Title: The Beauty
Author: Aliya Whiteley
Page Length: 104 pages
Synopsis: Somewhere away from the cities and towns, a group of men and boys gather around the fire each night to listen to their stories in the Valley of the Rocks. For when the women are all gone the rest of your life is all there is for everyone. The men are waiting to pass into the night.
The story shall be told to preserve the past. History has gone back to its aural roots and the power of words is strong. Meet Nate, the storyteller, and the new secrets he brings back from the woods. William rules the group with youth and strength, but how long can that last? And what about Uncle Ted, who spends so much time out in the woods?
Hear the tales, watch a myth be formed. For what can man hope to achieve in a world without women? When the past is only grief how long should you hold on to it? What secrets can the forest offer to change it all?
Discover the Beauty.
“There are two types of understanding in this world. There’s the kind that comes from the reading and the hearing, and it doesn’t penetrate the skin. It is surface knowledge, like a soft blanket that can be placed over the shoulders. And then there’s the understanding that comes from doing. That kind of understanding is not soft. It is water that soaks into the rocks and earth, and makes the seeds grow. It is messy, and painful, and impossible to hold.”
― Aliya Whiteley, The Beauty
Why did I chose this book?
Hmm, well I think my ranty review pretty much explains why I’d recommend this book for this year’s HauntoberFest challenge.
There are certain levels of disturbing that most people can handle… and there’s this messed up shit. (Understand, I’m complimenting the book, not putting it down. I’m just being COMPLETELY HONEST that it is WEIRD AS FUCK.)
A truly thought-provoking read.
This tiny, unassuming book will throw you for a loop. Mark my words.
What I love/like about it:
- While being quite disturbing, it actually made a great deal of sense. (If you don’t get it, then perhaps come back in a few years and look at it with fresh eyes. I assure you the level at which this book deconstructs gender is mind boggling.)
- Body horror. Nuff said.
- Like with Uzumaki, it’s about something that should LEGIT NOT be terrifying. ‘Cept it is — at least in this horror story.
- The characters. Even when they fuckin pissed me off.
- That it left me with a discussion long after I had finished reading it. I honestly wanted to DISCUSS it with other people. (Which was TERRIBLE considering that when I first read it, it was an ARC, so most people didn’t even know it existed yet, much less read it. T______T)
Warnings or Triggers
All kinds of disturbing. Imma leave it at that.
ALTERNATIVE TITLES FOR THE DAY
Today’s alt!titles are filled with all manner of disturbing, body infesting horrors to keep you up at night. I hope you weren’t planning on eating that mushroom soup…