Wednesday, March 30, 2022

WtAFW: Spermjackers From Hell by Christine Morgan


Well, I guess it's official. My WtAFW Challenge broke my brain, because I actually thought this book was good. And to be fair... it kind of is, when it's not being so disgusting that you want to manifest some clean brain energy with some bleach and purifying crystals.

This is kind of like a tongue-in-cheek horror movie in book form. Like the first two Leprechaun movies or Evil Dead. It's weird and it's schlocky, but the book knows that it's being weird and schlocky and revels in it. And unlike a lot of the books I read for this challenge, which are usually pretty badly written and read like the rough draft was written out in five minutes on a napkin, in crayon, by someone who was getting tipsy on wine, this book is actually really well written.

The story is simple. A group of sexually frustrated older teens decides to summon a succubus. And they succeed, but not in the way that they hoped. Also, succubi apparently don't look like demon Barbie dolls. So that's kind of a downer, too. More than that, though, this is also commentary on gentrification, the problem with Nice Guys, and a really chilling insight into the evil that lurks in the hearts of men.

This book is very explicit and very gross and contains trigger warnings for basically everything you can think of, including a very literal interpretation of animal husbandry. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. But if you can look past the grossness, it's a really interesting, really original take on the classic monster horror story and I'm honestly shocked that I'm giving this such a high rating.

3 to 3.5 out of 5 stars

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