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The Fourth Whore

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Kenzi Brooks watched The Scribble Man collect her brother’s soul after a hit and run when she was seven. He gave her a present that day - a lucky rabbit’s foot. Sixteen years later, she no longer believes in The Scribble Man, she believes in survival and does what she has to in the slums of Detroit. When thugs kill her mother and beat Kenzi to near death, she accidentally ...more
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published March 25th 2020 by Raw Dog Screaming Press
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Sadie Hartmann
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: night-worms
*cracks knuckles*

Okay, first things first.
Thank you Erin and Raw Dog Screaming Press for accommodating our Night Worms Book Party for this debut release. We strongly believe in supporting indie horror and especially, Women in Indie Horror.

Business aside, let's dive in. *deep breath*
There is a lot going on in this book. It's just over 300 pages but so help me, it reads like so much more. To be honest, it was a bit rich for my taste. I don't love the feeling of having to work hard for reading enjo
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Kimberly
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Honestly, this one just wasn't for me. ...more
Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
Wow this one pulls no punches and immediately sets a gruesome and bleak stage for all of the events that follow. Hold on to your lunch because it also gets really ewww gross and I couldn’t love it more for making me cringe like that! Heehee.

There’s a lot going on here and I’m not going to even attempt to explain it all. Probably couldn't if I wanted to but I don’t want to because you need to experience it all your own selves. As a child Kenzie experienced a tragedy first hand and met a figure sh
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Cassie Daley
Have you ever picked up a book without knowing too much about it, only to discover that it was exactly what you were looking for? THE FOURTH WHORE is that for me right now, and I want to thank the Night Worms organizers for hosting another super great #NightWormsBookParty, as well as Raw Dog Screaming Press & Erin Al-Mehairi for providing a review copy to our entire Night Worms review team this month - right before the book's official launch!

I didn't know much about this book going into it, so i
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Janelle Janson
Thank you so much Erin Al-Mehairi and Raw Dog Screaming Press for my free copy.

THE FOURTH WHORE by EV Knight is an ambitious debut with vivid prose and intriguing characters. Not only is this story a mix of the horror and fantasy genres, it’s also heavy on feminism, revenge, mythology, theology, occultism, sex, and violence. It had my attention right out of the gate! It’s in your face shocking in a few scenes, so be warned of graphic content.

I love to read retellings, biblical or otherwise, so t
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Well Read Beard
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
4.5 stars

A sprawling tale. Mythological, historical, biblical - all of it. 220 pages felt like 500 in the best way. The story was broad and epic.

I love horror fiction that pulls interesting bits of history into the story. This one pulled from many different outside influences and wrapped them all in a pretty narrative.
Biblical - Genesis
Mythological - Lilith
Historical - Salem witch trials
Current Events - American economics, poverty and crime in Detroit, current political climate, women's reproduc
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Emily
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
The Fourth Whore is the debut novel from EV Knight! The story is creative, and the writing is vivid. I'm not the biggest fan of religious horror, but I wanted to give this a shot, and I enjoyed it overall. At times it felt gratuitous, but there are some really good gory scenes in this book. It gets intense. There was a little too much going on since there were several storylines, and I think this may have worked better for me if it was longer, or had fewer storylines. The concept was good, but t ...more
Sara Tantlinger
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of this book and blurbing it -- E.V. Knight's powerful debut novel offers up a poignant story of revenge through a strong feminist lens. Within, we dive into horror that does not shy away from taking its readers on a twisted journey into darkness. Knight pulls from myth, religion, history, and current times of upheaval to craft an important story that will stick with you. I cannot wait to see what this author does next!
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Kami  Martin
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This party has ended and I am sad. A huge Thank you to Erin and Raw Dog Screaming Press for a FREE copy of The Fourth Whore by EV Knight in exchange for my honest review with my Night Worms Review Team!
Raw Dog Screaming Press knows how to pick 'em! Hard Hitting Woman in Indie Horror that rarely disappoint! EV Knight is one to reckon with. From what I hear this is her debut novel and Holy Horrors this is one to remember or not soon forget?!
I don't consider myself conservative until I get into a
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Suz Jay
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
“She had a thing for mythology and liked to think of herself as a living Pandora’s box. Men filled her with the evils hiding inside her, evils she would release on the world....It was only fair that they reap what they sowed. Pandora was simply going to help them harvest.”*

Since her little brother’s death, Kenzi has found comfort in cutting herself with the claws of a rabbit’s foot. She’s not sure if the talisman’s previous owner, who she calls The Scribble Man due to the marks on his skin, is r
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Mindi
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the second book party this month for the Night Worms blog group, and unfortunately, this one just wasn't really my cup of tea.

