Get a job. Get married. Buy a house. Cut off your hands and replace them with gardening tools. Dig a hole. Can you hear the worms calling? Keep digging.
"Danger Slater is fearless and should be ashamed of himself. Thank God he's not." —JOSH MALERMAN, author of Bird Box
"If Richard Brautigan and William S. Burroughs had a baby it would be Danger Slater" —THE HORROR REVIEW
"Bizarro horror at its best." —SPLATTERPUNK ZINE
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Imagine if Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole while riding an acid high. He Digs a Hole is that ride. This brilliant, gory novel flips reality upside down and slams you over the head. It’s a unique and twisted love story and a cautionary tale of complacency told from the point-of-view of a narrator. This breaking of the fourth wall is a bold approach to storytelling, but in this particular case, it largely works. Towards the end, I found the interruption of the narrator a bit distracting, but not enough for it to taint the tone or distinct voice of the story. Within the first act, the reader gets thrown into the daily lives of Harrison Moss and his wife, Tabitha. Things aren’t going as they’d hoped, and the normal life they’ve settled into no longer provides fulfillment. They live in the suburbs, where they promised they would never end up as the cookie cutter couple, except that’s exactly what happened. That’s when Harrison eats a seed from a creepy tree in his backyard, starts hearing voices and uses a saw to hack off his own hands. And then there’s the bit about his genitals. Oh, dear Lord, the genitals. Harrison starts to dig a hole and from there, this story whips the reader around an underground reality with a handsome worm, a volcano and a blood ocean. The rest, you’ll have to read to discover. This is a quick paced story with fascinating characters, elaborate metaphors and enough grit and glorious disgust to keep the horror enthusiast glued to the pages. Everything about this book made me happy. Give it a chance!
This title gave me some very bizarre visuals. The scenes felt like a mix of Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton, with all the creepy, gross, and poetic sequences. I highly recommend Danger Slater's titles. Bizarro fiction has become one of my favorite categories of books.