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Succulent Prey

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  520 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Could serial killers be the victims of a communicable disease? Fifteen years ago Joseph Miles was attacked by a serial child murder. He was the only victim to survive. Now he himself is slowly turning into a killer. Can he be cured before he kills the woman he loves?
Paperback, 307 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Leisure Books (first published 2005)
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Nick Cato
Dec 16, 2008 Nick Cato rated it liked it
White's shocking small press novel has been released to the mainstream market---and the horror world may never be the same.

Joseph Miles is a cannibalistic serial killer who was kidnapped and tortured as a kid. He is convinced that his own serial killing is the result of a disease his attacker managed to pass on to him, hence the author's interesting premise: could serial killers be the victims of some kind of virus or disease?

I'm very mixed about this one. While the idea of SUCCULENT PREY had me
Paul Nelson
May 18, 2014 Paul Nelson rated it liked it
Succulent Prey is an insanely fast paced gruesome killfest, containing some of the most graphic descriptions of a cannibalistic killer I’ve read, all the killings go hand in hand with a sexual appetite that well … it just ain’t right.

There’s obviously a market for this sort of stuff but this just purely concentrates on shock value and raising that bar as high as the author can get it. It’s bloody, gory, stomach-churning at times and more than just a little sick & twisted.
Tongue in cheek ex
Apr 28, 2013 Robby rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who dare but beware...
Recommended to Robby by: Goodreads Friends
Shelves: horror, splatterpunk
(3.5) Wrath James White is known for creating some of the most disturbing works of fiction in print. So there should be no surprises here. Yes there is plenty of gore but hey, Mr. White makes it work in this gruesome (for some) tale. Joseph Miles (the only survivor of a serial child murderer some fifteen years prior) is in search for the answer to the question; "Could serial killers be victims of a communicable disease?" Because, now he himself is slowly turning into a killer or so it seems. Thi ...more
Feb 22, 2011 Sharon rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, kindle
Would have been a 4 but just couldn't take the intensity of the horror scenes putting it down to a 3.5

Don't know what to say ... Still reeling from nausea from reading this gore fest. Every conceivable horrendous act inflicted on a human is suffered by some of the characters.

Excellent story line with believable characters and very insightful about the predator and prey scenario. I just found the graphic torture, sex, and gratuitous violence scenes too much to stomach.
I literally did feel sick
After abandoning White’s Book of A Thousand Sins, I decided I was shirking my duties as a reviewer and gleefully accepted his latest release. It was time to face my fears. I mean, so what White’s fiction has been rumored to be so heinous and despicable that only a madman would read them. I could do it. I, people, am a strong female with an iron stomach…or so I thought. Welcome, one and all, to the first and last review that I will ever do for Wrath James White.

There is a thin line between love
Feb 26, 2010 Lincoln rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this book last year and I still haven't stopped thinking about it. I'd been hearing about Wrath and his work on and off over the last year or so, read his blog a few times and have been meaning to read his work. You know how that one goes. Luckily, the fine folks at Leisure made this one a Featured Book for December, saving me from at least a few hours of peaceful sleep.

Succulent Prey is Wrath's first release through Leisure books, though it made its debut through Bloodlettin
Jun 19, 2010 Kasia rated it it was ok
Oh this is an ooey gooey and completely unsavory gore fest that barely takes a break. I think they idea was to take people's breath away and their appetite apparently went with it, I think I would have like it little more if the blatant cannibalism didn't take the front row seat, the things that happen in this book smack the reader in the face and make for a heavy and intense read. It was sometimes hard to read but my curiosity prevailed and I finally got to the end, which I must say was interes ...more
Dec 31, 2008 Kristen rated it liked it
Across the internet I've seen this book rated both 1 to 5 stars... people have loved it, people have loathed it, people have called it the next step in horror, people have called it literary torture porn... so of course with all of the varied reviews, I had to read it.

