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After the loss of a child along with a slew of agonizing misfortunes, Nick and Jess decide to end their lives. Unable to cope with the misery that fills their days, they commit one last act together and die in loving relief. But when Nick wakes up, he soon realizes that death isn't the gentle darkness he expected. Panicked and horrified, he struggles to understand the twisAfter the loss of a child along with a slew of agonizing misfortunes, Nick and Jess decide to end their lives. Unable to cope with the misery that fills their days, they commit one last act together and die in loving relief. But when Nick wakes up, he soon realizes that death isn't the gentle darkness he expected. Panicked and horrified, he struggles to understand the twisted abominations and hellish world he's now trapped in. Driven by desperation and a sudden will to survive, he sets out to find Jess and is unable to cope with the thought of her having to suffer through the terrors this new reality holds. But nothing could prepare him for the nightmares he found...nothing could prepare him for The Black Farm....

Title : The Black Farm
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ISBN : 35396201
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Number of Pages : 324 Pages
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The Black Farm Reviews

  • Bethany | Wraiths and Roses
    2019-03-12 04:45

    The Black Farm by Elias Witherow is…intense. Though there are many words to describe the horror novel, intense is a good basis. The story is told from the first person perspective of a man named Nick, who decided to commit suicide with his wife. He wakes up in a place that he would learn as “The Black Farm,” an afterlife where those who commit suicide are sent to live out their days or feed a monstrous beast known as The Pig.I won’t spend too much time on the synopsis, it is available to be viewed on Amazon or the author’s website (I do believe). The focus of this review is the story and environment overall.The Black Farm, if it were to have trigger warnings, would have just about every one imaginable. Rape, very descriptive torture scenes, gore, and twisted ideals are present throughout the book. We read everything from cannibalism to sawing off arms, people. The book begins with suicide and we only go downhill from there. The description at the beginning states that it “isn’t for the faint of heart,” and that’s not a lie. However, other than a few stomach turning moments I did not find this unreadable. Perhaps I am desensitized to horror novels, but at no point did I have to stop reading. This of course, might differ from person to person.I actually finished this novel in less than 24 hours. I just could not predict the outcome and with each chapter I needed to know more. As far as originality goes, I haven’t read a story like this one. Witherow has shown impeccable world building skill, and I was so intrigued by this place that is said to be only slightly better than hell. I’m sure that’s debatable by the “Suicidals,” who might say that hell cannot possibly be worse than the twisted world in which they’ve awoken. Did I mention that the people damned to The Black Farm, can, (and do) die over and over again by the worst possible fates? Time and time again, I found myself not necessarily scared by the book, though just feeling really bad for the protagonist.So, my rating for this book? I honestly debated a 5-star review, but I am comfortable with a 4-4.5. For me to rate a book 5-stars, the ending has to just blow me away. While this ending was satisfying, it wrapped up just a little too…neatly, for my taste. That being said, there were so many things that I liked about this book. Of course, being that we are dealing with an afterlife, there are slight religious references (heaven and hell) though my heathen self didn’t feel like I was being beat over the head with someone else’s moral compass. This is actually very important to me when it comes to this type of book.After finishing the book, I read a little about the author. He seeks to add something new and fresh to horror, and I think he achieved that with this book. I can whole-heartedly recommend it, though warn that it isn’t for everyone.

  • Jessica Brown
    2019-03-14 09:04

    I cannot rave enough about this book. I've sat on writing this review for a few months now, simply because after reading this, the only thing I could think to say was "what. the. f*ck."As many other readers, I was first introduced to Elias' work through the NoSleep Podcast's masterful reading of his short story "Feed the Pig" (S07E09 - if you're interested in reading this book, I highly recommend you go listen to that first!). Unsettling, shocking, disturbing, are all words too light to describe this story. Let's be clear: I've been a horror/gore fan for as long as I can remember. I've seen/read a lot of weird sh*t, and not a lot phases me anymore. The "Feed the Pig" reading left me sitting in shock at my kitchen table, unsure now of what to do with the cloth nappy I'd been folding, staring blankly at my hands, wondering "what the f*ck did I just listen to?!". When it was announced on that same podcast that Elias had released a full-length novel, and extension of his now (in?)famous story, I couldn't order it fast enough. Someone else pointed out: this book comes with all the trigger warnings. ALL of them. There are moments where I would sit there and physically cringe through the passage I was reading, or otherwise would have to put the book down and go for a walk. This book, at times, actually, physically distressed me. Witherow's descriptive skills are horrifying. He succeeds in creating an image in your head that will stay firmly planted there for ,i>weeks. The author's twitter bio reads "trying my best to breathe new life into the horror genre, one story at a time". This book greatly surpasses that aim. This book is Witherow, à la Dr. Frankenstein, cackling "IT'S ALIIIVE" whlist his monstrous creation awakens. New life into the genre, indeed.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-07 07:58

