Review: You Morbid Westphal

Reading this book, you get the impression that Steven Rage is actually a really nice guy.  You feel like he’s a guy with whom you can share a nice brewski and watch some kind of sports on TV.  But beware, because underneath the everyman persona, Steven Rage is one sick fuck.  The evidence of his twisted mind is You Morbid Westphal, a brutal noir tale of drugs and demons.

Steven Rage shows us the life of Westphal, a male nurse who works twelve hour shifts and gets most of his nutrients from hard drugs.  Westphal lives in a dillapidated apartment with his ghost stepdad and a pet fetus, the most economical companion of all.  Through the story we get to see Westphal move about in the desolate town of Harbor, having casual run-ins with demons and drug dealers.  Westphal’s life sucks, but its actually WAY worse than he thinks.

If you’re a fan of dark and brutal stories, I definitely recommend Rage’s work.  The narration is raw and blunt, but he’s created very interesting characters to populate this dark and moody world.  It never comes off as “shocking for the sake of being shocking.”  You Morbid Westphal is a fast-paced tale that winds itself up and releases with a deadly and violent twist ending.  If you think you’ve got the stomach to see the brutal blackness squirming around in Steven Rage’s mind, give this a read.  After all, he’s a very nice guy in real life.

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