Book Review: Body of Christ by Mark Matthews

Posted September 14, 2018 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Horror, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Body of Christ by Mark MatthewsBody of Christ by Mark Matthews
Narrator: Rick Gregory
Published by Self-published on 02-14-18
Genres: Horror
Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: five-stars

After his first Holy Communion, a boy secretly builds his own Jesus out of communion wafers and the flesh of his dead father.

On Halloween night, his Jesus shall rise.

After a tragic death, a girl tends to the Cemetery of the Innocents, a memorial to the holocaust of abortion and children killed before their time.

On Halloween night, the children shall live, and they need to be fed.

The Holy Spirit comes to life in this shocking, transgressive story of Christian Horror__________________"Body of Christ will leave you reeling. I promise you." ~JOHN FD TAFF, author of The Bell Witch

"Matthews is a damn good writer, and make no mistake, he will hurt you."~JACK KETCHUM, Bram Stoker award winning author of The Girl Next Door.

"Few new writers are doing horror with such intensity."~MICHAEL A. ARNZEN, Four Time Bram Stoker Award Winning Author

I was aware that this was not going to be your run of the mill horror book. There are two main characters in this story: Keagan, who lost his father in a violent way and is strangely obsessed with communion wafers and the possibility that they may bring; and Faith, who is experimenting her first menstrual cycles and believes that she needs to grieve about those lost eggs.

This is not a book for squeamish people. It is not the gore or the horror, but more the putrefaction and the smell that will almost make you vomit. It is also highly sacrilegious, so stay away if you can’t stand others satirizing your Bible. For the rest, it will be a hilarious and horrific story that will not leave anyone indifferent.

I have to clarify that this is a short novella, just over an hour an a half, who can be listened to in one go. It’s highly intense and there is not a moment of boredom. In a way, I was glad that it was a short one, since it could have been difficult to keep the level for a long time, and these strong stories usually work better in this format.

Rick Gregory’s narration was absolutely fantastic, not only delivering excellent character interpretations, but also providing with subtle variations in style and tone so that the listener was able to identify the characters in dialogs. I wonder how hard narrating this book might have been for him, and how many times he had to stop to take a breather. I’m sure this wasn’t an easy book to narrate!

It was a great listen, although a very weird and irreverent one. One of those books that I’ll never forget.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: five-stars