told Wrath when I met him that first time and he had initially politely demurred from offending me with discussion of his work (I was dressed very carefully ladylike that day) that I was looking for a cross between Bentley Little and Edward Lee. He said that was him. This book is a prime example of that fulfilled.
This is a brazenly written story containing cannibalism. This is for people who read extreme horror and are used to graphic tales of taboo subject matter. That being said, the plot and characters are strong… it is not gore for the sake of gore. Gore is just part of the tale. It is a wonderful addition to the library of extreme horror fans.
While the meat of this story is presented with cannibalism, pardon any perceived pun, the story itself deals with the much deeper issues of societal shallowism, the horrific nature of judgment based on physical appearance and the ultimate damage it causes. The choice of using cannibalism in a study about this social issue is wholly appropriate and very well executed. But you must have the stomach for extreme horror to partake of this delectable work. Wrath James White pulls no punches in his writing, going to far as to sensualize the horror within.
Be warned and enjoy.
I maintain this volume in paperback. It is shelf worthy. But it is also available for Kindle.
Print Length: 136 Pages
Publication Date: May 22, 2013
Horror, Extreme Horror
Get it on Amazon: Voracious
About the Author: Wrath James White
WRATH JAMES WHITE is a former World Class Heavyweight Kickboxer, a professional Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts trainer, distance runner, performance artist, and former street brawler, who is now known for creating some of the most disturbing works of fiction in print.
Wrath is the author of such extreme horror classics as THE RESURRECTIONIST (now a major motion picture titled “Come Back To Me”) SUCCULENT PREY, and it’s sequel PREY DRIVE, YACCUB’S CURSE, 400 DAYS OF OPPRESSION, SACRIFICE, VORACIOUS, TO THE DEATH, THE REAPER, SKINZZ, EVERYONE DIES FAMOUS IN A SMALL TOWN, THE BOOK OF A THOUSAND SINS, HIS PAIN, POPULATION ZERO and many others. He is the co-author of TERATOLOGIST co-written with the king of extreme horror, Edward Lee, SOMETHING TERRIBLE co-written with his son Sultan Z. White, ORGY OF SOULS co-written with Maurice Broaddus, HERO and THE KILLINGS both co-written with J.F. Gonzalez, POISONING EROS co-written with Monica J. O’Rourke, among others.
Wrath lives and works in Austin, Texas with his three daughters, Isis, Nala, and Zoe, his son and co-author, Sultan Z. White, and his beautiful wife Tammy.