Thursday, October 27, 2016

Retch! - by David Bernstein - A wild blend of graphic sex and gross-out horror

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

As much as I want to, I just can't give this novella 5 stars.  It's not Gone With the Wind, it's not The Stand, it's not even 2001: A Space odyssey.  

Retch! is a wild story of sex, accidental death, witchcraft, revenge, and gross-out horror beyond your wildest imagination.

Brian "was a good-looking, twenty-nine-year-old, single man who at times grew bored with how easy life had begun."  Trust me, that was all about to go away.

 When he accidentally kills his date after she vomits on him, his life changes dramatically.

A word of advice, if you decide to read Retch! be sure to check your disbelief at the door. Witchcraft, taking rats and spiders, it all gets a bit silly, but it certainly is a lot of fun.  If you've been reading a lot of heavier fiction, the kind of stuff that taxes the brain, this could be just the thing to clear your mental palate.

True, it's bloody disgusting, but sometimes that can be a good thing.  Truth be told, I was ready to bring up my lunch more than once while reading this book.  I don't get grossed out easily, but author David Bernstein was pretty effective at pushing all my buttons this time.

This book will not be for everyone, but if you don't mind hardcore sex mixed with gross-out horror, have I got a read for you.

Published by Bizarro Pulp Press, a division of JournalStone, Retch! is available in both paperback and e-book formats.

From the author's bio - David Bernstein is originally from a small town in upstate New York, but now resides in NYC and misses being surrounded by chainsaw-wielding maniacs and wild backwoods people who like to eat human flesh.  He's grown used to the city, though hiding bodies is much harder there.

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