Book Review: The Blackening of Flesh by: Christian A. Larsen

Publisher:  Post Mortem Press

Publication Date:  February 16, 2016

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis:  It’s June 1984. Jared Dix just graduated from Brickton High School, where he never fit in and never had any friends. He doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life, but is content, in his first summer of freedom, to be a delivery boy for Isringhausen’s Pharmacy. 

Then he meets Monica, a slightly older college girl who is fascinated with his house because of its dark history. Fifty-four years earlier, the Dix house was the site of a grisly massacre in which the Capone Gang wiped out the Cerutti Mob, a rival in the bootlegging game. It was a crime unknown to the history books until Monica puts the pieces together for a college paper. She never saw the inside of the house, though, until she meets Jared, who lets her in. 

But then Jared’s brother, sister, and parents start acting not themselves, and strange bruises emerge on their skin that don’t look like bruises at all. It is then that Jared finds that a bloody chapter of local history is creeping into the present, and its up to him to make sure it doesn’t go any further.

Review: THE BLACKENING OF FLESH is a dark and disquieting novel. Jared Dix is a lonely, isolated, and awkward young man. He works as a delivery boy for Isringhausen’s Pharmacy and when he meets Monica, the daughter of one of the pharmacy customers. Monica is fascinated with the Dix house as it supposedly the last resting place of members of the Cerutti Mob killed in 1930. When Jared’s family starts acting out of character and strange “bruises” appear on their skin, Jared is worried about what is happening and tries to uncover the sordid history of his home. THE BLACKENING OF FLESH is a psychological horror novel which drags you in and holds you tight until the bitter and violent end.

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