Sunday, January 27, 2019

Review: On This the Day of the Pig - by Josh Malerman

4 of 5 Stars     (Purchased directly from Publisher)

Jeff and Aaron Newton, and their mother, Sherry, pay a visit to grandpa Kopple's farm.  That's when one of the pigs speaks to Jeff and convinces him he must kill one of the other pigs.  So picking up an ax, Jeff proceeds to do the deed,

"Pearl made me do it, Pearl made me want to do it."

On This the Day of the Pig is a fast-paced terrifying tale.

"The word came large to Pearl now because it was the right word, the best word, of all the words the farmer had taught him, on his knees in the barn, on his knees in the mud of the pen.  Pearl had been very patient with him, grateful, too, and it wasn't until the boy, the grandson, listened to him, to Pearl, that Pearl understood it was time.  Time to take over the farm."

Total madness and full-on terror, start to finish. Totally insane, yet wonderfully entertaining.

Certainly recommended.

Published as a signed limited-edition hardcover from Cemetery Dance.

From the author's bio - Josh Malerman is a New York Times-bestselling author and one of two singer/songwriters for the rock band The High Strung, which performs the theme song for Showtime’s Shameless.  His debut novel, Bird Box, is the inspiration for the hit Netflix film of the same name. Josh almost always writes as horror movie soundtracks play on his record player (The Howling, Poltergeist, and Zombi 2 are great, but Creepshow is best).  His other novels include Unbury Carol and Inspection.

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