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The Lockdown Trade-Off by Sam West

Times are hard in this terrifying new world dominated by the coronavirus –

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You gotta do what it takes to survive.

WARNING: EXTREME HORROR – Not For Sensitive Readers! This story happens in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic – so if you’re triggered by daily events, here’s an extra warning.

The Author & The Reviewer

Small businesses around the globe are going belly-up. In the Cornish seaside town of Treeve, Cat’s husband, Brian Oxley, is on the brink of losing everything. Eight pubs, five restaurants, and six pasty shops worth of everything…

When a potential, financial bailout comes in the form of lottery winner Ewan Davies, it is the answer to all of Brian’s prayers. The creepy, ex-furniture restorer makes Brian an offer he can’t refuse.

His offer is twenty million.

And the price of Brian’s salvation?

His wife.

Never in her wildest imaginings, could Cat imagine what lies in store for her at the millionaire’s mansion.

She will never look at a piece of furniture in the same way again…

THE LOCKDOWN TRADE-OFF IS INDECENT PROPOSAL – WITH 2 SOCIOS, AND A PSYCHO.

The synopsis is very descriptive, so you know the beginning of the story. What you don’t know is ‘Why’. Not ‘why did Brian sell her’, cuz he’s a piece of shit, (besides, times are hard, ya know?). Not ‘why didn’t her side-piece try to help her‘, cuz he was a pussy all along. The WHY you need to be asking is WHY does Ewan want to buy her? INDECENT PROPOSAL was ‘One million dollars for one night with your wife’ – but Ewan is paying twenty mil!

Ewan must live in Broadgate. This kind of shit couldn’t happen anywhere else in the world!

I first read this within days of it’s release. At a certain point if I’d had Collette’s number I would have called, but I had to stop reading so I could at least e-mail her. I think I only said ”They’re going to Broadgate, aren’t they?!” UPDATE: I had to stop and look up the e-mail. I was wrong, I emailed her because for a second I was thinking they might be headed to Gary’s house in Broadgate! It would have been an entirely different story.

This is extreme body horror at it’s finest! You might not feel this, but I see some dark humor here, and can totally appreciate it! (See note in Ch.12.) I think I’m safe with my assumption here, but I’ve pissed off an author before by finding some dark humor in their world where there was most definitely none intended. ::leSigh::

I love that this is written along with what is going on in the world. It’s not ‘capitalizing’ on anything, it’s saying ‘Hey, things are fucked up, but look – they could be SOOOO much worse!” Lol! Some time had passed when I realized that this wasn’t posted, (again, all apologizes). I was going to skim through, just to refresh for this, but ended up reading from cover to cover for a second time! It’s such a great vakay from IRL for a little while, (but parallel to IRL 😉). I noticed that a couple readers do not like the ending of this story, but I wholeheartedly disagree. There are so many things that could happen, but no matter what – in our minds we’ve seen our perfect ending.

“I want you with me forever, Caitlyn.”

The most horrifying sentence in this book!

Alright. I’ve begun to babble, so that’s a sure sign that it’s time to wrap this up. When you need to stop seeing the news, and a distraction beckons because ‘those damn kids’ are just always there anymore, you can grab THE LOCKDOWN TRADE-OFF on Amazon, then rate it on Goodreads! Your stalking options for Sam West, and Collette Metcalf are as follows: AmazonGoodreadsFacebookBookLikes LibraryThing, and FictionDB, and @west_horror on Twitter. There is at least one Sam West #BleedingMeme in the Gallery, and the Sam West / Collette Metcalf ‘coming-out’ interview is a fun read and can be read here. Lastly…

IF YOU WERE GOING OUT ON HALLOWEEN AS A CHARACTER FROM ONE OF SAM WEST’S BOOKS, WHO WOULD YOU BE?

Answers in the comments please! You never know, this might end up not being just for fun, so comment, damnit!! lmfao… Until next time – Stay Healthy, and Stay Safe!

P, L, & N💋

sg

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Body Horror Book Reviews Extreme Horror

Bad Appetites

by Jon Athan

WARNING: This book contains scenes of graphic violence and disturbing themes. This book also contains scenes discussing depression and suicide. Please enjoy at your own discretion.

Cindy Moore, a morbidly obese woman, has struggled to lose weight for years. Hours of exercise and a meticulous diet has only led to disappointment and depression. Her life drastically changes when she discovers a ‘miracle’ diet pill that allows her to lose weight without dieting or exercising. The pills, however, come with disturbing side-effects, including dangerous changes to her body, mind, and appetite…

Jon Athan brings you a grotesque body horror novel that targets social stigmas, unethical businesses, and psychological terror. If a pill could change your life while hurting the people around you, would you take it?

Review from January 2017

I gotta tell ya… I was pleasantly surprised at Jon Athan‘s new body horror novel 🙂 No, it’s not that I expected anything bad, but I thought I knew exactly where the story was going to go, and stay, until the last page. I was wrong. Sure – you can’t have a book like this without going there at all, but this isn’t a story based upon eating up mankind. Give it a go – it has a little something ‘new’ for us, and I think that Jon Athan is going to become a better known name among our circles this year!


Peace, Love & Necrophillia ♥
~sg