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Ritualistic Human Sacrifice

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  269 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Nick Graves is a miserable man. Every day he comes home from his dream job to a stale marriage. On the day he finally summons the courage to tell his wife, Eve, he wants a divorce she has exciting news for him – she’s pregnant.

Nick is a spiteful man. He purchases his dream home in an ideal location far away from family, friends, and coworkers. It’s a life changing decisio
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 15th 2015 by Grindhouse Press
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Janie C.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one messed up story, and I say that as a compliment. I could hardly put this book down through its entirety. It begins with a couple who have clearly outgrown their relationship. The husband, Nick, takes his resentment and dials it up to sociopathy. His revenge on his wife for getting pregnant without his approval is to isolate the two of them in an ominous house located in a seemingly vacant town. Here is where the story turns. It goes from an uncomfortably bad situation to hell. Withou ...more
Glenn Rolfe
Wow, I needed a few minutes to precess this one. Damn.

First off, I'm not going to rate this, because I don't know how. I am a fan of splatterpunk, but the more extreme horror...well, sometimes that gets to me.

Hunt does a fine job giving us horrible characters (Nick and Eve) for us to hate. The set up was great and had me yelling at both characters equally.

I thought I was in for it when I read the vasectomy scene. I was sqiurming in my chair.
BUT and that's a BIG BUT....the level of uncomfortab
Brian Keene
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fans of extreme horror will be blown away. Following in the tradition of Edward Lee, Wrath James White, Monica J. O'Rourke, Shane Mackenzie, Ryan Harding, Charlee Jacob, and others, C.V. Hunt has crafted the perfect next-gen extreme horror novel. Insightful, surreal, dark, sardonic, and uncomfortable.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dark and over-the-top, yet still somewhat playful in its execution, Ritualistic Human Sacrifice starts slow and builds to a fevered and disgusting pace that was so heinous I almost put the book down. Almost, but didn’t. And BOY, am I glad I sallied through! The vivid descriptions in the third act are among the most viscerally stomach-churning I’ve ever read. Yet, even against all the sex and strangeness and unapologetic gore, Hunt never blinks, and then take the whole show one step further.

Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
C.V Hunt continues to amaze me with her versatile storytelling ability. RITUALISTIC HUMAN SACRIFICE really reads like Hunt bullseyed here zone hard. This is a sneaky story that leads you to believe its an anti-romance only to take a hard turn halfway through and becomes one of the darkest tales I've read in a long while.

C.V. Hunt utilizes the first person POV for the male lead character in this story. Not since Chad Kultgen (The Average American Male) have I read a more honest first person prese
Bryan Smith
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended for the truly decadent and depraved.
Ritualistic Human Sacrifice does not contain a dull moment. I cannot find anything I do not like about this book. CV Hunt has written from the male perspective flawlessly. I snickered and grinned through all of the spiteful things happening during part one. There is something here that all of us who have experienced the ups and downs of marriage can relate to, at least to some degree.
The characters are strong and relatable, no matter how far off the deep end they go. As the story progressed, it
Adam Light
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how to review this one. I thought the writing was extremely concise. The author was convincing writing from the male pov. The story was bizarre and raunchy, completely over the top. I almost threw up a couple of times, so I think this was a success. I will have to check out something else by C V Hunt, but only if I haven't eaten recently.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Nick is a miserable prick, compulsive masturbator and an all-around douchebag. His wife Eve has some great news to share. Nick doesn’t think so and sets out a plan of revenge to get back at her by buying a house out in the sticks away from her job and all her friends and family. What a guy.

Unfortunately for Nick, the house isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Neither is the town. There’s something sinister going on and both Nick and Eve are about to get elbow deep in some serious doo-doo. Literally
John McNee
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Now that I've finished the book, I finally understand the front cover.

The protagonist of Ritualistic Human Sacrifice is a pretty unpleasant character, certainly pretty hate-filled and spiteful, but at least in the early going, I don't think he's wrong. On the contrary, his wife deliberately springing a pregnancy on him - against all his wishes and their own agreement - is a pretty lousy thing to do and I think he has every right to be upset.

His revenge, however, is a little too mean and elaborat
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
"I was aware I was a miserable and selfish motherfucker and was fine with it."

I don't know where to start with this. Ritual Human Sacrifice is my first CV Hunt book. Even though my review has mixed feelings, I will definitely be reading another book from her. I liked the suspense & creepy environment...this book just ended up being WAY more porn than horror. It's still horror, but there's just so much sex. So much that I got bored with it.

