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The Resurrectionist

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,223 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Dale has the miraculous ability to heal and raise the recent dead. But he's also insane. When he uses his power to brutally kill the woman next door, night after night, no one will believe her impossible story, so it's up to her to find a way to end the living nightmare.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Leisure Books (first published 2009)
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Aug 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
Welcome to another edition of: good concept, poor execution. And when I say poor--I mean kill-it-with-fire-BAD. Really, The Resurrectionist by Wrath James White should be used in writing classes as a cautionary tale. Authors, beware: this is how NOT to write a book.

I came to The Resurrectionist by way of its film counterpart, Come Back to Me. I’m a big horror fan and while the movie isn’t groundbreaking, it’s entertaining. The book….not so much. Bibliophile blasphemy, I know. As previously
Nov 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-novels
My best novel so far!
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
Wrath James White starts us off into the world of The Resurrectionist by vividly exploring a scene where a young boy listens intently from outside his parents’ bedroom door as they fight. The boy continues to listen as his dad beats up his mom and he even listens as his dad kills his mom. Then he decides to call the cops. Once the cops arrive, even more chaos takes place as the boy is escorted out to a cop car and the cops go in to see what has taken place. He watches them one by one stagger ...more
Angel Gelique
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up...

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Imagine waking up from a vivid dream in which you've witnessed your spouse's throat getting slit moments before being raped and killed by your creepy neighbor. And imagine seeing the evidence of bloodshed all over your sheets. What would you think? Just a nightmare, right? After all, how can you be dead one minute and alive the next?

For one loving couple, Sarah and Josh, the "nightmares" begin happening shortly after the arrival of their very creepy new neighbor, Dale.
Glenn Rolfe
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was part of the Leisure Book Horror Club.
It was a nail-biting, oh my God, NO! type of book. I was on the edge of my seat, talking out loud, pacing the rooms as I read it. When I finished, I tore it up and threw the book in the trash. Honest to God. I hated the ending so much that I didn't want anyone ever reading it again.
It wasn't until a few years later when I was talking to someone about the book that I realized how much impact the story had on me. I got wound up all
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book.

After I read it, the first thing I did was google the author. I figured only an old white man could write such weird shit but I was surprised it was a tough lookin' black dude. Interesting.

Dale has the ability to bring people back from the dead. And he takes advantage of this "power" by killing & resurrecting whoever he wants.

Maybe I'm screwed up but I would have preferred reading about him fucking more old detectives' nasal cavities then I would have
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty messed up book. Gruesome vile and horrific. Kind of poor middle spoiled it from being a 5 star.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This must be one of the craziest books I have ever read.I can understand why some readers would hate it,would throw it in the trash,hell,even burned it.But this novel has enormous strenght and the ending will knock your socks off.The Resurrectionist has many flaws like plot structure(Dale's childhood parts would work better as flashback chapters)and Dale,the titular Resurrectionist could be a little more fleshed out.But writing is excellent.So good it reminded me of works of the great Jack ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Outerspace Andrea
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of twisted gory sadistic horror
Shelves: horror-thrillers
First off, I have to say the first thing that caught my interest was the highly original story premise, and the book delivered in that department. This book is genuinely creepy, and after finishing it all I could think was "wow" with a mix a shock and horror. There is imagery this book created in my head that I don't think I will ever be able to forget, and some of it I would like to, because it is that gross. Without giving any details away, the ending is absolutely frightening by its ...more
Feb 09, 2010 rated it liked it
It is my opinion that what makes Wrath James White's The Resurrectionist so good, as with all great books, are the characters. Josh and Sarah are like real people, and I cared about them and didn't want to witness the terrible things that happen to them after Dale, a serial killer with a unique gift to resurrect the dead, moves in across the street.

Dale, who uses his power to fulfill his darkest desires, thinks that Sarah is perhaps one of the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, so he seeks
Rena Mason
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I will remember and talk about this book for years to come. It is the only horror I've ever read that had me on the verge of nausea, and that's quite a feat.

The storyline was great, and once I got started, it was hard to put down. Living in Las Vegas myself, I could really see and relate to many of the places, but the story was written well enough that even if you didn't live in Vegas, you felt like you did.

