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Penetralia [Kindle Edition]

Jordan Krall
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In the attic of his family home, Philip tortures abducted men in search of enlightenment. Using the knowledge left by his father, the Plague Doctor, he seeks to unlock the secrets of the universe, but weakness of the flesh won’t be ignored. The sordid overtures of his nymphomaniac sister, combined with his own perverse desires, soil his subjects before revelation can be found.
Now the return of Philip’s father is imminent. Judgment is at hand, and if the fate of his mother taught him anything, it’s that one mustn’t disappoint the Plague Doctor.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1368 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LegumeMan Books (26 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADXD60U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #380,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OMG, Krall is a dirty bird! 23 Mar 2013
This book is disgusting. It's so disgusting and entertaining that you'll probably come away psychologically changed, deranged, maddened and horny as hell. But horny for the wrong reasons.

Right now you think, incest, that's cool. But wait until you've read this book. Then you'll think: Eurgh, Krall ruined incest for me. But you won't be mad. You'll be horny. You'll be so horny that you start questioning your own sexuality. And then, you'll probably begint o enjoy those perverse things you never thought you would. Because you will accidentally conflate being sick at disgusting and grotesque imagery with getting a pop-on in your pants or a wet-tart in your panties because one minute Krall is writing about this mad young pair of siblings and their strange experiments, and the next he has the daughter getting all incestuous with her father. Oh god, I am forever scarred by this book. Incest used to be the hip thing in town, and now... now it's tarred with the gore-juice of Krall's dirty mind.

Just, if you like Krall's gross-out stuff, you'll love this one. I know I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars waaooow wird wird wird 25 Aug 2013
By emahe
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This is realy wird ...well for a normal men like me
But somewhere it give you a feeling there is mire behind the word, s and the seen
M going to read it again
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Its all a dream
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5.0 out of 5 stars Follow the Black Valley, Trail of Death 26 Nov 2012
By Joshua M. Myers - Published on
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Without question, I would rank PENETRALIA as Jordan Krall's darkest work to date. Blending gothic horror with spiritual madness and over-the-top scenes of sex and violence, and brimming with dread, abuse, and psycho-sexual fits of insanity, I can't say that this is an easy book to stomach. But it's one you have to get through. Like the best of Krall's work, PENETRALIA grabs hold of you in its first pages and refuses to let go until long after you've finished reading.

The plot concerns a family ripped from an Andy Milligan film. Abusive, psychopathic, hateful and incestuous, Milligan would have wept with joy at the "happy family" on display here. The relationship between the two siblings is simultaneously revolting and fascinating, as is the relationship with their mysterious father.

But I'm afraid that's all I can say without giving too much away. As I've said, this isn't a book for the weak of heart. However, if you enjoy strange, perverse family dramas with a liberal dose of gore and madness, and if you've got a particularly strong stomach, pick PENETRALIA up immediately. It will not disappoint.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and yet strangely compelling 7 Sep 2013
By Sheldon Nylander - Published on
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Okay, we need to get one thing out of the way: The title of this book, "Penetralia," is not actually as dirty as it sounds. The definition is:

1. the innermost parts or recesses of a place or thing.

2. the most private or secret things.

Okay, so you can get your mind out of the gutter.

Okay, now put your mind right back in that gutter.

"Penetralia" by Jordan Krall is a hard book to get your head around. You're constantly slapped around by images of physical and sexual violence, and yet there's a constant promise that there's going to be a grand revelation of wisdom through these actions. The story follows a family who is seeking through violent experiments on unwilling subjects/victims for an ultimate Wisdom as prescribed through ancient texts. The grown-up brother and sister, Philip and Elizabeth, are conducting these experiments on their own in their father's absence, who dresses in a plague doctor costume and is away for unknown reasons but will be returning soon.

Right away, you will realize that it takes a strong stomach to get through "Penetralia." Krall has never shied away from gross and violent gross imagery before. In some books, like "Squid Pulp Blues" for example, he seemed have a strange obsession with characters releasing their bowels at inopportune times. In "Penetralia," Krall has kicked it up more than a couple of notches. Almost from the get go, you're shown that this is a very incestuous family, and that some of the experiments performed on their subjects/victims to reveal the ultimate Wisdom involve extraction and consumption of numerous bodily fluids and substances. Seriously, do not read this right after you've eaten. I have a cast-iron stomach, and even I felt a little queasy after one of the early scenes where Philip consumes one of their subject's vomit.

If you can get past this (or even if these parts were cut out or rewritten), it's not so much a story about torture, murder, and incest, but becomes a story of an extremely dysfunctional family that suffered continual and extreme abuse at the hands of their patriarch. While Philip resents his father for the abuse with every fiber of his being, he still does everything he can to continue his father's work knowing full well that he will never earn his father's approval. Elizabeth, on the other hand, has a case of Stockholm syndrome, loving her father deeply even for or because of the abuse she has suffered, despite knowing in the back of her mind that what she has suffered through was horrible and violent.

