THE BOOK OF SPITE
Extreme Cosmic Horror Stories
By R.F. Blackstone
Sinister and horrifying
Welcome to the Book of Spite.
Its pages written in the tears and blood of those unfortunate enough to possess it.
The owner, the great and terrible god Ch’ait, hurls it into our realm with no other reason than for its own entertainment.
The Book twists, torments, and perverts all who come across it. Including the four tales of love and lost, violence, sacrifice and untold horror found within.
Will you be Ch’ait’s and its vile tome of disturbing knowledge’s next victim?
Do you dare open, The Book of Spite?
Yes, I dared open The Book of Spite. Oh. My. Gosh.
The Book of Spite by R.F. Blackstone is a collection of four short novellas revolving around The Book of Spite, the grimoire of the god Ch’ait. Blackstone labels these stories as Extreme Cosmic Horror, and I could not agree more with this assessment.
What does that mean, you ask?
It means these stories have a cosmic horror premise—think Lovecraftian but with a modern setting—and are told in extreme horror style—graphic, violent, explicit, unapologetic in content and detail.
These stories are dark, horrific, and graphic.
I like that about them.
“Cabins” starts off like a good 80s horror movie, but with fun and vivid characterization. It evolves into something sinister and suspenseful, and ultimately horrifying.
“The Outback” begins as a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in the outback, full of action and terror and gore. Skillful foreshadowing heralds the slow emergence of the cosmic horror element, so keep an eye on the details and a grip on your intestinal fortitude.
“White Dress” starts off ominous and compelling and pulls you down into a black hole of unexpected depravity and terror. This one is a mind-twisting tale of love and desperation and grotesqueness. I mean that in the best possible way, but I regretted trying to snack while reading this one. It is a graphic and daring piece.
“Metalpocalypse” is a horror house rollercoaster. Both the characters and the story are unexpectedly complex. The character interactions could make it darkly humorous if the story itself wasn’t so darned dark. Reading “Metalpocalypse” is an immersive and sensory experience, and I found myself exhausted when I was done. I read it start to finish without pause in spite of a persistent need to take a mental break from the horrors therein. I couldn’t put it down. The Book of Spite compelled me—and you need to read it to understand that statement.
The stories are best served in the order they appear in the collection. They flow well this way. Once again, be prepared for extreme horror on a cosmic level. Blackstone is a fantastic storyteller with a gifted, creative mind.
All of the pros being mentioned, there is only one con about The Book of Spite: the editing. I wish such skillful storytelling had been better edited. It deserves it. The stories themselves are phenomenal. This is a 5 Star book that could easily, by some, be knocked down to a 4 Star because of editing issues, but I am going to let it slide this time. This collection is ultimately shelf-worthy, and I will still seek to supplement my Kindle copy with a physical copy for the Templum Library. I eagerly look forward to reading more from Blackstone.
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A collection of extreme cosmic horror stories
About the Author R.F. Blackstone
Born in the slightly off town of Newcastle on the coast of Australia, R.F. Blackstone learned how to survive life in the land Down Under where everything can kill you. The son of a stage actor, magician and teacher, R.F. Blackstone had an interesting upbringing learning to see the world in a different way. Now, taking that slightly skewed way of looking at the world and applying it to his writing.
He has spent 10 years writing scripts before trying his hand at novels. Currently he lives in Mexico City with his wife, where he enjoys tequila, tacos al pastor and pumping out stories.
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