It was a about a young couple who get a new, creepy neighbor. One of the main
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
This was one demented, gory, disgusting book. Which can be a good thing, it is in the same vein as Edward Lee's work. Rape, perversion, incredible amounts of graphic violence, that sort of thing...definitely takes a strong stomach to get through. Despite the main characters who are so ridiculous and cliche...huge neanderthal like man and his kind of annoying money hungry nympho of a wife...the book was a pretty compelling read in a way that's a horrible car crash can be compelling. Killer ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
If I could give this a zero rating I would. The premise sounded interesting, which is why I picked it up, but I don't want to read about a woman being stabbed whilst being raped (graphically) on and on in the first chapter, let alone in later chapters. Besides, the writing is complete rubbish. Somebody give this guy a Thesaurus and a Dictionary. No, better yet, somebody give this guy a job doing something else because he sure as hell ain't a writer.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise - a young married woman wakes from dreams that she's been sexually assaulted and killed by her neighbor - time after time. Is it real? A nightmare? Can she convince her husband - the police - herself?
Great idea that may have dragged a little too long. Saw some scenes that I hadn't found in other books, including the ending.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is merciless: it takes you in sick, twisted ways you'd never thought you'd read. While Stephen King goes for the psychological aspects of a story, Wrath James White goes for the visceral, and makes you horrified, disgusted, scared and angry, just as the characters are. An AMAZING read that is TRULY out of the box, but be warned: it is VERY graphic!
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I've been reading Wrath James White for years, from his collaborations with Monica O'Rourke and J.F. Gonzalez to his latest team-up with Maurice Broaddus on Orgy Of Souls. My favorite book, so far, has been Teratologist, written with gore king Edward Lee. I was delighted to see that White's short story collection, The Book Of A Thousand Sins, is just as strong as his long form writing. And while I wasn't a huge fan of his last novel, Succulent Prey, it was an enjoyable read but was hard to ...more
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is Wrath’s long-awaited sophomore Leisure novel, following 2008’s Succulent Prey. As in his first novel, Wrath takes on a challenging and innovative concept: Dale McCarthy, a killer with the ability to resurrect his victims over and over again, moves into a new neighborhood and shortly thereafter one particular neighbor couple, Sarah and Josh Lincoln, is plagued with memories of being killed, an unexplicably bloody mattress, and the like.

The Resurrectionist isn’t the merciless, nonstop
Patrick Hayes
This is a really graphic book. No, really. This would be an X rating for violence and disgusting sex. Give author Wrath James White credit, that's what he's going for. If you can get through the first chapter, you can make it through the book. The premise is simple: a young man with no morals realizes that he has the power to bring the dead back to life. The problem? He enjoys killing things, beginning as a young child, and then bringing them back to life. The novel focuses on a couple he moves ...more
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it

Yikes. This is more horrifying than least for this reader. The gore was over the top and gratuitous. I think that may have been the author's intent. If so, good job.

The ending was a nice surprise. And, geez, the author is one good-looking fella. (The older I get the more shallow I get. One of the perks of aging, I guess.)

The book has an interesting plot. Dale, a wimpy puff of a man, has the ability to bring people back from the dead. This allows him to rape, torture, and murder at
Jan 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book. I hated all of the characters, they were not well developed, and while I am a fan of explicit brutality, the amount of time spent on the sexual brutality in this book was excessive even for me. Had the rest of the story had as much time spent on it, it could have been a solid book. It had a great concept.

The characters were all superficial, so much so that it made me wonder how much of it might be the author's own shallowness showing through, or if it was just really
Eric Guignard
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
REVIEWED: The Resurrectionist
WRITTEN BY: Wrath James White
PUBLISHED: December, 2009

Wild, original idea that is not for the feint of heart - violent with descriptive scenes of torture and sex. However, if you don't mind these things, the book is great! It took me a bit to really get into the plot - I kept "guessing" what was going to occur and expecting mediocrity. However, the author caught me every time with twists in the plot and really blew me away by the ending. Definitely recommend!
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was totally blown away with how good this story was.... amazing concept/idea and fantastic characters.
gripped from the first page and riveted to my seat until I finished... could not put this down.
Monsters? made, born, nurtured, this gives all dimensions...
The descriptions of horror is amazing, so brutal yet said in such a matter of fact way you often read twice to make sure you got it!
Wrath has a style of writing that just flows over you, shivers up the spine and then slaps you on the head.

The Grim Reader
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wrath delivers the goods

buckets of blood. Horrific murders, and the creepiest character ever. If you like horror, you will love Wrath James White. Top, Top shelf. Enjoy.
Mark Hodder
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Score 1 star because the characters do really dumb things; score 1 star because the middle section slumps badly; score 1 star because there are a few instances of failed editing, but score 4 stars because I enjoyed this immensely. It's sick and visceral, and there's a place in horror for that. I like it when boundaries get pushed. I like it when a novel has me raising an eyebrow and--about the author-- thinking, "Dude, get therapy." I like it when horror is properly horrifying. This is. It's ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
In order to represent this book accurately, I would like to share with you a few paragraphs from the novel that I feel represent the entirety of this book perfectly.

Blood poured from Harry's face in a steady down-pour. The ragged hole where Harry's nose had been was now a bleeding crater in the center of the detective's face.
"You ready to talk now, Detective Harry? Or do I have to pull out my c**k and f**k that hole in your face? With all that blood and mucus, I bet it feels just like
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: extreme-horror
You're either going to love it or you're going to hate it . There is no inbetween. I'm one of those people that can read about perversions done to adults and never bat an eye. But harm an animal? No, thanks. And especially kill the same animal over and over again. Nope. No thanks. Not even. Waste of my time.
I could not finish this book. I tried over and over again but then realized that life itself was just too short. The progression of the story was very bad. It felt like I was reading bullet points. Maybe the story picked up but I had no more patience to give. I did like the female character's skepticism when it came to religion but it quickly became a regurgitation of all the atheist talking points. There is nothing in the world worse than a preachy atheist and this is coming from someone who ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
This was a dollar store find last year, finally decided to tackle it and get it off the TBR.
Ugh, I absolutely loathed Dale practically right away. Ok, at first, when the stuff and the things are happening with his mom and dad, ok I was sad, sorry for him. However, he quickly went from a kid who I felt bad for to a horrible, horrible person. At so young an age, he went from a sad little boy to a freakin' evil kid who got his jollies from torturing animals and people. Right then and there, the
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