    I heard Witherow's story Feed the Pig on the No Sleep Podcast, and decided to give The Black Farm a shot. While it's an extremely dark and graphic take on what happens to those who commit suicide, Witherow's writing is fantastic. His descriptions are vivid and chilling. Rather than leaving the reader swimming in a sea of bleakness he leaves us with some, if little, hope of a happy outcome. Definitely worth the read, but also not a book for everyone.

  • Dana Walter
    2019-03-11 06:57

    I wanted to love this book but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. First, the world of the Black Farm is grossly amazing. The horrors there are truly creative. The mythos is fresh and raw and keeps you guessing what terror awaits you as you turn the page. The problem is I can’t get behind the lead character, Nick. He is the epitome of misogynistic hipster douche and since he is the narrator we are stuck with him. His girlfriend, Jess, is a cardboard prop used to propel his story. She is helpless and he is her protector. I don’t know if the author intended for Nick to be so unlikeable but it certainly pulled me out of the story a few times. I’d love to find out the fate of the Pig but and the Farm but told through a different set of eyes.

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-03 07:54

    I've heard several of Elias Witherow's short stories read aloud on The NoSleep Podcast. This includes "Feed the Pig," the short story which spawned "The Black Farm." If you haven't heard the NoSleep Podcast's production of "Feed the Pig," I highly recommend it. It's absolutely brilliant, and I'd love to hear the NoSleep crew adapt "The Black Farm" for audio as well.After Nick and Jess go through with their suicide pact, they wake up on the Black Farm, a nightmarish realm of Hell devoted to those who have committed suicide. The Black Farm is filled with monstrous creatures that find sadistic pleasure in torturing the lost souls unfortunate enough to wind up there. As Nick struggles to find Jess, he decides that he has to find a way to destroy the Black Farm once and for all. While he meets allies along the way, Nick slowly sheds his humanity, becoming more ruthless and brutal in his attempt to defeat the Black Farm. Though he's sickened and distraught by the decisions that he's forced to make in order to survive, Nick pushes himself, determined that the Black Farm's destruction will bring salvation.

  • Erika Wilson
    2019-02-27 08:00

    Good read. A different take on an age old question, what happens after we die. I enjoyed this take on that question.

  • Brad Galloway
    2019-03-11 01:41

    Overall, I really liked the book. It creates a creepy atmosphere that is essential to horror, and it contains scenes of gore that would make Lucio Fulci proud. I do however have some issues I'd like to bring up. First, I didn't really believe how much of a bad ass the main character was. It seemed a bit too much. He didn't really seem to have any misgivings about his actions, whether his threats would really work or not, etc. Second, the character of Jess fell into the stereotyped helpless damsel role, that is so common in horror novels. Stephen King is bad about this as well. She seemed only to exist as a cattle prod to get the main character moving. She didn't have any real agency until the end of the book and even then it wasn't much more than prodding Nick along. Third, I don't believe the ending fit the rest of the book. I won't say anything else to avoid spoilers. Also, I feel there was a large missed opportunity to explore suicide in depth. Sure, we got Trent and Kevin's stories, but I feel like more could have been said. How about if he had run into Kurt Cobain or Alan Turing? Still, $5 well spent. If you are a fan of horror, pick this one up. Oh, and listen to the No Sleep Podcast. That's where I heard about this book.

  • Amber House
    2019-03-20 09:01

    Horribly perfectI have to start with... Horror is not my usual genre, I usually favor fantasy or romance. This book isn't for the faint of heart. If you don't like gore, if you don't like torture, if you don't like hopeless situations then absolutely do not read this book. It is perfect in it's descriptions of what the main character goes through and makes you wonder what kind of choices you'd make if you were in his situation. I loved that it tied into the short story from the author's previous book, I actually paused and went to reread that one. I ordered the digital version as soon as it came out and now I can't wait to have a physical copy grace my bookshelf. If you can handle the gore and horror and love twists... Read this. I came across Elias short stories through Facebook and ever since I can't get enough.

