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Image of the Beast: An Exoricism: Ritual One (Image of the Beast #1)

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Private investigator Herald Childe watches a snuff movie of his partner being brutally murdered. The subsequent pursuit of his killers takes him through the LA smog and into a waking nightmare of sexual brutality and supernatural bestiality."
Paperback, 255 pages
Published February 25th 2015 by Creation Oneiros (first published 1968)
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Apr 01, 2012 Garry rated it really liked it
An effective introduction to Farmer's work for the uninitiated in terms of his humour, subversiveness, experimentalism and his fondness of multi crossing genres. However it soon becomes apparent he had aimed Image of the Beast at a fairly narrow readership, originally for the publishers of pornography Essex House, so potentially interesting attempts at introducing transgressive themes and ideas degenerate into cynical and gratuitous smut. Suits me as I love explicit sex scenes and Farmer treats ...more
Mark Hodder
Porno sci-fi horror and about as explicit as it’s possible to get on the written page. There are no holds barred here, and if you’re easily shocked or disgusted, this probably isn’t the novel for you. I rather enjoyed it, especially the moments of dark scatological humour. The transgressive has always appealed to me, and Farmer employs it here to great effect, creating a hot mess that adds up to considerably more than the sum of its sticky parts.
Tim Pendry

Shall we start with a warning for those of a tender mental disposition? This has substantial sections of pretty hard core pornography, much of it of a very Sadean quality. So that's that!

The crime that starts the tale is of exceptional nastiness and will have any male squirming in their chairs ... and the tantric covertings of alien creatures leave nothing to the imagination.

But it is also a rather curious quasi-satire, mostly well written, on the American imagination. Put the sex to one side (
Jonathan Rimorin
Apr 07, 2014 Jonathan Rimorin rated it liked it
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Marty Ponnech
Sep 01, 2012 Marty Ponnech rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was one of the most bizarre books I have ever read. I really like stories that grab you right from the beginning pages and force you to read on in abject horror combined with humor. Gave an amazing explanation for Werewolves and vampires. Could not put it down.
Roddy Williams
‘Herald Childe has just seen a home movie in which his partner was brutally murdered, his life-fluids drained by a lady with razor-sharp dentures.

Childe is a private dick. He’s accustomed to sticking his nose into other people’s business, and it’s usually dirty. But he’s not prepared for the gut-churning horrors which await him as he wades through the L.A. smog following up a lead in the most disgusting case of his career.

He is plunged into a waking nightmare of sexual brutality and supernatural
Jul 02, 2011 Cina rated it liked it
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Wouh! Une autre lecture motivée par la critique de l'amie Zazaone, et en voilà une lecture qu'elle est loin de ce à quoi je m'attendais.
Nous voilà donc plongés dans un pastiche de hardboiled fantastico-érotique en technicolor, avec une exploitation de la clique de stéréotypes mythologiques habituelle (vampires, loups-garous, femmes-porcs et j'en passe et des meilleures!) à la fois drôle et originale.
Bon, la traduction française (impossible de trouver la V.O. neuve, en rupture, ou d'occase à prix
Jose Miguel Rivas Bueno
Entretenido sin más. Es una novela estilo pulp con dosis de sexo, vampiros, hombres lobo, ... Además, no acaba realmente y hay una segunda novela, que no he podido encontrar. La parte final es un poco caótica y hay muchas cosas que se dejan sin explicar, no se sabe realmente qué es lo que pasa ni que es el smog, ...
Alex Murphy
As a first step into the world of sci-fi novels, I am not able to place the book against it's own genre. The setting is Los Angeles during heatwave and smog. It reads more like a detective thriller, mainly because the books main character is, in fact, a private detective. The majority of the book is kept in 'reality', the plot is thick with fantastic imagery (as well as some hilarious sexual puns it must be said), the story itself surprisingly turn-paging. Personally, I found that as the book re ...more
C. James
Mar 07, 2014 C. James rated it liked it
Jun 18, 2015 Allison rated it really liked it
One of the most bizarre books I have read. A weird mixture of goofy and horrific. Not for the squeamish.
Paul Brown
Mar 23, 2014 Paul Brown rated it liked it
This book was pretty disturbing.
Apr 21, 2014 Toby rated it it was amazing
Dirty, dirty
Sep 05, 2009 Stephen rated it really liked it
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Martyn Halm
Oct 29, 2013 Martyn Halm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, and its follow up, Blown - An Exorcism: Ritual Two, are the first books I read where the author truly mixed totally different genres in a beautiful mess. While the writing is uneven in parts and not as solid as his World of Tiers and Riverworld series, I found these two surreal books more thought-provoking and interesting.
else fine
Nov 18, 2008 else fine rated it liked it
Trashy sex aside, Farmer gets at some interesting ideas in this book, and offers intriguing twists on some standard sci-fi tropes. The sex scenes have a surprising amount of both humor and ickiness, giving even the porn a subversive quality. If you're going to go for something in the increasingly popular erotic fantasy genre, why not go all the way with Mr. Farmer? It'll be weirder, grosser, and more rewarding.
Jul 01, 2008 Carmine rated it really liked it
Another gross out "erotic" sci-fi horror novel from the master of "gross out "erotic sci-fi horror" anyways this book is monsters that have sex with humans and then kill them....for some reason.

Not totally clear on the whole thing really.

The sex scenes are not hot or erotic in anyway but they are gross and if you like gross novels then you might enjoy this one.

Aug 31, 2008 Charles rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
I'm torn about this book. Elements of it were pretty good, but for a book that was basically pornographic for the time (Late 1960s) it is amazingly non-erotic. My rating is actually between 2 and 3 stars. It's worth a read but very dated. I actually don't remember much in the way of details about it.
Mar 31, 2008 Tripp rated it liked it
This book was part of a brief effort to hire mainstream authors to right pornographic novels. It is certainly pornographic and certainly bizarre. It has been a long while since I actually read it, but there are certain images that I have never forgotten. And not in a good way.
Aug 05, 2011 Lucas rated it really liked it
This book is both utterly bizarre and amazingly entertaining, not the kind of thing to jump into unprepared. Be ready for a mind-alteringly strange piece of fiction
The first science fiction book I ever read, and the first Farmer. I was 17, and it made an indelible impression upon me. Disturbing, suspenseful and marvelous.
Jul 15, 2013 Fabio rated it liked it
Un libro che per un verso o per l'altro mi ha veramente colpito, la storia è strana e ti lascia sospeso in mezzo ai dubbi...
Sep 03, 2015 Sean rated it it was amazing
Another amazing and provocative novel by my all-time favorite author!
Nov 06, 2008 Tupac rated it really liked it
This one came recommended by, a comrade. Hurry up Amazon !!
Jun 25, 2010 Joe rated it it was amazing
I enjoy anything by Farmer, but this one just blew me away
Nov 30, 2012 Charles rated it really liked it
This one was a major wtf moment for me as a teen.
M.m. Garcia
Nov 10, 2007 M.m. Garcia rated it it was amazing
Pretty much hands down the dirtiest sci-fi ever written.
Sarah Sammis
As cheesy as Manos Hands of Fate but in Los Angeles.
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Philip José Farmer was an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but spent much of his life in Peoria, Illinois.

Farmer is best known for his Riverworld series and the earlier World of Tiers series. He is noted for his use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for and reworking of th
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