The First Feast
By Jonathan Winn
Compelling, Impactful Horror
Eidolon Avenue: where the secretly guilty go to die.
One building. Five floors. Five doors per floor. Twenty-five nightmares feeding the hunger lurking between the bricks and waiting beneath the boards.
The First Feast. A retired Chinese assassin in apartment 1A fleeing from a lifetime of bloodshed. A tattooed man in 1B haunted by his most dangerous regret. A frat boy serial killer in 1C facing his past, and an elderly married couple stumbling and wounded from fifty years of failed murder/suicide pacts in 1D. And, finally, a young girl in 1E whose quiet thoughts unleash unspeakable horror.
All thrown into their own private hell as every cruel choice, every deadly mistake, every drop of spilled blood is remembered, resurrected, and relived to feed the ancient evil that lives on Eidolon Avenue.
Having read (and loved) Eidolon Avenue: The Second Feast first, I was compelled to go back and find and purchase and read Eidolon Avenue: The First Feast. No regrets. Jonathan Winn’s writing style is as enthralling in the first as it is in the second. But I do dare say the stories in First Feast are more … unnerving … than those in Second Feast.
The tales in The First Feast might be considered by some to cross the line over into the realm of Extreme Horror due to some graphic and gory sequences and extreme subject matter. These stories cross boundaries. The first story is (to me) the least extreme, though it does have some bloody scenes, but it is still a disturbing tale with some intense content. These are not stories for the very squeamish or easily offended. I personally would not necessarily call them Extreme Horror from their graphic nature, but then I read a lot of Extreme Horror. The subject matter, however, is beyond mainstream, much more intense and potentially triggering to some readers, so there is that element of extreme. To me, that makes the stories good. The unapologetic presentation of the horrors of humanity shown for what they are is daring, and Winn does it well.
Pro Tip: pay attention to the headers. All becomes clear and connected with the final story, which is haunting and impactful in ways different from the others. No spoilers, but … wow.
The stories of Eidolon Avenue: The First Feast are about choices and consequences, self-awareness, and that point beyond redemption. This is horror at its finest: brutal, impactful, lingering. Highly recommended for discerning horror fans.
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Also Available: Eidolon Avenue: The Second Feast
About the Author: Jonathan Winn
In addition to Eidolon Avenue: The First Feast, Jonathan Winn is a screenwriter and author of Martuk …the Holy (A Highlight of the Year, 2012 Papyrus Independent Fiction Awards), Martuk … the Holy: Proseuche (Top Twenty Horror Novels of 2014, Preditors & Editors Readers Poll), the upcoming Eidolon Avenue: The Second Feast and Martuk … the Holy: Shayateen and The Martuk Series (The Wounded King, The Elder, Red and Gold, The Tall Priest), an ongoing collection of short fiction inspired by Martuk …
His work can also be found in Horror 201: The Silver Scream, Writers on Writing, Vol. 2, and Crystal Lake’s Tales from the Lake, Vol. 2, with his award-winning short story Forever Dark.