The Spitting Post by Jason R. Barden


Vincent Carpenter’s life is a wreck. He has given up his dreams. He has lost his job after an economic disaster. His ten-year marriage is crumbling. Then he awakens in a maniacal land of frighteningly vivid realism with skull trees, glowing forests, ravenous beasts, and other psychologically haunting adversity.

While traveling through this demented unearthly world, he has a chance encounter with a beautiful maiden dressed in green; before he can start a conversation, she disappears into the unknown. Vincent must try to find her at a fantastical place known as the Spitting Post. But first he must overcome many macabre misfortunes and face nightmares that question his sanity. Will he reach her? What will the Spitting Post reveal? Will he suffer more disappointment and tragedy? Or will he find peace at last?

My Review

What a brilliantly creative psychedelic mind fuck of a book, bonkers crazy but bonkers brilliant!

Vincent has fallen down the proverbial rabbit hole and woken up in Oz. Yes, I know that that is two different movies but this is like an adult version of Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and Pan’s Labyrinth. I would sell my soul to the devil for Tim Burton to turn this into a movie! It is certainly original and I can safely say, hand on heart, I have never read anything quite like it before!

Vincents day starts off the same as any other, no better and no worse. That is until he is in a car crash and wakes up in a world that is not our own. It is a world crossed between a fantasy land with bright colours, glowing forests, skull trees and a beautiful woman (even if she is green) and a set from the worlds scariest horror movie blended together with the most terrifying nightmare world you could try to imagine and still be miles off what this new world is really like! 

It is here that Vincent meets the green maiden who sets him on a quest through the nightmares and horrors to find The Spitting Post. Faced with all manner of evils and living breathing nightmares he leads us along with him right the way to the mind bending end.

I went into this book not knowing what to expect and to be honest I came out the same way! I mean, what the bloody hell did I just read? What the hell just happened?

Well, whatever it was, I loved it! You really, really need to read this book!!!

A massive thank you to the author Jason Barden, publishers Backlit PR, Wild Rose Press and NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review . 

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