Whore - Matt Shaw

     Whore  - Matt Shaw  4/5




     What can I say about Matt Shaw that hasn't already been said? You could say that he's sick, twisted, and yes even brilliant. Whore is one of the titles in the black cover series and I've begun to notice that more and whore writers are presenting these covers which tells you that Shaw is doing something right. Right off I should warn you that this is not your typical paint by the numbers piece of fiction. Shaw grabs you by the throat and when he's done choking the life out of you he just tosses you in a corner and waves good-bye.

     Whore is a jarring work. This is reality based fiction at its finest and Shaw offers no apologies at all for what he's written and that's how good fiction should be. Even at its darkest point you can't help but feel drawn to the title character. This is a woman who feels justified in what she's doing, but is she? That is the question here. Shaw writes dark brutal fiction but the draw here is the story itself. This is one of those books that takes a multitude of risks and they pay off well. Whore isn't just an extreme novel. It's a story full of twists and turns and an ending that will totally blow your mind.

     I'm a huge fan of splatterpunk, or if you prefer extreme horror, and I'm a huge fan of Shaw's because he has a writing style that transcends the genre. Whore is addicting and shows that even with controversial subject matter he can craft an addicting piece of fiction. These are stories that are filled with violence and sex but running through all of that is a clever pacing that blends in all the extreme elements so that they become an integral part of the story. These bad things happen because of the actions of someone else. This is a look at the dark side of human nature and it's not all unicorns and rainbows. Shaw likes to expose the dark side of the soul and as a reader you have a front seat to everything that the main character feels and was subject too.

     So, as I write this review the question is do you want to read Whore? It's certainly not for the faint of heart or the weak. If you're not a horror fan the obvious question is a resounding no, but for those who like their fiction dark and a bit twisted you'll enjoy this a great deal. This is a gritty, realistic based novel that shows us that monsters do exist. They wear human faces and live among us. You should read this because it transcends the typical extreme horror tag and presents a dark shot of realism.


http://www.amazon.com/Whore-Matt-Shaw/dp/1503286606


http://www.mattshawpublications.co.uk/

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