Saturday, August 19, 2017

Secrets of the Weird by Chad Stroup

Great book! This book is crazy awesome! I was hooked by the characters, the sounds, and the smells. You don't just read this book,  you experience it. If I'm being honest, it's a great experience. This book blew me away. This year I have opened up to new authors and new subject material. This book delivers at the right time! The LGBTQ  community should be represented more in horror. 

Trixie is the hero of Secrets of the Weird. She lives in a city called Sweetville. Trixie was born in the wrong body. She was born a male, but never identified as male. Trixie is a transgender woman. She wants to finalize her transformation. I was wondering what the cool book cover was all about. Trixie goes through hormone therapy, and she has the body of a girl, save for the male parts she has to tuck away between her legs. 

We get a glimpse of Trixie's past through her journal entries. I think the author did an excellent job of giving the reader the much-needed details of what Trixie has gone through and what she continues to go through. The reader experiences what Trixie experiences. It is hard to believe that this is a debut by this author. 

Secrets of the Weird is filled with rock bands, neo-Nazis, the newest drug called Sweet Candy, club kids, drag queens, punks, prostitutes, and a peculiar cult. 

Trixie falls in love with a rocker named Christopher. Everything would be flawless, but he doesn't know about Trixie's secret. So, she tries to save her relationship. She is enticed by a back-alley surgeon named Julius Kast and the Withering Wyldes. Christopher's racist ex-lover is trying to tear their relationship apart. I will stop there because I don't want to give too much away.

I enjoyed reading the commercial breaks. I feel like they add an extra layer that enhances the book. The story unfolds well and the characters are fleshed out. The characters are relatable and they feel real. I'm a sucker for good dialogue and Chad Stroup delivers. That ending is crazy! I hope the author expands on the world of Sweetville. 

You can grab a copy here.

I highly recommend this book to fans of horror!

5/5 stars!

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