Knight has a very interesting concept, but the execution is a bit all over the place. There are a lot of characters in this book, and keeping track of them, especially while the majority of them can pop in and out of places at will, kind of made my head spin. The same is true for the story. With all of the players and the level of detail in this book, I was often
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Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Well, I went into this book not knowing what to expect but I wasn't expecting THAT! I'm torn between really loving the entirety of it all and confused on exactly what I read. Equal parts historical, biblical and mythological, this read is quite the doozy. Be warned that there are some graphic sexual and violent scenes. While these never seem to bother me, they may bother your sensitivities.

I love Lilith being a central character. THE goddess/demonness who is hell bent on getting her revenge. Is
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Keely
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Well now this was an unexpected and intense ride!
The Fourth Whore follows three individuals: Lilith, Kenzi and Sariel. Kenzi’s brother was killed while they were crossing the street when she was child. She should have died and yet, she was spared. As a result, Sariel, also known as Death, has been with her, looking out for her if you will, her whole life. In the immediate aftermath of the accident that kills Kenzi’s brother, Sariel and his carrion companion Enoch leave Kenzi with a lucky rabbit
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Yolanda Sfetsos
This is another book I was lucky to receive before the release date thanks to Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi and Raw Dog Screaming Press.

Kenzi Brooks lives a hard life in Detroit. She lost her brother when she was a little girl, her father left shortly after, and her mother's an addict. Life is tough and she's barely surviving, but getting caught in the middle of an ancient fight between Death, God and Lilith will definitely make everything worse.

Lilith won't submit to anyone and she's got revenge on he
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Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
You ever finish a book and think, "what in the world did I just read?!"⁣⁣
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That's how I feel about The Fourth Whore.⁣⁣
This book was a dark fantasy mixed with horror and smut elements, but honestly it didn't go far enough in any direction to fit just a single genre. ⁣⁣
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There's a lot going on and so many characters I had to keep notes. Luckily, I was familiar with the biblical story of Lilith and some of the other characters so I had an understanding right away. If you're not familiar you will wa
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Alex | | findingmontauk1
"Forget the Four Horsemen, Lilith is assembling the Four Whores."

E.V. Knight knows how to write! The language is gorgeous, evocative, and the character development brought on are quite impressive. Who needs the Four HorseMEN when you can have equally, if not more, kick ass women leading the charge?! It felt like I was reading an episode of Supernatural in a sense - especially when they took to the religious side of their show's plotline. I had a lot of fun with this one - as the title MIGHT sugg
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Ashley (spookishmommy)
Thank you, Erin and RDS Press for sending this book for a #nightwormsbookparty

This book is guaranteed to shock you. From the title The Fourth Whore to the contents - violence, sex, drugs, you're bound to have your jaw drop at least once. I think the subtitle of this book should be FUCK THE PATRIARCHY. While I dont mind biblical references and themes, I just found it to be a lot although the overlying feminist aspect piqued my interest.

Told from multiple perspectives, the story got a bit muddled
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Kallie (pageandparlor) Lou Weisgarber
Thank you to Erin Al-Mehairi, Raw Dog Screaming Press and Night Worms for my copy of this book. We read it for a Night Worms Book Party.

THE FOURTH WHORE is a doozy. This biblical book follows Kenzi, Sariel and Enoch, and Lilith. Lilith is bent on revenge, she gives a new meaning to the phrase “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Sariel and Enoch just want to keep Kenzi safe. Kenzi just wants to get by. The question you keep asking yourself as you read this book is: Is Kenzi strong enough to
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Marcy Reads on IG
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to explain my feeling towards this book...


