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After his first Holy Communion, a boy secretly builds his own Jesus out of communion wafers and the flesh of his dead father.

On Halloween night, his Jesus shall rise.

After a tragic death, a girl tends to the Cemetery of the Innocents, a memorial to the holocaust of abortion and children killed before their time.

On Halloween night, the children shall live, and they need to
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Kindle Edition, 95 pages
Published January 8th 2018 by Wicked Run Press
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Janie C.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Matthews has woven a surreal and dark tale from unraveled psyches. Two children, neighbors, experience shattering losses, each witnessing the death of one of their parents. The resulting trauma takes each child on a psychological and spiritual journey through unimaginable terrain, where the remaining parents are either ice cold or dangerously fanatic. Each child copes through physical manifestations of their pain, creating what they believe to be living retribution. This is not a comfortabl ...more
Michael Hicks
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought, horror
As a genre, horror is as old as mankind. We've been scaring the hell out of each other as a species for as long as we have been a species at all, and plenty of these stories have been influenced by, or act in response to, the religious beliefs of various groups. In fact, The Bible may be one of the most willfully misread genre pieces to ever come along. Here's a book where the supposed good guy drowns the entire world, killing men, women, and children alike, oftentimes in blind anger and jealous ...more
David Brian
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Body of Christ by Mark Matthews is a thought provoking novella. As gruesome and unpleasant as it is, still it paints a vivid picture of two children, and the distress they experience triggered by their dual tragedies and loss.

Faith is a young girl who has to contend with the trauma of what she perceives to be her mother's murder - when hospital staff 'pull the plug' on the terminal woman. Keagan is a boy who also losses a parent, his father's violent demise leaving him at the mercy of a religiou
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Rodney
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matthews will pull on your heartstrings and make it disturbing as well. Body of Christ is a quick read that I enjoyed as much as any of his other books. Good stuff.
Bill
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I may have have given this one a pass based on the title, if I hadn’t already been familiar with and enjoyed Mark Matthews work.
I couldn’t resist, however when I was given an opportunity for a review copy of the audiobook from narrator Rick Gregory whose work I have also enjoyed in the past.

Glad I gave it a go because it was good. Really good. And not what I thought it was going to be at all.
I had no idea what to expect from this short tale. Rick nailed the narration as usual and it must have b
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George Billions
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gross and kind of touching

This is a gross little book about two maladjusted kids coping with loss and grief in maladjusted ways. One buries her used feminine napkins in an abortion memorial graveyard. The other clumps his unswallowed communion wafers around a chunk of his dad that came off when the cops shot him. Things come to a head.
As bizarre as the whole thing is, the characterization is really solid. You believe in these kids, feel for them, and understand their motivations. You want things
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Glen Krisch
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what the hell did I just read? I'm in awe at the audacity of this storytelling, and left in a pall of unease. Body of Christ is sad, morbid, and beautifully ugly.
The Grim Reader
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve never been disappointed with a book or a story written by Mark Matthews. Body of Christ is no different. Once again, Matthews has written a story that deals with human frailties and emotions. In this case, we follow the story of two young characters, both have lost someone dear to them and are struggling to deal with the emotional turmoil that comes with such a loss. Keagan watches his father commit suicide and is left with his religious mother. He is also dreading his forthcoming communion ...more
Scarlett R Algee
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bloody, violent, brilliant.

Keagan and Faith twist every basic trope of Christianity backward and sideways, searching so hard for relief from their pain that their yearnings bear living fruit, and nothing will be the same. While I'd caution particularly devout Christians to possibly avoid this book, I'll be recommending it to a lot of people. Just really well done.
Shane Douglas Keene
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This remarkable little tale took me by surprise, I confess. I've not read Matthews work before and so went in with zero expectations, but even if they had been high expectations, they would have more than been met. Body of Christ is a quick, horrific little read, packed with emotion and all the pain that comes along with a child losing and longing for a dead parent.

I'll have a full review coming soon but wanted to leave something here to tell you that you really want to read this guy's work. Ke
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Kimberly
BODY OF CHRIST by Mark Matthews is a book that defies explanation. If you're expecting a novella that fits neatly into a pre-labeled category, you will not find that here. What you will find is a story full of depth, despair, love, sorrow, and even belief. The two children in this tale are linked only tenuously by the circumstances in their individual lives, yet their loss and belief in something.... more.... eventually brings their paths together.

A spellbinding tale that few authors could pull
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Anthony Vacca
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
As gross as it is sacrilegious, Body of Christ is a novella concerned with the interconnected tales of two neglected suburban pubescents who seek relief from personal loss by participating in perversions of Christian sacrament. While one creates life by fashioning an effigy out of a chunk of his father's rotting flesh and masticated communion wafers, the other tends monthly to a graveyard of buried menstrual pads. Plumbing that point in every young person's life when certain realities cause fait ...more
The Grim Reader
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good stuff. Review soon.
Pardis Ahmadi
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok... this was super cool and super weird. i really loved it. and the fact that it was so short made it even better. if you're into horror, i definitely suggest it.
Brian's Book Blog
Good Lord This Is A Crazy Book

4.5 out of 5 stars

Well… where do I start? First and foremost, I did not know that Christian Horror was a sub-genre. And, as terrible as it sounds – the first and only book that comes to mind is the Bible when I hear that name.

