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Twenty-Eight Teeth of Rage

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  45 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
One man ravaged by disease, the other by war, their stories--and fates--bound by an ancient entity that thrives on suffering.

For Detective Ernest Riley, the path to damnation begins with an anonymously mailed recording detailing a series of grisly murders. Can Riley unravel its secrets without sacrificing his humanity? Or will he surrender to the RAGE inside him?

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Paperback, First, 124 pages
Published May 28th 2012 by Omnium Gatherum Media
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Jun 27, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, pulp
Whoo boy! This one had some pop to it. As I understand it, this is Ennis Drake’s first “novel.” At 128 pages, that’s probably more in the novella range, but in the field of Horror, if you employ potent economy, effective atmosphere, shock, and good character development, that’s an honorable place to be. Drake does well on all counts. Normally, I’m not big on possessed power tools, cars, and other objects – beyond houses of course. But Drake builds a good (and totally horrific) historical foundat ...more
Nick Gucker
Jul 26, 2013 Nick Gucker rated it really liked it
This was a rather visceral little monster of a novella, excellent story telling device used to convey multiple points of view with a slightly noir edge and an economy of style. It takes a bit for things to get rolling, but the set-up in the beginning is quite necessary to fully flesh-out the gravity of all that comes to a head. This character driven vortex explores the trauma of post-war PTSD's, bruised relationships, and dire obsession, as the layers get peeled back and the open wounds start to ...more
John Palisano
Aug 18, 2012 John Palisano rated it really liked it
Listen: I loved this book, and probably for all the wrong reasons. What do I mean by that? Well, it's not for everyone. If you dig 'normal' storytelling and paint-by-numbers procedurals, you're going to be frustrated. However, if you're looking for something that is not ordinary, you may enjoy this. First off: the beginning of the book felt very different than the last third. There was a lot of Military action and stuff going down, which was fine, and there were sprinkles of the story to come. A ...more
Benjamin Ethridge
Jun 29, 2012 Benjamin Ethridge rated it it was amazing
Ennis Drake's writing absolutely cooks. From start to finish, I was enthralled with his imagery, language, and mastery of creating horrific chaos (deep (deep ( deep in the soul) ) ).

This is a story that could have been another tired horror exercise-- the haunting of a man, his madness that ensues and the various destruction it causes in his life and to his loved one(s); for me, this type of tale, barring stunning creativity, has become older than space dust. Even with a spark of originality, you
Jun 11, 2012 S.P. rated it it was amazing
This is a tale of possession and madness, but the kind that any sane person will understand. Drake gets inside the heart and mind of each character and never stops digging for the truth. You know these people. I know them. They have suffered terribly, and they are haunted by their loss. At the same time they are the inheritors of the spectacular horrors human beings have hurled at one another throughout our blood-spattered history. This is a hell of a ghost story, one you won't forget thanks to ...more
Jason Rolfe
Dec 13, 2012 Jason Rolfe rated it really liked it
Ennis Drake is a very good writer. With Twenty-Eight Teeth of Rage he seamlessly weaves journal entries, recorded monologues, and horrific visions into a compelling story that bleeds raw emotion. The depth of character, the intricacy of thought and (misguided) motive, and the vivid realism Drake brings to each and every page make this short novel both compelling and difficult to put down.

While Twenty-Eight Teeth of Rage is pure, unapologetic horror, it symbolizes the (very real) pursuit of life
M Griffin
Aug 14, 2012 M Griffin rated it really liked it
This short debut novel quickly establishes that newcomer Ennis Drake can really write. The narrative voice is strong, rich with nuance and flavor. Scene after scene exhibits Drake's competence at playing out a narrative thread. The book is clearly in the horror category but also has a noir genre feel to it, including the common noir element of the emotionally or psychologically damaged law enforcement officer for a main character.

The whole story, every character interaction, is a pool of hard,
Brent Kelley
Jun 12, 2012 Brent Kelley rated it it was amazing
It's not a long read (124 pages), but it's a good read. The story is brilliantly conceived and masterfully executed. The Yaholos stand out, led by the gruesome Hadjo. But that was a long time ago. Rage has returned. Terror in the South Florida swamps in the 1800s, IED's along the Fallujah roadside, the KILL SAW screaming hungrily in the basement... all told with gritty detail and originality. This story stuck with me, and I'm certain I'll think about it every time I use my chop saw.
Keith Deininger
Jun 07, 2013 Keith Deininger rated it it was amazing
Very exciting--cinematic almost. I couldn't stop reading this one (actually, I sneaked away at work and took a half hour #2 to finish it ;)). The shifting narrative voices technique can come across as contrived, but Drake pulls it off beautifully. Very well-told and excellent prose style.

