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To Be Devoured

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,572 ratings  ·  512 reviews
What does carrion taste like? Andi has to know. The vultures circling outside her home taunt and invite her to come understand the secrets hiding in their banquet of decay. Fascination morphs into an obsessive need to know what the vultures know. Andi turns to Dr. Fawning, but even the therapist cannot help her comprehend the secrets she’s buried beneath anger-induced blac ...more
Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Published July 29th 2019 by Unnerving
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Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I literally have no choice but to give this five stars. To Be Devoured is raw, with an intimate look at the main character's spiral through her grief and obsession, and definitely pulls no punches in its exploration of horror either. Even with my high tolerance for gore, parts of this story really got to me. The writing is gorgeous and the ending is haunting. This novella did more for me than most of the mainstream, full-length horror I've read in 2020, despite being only 62 pages long.

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Sadie Hartmann
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Review Originally Published in Scream Magazine Issue #58

Sara Tantlinger just won a Bram Stoker award for her H. H. Holmes inspired poetry collection, The Devil’s Dreamland. If you are unfamiliar with who Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, in a few words, he’s an infamous, American serial killer. It’s unknown how many victims he claimed but the body count could be in the couple hundreds.
The fact that Sara Tantlinger wrote a collection of poems inspired by this twisted individual should be a profound indica
daph pink ♡
Jul 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ik it sounds weird but I am having a strange craving after devouring this book.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit. This is how horror is done. Review later after I put myself back together.

Here it is:

“I was a mean, morbid girl, and I resented everyone and their perfect, living family members. “

TO BE DEVOURED does everything a five star horror novel should do, if you ask me. It unnerves, it sickens, it terrifies and it lingers well after you turn the final page. With that said it is not a story for everyone because it is fucking brutal and disturbing on a level most books never reach.

Andi has anger
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A literally twisted yet aesthetically written story regarding obsession, rage and mental instability. The horror is stark and gut-wrenching, but the truth is impossible to turn away from. Highly recommended for those with unflinching tastes.
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"[...] Está a tiempo de convertirse en la persona que nunca pudo ser.
Y, cuando nada de lo que necesita llega, solo tiene una opción.
Porque ya está cansada de ser devorada."

Y así, de esta manera termina el prólogo con el que nos deleita Nieves Mories.
Donde ya se nos va haciendo la boca agua con lo que nos vamos a encontrar tras esta sublime presentación.

Agárrense fuerte porque lo que les traigo hoy así lo requiere.

¿Están preparados?

Con un lenguaje exquisito, Sara Tantlinger nos narra
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lyrically written, utterly terrifying. Raw and original. My favorite.
P.S. Ms. Tantlinger, If you are reading this, um... hi! (please accept my awkward *wave*). Big fan here.
Eric LaRocca
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of my favorite novellas of all time. Sara Tantlinger is an icon of horror.
Devoradora De Libros
No tengo las palabras adecuadas para describir lo que esta novela corta me ha hecho sentir.
Voy a intentarlo.

Esta fue la seleccionada por mi, para la lectura conjunta que hacemos todos los meses mi Loca de los libros y yo. Elegí una novela corta para que me diera tiempo a llegar 🤣🤣 y porque le tenía muchísimas ganas por otras reseñas que había leído.

Y...vaya. Las reseñas se quedan cortas, es de esos libros que tienes que leer para entender.

¿A qué sabe la carroña? Esta es la primera frase que nos
destiny ♡ howling libraries
Can dead flesh hold anger? Mine would. Mine would be the most excruciatingly bitter of them all.

After hearing so many people rave about Sara's writing, I'm so glad I finally had the chance to check out her work. I went into To Be Devoured with high hopes and solid expectations, and I was not disappointed in the least. It's a tremendously twisted, ridiculously messed up novella about grief, rage, mental illness, and looking for acceptance in a world that often makes us feel out of place — but
Jun 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poético, deprimente, desagradable.
Warren Fournier
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Ever read something that made you tingle with an epiphany? "Wow, so THAT'S what this genre can do!" Well, this book didn't do that for me. But there was every reason it should have.

We need to see more from this author, because her writing is absolutely beautiful. If applied to less mundane material, I think she could paint portraits of the human condition with her poetic prose that could rival some of the greats in contemporary literature.

Now when I say "less mundane material," I mean that in t
Tyler J Gray
I'm going to be thinking about this one for awhile
Cassie Daley
“Our deaths deserve no other meaning than to be devoured.”

Writing like this is why I fucking love horror, and I honestly can’t pay higher compliments to a writer than the ones I’d give to Sara Tantlinger. I’ve read her poetry before, and it blew me away with how hauntingly melodic it was, in the most beautifully visceral way. I would use that exact same term – beautifully visceral – of her novella writing as well.

