• The Worm and His Kings

  • By: Hailey Piper
  • Narrated by: Allyson Voller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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By: Hailey Piper
Narrated by: Allyson Voller
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Publisher's Summary

New York City, 1990: When you slip through the cracks, no one is there to catch you. Monique learns that the hard way after her girlfriend Donna vanishes without a trace. Only after the disappearances of several other impoverished women does Monique hear the rumors. 

A taloned monster stalks the city’s underground and snatches victims into the dark. Donna isn’t missing. She was taken. To save the woman she loves, Monique must descend deeper than the known underground, into a subterranean world of enigmatic cultists and shadowy creatures. But what she finds looms beyond her wildest fears - a darkness that stretches from the dawn of time and across the stars.

©2020 Hailey Piper (P)2021 Fireside Horror
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The ending seals the deal

Let's begin with the ending. There's so much horror out there that builds up to a powerful climax, then whizzes everything down its leg with the end, whether it's a diabolis-ex-machina, a desperate "twist" that doesn't hold up to scrutiny, a whimper or a head-scratcher.

Hailey Piper unquestionably nailed the landing. The conclusion is emotionally satisfying, narratively justified, and brings all the themes of the work to a beautiful fulfillment. That counts for a lot in my book.

Now ask me how much I enjoyed the book as a whole. It was good and well-crafted. I love the elements of ambiguity, the cosmic scale, the mythology of a pre-human civilization. Most importantly, while it's dark and desperate, there's just enough light of hope that the narrative doesn't get eaten by the Gru of Indifference. Hailey knows precisely how much lifeline to give you.

If I find fault with the book, it's probably the pacing. For me at least, it dragged in spots. I was alternating this with another book, and I found that one, despite being longer and more languid, held my attention better.

Subjectively, personally speaking, I think the book was good but I didn't like it as much as I wanted to. I probably won't reread this one, although I don't regret reading it or buying it. But I try to be objective enough to recognize my own subjectivity, and for other people this will hit the perfect spot and become a well-worn favorite.

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Cosmic Horror Done Right

I'm so tired of authors thinking they can staple tentacles on hack plots and call it cosmic horror. This gets it, the author gets it. Monique deserves poptarts and a hug.

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A delightful cosmic horror story!

There’s so much atmosphere and world building in this novella I couldn’t stop listening! It’s fast paced and entertaining the entire way through.

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  • Saffron Roberts
  • 09-16-21

Perfect for fans of the cosmic macabre

This book has it all. Creature-features, body-horror, cosmic horror, cult horror, urban-fantasy and most importantly, it is queer AF. Piper's an expert at messing with her readers' perception of reality - trust me, you really are going down the wormhole with this one - and she is the queen of unexpected endings. 

The writing itself is as stunning and reflective as always; I connected with it in so many ways. This is a story about identity, about refusing to chip yourself away in order to fit the role other's demand you to play for their own narrative. And a larger theme, I think, was about embracing the human soul and condition in all it's messiness, rather than trying to sterilize it.

All this was embodied in a beautiful main character, who I was cheering on from chapter one, and an array of other complex characters who all contributed to this being such an addictive read. Highly recommended to all fans of the cosmic macabre!

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  • Sheridan Le Fanu
  • 01-25-22

Outstanding and topical

Absolutely loved this original novella which packs a lot into relatively few pages. A brilliant alternative world filled with monsters and cultists and expertly described. The book features queer/gay relationships but has broad appeal since the relationships are dealt with in appropriate context of the cosmic horror.

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  • 06-21-21

terrible

did not finish
mumble jumble book
not at all that was promised in the prologue