  • Maddison Funnell
    2019-03-06 01:53

    I heard about "The Black Farm" on The NoSleep Podcast, after listening to (and being horrified by) "Feed The Pig". I, like many other listeners I'm sure was curious about what life (or afterlife) would be like on The Black Farm for those who chose not to feed the Pig. A truly horrific, addicting and graphic story about a third afterlife we never imagined.

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-27 05:53

    Creepy, suspenseful, and utterly disturbing.

  • Shelley Glenney
    2019-03-06 09:06

    Great book! Exceeded all my expectations. A definite read for any horror fan!I really enjoyed it and can't wait for more. Read it! You won't be sorry.

  • Jack
    2019-03-09 08:57

    I decided to read this book after hearing "Feed the Pig" on the No Sleep Podcast. The story was not only extremely well narrated, seemingly better than most of the stories on the extremely well-done podcast, but it was well written and left me wanting more. Although I enjoy listening to the podcast every week, there are few stories that really stick with me long after originally hearing them. After hearing the story, I started following Elias Witherow on social media, and was excited when I heard he was creating a full novel out of the story.This novel reminded me a lot of the Saw franchise, and fans of that franchise may enjoy this book. If you hated the Saw franchise however, this may not be the best book for you. There is a lot of gore and violence in this book. Nick is willing to go to any lengths and do whatever it takes to find his wife, Jess, and then to escape the farm. Not only is the farm a terrible place where I continuously wondering myself how hell could be any worse. Nick and Jess are submitted to mutilation, rape, torture, and even dying (when you die in the farm, you are reborn back into the farm). Throughout the story there is a deep sense of hopelessness with seemingly very little hope that the situation will improve or that the characters will persevere. Half of what made this book enjoyable was wondering how bad the farm could get, how bad Nick and Jess's situation would get, and what Nick would be willing to do to escape the farm. I was fine and enjoyed seeing how dark and horrible the farm could be, but I imagine that it could take its toll on others, and some might find it repetitive and/or too depressing. The story starts off with a very quick start with the couple killing themselves and being thrust into a representation of hell. The book moves at a break neck pace with Nick constantly having to face one threat or another. The book draws you in immediately and doesn't let up until the grisly end.I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, and thought that it could have been done much better. (view spoiler)[Nick finally goes to meet the watchers on the mountain that everyone fears. They are supposed to be messengers to God/heaven and Satan/hell, however they were made mortal or in human form to keep them humble.... Not sure why being humble or not would matter, and isn't God/heaven being made in human form essentially Jesus? I really didn't like this part. Apparently the messenger to heaven consists of pureness, and the messenger to hell consisting of pure evilness. So if the two ever touched each other, they would cancel each other out and vanish/die/parish/whatever. So Nick gets the idea to kill both of the messengers (since they are just mortal) and eat the messenger of heaven. That way, when he allows the pig to eat him, the pig wouldn't be able to send him to hell, and he and Jess would both be allowed to be reborn onto Earth. Wouldn't the fact that the messenger to heaven would be partially digested have any impact on its "pure holiness"? What I was kind of hoping for, is that when Nick and Jess are being eaten by the pig, the pig dies and then they're stuck in the farm with the pig (who is basically the ruler of the farm) gone, and maybe even Nick becomes the god there. (hide spoiler)] The ending was definitely original, but it seemed like a cop out and not as good as it could have been.The book does have a number of twists and turns that also keep you on your feet. Nick has several ideas for ways to get off of the farm, and things seem hopeful for a bit, until his dreams and ideas are dashed, and you're wondering what he's going to try and do next.I wouldn't say that this book was overly scary, but if you're a fan of gore, violence, and extreme horror, I would definitely recommend this book. It's definitely the most extreme horror book that I have ever read and it was well written on top of that.

