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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Review: We Can Never Leave This Place by Eric LaRocca

We Can Never Leave This Place
by Eric LaRocca

Thanks so much to the author for this gifted copy.

Publisher: JournalStone
Publish Date: June 24, 2022
Kindle Edition
92 Pages
Genre: Horror

"When you're given a gift, something else gets taken away."

A precocious young girl with an unusual imagination is sent on an odyssey into the depths of depravity. After her father dies violently, young Mara is surprised to find her mother welcoming a new guest into their home, claiming that he will protect them from the world of devastation and destruction outside their door.

A grotesque and thrilling dark fantasy, We Can Never Leave This Place is a harrowing portrait of inherited grief and familial trauma.

My Review:

"From baby teeth to virginity, to live is to regularly suffer loss."

THANK FUCKING GOD.  Not at that quote, though that will stick with me for a while, but this whole story! Fuck.  LaRocca is high, HIGH on my favorite horror novella, short story writer EVER.  And this is HUGE for me. GINORMOUS.  

Reading this was like living my worst nightmare.  *SHIVER*  Are fever nightmares a category because that's where I would put this.  Grief horror.  Vivid depravity.  Charlotte and Mommy Dearest got NOTHING on this book.  Ok, ok, I should try to calm down.  I spent the majority of the book with a cringe look on my face because phew, these guests that were welcomed in are things I actively try to avoid.  Except for one... ok maybe two things.. but I digress.  Y'all don't want to hear about my phobias.  When it all starting clearing up at the end, I couldn't help but smile. Like huge, creepy smile as I was so satisfied with it all.  Though I also really need a shower now. Bless. 

I fell in love with his writing after reading THINGS HAVE GOTTEN WORSE SINCE WE LAST SPOKE.  I absolutely LOVED that book and all it's WTFness.  And just bought YOU'VE LOST A LOT OF BLOOD. Seriously y'all.  If you can stomach it, you HAVE to read their books!

Also, I love Mara.  The end.


1 comment:

  1. Killer review!! LOVE this line "I absolutely LOVED that book and all it's WTFness." :)