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Boys’ Night: An Extreme Horror by Matt Shaw & Wrath James White (2017) Review

In this short tale of brutality, feisty feminist blogger Emily must fight a group of rapists in her home without losing the upper hand on the situation or losing grasp on what is right and what is wrong.  Spoilers are present!

The Nitty Gritty: I felt that the focus was on the irrationality of hateful feminists that the author(s) may or may not have encountered in real life, but rather have read or heard about from the internet. About half way through the story, there’s an evident shift in both power and roles of the antagonists and protagonist (if there ever really was one.) With that being said, the men become the victims without having their past actions once be criticized or inspected, much unlike our character Emily, who was analyzed and presented to be flawed right out the bat and was continually held under the microscope of morals even to the end of the book. Her transition from victim to attacker seemed to be one big lesson about why women shouldn’t hate men or be femi-nazis because it’ll turn you into a monster (figuratively or literally) like poor Emily here. Even Sandra, her girlfriend and the dubiously appointed “model feminist student” rolled out some speech about how she’s undoing all the work they’ve done for their cause and how she’s misrepresenting her community. Emily is obviously in the wrong here; harboring unhealthy feelings and hate for all men, not just those who have wronged her, hurting those who have wronged her, and developing a psychosis that her blood lust is indeed a noble cause. But she just was attacked and nearly raped; you’d think the proclamation of “you’re a shitty lesbian” could have waited until later on.

However, as Emily’s opening dialogue mentioned, why aren’t we teaching men not to rape, rather than teaching women how to prevent rape? Why weren’t the gang of brutal rapists in this story shown in a revealing light like Emily? Where was the morality lesson for them? Instead, the reader is subjected to them raping and murdering a woman before attacking Emily; all while calling them bitches, sluts, whores, and skanks. Then one by one they meet their ends, deservedly, for their crimes.  I can only suppose that there was no resolution for their crimes within themselves because they were just doomed, tainted men from the beginning and the authors didn’t really need to show that since they were presented as scumbags from the beginning. It would have been nice to not only read of Emily’s revenge, but for at least one of the men be reprimanded for their constant insulting and viciousness during the revenge, by the characters or the authors. Not once did I read anything about why these men were corrupt or how their existence in this society is damaging and toxic. I only read why angry, out of control women were damaging.

It’s an easy read in terms of language; it’s more focused on the looming message rather than an overly complex story or mystery. It’s a stand alone work but it could also be in an anthology of similar work. Read time is just over an hour for faster types.

Now for the gore of Boys’ Night- it couldn’t have been better. The rape scene was as horrifying as one wouldn’t want to imagine. The victim’s point of view was limited to only the first part of it and it may have resonated more with readers had we been able to follow her thoughts to the end of her role. The reveal of Emily’s locked room was reminiscent of Seven scenes in all the best ways. It was a real treat to see a punishment fitting of the crime when it comes to this subject matter, as film and television are truly limited to what it can show audiences. Emily’s final act with Paulo was depraved and sickening, even more so that the readers knew well by then that Emily had done it before and actually enjoyed it very much. Well executed and all the descriptors stuck with the vision and didn’t let the action waver a bit.

Long Story Short (Too Late): For clocking in at 91 pages, Boys’ Night Out: An Extreme Horror can be a short, not so easy ready. The subject matter is of rape, torture, and murder, so please don’t try and unnerve yourself on a spooky Friday night alone. This is not spooky, this is not fun. This is disturbing and the content should not be taken with a grain of salt. However, while the story line revolves around the hot topic of feminism and the overt opinions of it, the brutality and the sadistic actions of the characters fits comfortably on the shelves of the extreme horror genre.

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