KIN by KEALAN PATRICK BURKE
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Son Luke is deemed to be ‘poisoned’ and therefore lacking in loyalty to his cannibal-crazy family, so he is sewn into his mother’s monstrous dead body. His rebirth is one of those moments I won’t forget!
It reminded me of Doctor Frankenstein’s attempt to create life from pieces of dead bodies and electricity. The monster that’s born is a grotesque and disturbing version of a human.
It’s no surprise to the reader that Luke is reborn, not just traumatised but seeing ‘the light’ about his heinous family, which leads to him killing his dad, the main antagonist, cooking his balls and eating them. A great moment to chew on poetic justice.
It’s great stuff!
Yes, gory. Especially Part One –which also happens to be the strongest part of the novel when this Southern Gothic novel turns slasher, and we are immersed in the violent and gruesome world of Claire, the protagonist.
Kin was published in 2012. I will certainly be reading more by this Bram Stoker award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke for his engaging, descriptive abilities and literary horror.
Other Southern Gothic authors you might try:
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, Toni Morrison and Ania Ahlborn.