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.
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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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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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.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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