I should probably give this 4 stars, but, fuck it--I really enjoyed Drake's flagrant violence and gore.
Jul 07, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Dark, hallucinatory visions of hell come to life in Ennis Drake's debut novel,"Twenyt-Eight Teeth of Rage". This is a slim novel, but the writing here quickly encapsulates the reader in a bottle of horror.
It's a story about darkness and what happens when we let darkness consume our hearts and minds.
I'm looking forward to more stories from this author.
Hal Bodner
Jun 11, 2012 Hal Bodner rated it did not like it
Had it been written as a short story, Ennis Drake's "Twenty-Eight Teeth of Rage" might have been a genuinely creepy, off-beat tale of horror. Compression would have done this novella a world of good, intensifying the horror elements, forcing the author to develop character more efficiently and helping to create a viable plot. As it stands however, "Twenty-Eight Teeth of Rage" is just a silly bit of stuff that completely fails to work on any level.

It's no spoiler to mention that the twenty-eight
Sep 28, 2012 Dawna rated it really liked it
The beginning of this e-book really threw me off because it deals with something that is historical. While it is still horrific, i am not really into history, so i was thinking oh no... but wait... it was a plot point that was crucial to the whole story. Once the tale was told and the story really got flowing, it was hard to stop for a break! The tension was just under the surface for about half the book, not knowing exactly where you are being led and then BAM! It hits you all at once and does ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Beverly rated it really liked it
This book is a fun entry into the slasher genre. While it isn't my favourite genre, I still found Drake's book to be a page-turner. I read it in one sitting and found that it kept me saying "Just one more page" until I got to the end. I particularly liked the historical elements, being a fellow Floridian. If you like slasher, I can definitely recommend this. If you like a twisted look at historical figures, I can recommend it as well.
Marilou Johnson
Apr 25, 2013 Marilou Johnson marked it as to-read
Shelves: free-books
Another interesting looking FREE book!
Karl Fischer
Nov 09, 2015 Karl Fischer rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, novella
Told primarily in diary entries and voice recordings, Twenty Eight Teeth of Rage reads like a murder mystery for most of its length. The author has a lot of skill in writing dense, character-driven prose, as well as an almost Lovecraftian style of evoking cinematic images of otherworldly horror and violence. His narration is not straightforward - it will often speak with several mouths at once, which conveys how powerful and invasive our antagonist is.


The worst thing I can say abo
Todd Russell
Jul 15, 2012 Todd Russell rated it it was ok
Shelves: novellas, horror
Great title, good cover artwork and the blurb pulled me into this novella. It opens with a bloody scene that happened in the past and then flashes forward to present day with a detective who receives a disturbing package. An evil totem that enjoys suffering and transcends time haunts a skill saw, er kill saw, in the hands of a vet who lost his legs and is "literally half a man" (a description in both the blurb and story which seems wrong on so many levels).

This one tries ridiculously hard to be
Nov 16, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
Hmmm ...

Twenty-Eight Teeth of Rage has a strange premise. If I'd summarized it here (which I won't, 'cause it'd be a spoiler, although the cover does have a clue), you'd probably start snickering. The fact that author Ennis Drake is able to pull it off without the READER snickering is a compliment to his writing skills.

The book is short, more novella in my opinion. It seems to jump around a little; by the end, I figured out what was going on, and the strengths and weaknesses of the characters.
Johnny Worthen
May 05, 2013 Johnny Worthen rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book when I saw it listed as a 2012 Shirley Jackson Award Nominee. I was not disappointed.

Ennis Drake's prose is modern and tight. He has a gift for description. He adroitly links the past with the present, the mundane with the supernatural, the ordinary with the horrifying. (I'll never look at a saw the same way again.) I particularly liked the feel of the book. It has a real sense of place and history which is often neglected or poorly done in short fiction of this kind. And,
Sep 30, 2012 Mirrani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick read that packs one hard punch. This was an amazing short story to read with a perfect balance of blood and plot. I never wanted to put it down and finished it all at once. For many readers the beginning will seem out of place with the rest of the book, but don't worry, it will all be revealed in the end. This was a wonderful read and I highly recommend it for fans of horror suspense/thrillers.

Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way
Mar 17, 2014 Karl rated it liked it
The story of an angry/hungry sKILL saw from another dimension wanting to feed on blood. This was really no my cup of tea. There were too many ingredients mixed together, most of them sad or depressing. The author has potential.
Sep 24, 2012 Craig rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*Goodreads first reads Advanced Copy*

I found Twenty-Eight Teeth of Rage to be a quick, enjoyable read. While the beginning was a bit hard to follow, the ending more than made up for it. Half way through the story I could not put it down.

I would say that a few times some of the language seemed to be used more for 'shock factor' then actual story building, but overall I would recommend the book to all mature horror fans.
Jun 13, 2012 Patti rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this amazing book! All I can say is WOW!! The writing style is fantastic!! I loved the way the author gave different view points to the same story! It was fast paced from beginning to end. The story line kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I found myself talking to the book! I can't wait to read what Drake is writing next!!
Jun 30, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads-wins
I received this book for free from the goodreads firstreads giveaway. This was an awesome book and very hard to put down, it reminded me of an episode of 'Masters of Horror'. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a good gory book that doesn't take too long.
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My debut novel, "28 Teeth of Rage", was released by Omnium Gatherum Media on May 31st.

"28 Teeth of Rage has the bite of a crocodile. Drake tears a hole right through modern horror. This guy isn't on the way; he's kicking in the door."
--Laird Barron, two-time Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of "The Imago Sequence", "Occultation", and "The Croning"

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