You Will Be Consumed by Nikolas P. Robinson
While investigating a series of peculiar and unsettling deaths in Denver, two deeply flawed detectives learn there might be no salvation for any of us.
Oh, Nikolas P. Robinson, we need to talk. I have a HUGE bone to pick with you. I listened to You Will Be Consumed and I hope you have news of a sequel because you cannot leave an old lady like me with a cliffhanger like that! Think of my old, frail heart, Nik! Think of my poor children and how they may have to tell their children that Nik Robinson killed their award winning* Mother from a cliffhanger. Is that the legacy you want? This novella was amazing from beginning to end! Why did I wait so long to dive into this? Strip clubs, crooked cops, weird ass kids, penises getting bit off!? All my favorite things. TWCY seriously is perfection. The world building and flawed characters were my favorite parts. Why haven’t you picked this one up? ! Go! Go, pick this up! *award winning - Worst Parent in the Tristate area 5 years and counting.
Wow. Bleak much? This is the perfect mix of slow burn dread, and WTF body horror. Imagine if David Cronenberg made a hybrid of Seven and The Twilight Zone. The two central characters are deftly drawn, their relationship especially giving the story a genuine human element. Robinson wisely leaves the details of the antagonists vague, focusing more on the hopeless situation they present. The unknown, and unknowable, are always much scarier. Gore and depravity aren't the name of the game here, menace and unease are, and are done superbly. Highly recommended.
If X-Files was XXX rated, this story would have been a great episode! Love the story, great idea.
You Will Be Consumed reads like a modern day Lovecraft story, but with a bit more umpf. Right away, the reader is thrown into scene after scene of the phenomena that is plaguing the city of Denver. The act of consuming is a major theme throughout the story, from the atrocities committed against innocent people, to the act of indulging into drugs and sex. Robinson does a hell of a job orchestrating every piece of this story towards this theme. You Will Be Consumed delves into Cosmic and Extreme horror to weave this unforgettable tale, but even reader’s not accustomed to these genres will still find enjoyment within these pages. The ending, especially the final couple of pages, give an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and resignation that gives the book an ending that will leave the reader thinking about it after the fact.
The title is appropriate to both the story itself and its impact on the reader. You Will Be Consumed by Nikolas P Robinson will consume you. It will consume your time once you pick it up because you can’t put this page-turner down again, and it will consume your mind while you read it. And after. For days. Robinson has written a daring story where the absence of a truly likeable character seems entirely intentional. The author slaps you mercilessly with the dark duality of human nature, and the “good guys” … well … aren’t. This disturbing funhouse-style mirroring of society and social norms combined with the in-your-face Extreme Horror nature of the story puts You Will Be Consumed firmly in the horror subgenre of Splatterpunk. Oh yes. Splatterpunk. Robinson is brutally graphic and unapologetically crosses boundaries with this tale. It’s impactful, unsettling, and a bit stomach-churning at times. But this is not a slasher story waxing philosophical about society. No. It has an underlying cosmic horror premise. The combination is twisted, suspenseful, and quite satisfying. By the way, the cover is a tease. It is apropos, but not definitive of the entire story. Fans of Extreme Horror and Splatterpunk will enjoy Nikolas Robinson’s brazen style and audacious story. With its dark humor and darker content, this is a fantastic read.