It was weird, bizarre, and cringe-y and yet somehow amazing. Not knowing what I was getting myself into, the first couple of chapters were super confusing, but soon enough everything started flowing together nicely. I loved the biblical format of the book and the twists EV Knight inserted into one of the most popular stories ever written. I definitely got some SANDMAN vibes throughout, so if that’s a graphic novel you enjoyed then I would highly reco
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Matt (TeamRedmon)
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lilith, a succubus, is out for revenge. She's Adam's, yeah THAT Adam, first wife and she was kicked out of Eden for refusing to submit to Adam. So she's mad, and probably, justifiably so. Lilith is building an army and gathering the Four Whores of the Apocalypse. That's not whores the pejorative; they own the title and use sex as a weapon to achieve their ends. The story flips between Lilith as she gathers the whores, and we learn her story and motivations and Kenzie, a down on her luck girl in ...more
Brennan LaFaro
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book not really having any idea what to expect. Truth be told, this is how I generally enter into my stories these days, synopsis be damned. A lot of times even without the back cover, you can nail down what genre a story might fit into, what tropes await, and where you anticipate the story may go because of all the aforementioned bits. The Fourth Whore doesn't really work that way.

At it's heart, this is the story of Kenzi Brooks, a young woman who had a rough go of it and is n
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Daniel
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Struggling day-by-day to survive in the slums of Detroit, Kenzi Brooks does whatever is necessary to keep control of her life, using the power of her body as a woman, supported by her street-wise friend Gloria, but at odds with her alcoholic, hostile mother. As rough as Kenzi’s present may be, her past has been even more damaging. Sixteen years ago, at the age of seven, she walked to the store with her brother, and watched him struck down in a hit-and-run. She would have died in that accident as ...more
Zakk Madness
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
**3.5/ 5 rounded up**

When a downtrodden young woman is forced to fight... Wait, no, what happens when an eternal collector fails... uh, one more time. When one of the original souls is cast out of eden...

You know what? I don’t really know how to start this. How about this, The Fourth Whore by EV Knight, from Raw Dog Screaming Press is a raucous debut and a bit of a riot to your cerebrum. A flathead screwdriver to the posterior part of the superior temporal gyrus... wink. It’s a book that will c
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John Lynch
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fourth Whore by E.V. Knight is one hell of a blast from beginning to end.

Kenzie has unknowingly unleashed Lilith while being beaten within an inch of her life. Lilith is hellbent in bringing about the apocalypse and Kenzi must either work beside her, or work with “the scribble man” to stop her.

This book is quite unlike anything I’ve ever read. If you’re unfamiliar, the fourth whore is a play on the four horsemen. Lilith is gathering her whores and she will not be denied. It reads like a mesh
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Donnie
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Big thanks to Erin, Raw Dog Press, and Night Worms for sending me a copy of E.V. Knights, THE FOURTH WHORE. This book reminded me so much of the DARKSIDERS video game series because it takes on classical biblical archetypes and spins them in new and interesting ways. If you’ve ever wanted to consume the four horsemen of the apocalypse mythos through a feminist lens - this book is for you. Badass women. Sex. Gore. Lot’s of sex and gore.

I love when writers flip classic stories against the grains
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Angie
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can find my full review (and others) here:
https://mediadrome.wordpress.com/2020...

This book is not for the faint of heart. It’s gory, it’s graphic, and it deals with a lot of traditionally tough subjects, but I loved every single word of it.

It does however contain some potentially triggering passages, so if CWs are your bag, please know that this book contains instances of rape, torture, loads of sex, lots of death, and acts of terrorism. Did I miss anything? I feel like I might have missed
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Brooklyn Ann
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fantasy
I received a copy of the paperback to review. The writing style was clear and engaging. All of the characters were layered and flawed. Sariel, the angel of death, was fascinating with his powers, vulnerabilities, and tragic history. There were times when I was frustrated with his less than smart decisions. Same with Kenzi, our protagonist who befriended Sariel when she watched him take her brother's soul.

Lilith nearly stole the show, both with her lush and agonizing back story and her present q
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Alex Gray (gray__pages)
Thanks so much to Raw Dog Screaming Press for providing me with an ARC for review.

When I read the synopsis of THE FOURTH WHORE, I was very interested because it sounded unlike anything I’ve ever read. I’ve been looking to branch out of my comfort zone and this sounded like a great way to do that. Unfortunately, it was not the book for me.

This is a retelling of the biblical Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse. Instead of the Four Horsemen, it’s Lilith’s Four Whores. I will say, this story is a batsh
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Kimberly
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a thrilling (and gory) revenge tale, then this is the book for you.  EV has a great skill in defining gristly scenes of violence and creepy environments (like Sheol).  You’ll hear me say often that it’s hard for a book to make me cringe, and this book made me cringe more than once (which is impressive).  

The book has some very interesting concepts.  The concept of Death personified and having sympathy; the images of Sheol which were scarier than I’d ever imagined it to be;
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