Cravings by D.E. McCluskey
Sarah Todd doesn’t believe in cravings. She’s pregnant and determined to live the next seven months giving the baby all they nutrients it needs to grow into a healthy baby boy, or girl.
The baby, however, has other plans.
How far is she willing to go to succumb to her… CRAVINGS?
From the dark mind of D E McCluskey, author of CRACK and The Twelve, comes this disturbing novelette.
The baby must have what the baby needs…
Well, where to begin? I’ve read McCluskey’s superb Jack the Ripper / time travel mash up Time Ripper and thoroughly enjoyed it. All I knew about Cravings was that it fell under extreme horror and gore doesn’t phase me so I had assumed it was perhaps a cannibalism tale. It was unlike anything I’ve read before, but kept me wanting to read on despite feeling a little nauseous (I had to take a break during the final scene!). As always, McCluskey’s writing is excellent and Cravings is an entertaining tale for sure.
A sick twisted mess of a rabbit hole... and I mean that in the best way possible
Anyone Else Hungry After This?
Pickles, raw meat, even toilet paper, I've heard of some peculiar cravings experienced by pregnant women. For Sarah, her impulsive craving for a burger on the way home from an ultrasound was only the beginning. She doesn't discover the true meaning of craving until she rushes to the bathroom after devouring that meal. McCluskey hits us with a barrage of revolting set pieces devoted to Sarah fulfilling her new and increasingly disgusting cravings from that point on. We're unable to turn away as we witness the vile, superbly detailed filth unfolding before us until everything in the first-time mother's life spirals out of control as she desperately seeks to provide her unborn child with what it needs. The best part is that none of this feels like shock and revulsion simply for the sake of creating something gross. There's something more behind the mischievous and perverse imagination on display here. McCluskey manages to make us question things along the way. How far will a parent go to provide what they believe their child needs from them? How much willpower and control does one have in reserve when faced with an overwhelming, all-consuming impulse like a pregnancy craving? How hard is it to clean certain substances out of one's clothing after ravenously digging into a truly messy meal? I hope I never have the answers to any of these questions, and I dearly hope that McCluskey's answer to the first two questions is not what we discover in these pages.
As a man, I can relate to the truth behind this story about a pregnant woman 100%. It is about time a man told things like they are!
In his book, Cravings, Dave McCluskey takes the first step towards removing the stigma around something that is so natural in nature, and yet we pretend, even to ourselves, that it doesn't come natural to us. In this bit of propaganda, Sarah Todd's unborn child craves that which is taboo, and as she comes face to face with the reality we all deny, and she forces us to face our own cravings. Not only that, but she shows us the dangers of what can happen if we deny our natural urges for too long. I highly recommend this book. EVERYONE should read it. It is not an easy read, and there are parts that might turn your stomach, but there is a lesson to be learned, and it is well worth the price of admission (99 cents).
Gag Reflex Anyone, Anyone
Extremely graphic and gross. Cravings takes you on a dark joy ride towards something that might make you close the book, undress, step into a scolding hot shower and rethink your choices. Which means this book hits and hits hard and I loved it all.