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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  14 reviews
DREAD IN THE BEAST used to be a novella about the goddess of waste and the king of wasters. Now it is a novel, stuffed full of the gruesome and horrible. Taken from the mythologies and histories of humankind, it follows the trail of the Mother Spririt of the worst that the world is capable of producing. From the catacombs of ancient Rome where a blasphemous sect twisted th ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Necro Publications (first published 1998)
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Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trigger warning: this review discusses sexual violence.

Let’s get straight to the point: Charlee Jacob has the most fucked-up imagination of any living author I’ve read. I suspected it with Haunter (2003) and This Symbiotic Fascination (1997) and my recent reading of Dread in the Beast (2005) confirmed it. Certainly no other horror author I’ve read comes close to the extremity of her work. Haunter remains the most extreme horror novel I’ve ever read, easily eclipsing Ed Lee’s notorious The Bighea
Bryan Alexander
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gothic, fantasy
I approached Dread in the Beast as part of my quest to find the best 21st-century horror novel. Charlee Jacobs' novel won both awards and attention, and its reputation attracted me.

I haven't read anything else by Jacobs, including the novella I believe this novel is based upon.

Oh, I wanted to like this more than I did.

How to describe Dread in the Beast... it's a visionary horror novel, a very ambitious epic about the rediscovery and reemergence of a forgotten and forbidden deity. To get there Ja
Mar 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who aren't afraid of poo
Whew. This is quite a, er, unique Existential horror novel about a goddess of shit and those who worship her. I'm just finished with it, and I will say that it's amazing how the author describes shit-eaters and mutilation and makes it seem lyrical and almost beautiful. An interesting statement about goddess-cult religion, waste, "godlessness" and the idea of what is sacred and sublime. ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The literary equivalent of listening to a Whitehouse record at max volume in a portable toilet that's locked inside a mausoleum. ...more
Hertzan Chimera
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
Dread In The Beast was originally a mind-expanding 16-story collection of 'hardcore horror' that I picked up at the Necro Publications stand at Horrorfind 2002 in Baltimore, MD. Four years later and here's the novel that was a short novella in that collection.

Let me first confess that I love Charlee Jacob's writing: she is one of the truly disturbing genre writers in a torpid sea of sallow mediocrity. As Ed Lee wisely points out in his extensive introduction to this novel, "If there's an ultimat
Not for the faint of heart. Brutal, graphic, downright gross. Recommend not eating while reading many portions.
Jo Quenell
Man, that's a lot of poop. ...more
B.J. Swann
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most beautiful book you will ever read about people being murdered with feces.

Dread in the Breast introduces readers to the many incarnations of the goddess of filth, and takes them on a mind-bending journey from the sewers of Rome to a cosmic toilet beyond mortal comprehension. Jacob’s narrative jumps back and forth in both time and space, from nightmare visions of contemporary America to Afghanistan, the Aztec empire, and medieval France. Other times, Jacob takes us to netherworlds of sub
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Is Charlee Jacob an evil genius? I've been asking myself this question since I started reading Dread in the Beast, and after finishing it, I'm still open to the possibility.

I'm rather astounded that this book won the Bram Stoker Award (technically tied), not because it's below par, but because it is so damn brazen. It contains a premise that is immediately vulgar and taboo, and Jacob not only runs with it, she shoves it over a cliff where it tumbles into the roiling cesspit below and drowns in f
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a good book but I almost did not understand it although it's quite interesting ...more
Valentin Mordovchenkov
Brutal, beauthiful, very intresting novel. I loved it!
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
I've enjoyed a couple of other books by Charlee Jacob -- This Symbiotic Fascination and Haunter -- but I put this one down early and never picked it back up. Jacob has an interesting style -- detached, ornamental, surreal -- but it works best when attached to a solid story and characters we can believe actually exist in a world we can recognize as our own. Sometimes, though, Jacob goes off into self-contained flights of dark fancy, and I'm left behind as a reader. There isn't a character in this ...more
May 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Disgusting, savage and depraved. Multiple story lines converge and go to "shit". You'll love it.

Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I can't help but feel this entire book was a setup for a punchline at the end. Bram Stoker Award my eye..... ...more
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Charlee Jacob has been a digger for dinosaur bones, a seller of designer rags, and a cook - to mention only a few things. With more than 950 publishing credits, Charlee has been writing dark poetry and prose for more than 25 years. Some of her recent publishing events include the novel STILL (Necro), the poetry collection HERESY (Necro), and the novel DARK MOODS. She is a three-time Bram Stoker Aw ...more

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