31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 21 – SUFFER THE FLESH by Monica J. O’Rourke

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books.


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.

You can buy this book here.

Looking for more Halloween reading? Check out the newest titles from Deadite Press:



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