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Published by Unholy Horrors on September 30, 2016
Genres: Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Horror, Noir, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Supernatural
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Elizabeth thought that she got rid of her unwanted baby.
She was wrong….
On a stormy Sunday afternoon, twenty-four-year-old Elizabeth Cotton has a bizarre encounter with a stranger dressed in black, which leads to an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy. In an act of desperation, Elizabeth aborts her unborn child, savagely expelling the fetus from her womb.
Years later, she is happily married to Martin Howe and in her second trimester of pregnancy. Plagued by horrific nightmares, Elizabeth has a dreadful feeling that something is terribly wrong.
When she gives birth, it is immediately clear that the baby is not a typical newborn. Elizabeth believes that she is being punished for her past—for deplorably terminating her unborn child’s life. But she isn’t the only one tormented by the aberrant infant.
Evil has been unleashed and mankind will face its ultimate challenge.
EXPULSION, by Angel Gelique, is an extreme horror, occult/supernatural novel. If you are a reader who is sensitive to graphic descriptions, I highly recommend heeding the author’s explicit warnings on this one! For those with stronger stomachs, I believe you’ll find this an extremely fast-paced, compelling novel that you won’t be able to put down once you begin.
We commence with a young Elizabeth Cotton, unmarried, who encounters a strange man one day. Something about him makes her forget her strict religious upbringing–the result being a painful sexual encounter, culminating into an unwanted pregnancy. Out of “safe” options, Elizabeth takes the matter into her own hands–quite literally.
Four years later, she is married to Martin Howe and expecting their first child.
A child that immediately lets the world know that he is “different”, getting into the minds of others and manipulating the environment around him without mercy.
“. . . They thought about . . . difficult choice and realized that they, too, would have surrendered the lives of others in lieu of their own loved ones. It wasn’t the altruistic choice but it was certainly the natural, instinctual one . . .”
Once baby William goes home with his parents, the nightmare is only just beginning for Elizabeth and Martin: “. . . For sleep was as elusive as truth to a pathological liar . . .”
Angel Gelique creates her characters with such depth of emotion and details their thoughts, fears, and despair so unflinchingly that no matter how brutal and severe the carnage in the scenes, you simply CAN NOT turn away from their plight. Flaws and all, I was able to completely suspend my disbelief in this novel and feel as though I was an actual witness to these horrendous events.
One comment that I felt particularly effective in portraying both a physical and mental image of William’s malevolence was thought by a woman, Miriam, who had the misfortune of becoming the subject of one of William’s most outrageously sadistic forms of torture.
“. . . glared at her with dizzying eyes that rivaled Vantablack, the darkest shade of black known to man . . .”
I could virtually feel the pull of pure evil emanating from this “child”! Perhaps the part I found the most disturbingly realistic is that William never needs to “lie” about the sins of those around him. We, as a species, commit enough atrocities, apathy, neglect, and other callous thoughts and deeds towards each other, on our own . . .
This novel, while certainly extreme in its descriptions, was exceptionally difficult to disengage myself from. I found it remarkably spellbinding from the very first scene, and couldn’t help but follow along the author’s every word until the very end. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author in the future, and have already purchased another one of her books.
Highly recommended for fans of extreme horror!