Book Recommendation: Sabbath of the Fox-Devils
By Sam Richard
Published by Weirdpunk Books, 2020
I’m ashamed to admit that I wasn’t expecting the full blown weird that Sabbath of the Fox-Devils became, despite the fact that it is published by a company called Weirdpunk Books. For a self-described coming of age story featuring a pre-teen, this book is not afraid to coat its characters in blood, gore, and various emotional viscera to an almost uncomfortable point.
Richard starts the book strong with an interesting characterization for the lead character, Joe. The story folds open easily as you get a sense of Joe’s world, the ups and downs of his life splayed clearly before you. By the end of the book, I was a little confused by the bloodbath that occurred, but the beauty of the writing kept me intrigued despite the uncertainty of what was going on at certain times.
The thing that stands out most about Sabbath of the Fox-Devils is just how inventive the story is. Even though the writing at the end is frenetic, the ideas, imagery, and story are unique in a way that sticks with you long after you close the book.
I recommend Sabbath of the Fox-Devils to give gory chills up an exposed spine.