WTF Friday: Heroin in the Magic Now by Terry M. West

Every once in a while, as the mood strikes me, I like to indulge in those titles that are a bit odd . . . a bit different . . . a bit bizarre . . . and a bit freaky. These are books that don't get a lot of press, and which rarely get any retail shelf space.

They're often an underground of sort of literature, best shared through guilty whispers, and often with embarrassed grins. These are our WTF Friday reads!

Damn! Heroin in the Magic Now is some dark, weird, perverse stuff. It crosses so many boundaries, and obliterates so many taboos, it's hard to determine whether it's genius or just pure filth. The truth is, what Terry M. West has crafted is a bit of both, but it makes for one hell of a read.

Our story is set in a filthy, apocalyptic version of New York City, one where homeless zombies lay sprawled on the sidewalk, just down the street from creepy old vendors selling magical charms, and just around the corner from undead hookers who make the filthiest junkie prostitute of the real world look clean and healthy. It may be infested with monsters, but it's still a city of indifference, where nobody gives a damn about anybody else.

As the story opens, a pair of underground porn producers are meeting with the lead singer of the Bloody Carnivores (an anarcho-punk / extreme metal band) to discuss a promo video for their new album. The first act of the story is all about the making of that post-apocalyptic snuff film. It's actually a very well written bit of fiction, one that captures the very essence of such a disgusting experience with some very dark humor. The film itself stars an insecure young vampire and a prima donna werewolf, with a heroin addict directing, and a towering middle aged transvestite behind the camera.

Of course, any porn film with a surprise snuff ending is likely to have consequences, and the undead aren't too happy with anybody involved . . . even if Gary does agree to work for the other side of the grave and follow up that effort by filming the "Gone with the Wind of zombie porn." No matter how gross, how nasty, or how vile you can imagine that might be, you've still got a long way to go before descending to the true depths of West's perversions.

Heroin in the Magic Now is an incredibly bleak tale, full of monstrous perversions, and saturated sexual gore. It is not, by any means, a tale for weak stomachs or innocent minds. If you're okay with that, it's actually a very well-written slice of grim horror, with an extraordinary effective tone and atmosphere. Each scene is dripping with darkness, with emotions laid bare upon the page. Equally disturbing and powerful, it's a story that won't get the audience it deserves, but which should be appreciated all the more for it.

Paperback, 190 pages
Published August 27th 2014 by Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc


  1. Afraid it's not my kind of read. I don't put stuff like that in my brain. Perhaps the author's next book will be more mainstream.

  2. What do you mean, stuff like that? You haven't read the book so how can you judge. Quite honestly I thought it was a brilliant piece of work and I READ the book!!

  3. This was a great read. I was given an advanced review copy and decided to go in blind without reading the blurb. I am so glad I did as I really enjoyed it. I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise, I tend to avoid zombie stories and I would have missed out on a great book as a result.


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