Horror Fiction Reviews / Lisa Vasquez

The Unfleshed: Tale of the Autopsic Bride

By Lisa Vasquez



A twisted historical tale.


A plague has washed upon England’s shore, bringing death in its wake. While the sickness plucks the lives of the victims indiscriminately, something else moves in its shadows, using it as a cover. Bodies with no sign of infection have been brutally murdered and dismembered. Suspicions already surround the infamous Doctor Wulfe when his eccentric behavior takes a more sinister turn. His interest in the young Morrigan spirals into an unhealthy obsession. Angus manipulates her father, giving him hope of a cure in return for his daughter’s hand in marriage. But, when his bride-to-be awakens with an insatiable appetite, will she be forced to go through with the arrangement? Or will the plague save her from a deal made with a devil?

Content Review

Like many other popular writers, Lisa Vasquez presents us with a twisted alternate history tale.  At least one would like to assume it is alternate history.  If such a monstrous thing occurred, well, we would not have any way to know for certain if it did or didn’t and that is a bit terrifying. But it is definitely twisted.

I will state for the record that I find the official synopsis to be an oversimplification of the book.  For example, people say there is a fine line between love and obsession and this book not only plays on that line, it plays with that line.  I feel that more accurately describes how the main story line plays out.  Additionally, the characters within the book are so well fleshed out that one can feel and almost empathize with the madness, the emotions, and the thought processes presented throughout the story. The Unfleshed has many twists and microplots and I found it as a whole to be delightfully more complex as it progressed than I anticipated based on the synopsis.  This is definitely a story that builds.

I also have to say that I found the book to be more horrific than scary, and I mean that in a most complimentary way.  While the graphic nature of some of it is shocking, it is shocking in a horrific way because it is graphic and well done.  The well-presented characters and unexpected follow through of the story keep it from being shock-effect scary, so don’t look for that.

The most horrific part of the story for me was the completely unexpected ending.  Full marks to Lisa Vasquez for that ending. It is one of those endings that causes one to exclaim out loud and hope no one heard.  To be crude, I fornicating love that ending!

The only drawback to the story for me was the unclear setting in time, and I deliberated reducing this to 4 stars because of it.  The story was explicitly set in the plague years of the 1300s, but the descriptions and overall tone mix in things from the outbreak a couple of centuries later.  If you don’t know, then you wouldn’t know and much of it does make for easier flow and reading. I decided finally that this was obviously alternate history and my brain resolved the issue on that premise.  So, if you have entirely too much historical information in your head, read this as alternate history and enjoy!  If you do not know the difference, well then just read it and enjoy!

Get it on Amazon: US Link

Get it on Amazon: UK Link


About the Author: Lisa Vasquez

By design, Lisa Vasquez creates horror with vivid, dark, and twisted words and images that not only drags the reader in between the pages, but onto the covers that house them, as well. When she releases her grasp, readers are left alone to sort through the aftermath those images leave behind; each one becoming a seed that roots itself within the soft confines of their psyche. She takes this passion for writing horror and uses it to mentor other authors and volunteers as the Publisher’s Liaison for the Horror Writers Association. In January 2016, Lisa took her commitment to the next level and opened an independent publishing house, Stitched Smile Publications.

You can read Lisa’s work in several anthologies, or by purchasing her newly released novel, “The Unfleshed: Tale of the Autopsic Bride”. For more information and updates on Lisa’s work, you can find her at: http://www.unsaintly.com or on Facebook (facebook.com/unsaintlyhalo), Twitter (@unsaintly), Instagram (unsaintly)

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