This made the book very frustrating. Krall is a great writer, and the prose is brilliant throughout, clean (not counting the gross imagery), and quick to read, even with making you stop to reread something or think about a particular scene carefully. But the imagery felt unnecessary to what would have been a fascinating story, and even distracted from it. The disturbing images felt like they were put in for sheer shock value. In that respect, they do their job well. But the story underneath it is actually very interesting. The story of a dysfunctional family who finally come to terms with the abuse they've suffered and confronting their abuser is actually quite engaging, but it becomes buried in the shock scenes so heavily that it's difficult to see. You practically get two separate books, one for shock value and one for a heartbreaking story, but the two don't mesh well and are constantly fighting for your attention.

Overall, "Penetralia" has some great writing, a potentially powerful story, and vivid if disturbing imagery. I know that Krall has recently moved away from writing bizarro fiction, and "Penetralia" may have been his swan song in the genre. It's certainly a strong and powerful way to bow out, but it was a little too extreme for my tastes. I sort of wish he had bowed out sooner and written "Penetralia" with more focus on the story than the imagery, which based on his False Magic Kingdom series he can clearly do. Don't get me wrong. Krall has a real talent for descriptive imagery and storytelling, but in "Penetralia," those two forces seem to be at war with each other rather than support each other, making it confusing and not my particular cup of tea.

"Penetralia" by Jordan Krall earns 3 plague outfits out of 5.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece! 1 Oct 2013
By MAK - Published on
It doesn't take a whole lot of talent to shock most people, but it does take major talent to shock and awe at the same time. That's exactly what Jordon Krall has done with his book Penetralia. I won't go into the synopsis since you can read it above, but I will say this: Jordan Krall has managed to disgust me, make me laugh and turn me on all at once, and it's because of his beautifully written prose that he accomplishes exactly that. The passages move from sad, to the surreal, to the horrifically pitch black with a finesse not even seen by the great poets. But that's what Penetralia is. POETRY. Jordon Krall never holds back just so you can feel safe. He lets the words walk where they need to so that his story gets told. Jordan Krall is a master of the written word and this book is nothing short of brilliant and beautiful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Imp of the Perverse Resurrected 15 Sep 2013
By Vincenzo Bilof - Published on
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A journey through sexual nightmare and repression, "Penetralia" is an erotic horror story that challenges our perception of perversion to the brink. In stretches, the entire piece reads like a prose poem, with repeated imagery and sensory details which serves to haunt the tormented characters who are helpless against the mental and physical rape of their identities. There's nothing simple about this story's presentation; on its surface is a surreal tale of personal horror and sexual identity crises masterminded by a tyrannical father, but "Penetralia" is a painted design that is not meant to be read on the surface.

I couldn't help but wonder about the prose mechanism; the characters are bombarded with horrors that afflict their five senses, but the manner in which the sexual acts are described is simple and blunt. Forceful and violent, Krall's superimposition of sensation and physicality represent a unique dichotomy which is paralleled by sexual philosophy that is implied rather than described. It's as if Krall suggests that these horrors are nothing new, but are rather ancient in scope, a plague of repression that has spread across the world, only to be cured by the masked "plague doctor" driven by prophetic and messianic principles.

I couldn't help but find myself entranced by a sense of vicious honesty that isolated Krall's characters from the world we think we understand, or want to understand. This is a book that will inspire revulsion and dread; courageous and self-aware people who are comfortable with themselves will find "Penetralia" to be both moving and disturbing, as I did. "Are people like this?" you might wonder about the characters. Deep down, you know the truth is not so difficult to grasp... It's nothing more than a reflection of something personal and secret.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Oedipus complex acted out to its fullest in bizarro land 27 Jan 2014
By Pierre Mathieu - Published on
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When I finished this book, I was left wondering what it was about.
I didn't get it. We learn of a son trying to continue his father's research, but although we find out that it requires human subjects whose lives are gradually and horribly leached from them, we never find out what this research is about. There is a passage with mysticism where the father is consulting with some ancient desert sage but I was left befuddled as to what specifically the father might have learned from this encounter. There are drug induced visions all through for all characters.
Then I realized that none of this really mattered to my understanding of the novel. It was all there to populate the real drama which was the relationship of the father with his daughter and son and the deceased mother. As in classical Oepipus complex theory, the son loves the mother and fantasizes sexually about her, the daughter does the same with the father, the son-father rivalry is there, so is the daughter-deceased mother rivalry. In this novel though, all the incestuous sexual deisres are acted out along with a whole slew of other deviances found in Bizarro works.
Taken from this perspective, the book became a lot more interesting to me.
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