Book Review: Facial by Jeff Strand

23353557Title: Facial

Author: Jeff Strand

Genre: Horror, Dark Fiction, Dark Humor

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Greg has just killed the man he hired to kill one of his wife’s many lovers. He’s now got a dead body in his office.

Carlton, Greg’s brother, desperately needs a dead body. It’s kind of related to the lion corpse that he found in his basement.

This is the normal part of the story.

From Jeff Strand, the author of Benjamin’s Parasite, The Sinister Mr. Corpse, and Fangboy, comes a tale that’s weird even by his standards.

Facial. It’s not about what you’re thinking. Well, okay, part of it is…

In Facial, Greg killed the man he hired to kill one of his wife’s lovers, which leaves him with a dead body in his office. That comes in handy considering Carlton, Greg’s brother, could really use a dead body. The reason why is related to a lion corpse he found in his basement, and a face that mysterious appeared in his basement floor. The face demands dead people, in particular their heads, and because when a face appears on your floor and starts making insane requests, you better start doing what it says, the brothers start feeding the face. Next thing they know, a new face appears. And another. All those faces, demanding food, demanding dead people.

This book is messed up. The brothers have little qualms about killing people, and they actually start enjoying it. The author has a real talent for mixing the macabre with humor. Making serial killing sound hilarious is a rare talent. The humor is weird and bizarre, and you need to be a special kind of crazy to enjoy this book, but turns out I’m just that.

It’s entertaining even though you don’t want it to be. The writing is excellent, and the plot is definitely original. Fans of bizarro fiction will enjoy this one.

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