  • Lindsay Boyd
    2019-03-23 06:51

    I seem to be the only person who wasn't completely taken away by this book. I had listened to Witherow's short story "Feed the Pig" on the NoSleep Podcast but probably wouldn't have known that the book existed had I not joined the NoSleep Book Club. While the torture and gore didn't bother me, it felt exploitative at points. I feel that I would have enjoyed the story more had the first few chapters followed the life of our main character while he was still alive and dealing with his depression instead of immediately launching them into The Black Farm. I also found myself having no sympathy for Nick. While I understand that he was setup to be a selfish person, his reasons for seeking out Jess and making the choices that he made, created an unsympathetic character and I found myself wishing he'd just get sent to hell already. I also found it interesting that for someone seeking to escape such a hellscape, every decision he made will certainly send him to hell once his natural death arrives. I'm not sure that a torture story such as this lends itself well to novel format. I think a more concise, short story would have read better.

  • Raina Singh
    2019-03-13 09:08

    A lot of people have commented that this book is intense - and yes, I'd agree that's the case. The world of the Black Farm is full on, and if you are easily grossed out, this book is probably not for you.There is a lot of gore and explicit imagery, and this can go one of two ways for you. Either, the gore adds to the horror of it all, or, it goes so far past reality that it becomes unbelievable, and therefore, not horriffic at all. I fall into the latter camp. The more gory it became, the more I was unaffected by it because it added weight to the fact that the world being described wasn't real.I'm just not personally horriffied by this brand of horror, however, there is enough action in the story to keep the pages turning.

  • Noelle Brake
    2019-03-13 07:48

    Elias paints dark, twisted pictures with his writing, not much different than the haunted pictures that everyone talks about. The description is superb, and Elias doesn't skimp on the horror, which is a delight for those with the palette for it. The events that happen to Jess and Nick threaten to haunt you and coax you into asking one question: How long would you survive The Black Farm?

  • Steve Rueffer
    2019-03-09 04:06

    Wow... sat and read in one sitting. A somewhat disturbing tale of a voyage to hell. Can’t help with the Hellraiser comparison, but this book was well written, with intriguing characters and some great storytelling. If you like horror, spend the cash, support a great writer and get ready for a good ride!

  • Lasse Elmer
    2019-03-01 08:07

    Maybe the most gruesome gory book I have read? Fast paced and inventive. In one way I feel like it could have expanded on some of the story archs and character development, on the other hand, that might have killed the fast pace of the book, that adds to the enjoyment of it. This is hardcore gory horror. Be warned.

  • Alecia Proctor
    2019-03-22 04:38

    I kind of hate to admit it, but I loved this book! I have always been a fan of the more dark and disturbing type of reads, and this goes down as one of that darkest. Definitely not for the faint of heart but ifyou can handle some dark themes and vivid rape/murder scenes then I would give The Black Farm a try!

  • Melissa Cleveland
    2019-03-01 05:55

    Absolutely LOVED this book. I could not put it down. I ran across this author on a podcast I listen to. If you are unsure about this book, you can read a short story Feed The Pig on Reddit and it will give you a taste of what the book is about.

  • Richard
    2019-03-25 08:46

    I thought this book was great!It held my interest throughout and watching the events unfold as the protagonist descended further and further in madness.Definitely scratched that horror itch for me.

  • Marcus Damanda
    2019-03-25 00:58

    Highly intense, ruthlessly extreme action-horror novel!

  • Angelica
    2019-03-18 04:46

    Read it.

  • Tiffany smith
    2019-03-02 05:56

    Excellent storytellingElias Witherow has a knack for writing a good horror story. His imagination is brought to life in his story, and I found this book very hard to put down.

  • Batmanjohnson
    2019-03-25 02:56

    OkayIt's not bad, but it's kind of bland. The Gore loses it's charm fast. Much like the farm in the story it's the middle ground of good and bad

  • Tara Bree
    2019-03-18 07:46

    I didn’t love how gory and graphic this book is. Nevertheless, I couldn’t put it down. The story is engaging and moves quickly.

  • Rikke Petersen
    2019-03-15 06:48

    To be honest my first thought was 'omg it's a rewrite of feed the pig' which admittedly was one of my favorite short stories from 'the worst kind of monsters', but I was a little annoyed that I had been so psyched to see something new from the author, and then it was just an old story in new clothes. But I was wrong, or well at least to some extend, because even if it is actually a rewrite of feed the pig, it is more like a reimagining, and black farm is so much more than the original short story to a point where it's not really fair to compare the two. Even if you read feed the pig, this story brings more to the table, read it! you won't be sorry.