Short Summary: We follow Joseph Miles from his childhood, where he is abducted, tortured and then released, to his college years where he begins having terrible urges to gnaw on lovely co-eds. He belives that being a serial killer
Dave Pope
Jun 14, 2014 Dave Pope rated it it was amazing
Holy Moly! Well, what can I say? This is my first foray into a Wrath James White novel and I had read previously that the man can be quite gory in his writing. Quite gory isn't quite the description that I would put to this - very, very gory fits and in fact extremely gory fits better. The story is good, the pacing is good, the premise is good and the fact that no punches whatsoever are pulled in the descriptions and writing is both courageous and good. Don't read this if you are an inhibited re ...more
Dustin Reade
Jul 23, 2011 Dustin Reade rated it really liked it
This was one of the most richly, vividly detailed books I have ever read. Wrath James White is a painter with words, and often times the picture he paints is one that makes the reader want to dry heave a little. Where other writers of horror fiction tend to give just a handful of details (even writers of the more "gory" fiction), Wrath James White is the real deal. Far from taking the backseat, his descriptions of violent, bloody acts are in the drivers seat, moving the story along one atrocity ...more
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 William M. rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I'm a fan of Wrath James White, but even he might have gone too far with this one. I can definitively say that this is the most graphic horror novel I've ever read - more so than even Jack Ketchum's Off Season or White's collaboration with Edward Lee on The Teratologist. However, with the characters in this story being so unlikable, I didn't find this nearly as effective as those other books.

White's writing is strong and he always gives the reader a good portion of philosophical theories to thi
Travis Davis
Nov 10, 2011 Travis Davis rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing novel that is bursting at the seams with originality and a novel premise, not to mention insane amounts of gore like you've NEVER read before as well as disturbing erotica.

Succulent Prey will take you deep within the bowels of Hell. It's a journey that is dangerous, but it's a trip that's so worth the risk. But shouldn't our horror fiction not be safe anyway?This book is the exact reason we read "hardcore" horror, and I commend Wrath James White for writing such a daring and
Nov 06, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, splatterpunk
Note: This review taken from my review on Amazon.

I'm gonna have to give this book five stars. This is the only book I've ever read that managed to make me repeatedly cringe while reading it. It went into some disturbing detail and it was painful to read at times. That being said, the book wasn't only good as torture porn. There was also a pretty interesting back story behind it. It basically revolved around the life of a survivor of a serial child murderer, and his struggle not to let the same u
Aug 14, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Als ich diese Buch in der Buchhandlung fand war ich sofort interessiert, aber gleichzeitig dachte ich, dass es keine gute Idee ist das Buch zu kaufen.
Die ersten Seiten vielen mr auch schwer zu lesen. Ich habe noch kein ähnliches Buch gelesen, das so blutig war. Die Gedanken des Main character sind einfach blutrünstig.
Jedoch wird das Buch mit jeder Seite interessanter. An sich ist das Ende von Anfang an klar, aber es packt einen die Bemühungen Joes, eine Heilung zu finden, mitzuerleben.

Das Buch i
Bahnana Hazard
Jul 22, 2013 Bahnana Hazard rated it it was amazing
thoroughly enjoyed this book, really gripping and a must read for any fan of this genre, could just not put it down. personally I love the torture and how descriptive it was and the ending, just ugh, hard not to spoil it but deffo a worth a read!!
Jun 07, 2012 Tristan rated it it was amazing
I went back and re-read this one again last night. This was my first book by Wrath and my favorite. Still is.
Jun 18, 2009 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, 2009
Succulent Prey is the story of Joseph Miles, who was victimized by a child murderer at a young age. He was the only survivor, but feels that he was given a disease by his tormentor that has caused him to have cannibalistic urges that are over time getting increasingly worse. Miles goes on a journey throughout this book in search of a cure for this disease in order to absolve himself of being a killer. Along the way he falls in love with a girl, and the tension increases as he searches for the c ...more
Chadwick Saxelid
Nov 23, 2014 Chadwick Saxelid rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
When he was a child, Joseph Miles was abducted, brutally tortured and sexually assaulted by a deranged pedophile. Now a handsome young student at University, Joseph finds himself waging an inner war against an unspeakable urge. He has an almost uncontrollable hunger to taste human flesh, nothing else arouses him. Not wanting to become a monster, and believing he has been contaminated by his childhood attacker, Joseph vows to track down and destroy the source of his "infection."

