Cover of "PILATE: A Brutal Bible Tale"

Cover of PILATE: A Brutal Bible Tale

He’s the deacon of the diabolical, the clergyman of carnage, the cardinal of chaos. Bizarro-horror writer (and ordained minister) The Grim Reverend Steven Rage joins “The Authors Speak” to chat about his latest book – The Place In Between – just released through LegumeMan Books. Call in and ask the Rage a question. 9/25/2010 9:00 am (Arizona time) 12:00 noon (Eastern) 1 hr.

By  D. Gorman “Crystalline Structure Moon” – See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Place In Between (Paperback)

Reading steven rage is a little like being a mother who ran out of diapers even though you’re locked in a room with a baby who has been living on nothing but 5-alarm texas chili. sure, there are times when you want to puke, but you can’t help loving the baby anyway. yes, rage is still gruesome, sickening, twisted, gross, horrific, morose, profane, disgusting, morbid, blasphemous, shocking and repugnant. but these are not the only compliments i can bestow upon this promising new author. but we’ll get to that bit later. the 3 short stories that comprise this book are pure rage. the first and last story bring us back to that familiar setting, the harbor. these stories have all the requisite characters and elements that you would expect if you’ve read steven’s earlier work. there are vampire drug lords, addicts, whores, demons that crawl out of people’s rectums, perverted sex and all the dregs of society in the darkest of dark settings and situations. they are well crafted extensions of his earlier work, and there is even an effort to tie some of the stories together. visiting this setting again was a blast! he really did have something to add that was compelling and kept the pages turning as often as it kept your stomach turning. he even threw in a few surprises like an artificially created chimp-man and a sexy chicken or two. the first story relies a lot on the modern street venacular again, while remaining intelligent and creatively devised. the last two stories were not so dependant on modern slang, as the lead characters were not the sort of (shall we say) ‘sludge’ that would need to speak that way. this allows a more clear visage of rage’s ability to exhibit a writing prowess that is more accessible to a wider audience. the harbor stories do give rage fans a lot to be thankful for in expanding the previous stories with bizarre, twisted putridness. yet, my favorite story by far was the title story in this book. that is because rage steps away from the harbor and explores a new setting with a whole new disturbing set of circumstances. i truly believe that if rage continues to grow and expand and explore new horizons (especially in new settings), he can reach his full potential as a great writer. much as before, there is an intelligence to this dude’s work. his gift as a storyteller is being more finely honed in this work. the fact that he has spent time working in a hospital is apparent, and it comes through in his stories. i can honestly say this is my favorite of anything i have read from him thus far. he’s getting dangerously close to getting a 5-star review from me…..and that’s not easy to do when writing something that is so far removed from ‘ordinary literature’. so to sum up…..yes, this has all the disturbing, grotesque, alarming, horrible elements that you’d want to see in 3 strories by rage…it also has all the fine storytelling…..and he is growing and improving as a writer. i recommend this collection of stories, but i also recommend that you (metaphorically) stock up on diapers first. if he keeps expanding his horizons, he will be a supurb voice and visionary for our dark, backward, malevolent times…even if he remains the pessimistic, ignoble saint and demented sick ticket that we all know and love.


The Authors Speak Live: Steven Rage (All You Need To Know)
There are very few writers who can thoroughly disgust you and simultaneously stimulate you intellectually.  Steven Rage is one of those writers, and with his latest book, “The Place In Between”, he’s hit his stride.  This is his style. 

I’m honored to have Rage as our first “live” guest.  We’ve been boasting it all week – the Authors Speak is going live.  There are many reasons for this, but the biggest is we really want the authors to speak to you directly.  It’s one thing to transcribe their words for you.  It’s one thing to recommend their books.  It’s one thing to discuss the validity of reading.  But, you’d rather hear it directly from their mouths, no?

Tomorrow at 12pm (EST), The Authors Speak launches its weekly interview series.  And it’s real simple to navigate.

Step One: Follow the link

Step Two: Listen on your computer or your telephone.  And, if you have a question, simply call in (323) 693-3330 and ask us.

Step Three: If you’re unable to catch it at the time, just podcast the thing and rock n’ roll…there it is on your iPod.
So now you know the deal.  You’re set.  Oh, but you want to know more about the guest.  Okay.

Steven Rage is the author of 3 books: Pilate: A Brutal Bible Tale, You Morbid Westphal, and The Place In Between.  His fiction is horror fiction, but falls into the realm of bizarro.  And, his writing is not for the squeamish.
Tomorrow we’ll be giving out a copy of Rage’s newest book (courtesy of The Authors Speak), so if you’re not familiar with him, you soon shall be.  For everyone else, here’s the Rage Sampler (seen below).

Remember, the Authors Speak because you listen…and tomorrow you shall.  Join us at 12pm.If you’ve read any of Rev.Steven Rage’s fiction before, please chime in this Saturday – 9/25 – and share your thoughts with the diabolical deacon.  Rev. Steven Rage will join us LIVE at 9am (Arizona time) 12noon (EST) on our new blog talk radio show:

It will be a fun time, to be sure.

An Eric Mays (Host of ‘The Authors Speak’) review of The Place In Between, by The Grim Reverend Steven Rage

Sick?  Absolutely.  Genius?  Perhaps.  Rage?  All the way.

We have a certain adoration for Steven Rage at the Authors Speak.  He may be one of the sickest, most twisted writers writing today, but there’s a mad brilliance to his work.  Reading one of his texts is like growing wiser while simultaneously suppressing the urge to vomit.  And, there’s the funny, too.  Rage brings the funny in a big way.

I’m no fan of shorter fiction.  I’m not sure why, and I’m not sure why I feel the need to say that everytime I review a collection.  I guess I say that because it speaks worlds when I do like a collection.  “The Place in Between” is a brilliant collection of some of Rage’s best work to date.  And, if you’re going to do short fiction, at least tie it together.  Steven Rage does this flawlessly.

On the surface, the stories in “The Place in Between” are some classic noir pieces that we’ve heard before.  If you’ve read Rage’s previous works, well, you know the man has a few tricks up his sleeves.  Rage pulls out all the stops to showcase his twisted reality in which these tales take place.  The landscape itself becomes a character of his crazy brain, thus giving these somewhat familiar tales a whole new slant.

“The Place In Between” is the title of the strongest piece in the collection.  Imagine a Fasutian tale that were written and directed by John Waters and David Lynch and you start to gather a little of where Steven Rage’s mind is.  The book feels heavily influenced by both talents – the seedy, dark, weird spliced with the scatological.

Go ahead and order it, folks.  But be warned: this book is disgusting.  You’ll need a strong stomach to handle it.  But the reward and payoff is huge.  It’s not gross for the sake of gross.  It’s dark fiction at it’s finest.

Go ahead and give The Authors Speak LIVE! a listen. Maybe even give us a call and we’ll tawk….no big whoop!
‘click’ here to get yours! Through the sheer shock of his presentation, Rage forces readers to consider the alternatives, to look at the garbage in the streets, to see what is swept into the gutters at night right before all decent people awake to see another cleaned up version of the day.


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