She has such a gift for taking horrible, ugly, heartbreaking things and making you
Gafas y Ojeras
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hay momentos en la vida en los que quieres estallar. Instantes en los que sientes como el aire desaparece de tus pulmones impidiéndote, si quiera, gritar. Por mucho que lo intentes, por mucho que trates de agarrarte a un clavo ardiendo, los acontecimientos te desbordarán demostrándote que no hay voluntad capaz de doblegar la realidad.
En esos instantes tu mente se quiebra. Quizás forzada por la ira acumulada ante lo injusto de lo que te ocurre o porque, simplemente, nunca encontró un resquicio pa
an incredibly well written, disturbing & morbid horror novella. did not expect these levels of absolute fuckery, but i really loved it!
Dec 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
A vegan's nightmare.

I feel unhinged after reading Andi's thoughts, would forever stay a vegetarian. Thank you for this rude awakening.
The proses are so lovely, but the gore those prose hid was even better. Queer, murderous, ravenous hunger and extreme obssession. I am so fascinated by the writing and the concept.
Coos Burton
Jul 31, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: terror
"Gracioso, sí, pero no gracioso de risa, gracioso de raro", es lo que pensaba cuando leí este libro. Puede que los reels me hayan quemado la cabeza, pero también le atribuyo un poco el daño a lo curioso de este libro. Y aunque estuvo rarísimo, lo disfruté un montón. ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I "devoured" Sara Tantlinger's psychological horror story in one sitting, and was so floored by how she tricked me with the ending that I re-read it all over again. To Be Devoured -- a tale of obsession descending into the most carnal kind of madness imaginable -- is brimming with unforgettable moments of gristle and lyrical scenes of violence and rage. Its complex protagonist strives to reconcile her compulsive "wrath" with the complex relationship she's formed with her lover (a charming and be ...more
Jun 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a delight, a brilliant gut punch. Nausea and a pounding heart had me devouring every last page.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Por aquí dejo mi opinión con un poco de detalle:
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4,5 / 5

La fascinación convertida en obsesión. La inestabilidad emocional descendiendo por un túnel oscuro, donde la locura se convierte en lo racional y la mente disfraza la realidad. La mente humana es un complejo mecanismo de relojería que a día de hoy sigue siendo en gran medida incognoscible, inabarcable e inexplicable en su totalidad. A veces los traumas pueden más que nuestras propias fuerzas, son como lápidas sobre nuestras cabezas que tornan las horas del día oscuras y frías. Otras, pued
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The secrets I have locked down in the cellar of my gut have crawled away to expose their horrors into the light."

I love Sara Tantlinger's poetry, and I'm happy to say that I love her novella writing as well! Her books are so grim and gorgeous, and you can't go wrong with any of them.

To Be Devoured grabbed my attention immediately, and then gave a fascinating study of a character's descent into madness. This story is unsettling and obsessive, and I've thought about it several times since I fini
Well Read Beard
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is my first experience with Sara's prose and I was extremely impressed. This book is chock full of graphic, gory imagery, but what got me is Sara seemed to wrap that gore with some beautifully written , poetic bits. I try to react to these books and just write what I was feeling no matter how stupid it may sound, but for me it was almost like the ugly, sickening gore was the main course and her beautiful style was the seasoning sprinkled throughout.

Another thing I really enjoyed is the fact
Jul 19, 2021 added it
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i’m not surprised someone named andi would do this
Michael Hicks
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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My review of TO BE DEVOURED can be found at High Fever Books.

As an avid horror reader, I’d like to think it takes quite a bit to gross me out and that an author has to go the extra mile to really unsettle me. I had a few scant notions of what this book was about, and I've read a few similarly-themed horror books in my time with little ill effects, so I figured I would handle To Be Devoured in similar fashion and I presumed I knew what I was getting into with this read, despite not having read Ta
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Good Lord. I don't know how to feel about To Be Devoured. I "devoured" it... and I also wanted to throw up a bit.

If you are a squeamish reader or hate gore of any kind, move along. If you love to be pulled in and disturbed to your core, lay down your money on this one.

Sara Tantlinger is known for her (Bram Stoker Award winning) poetry. This novella is certainly poetic and it's also... I have no words.

In the end, I really liked it, and I was really glad I wasn't eating while reading it.
Ignacio Senao f
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No es para todos los públicos debido a sus escenas tan duras y lo bien descrito que están.

Muy valiente este libro, me encanta como nos cuenta a través de los ojos de la afectada su locura, como es para ella todo lo que hace normal y sus impulsos por devorar al ser humano para sentirlo dentro de ella. Muestra su cariño comiendo a aquellos quienes ama, es como ese impulso de achuchar a alguien que uno quiere pero en vez de achuchar desea comerlo.
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Sara Tantlinger is the author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes, and the Stoker-nominated works To Be Devoured, Cradleland of Parasites, and Not All Monsters. Along with being a mentor for the HWA Mentorship Program, she is also a co-organizer for the HWA Pittsburgh Chapter. She embraces all things macabre and can be found lurking in graveyards ...more

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