Review: Like Porno for Psychos by Wrath James White

(Review for Bizarro Brigade.)

With this collection Wrath James White peels back the scabs on modern society to reveal the raw, seeping putrescence underneath. This is not comfort reading or something to unwind with after a stressful day; this is an unflinching portrait of mankind at its lowest, which White bravely and accurately details with painstaking precision.

In ten stories and two poems White presents enough murder, necrophilia, sexual extremism, and self-mutilation to reel the mind of the average reader (though it’s a safe bet anyone opening this book’s beautifully grotesque cover can’t be considered “average”) with his no-holds-barred, striaght-to-the-gut style. Happy endings are few and far between in the world White depicts, yet he often gives us an understanding of people and places we’d never dare visit on our own.

LIKE PORNO FOR PSYCHOS comes in at a mere 87 pages, though after ingesting the stories within it becomes apparent that the abbreviated page count is an act of mercy (one of the few offered here). The book can be a bitter pill to swallow, but as life often teach us, the most valuable lessons are the most painful.

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