Thursday, June 12, 2014
Seth's review of The Lords of Salem by Rob Zombie
Heidi Hawthorne is a thirty-seven-year-old FM radio DJ and a recovering drug addict. Struggling with her newfound sobriety and creeping depression, Heidi suddenly receives an anonymous gift at the station-a mysteriously shaped wooden box branded with a strange symbol. Inside the box is a promotional record for a band that identifies themselves only as The Lords. There is no other information.
She decides to play it on the radio show as a joke, and the moment she does, horrible things begin to happen. The strange music awakens something evil in the town. Soon enough, terrifying murders begin to happen all around Heidi. Who are The Lords? What do they want?
As old bloodlines are awakened and the bodies start to pile up, only one thing seems certain: all hell is about to break loose.
Warning, this book contains content most people will find disgusting. Some of the things that are included in the book are the forceful vivisection of a woman so that a coven of witches can sacrifice her unborn child to the devil, said unborn child being skinned alive after having been forcefully removed from mother, spikes being driven into eyes, and various other things. Most of these things occur within the first few chapters. Then there is more. And more.
I admit, I read the whole book simply because I wanted to see if Rob Zombie could write as well as he could direct. All I got from the book though was disappointment after disappointment. It was just one shock scene after another, after another, after another. There was very little in the way of actual story or character development for anyone in the story. If you want a mindless slasher, do yourself a favor and rent a decent 80’s movie. I can about guarantee it would be loads better than this book.
Seth gives The Lords of Salem: 1/5.
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I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Neither Seth nor I were compensated in any way for this review.