This is a really messed up book that will stay with you. Take the Stephen King story, “Quitters, Inc,” and combine it with the Stanford Prison Experiment plus add in a shit-ton of depravity and you get SUFFER THE FLESH.
The book focuses on a woman who wants to lose weight and ends up being sucked into a brutal and controlling program that involves beating, rape, and bestiality. But it’s not all just degradation, there’s a twist for the last act of the book that is a massive release of tension that everything that came before is building up to.
I first read this book in college as my local library had a copy for some insane reason (they weren’t normally good for small press horror). It blew my mind as it was one of the first hardcore/extreme horror novels I had ever read (this was the same time that I was getting into Edward Lee and Wrath James White). I was totally shocked and surprised at how far the book was willing to go. Years later, when I started working with Deadite Press, this title was at the top of my list for books that I wanted to reissue with Deadite. I was so happy when O’Rourke and SUFFER THE FLESH joined the Deadite family.
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