Necrophilia Variations Paperback – 31 Oct 2005
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“Why would anyone want to have sex with a corpse? Because it’s there. Because it’s different. Because you can. Because you’re curious. Because you don’t know until you try.”
The basic theme of Necrophilia Variations is that of necrophilia. Like Ronseal, this book does what it says on the packet. It is a collection of short chapter-esque stories that sometimes interlink all focussing on the taboo topic of sex with the dead.
Honestly, I found this book all a bit stupid. It was like it tried to be shocking but then decided to that the best way to be shocking was to normalise the act of sex with cadavers and then become blasé, to throw the term and the action round. It almost tried too hard and lost momentum when the shock value wore off. I am not sure if this is because I approached the book expecting to be blown away by its forbidden subject matter and therefore was just numb to the often repetitive descriptions but it just didn’t live up to the promise that it could have held.
Admittedly, I did find the discussion in one of the later chapters rather amusing when the ectoplasm of a ghost was likened to spiritual lubricant – ‘sperm from the after world’. That was quite entertaining but overall the book just didn’t do it for me…which I suppose is a good thing given that the major theme within its pages is necrophilia. Quite frankly, it is two hundred pages of my life that I am never getting back.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Admittedly, with it's intimate investigation into the connections between eroticism and death I don't see it sitting well with most of the public. The short stories can be confronting, but I never found the work vulgar or grotesque.
Read this with your mind turned inward and you will be surprised, and maybe a little disgusted.
That's the fun of self discovery. Sometimes it's not fun at all.
I almost feel bad for having submitted such a badly written review. Oh well.
This book seems to have generated a surprsing amount of publicity about the internet but have a look around, there are plenty of more deserving works wallowing in obscurity.