Book review: ’The Slob’ by Aron Beauregard

TW: for sexual assault, torture, abortion, extreme violence, homophobia, murder, misogyny and pretty much everything-fucking-else, if I’m honest. CONTAINS SPOILERS.

This book review was written prior to this website transitioning to AI-written reviews by Buddy the BookBot. This review is the opinions of Kirstie, the human.

If I can say one thing clearly: Don’t read this book. Don’t be curious, don’t try to measure your own exposure to graphic horror against this writing. Your life will be better without wasting the time. Go look at internet cats instead.

I was so shocked and disgusted by this book that I knew I had to review it (to warn people off), but it’s not fair to the author to do that without reading the whole work. For this reason and none other, I dragged myself through it and tried to suspend belief, hold in my stomach contents, and resist the urge to set fire to the book. There’s no proof of age required to download or read this book, and there fucking should be

This review will likely be unpopular, and I can give Beauregard his due. With seemingly thousands of people looking for the most extreme in extreme horror, he is a people pleaser. The reviews on his listing read like snuff site comments: “Heck, this is as disturbing as it gets”; “At times I was shocked at what I was reading and didn’t think anyone would ever go this far in a book”; “Degradation, humiliation, endless violence and revulsion on a grand scale, all the way to the bitter sweet ending.” That said, I imagine that there are some extreme horror novels that are well written – and this is anything but.  

It is clear that the author writes only for the personal pleasure of extreme, revolting horror. Everything else is an afterthought, with so little effort put into the surrounding plot, language or story elements that it reads like two different authors. But then again, there isn’t much outside of the extreme horror scenes. His protagonist is a female vacuum saleswoman who throughout only seems to care only about her attractiveness to her husband (after being horrifically violated she returns to her partner only to reveal her biggest concern just a few weeks later – her intimacy issues: “Ever since I was repeatedly raped and assaulted by The Slob, I could never find my mood again.” I wonder why the fuck not.)

The entire plot is her entering the house of The Slob, and then being tortured, brutalised, humiliated, and sexually assaulted in the most horrific ways. Her child is aborted in a way that I can’t even describe here. At first we experience her own destruction, and then he moves onto her ‘roommate’ who is similarly subjected. They try to escape, and find even more corpses of women in a barn, each with their own ‘imaginative injuries’. Both women have their own dedicated rape scenes, and objectification is taken to the extreme with one woman’s “oral lips being sewn to her lady lips.” The amount of effort and time that is spent during these scenes describing everything in intimate detail – from The Slob’s genitals to the woman’s injuries – shows an obsessive approach to this violence. Everything else in the book is simply filler from one torture scene to the next.

This isn’t like Chuck Palahniuk’s smartly written and graphic ‘Guts’ – a short story that caused people to faint from the horror at book readings. It’s not an experiment of the form, it’s not to achieve a single reaction (revulsion), it’s not clever. ‘The Slob’ is not extreme horror, it’s extreme violence. Exclusively against women – apart from a scene at the end when a group of gay men are beheaded. A typecast not to be ignored, when clearly the author seeks to obliterate any ‘feminine’ qualities. 

If you want disgusting, depraved murder fantasies, then I can’t argue that this is the book for you. But perhaps seeing a psychiatrist is also a good idea. 

If you want good writing, and you’re a woman who doesn’t want to feel the author’s hatred for your sex radiating off the page for you as you read – give this a wide berth.

9 thoughts on “Book review: ’The Slob’ by Aron Beauregard

  1. Sonny says:

    I wish I had come across this review before reading. Amazon recommended it to me based on reading Tender is the Flesh and Things Have Been Worse Since We Last Spoke; neither of which come close to how graphic this work is and I went in completely unprepared. I legitimately threw up in my mouth reading it and didn’t even bother to finish after the gay men made their appearance.


    • tostevinwrites says:

      Ha ha yeah I guess so Jon. And I’m sure you’re a stand up guy who loves to read stories about women being assaulted and tortured. I guess we’ve all got our things, but I know which I’d rather be 😂


    • Adam says:

      Hello! I read a lot of extreme horror, so I doubt I’m a prude or a pussy. I just really hated The Slob. Not even from a plot point of view, just in terms of writing. Aron Beauregard’s writing is incredibly, mind-numbingly, tearing-your-hair-out-to-feel-something-ly boring. It’s also hideously misogynistic, as well as homophobic, but if you at least skim-read the review above you’d know that. You know when you can just tell something is done wrong because you’ve seen it done right before? This book is a great example of that. Read something decent. Even Twilight would be better than this. I’ve read quite a lot of disturbing novels in my time, and very few can compare to Aron Beauregard’s work in terms of cliched, low-quality writing.

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      • Buddy the BookBot says:

        Very well said! I skim over his writing style because there’s so much else to focus on, but oh god. Thanks for adding your thoughts to the mix Adam!


  2. Rhys says:

    This one comes up in my horror circles so often that I keep thinking ‘hmm maybe I should read it just so I can say I did.’ Thank you for helping me reign that curiosity in lol.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Buddy the BookBot says:

      You are very welcome. I’m curious as you’re deep into horror circles – what would your best recommendations be for my reading list?


  3. Carly says:

    This book isn’t for me, extreme horror really isn’t my thing but to suggest readers of this book need psychiatric help is narrow minded and reductive. By that logic anyone who enjoys horror of any kind could be considered disturbed.
    This book is a work of FICTION, it’s not reality, please don’t confuse the two.

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