by Mathew Babaoye
My rating: 2 stars
Publication Date: February 10, 2016
Publisher: Mathew Baboye
Genre: Paranormal Horror
Print Length: 296 pages
Available from: Amazon
“The Rage was transformative. Few appreciated the emotion like he did. Most feared it. But not him, not anymore. He fed it lesser emotions like sadness and fear, to grow it…
His psychiatrist would never understand.”
Damon’s life sucks. His parents ditched early, his few friends are thoughtless meatheads only concerned with partying and bullshit, his job is a sales nightmare, and his home is a shithole apartment in the gutter district. Although: he at least has a loving, gorgeous girlfriend… whose mother hates him, and whose abusive ex won’t let go.
So how does Damon deal with all of it? The rage. Using the emotion as fuel to power him through his days, a constant source of energy for the rough road of his life. Always there to keep him warm in the cold, dependable in its intensity…
Until the rage begins to act of its own will, and changes him in ways that neither he, nor anyone else, could have ever imagined.
The Rage by Mathew Babaoye
Dark, raw and gritty, THE RAGE by Mathew Babaoye is a dark and murky tale of one man as he devolves into a less than human monster. Is this a metaphor for personal rage that grows within the unhappy, the dissatisfied, those who feel they deserve more than they have?
Damon clearly finds nothing positive in his life. Sure, he has a girlfriend who loves him, but even their relationship is shadowed in his mind by her mother, who hates him. He feels he excels in his job and doesn’t get the rewards he feels he earns. His apartment is in a bad part of town, pretty much life sucks.
His response to life is to fuel a hidden rage that manifests in his mind and overflows into his life, his actions, and his reactions. Is there more to the changes that he sees in himself?
Murky and chaotic, being in Damon’s brain is almost painful. Perhaps as a matter of setting the atmosphere, there is excessive vulgarity, which, to be honest, isn’t even original or varied.
In the end, I had to feel bad for Damon, and yet, I wondered just how much was of his own doing? Did he become a monster through his uncontrolled rage or did the rage he manufactured to blame his circumstances come from somewhere else?
A huge potential for a horrifically dark, psychological horror tale just fell short for me through lack of real depth.