Wrath James White'
Mark Allen
Jan 14, 2013 Mark Allen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys extreme horror fiction.
Shelves: horror
If you like your horror raw and juicy and yet darkly poetic, then you absolutely must read this no-holds-barred gore-fest from extreme author Wrath James White. The depravity contained within the fluid-splattered pages of "Succulent Prey" will put the jaws of even the most hardened splatterpunk fan on the floor. Cannibalism, torture, rape, sodomy...yeah, this one ain't fit for those for those with weak stomachs. Heck, it may not even be fit for those with cast-iron stomachs! You will probably wa ...more
May 27, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
I have never read a novel like this one. This is were nightmares comes true. Despite all the gore I couldn't put it down. I loved the story line in one killer's quest to find out if killing others is a communicable disease.

Oct 05, 2010 Tina rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most graphic books I have ever read in the horror genre. It is definitely not for the squeamish! But, it was very well-written, the characters were authentic and vibrant. And I felt empathy even for the main character, as flawed as he was. And of course my background in psychology is what kept me reading since I am interested in what makes people like this the people they are. White did a fantastic job of portraying a serial killer/cannibal. The pacing was good, and again for ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Shannon rated it did not like it
For the life of me, I cannot understand the multitude of positive reviews for this book.

It's cannibal torture porn. The writing is poor. There are no redeeming qualities.
Trevor Firetog
Dec 24, 2012 Trevor Firetog rated it liked it
An interesting and gruesome book. It was a very good concept, but could have been executed a lot better.

I found while reading this book, that the graphic scenes of rape and gore were very well written, but everything else fell flat and very predictable. The book almost became a chore to read, because the same scenes happened over and over again.

Also, I don't mean any disrespect to Wrath James White (as I said, I did enjoy the book) but he seriously needs to extend his vocabulary. He uses the mos
Lostaccount Darkpool
Aug 21, 2014 Lostaccount Darkpool rated it did not like it
Another really trashy poorly-written load of rubbish by a bad "writer" who needs to go get a job doing something else.
Mar 06, 2016 Linda rated it did not like it
Totally unbelievable. I had a really hard time getting through this book, because I was so bored.
Phil Zimmerman
Feb 06, 2015 Phil Zimmerman rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
My second Wrath book and it was almost as good as the first.

This is the story of Joseph who was horribly abused as a child and is now experiencing violent urges of his own. The perfect Wrath twist here is that he is desperate to find a cure for what he is sure is a virus not a mental condition.

This concept reminded me of "I am Legend" and the spin that vampirism was a virus. This leads to a very interesting book with some incredibly graphic parts.

Ultimately the Stockholm Syndrome parts of the bo
Sep 23, 2015 Cammy rated it it was amazing
Most disturbing book I've ever read.
El Jefe
Oct 10, 2015 El Jefe rated it it was amazing
G.R. Yeates
Jul 20, 2010 G.R. Yeates rated it it was amazing
One of the most disturbing openings in a horror novel pulls you into a twilight world of cannibalism and torn flesh desires. This is not for the faint of heart but those who turn away will be doing themselves a disservice. This story is bone-deep. You truly feel for the characters, victims and killers. There are no stereotypes here. The ending is also one of the best I've ever read in any genre. It breaks your heart and has a dark poetic touch to it that makes it resonate for a long time afterwa ...more
Aug 13, 2013 Sarah rated it did not like it
1. one does not simply walk out of a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane, especially when one is covered with blood and a body has just been found.

2. A woman who has her nipples bitten off by an abductor generally does not fall in love with him, no matter how hot he is

3. It is impossible for a man, even a strong one, to decapitate and dismember a victim with his bare hands.

4. This book was utter and complete garbage with no redeeming qualities.
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“Could it be that what we called aberrant behavior was in fact the natural state of man? Was there an instinct to kill? An instinct to rob,rape,maim,and destroy? In animals Joe saw every act that man had proclaimed criminal and sinful performed with startling regularity.” 1 likes
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