Consumption

Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You are what you eat.

Reclusive chef Heinrich Schauer has invited six guests to a blind 12-course tasting menu.

While snow blankets the isolated Swiss valley surrounding his estate, the guests feast eagerly, challenging one another to guess at the secret tastes plated before them.

This meat is murder.

As they eat, each guest is overtaken by carnal appetites, unaware of their host's savage plan - or of the creature lurking below.

One thing is clear - there is more on the menu than any of them have bargained for.

Consumption is a 12,000 word (approx.) short story. It contains graphic depictions of sex and violence, and is intended for mature audiences.

©2014 Michael Patrick Hicks (P)2017 Michael Patrick Hicks

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Dinner for one

Picture Andrew Zimmer and one of those special dinner parties where the chef has a secret ingredient and only invites certain people to his party (the A list). Those people don't know each other but they are all trying to guess what the gross, trendy, expensive ingredient is. Yep this is sort of like that but with a very surprising twist.

Author Michael Patrick Hicks loves his twist and we love him for his twists and surprises, that is why we read/listen to his books, and this one does not disappoint. I don't want to give to much away so I will leave it there but if you can you really need to get the audio version narrated by Joe Hempel oh my gosh he literally takes you there and makes you a bystander in this wonderful show of all shows. Awesome coordination between author and narrator it make it so great.

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This Story Made me Hungry

I really liked this story. It had a little bit of everything thrown into it and it worked really well. It is quite short and while I don't often say this, I wish it was longer. It was the perfect length, but I wanted more. I don't know why but the initial setup really reminded me of the movie Clue with Tim Curry. This story isn't funny by any means, but I really enjoyed the dinning room scenes. As a huge horror movie fan, the warning you get with the Publisher's Summary is in my mind a joke, it does contain graphic depictions of sex and violence, but if you listen to horror on a regular basis this isn't over the top. I felt like it was at the right level to tell the story without trying to be graphic for the sake of being graphic. Joe Hempel is a fantastic narrator and does a great job narrating horror stories. He really provides the tension that keeps you on the edge of your toes. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Chef Schauer

Six people were invited to a chef’s tasting. They were strangers to each other. Each diner wore some type of devil mask. The chef used some type of old God creature for the meal. Where did he get the creature? The way he dismembered the creature he was serving was disgusting, especially when he removed the six eyes. In the end, you find out what the chef’s reason was for feeding the creature to his guests. The diners go nuts. One dinner bit another’s nipple off during sex. What an imagination Michael Patrick Hicks has. Joe Hempel did a great job with the narration. I received this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Foodies Guide To Horror (Horror Book for Foodies)

The full title that Audible cut off (and I had to edit):

A Foodies Guide To Horror (or a horror book for foodies)

You are invited to a meal to die for.  A meal that you will never forget. A meal that is worth giving into your urges for. 

I put this audiobook on during a short flight and I ended up starting and finishing it on the flight. I'm glad I did.  Consumption was a crazy ride from beginning to end.  

I can tell that Hicks is a bit of a foodie himself (or knows some) because the way that each course was described was perfect and a little eccentric.  I didn't read much of the description before starting this small plate novella because, a lot of times with shorter stories, their descriptions are impossible to write without giving away most of the story.

Consumption left me feeling both hungry and disturbed.  Hicks has a way of writing that keeps me interested while simultaneously grossing me out and I love it.  I'm not always a fan of gory horror, but I've been a fan of every book Hicks has written like that (including Mass Hysteria that I just finished).  I believe that this short story is even included in that audiobook at the end.

Consumption is not for the weak stomached and probably should not be read while you are hungry... or full.  But it is a book that I will recommend because it was awesome.  The book itself reminded me of the opening scene of Clue (people didn't know each other, they were given names on their appearances, and they weren't sure exactly what they were eating).  But the story itself took a major turn from Clue after that.  Hicks was able to write both an amazingly thought out and incredibly gory book and made it enjoyable as hell to read.

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  • 02-12-20

Michael Patrick Hicks strikes again

I received a free audio copy from the author, with no expectation of a review. All my thoughts are my own. I'm a recently (self) anointed fan of Michael Patrick Hicks, having read/listened to a bunch of his work in the last few months. This is another quality addition to the canon. In Consumption, a bunch of unpleasant people are invited to a dinner party, As each dish comes more sumptuous than the last, the guests inner desires begin to rise. As diners begin to disappear, others wonder where exactly this food comes from. And is their discovery the worst thing on tonight's menu? Creepy to start, and goes downhill from there. The narrator does a great job, portraying the different characters with aplomb, and in a way that we root for their fate. Well, in my case, anyway.

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entertaining for horror and horror-Sci Fi fans

This short horror story (76 minutes of listening) is about a small group of wealthy individuals who gather to eat the rarest delicacies money can buy.  Their host, Chef Heinrich Schauer has more in mind than just a sumptuous feast.  After dedicating his life to finding and preparing the most unusual and delectable meals for an appreciative audience, he delivers what he is sure to be a life-changing meal.

The only rule is that the guests must keep on their masks and are required to stay anonymous to each other, though they have some clue as to each other’s identity as it is thinly populated at the top of society.  At first, they spend their time in small talk and discussion of the savory, yet strange meal.  Things begin to heat up as more than just hungry appetites are satisfied.

It is difficult to say more about this short story without ruining the plot.  Suffice it is to say, it is a horror story of carnal desire and food.  More than a little bloody.  Definitely for adult listeners and those not easily offended or squeamish.

Joe Hempel performs this quick listen with his familiar and capable voice.  He is no stranger to horror and delivers a good performance with his steady delivery.  The characters are well differentiated and easily discernible with no complaints.  The production quality is top notch as you would expect from a consummate pro.  He gets out of the way, so to speak, to let the action progress appropriately.

Perhaps not groundbreaking material, it should be entertaining for horror and horror-Sci Fi fans.  There isn’t really that much suspense, just a steady rise to a most gruesome conclusion.  It is a quick, horrifying listen for a round-trip commute, perhaps giving you food for thought for those pesky co-workers who annoy you most.

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  • Norma Miles
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"Fatty, but well muscled."

Internationally revered chef, Heinrich Shaumer, sends six invitations to individuals unknown to each other but who have individually previously attended his multi course blind tastings. All of the passionate folder invitees attend and, as the courses progress, try to determine the ingredients whist, at the same time, other passions rise inside them A Lovecraftian type horror, visual, visceral and relatively revolting. Further consideration of the reasoning behind the meal would have benefited this short story, but for general gore there's enough to go around. Not this reader's preferred genre but with Joe Hempel as narrator, unmissable. I was fortunate in being able to freely download a complimentary copy from FABC: my thanks to the rights holder for making it available to anyone requesting a copy. If horror and gore with a brief session of brutal bloodied sex is your preferred reading, get this book now.