The entire book is unsettling. Things are ominous fr
HOLY CHRIST!!! This is CV Hunt's longest novel, amd definitely the creepiest so far. Maybe not for everyone (as hinted by the cover), it was perfect for me. I don't think I would have acted much different than Nick Graves had I been thrust into his situation. Although the damn town they moved to just had to spoil a wonderful revenge plan!
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you are planning revenge on a significant other read this first.
The story is told in the first person of a husband who blames his wife for the mediocrity of his life. So when she makes a life changing decision without consulting him first he becomes hell bent on getting his own back by making life changing decisions for them without her consultation.
The book is split into three parts. The first part develops the characters and the decision's they make that will lead to a very gruesome futur
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Please never tell anyone I read this book.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Nick Graves may be one of the most selfish, unlikable persons in literature. He lives in a loveless marriage egged on by his self-centeredness, sexual selfishness, and failure to mend. He is ready to tell his wife that he is leaving her and getting a divorce. Then his wife drops a bomb on him. She is pregnant despite the fact that they have agreed not to have children. Nick's response is to buy a house without her consent and move them to a place away from her friends and any of the pleasures sh ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writing in this book isn't awful but it's held back due to the lack of plot, as the book seems to be less of a story and more of a delivery system for porn. The story and descriptions are repetitive and parts of the book just seem like the fantasies of a porn addled mind. I kept on as I the wanted to see where the story was going but I ended up disappointed.
Tamara Romero
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Highly disturbing, so handle with caution! There are a few things I like about CV Hunt's writing: she plain tells a story and even under these horrid circumstances she can be really entertaining and hilarious. She also writes very well from a male perspective. I'm not so keen on goresque stuff, but if that's your thing you may want to check this novel out.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
Yuck. I need a shower now.
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
This book is definitely messed up—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Though I don’t necessarily seek them out, I like subversive, strange, even gross narratives, but for me, there has to be a good reason, something feeding all that craze. What I’m not into is disgusting crap just for the sake of disgusting crap, of making it as weird and inflammatory as possible just because you can but then not having a point.

I feel like Ritualistic Human Sacrifice is on the edge of something bigger, of ha
M.C. O'Neill
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Finally had time to get to reviewing this book. As this is a review, it will contain spoilers, so if you haven't read it yet... Stop reading this review now!

C.V. Hunt is one of my favorite authors. Loved Baby Hater and Other People's Shit is one of my top ten fiction novels. RITUALISTIC HUMAN SACRIFICE trumps Hunt's repertoire. It is her best, and I'm not joking.

The characters of Nick and Eve are handled with such a precise character arc that you really fall in love (and hate) with them in
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars This was fucked up in the best way possible. Brutal gore-filled sex horror. I strongly related to Nick in the first section because of his childfree stance and the betrayal he felt when his wife purposefully got pregnant against their agreement. I understood his spiteful reaction that went several leagues too far as he moved her out to a house in a creepy town far from friends and work. In the later parts as it becomes clear that the other people in the town are very weird. Hunt's desc ...more
Betty Rocksteady
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book. The cover grabbed me so hard and I was looking forward to this for a while. No holds barred by the author, went to some seriously dark and extreme places. Lives up to the evilness I was expecting. Main characters were very well portrayed.

Only complaint, the motivation of a character pivotal in the climax didn't quite work for me, as far as why she would stay in this weird little town. Otherwise, this book rocked.
Brent Kelley
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you're unafraid of depravity, take a ride with CV Hunt to a nice little country town. When reading this, you may think "Can't get any more messed up than this right here." Well, it might. It might a lot. At the end, you'll have read a story that will stick with you for miles down the road. Why, you might even enjoy reading passages of this story aloud to your friends in the food court at your local shopping mall. I think CV would like that.
Russell Holbrook
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just re-read this masterpiece for the Horror-Bizarro book club I belong to. Once again, it blew me away. The second time was better than the first. If you've never read this one, now is your time. Come on, let's not keep Nana Mary waiting.
Pedro Proença
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grindhouse-press
This book is living proof that a journey can be totally awesome, even if the destination (or the reason for the journey) is not.
Meghan (My World of Books)
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay so this review may be a little all over the place, but bear with me...

Okay so I asked for extreme horror and boy did I get it. This book was absolutely not what I expected I was so unprepared! It was creepy, disgusting, disturbing and ...... EXTREME.

I definitely would not recommend this book to just anyone without knowing what their reading preferences are.

I enjoyed this book because I love to be shocked and disturbed and, let me tell you, I was DISTURBED. A majority of this book was spent
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book should have a warning label on it. It was disturbing, dirty, gritty, primal, and downright gross. I loved it! I truly do not what this says about me and that alone makes me a bit uncomfortable. At the start, we meet Nick Graves who is clearly not happy with his marriage. He is trying to come up with a way to leave his wife but then his wife, Eve, drops a bombshell. Nick then comes up with the ultimate revenge plan which promptly backfires on him. I will not say more because I would hat ...more
I'm not rating this because I'm not really a huge fan of extreme horror. If I was, it would be a solid five stars. If you are, what are you waiting for? Compelling read, with a narrator who is one of the biggest douche canoes in the history of first person narration, the most toxic marriage on earth, and a house that screams "why the fuck would you buy this house?" The extremity is mostly in the nature of sexual violence, although there's a dose of the straight up kind of violence as well. Enjoy ...more
Bridgette Farley
Jul 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Fans of classic horror and decent writing beware. I've read better stories on deviantart.
R.J. Roles
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sick, twisted and truly depraved. The writing is spot one and narration (Audible read) is great! Not for the faint of heart. Highly recommend to anyone who thinks they can stick with it.
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C.V. Hunt lives in Dayton, Ohio. She is the owner of Grindhouse Press and writes unpopular fiction in her spare time. Find out more at her website:
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