Body of Christ tells the story of two young kids who are coming of age after tragedies. Both are raised by religious parents but that is where their similarities stop. The boy’s mom is a devout (and definitely crazy) Christian married to a man
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Edward Smith
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holy Communion Horror

Really strange but interesting and entertaining novella. Story is primarily about loss for 2 teens and how they cope or don't cope with it. Story involves a death by accident and pulling life support. A suicide by police, a girls first menstrual cycle, a boys first communion and the life that comes from both. A strange combination of themes that pulls itself together in a entertaining and believable story.

Going back to check other stories by Mark.

Just for full disclosure I
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Chad
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review coming to Cemetery Dance online soon...
William Bitner Jr.
Body of Christ
By Mark Matthews

Genre - Fiction
Subgenre - Christian Horror/Novella/Fantasy
Pages - 95
Publication Info - Wicked Run Press (January 8, 2018)
Reviewed by - William C. Bitner, Jr. (https://booksinmylibraryblog.wordpres...)
Rating - 📙📙📙📙📙

It seems I’ve started the New Year off with one hell of a read in Body of Christ by Mark Matthews. I must admit I’ve never read anything quite like this before, but I look forward to much more of Mark’s writing if this is even a small measure of what he is
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Nisar Masoom
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whereas Garden of Fiends allowed me to identify with the terrors of addiction, Body of Christ has introduced me to Christian horror, and I didn't mind the journey nor the destination. This novella is doubtlessly not for the faint of heart—and no matter how much horror literature you've already read—brace yourselves for nightmares after concluding this one.

Read the full review here: http://literaryretreat.com/2018/01/13...
Susan
This was the twisted little tale I was expecting and I wasn’t disappointed. Mark Matthews is the editor and a contributor to the addiction horror anthology Garden of Fiends where I first ran into his work and was impressed with the anthology as a whole.

Keagan, a young boy who recently lost his father violently, has some interesting ideas about the power of the Communion wafer. What started off as a simple fascination with the wafer and it’s transmutative properties turns into a rough plan to rai
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Elke
Definitely not a typical horror story, though there are many horrors to be found within, like that of growing up without proper guidance or experiencing events a child should not have to endure alone, like the loss of a parent. I found this a rather sad and moving story about two lost kids struggling to grow up and cope with their fates.

Keagans father chooses to end his pain-suffering existence by 'death by police', leaving Keagan alone with his over-religious mother who'd rather see him dead as
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Todd Oliver
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really hope people read the description before buying this book! Don't let the title fool you. This is horror! It's a very disturbing story of two teens and their tragic lives. Keagan loses his father to suicide by cop and his mother wishes he we're dead as well. Faith lost her mom when they had to pull her off of life support from a bad accident. Keagan finds solace in his dark closet where he keeps unusual things such as a piece of his father after he was shot to death, and every communion w ...more
O. D. Book Reviews
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Description:
This is the story of 2 disturbed children who live across the street from each other. Each of them witness a parent’s death and the trauma causes them to behaves in insane ways. Faith begins giving her menstrual pads proper burials, and Keagan combines the flesh of his deceased father with communion wafers to create the body of Christ. After a year the fruit of their labor turns into a spiritual horror show.

In Short:
This is a bizarre, quick read that will leave you grossed out and po
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John J Questore
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Imagine this: You’re scrolling trough your FaceBook feed and see a post from an author that you’re friends with. He’s writing a new novella. Excited? Absolutely. Then you read the first two lines of the description: “After his first Holy Communion, a boy secretly builds his own Jesus out of communion wafers and the flesh of his dead father. On Halloween night, his Jesus shall rise.” Having been a practicing Roman Catholic for the first half of your life, you take pause - “This sounds very sacril ...more
Jeanne25
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Being lucky(unlucky) enough to have lived most of my life in the bible belt, there are two subjects that I avoid in polite company. (It never ends well otherwise.) Those subjects are religion and abortion. I have some positively amazing friends on both sides of each subject and I would like it to remain that way.

I see the novella Body of Christ come up on a review feed. Normally, I would take one look at this title, say “no thank you” and pass right on by. Something made me pause instead and I p
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Justin M.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got an audiobook copy from Mark, and I’ve decided that he will never babysit my children. Also, I was trying to eat my lean cuisine lunch and I almost threw up several times. I knew that I could stop eating any time I wanted, but I continued on without any issues. I said WTF a few times. This was gross, repulsive, questionable, horrible, witty and clever.

Bravo, Mark. You’re sick.

5 stars.
Alex
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

I listened to this short novella on audible in one sitting. A lot of short stories are forgettable, but this one is quite disturbing and won't be one I forget soon. It definitely takes a true horror fan to appreciate this nasty little tale!
Anne (w/ an E)
I would like to thank Mr Matthews for my copy of this story.

This was not one of his better stories, IMO.
Kassie Kay
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is twisted in the best way. I like creepy religious things so I really enjoyed this.
Karl Drinkwater
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It included many things I'd never seen before (and I read a lot of horror). A confident book which gains depth from combining many unexpected elements.

And that premise is one of the most awesome I've read for a horror story in ages:

"A boy secretly builds his own Jesus out of communion wafers and the flesh of his dad. On Halloween night, his Jesus shall rise."

Love it.
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Mark Matthews has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. He is the author of five novels, including On the Lips of Children, MILK-BLOOD, and All Smoke Rises. All of his novels are based on true settings, many of them inspired by his work as a counselor in the field of mental health and treatment of addiction. He's the editor of ...more
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