Slaughter Box by Carver Pike is a self-published novel, another entry into the Diablo Snuff series.
This is my first story by Pike and I am so glad I read it. Even though I haven’t read any of the others in the series, this book works as a stand-alone, but I also want to delve into the rest of them.
First, though, what exactly is Diablo Snuff?
Well, let’s break down the words: ‘Dia’ is a prefix from the Greek dialect and means ‘throughout’ or ‘completely’…e.g. If you look at the meaning of ‘Rhea’, it comes to ‘flowing’…so add ‘Dia’ as a prefix and, well, you should get the picture. ‘Blo’ is simply short for ‘Blow’, which means ‘creating an air current’, thus ‘Diablo’ means to completely create an air current.
Are you with me so far? Good.
Now, ‘snuff’ is a powdered tobacco, which is inhaled through the nose. So, ‘Diablo Snuff’ means to completely blow tobacco up your nose. Does that make sense?
Well, it shouldn’t, because in this case ‘Diablo’ refers to the Spanish word for ‘Devil,’ while ‘Snuff’ refers to the taking or extinguishing of life.
Ah-hah! And they told me I would make a terrible teacher!
Back to the story: The main character is called Kong, and he has been through a lot of trauma in his life. From a difficult childhood, to losing his friends in the military—every time something bad happens, there is a demon in black which only he can see.
After escaping from a group known as Diablo Snuff, where he was kidnapped and tortured with copious amounts of sex with beautiful women, he…um, wait, give me a second to read that back…
Uhhuh…uhhuh…yes, true statement. Guess some guys think of themselves as more than just a piece of meat.
Okay, you really need to read that part to understand it, you know. Almost like the Matrix…but not totally, because I wouldn’t have minded being shown rather than told, but maybe that’s just me.
Where was I?
Right, right—you have to excuse me, I am just a man, with just enough blood in my body to run one head at a time.
Okay, I jest—it really was a horrific experience…unless you are into that whole S&M scene to begin with, then it’s probably just a Wednesday.
Back to the story. Kong makes it his life mission to find Diablo Snuff, but after hitting nothing but dead-ends, decides to go home and start a normal life. So, he takes his best friend’s sister to the re-opening of the 5-Star Movie Plex, because what can go wrong?
He’ll soon find out: You don’t find Diablo Snuff. It finds you.
My thoughts: I really enjoyed this story a lot and I want to read the others in the series.
Did everything make sense? Well, I’m not totally sure if I buy that a guy with PTSD and all the bad history would ignore the signs, but it was a good enough story for me to ignore my scepticism.
Highly recommended for horror fans.
Slaughter Box: A Diablo Snuff Story by Carver Pike
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Kong has experienced evil in many shapes and forms. From the death of a childhood friend to military buddies blown up in a landmine incident, one thing has always been consistent—the tall man who’s always there.
DescriptionKong has experienced evil in many shapes and forms. From the death of a childhood friend to military buddies blown up in a landmine incident, one thing has always been consistent – the tall man who’s always there. The demon clad in black never says a word, but he oversees every evil deed as it unfolds. Kong has tried outrunning him, but he always seems to catch up. Kong has made it his life’s mission to hunt down the evil entity known as Diablo Snuff. The name is spray painted on the sides of train cars and whispered about in the shadows, but he’s unable to uncover any real leads. It’s all talk. All hearsay. All lore. Ready to give up, Kong heads home and tries his hand at a new, normal life. He even gets up the courage to ask his best friend’s sister out on a date. He’s known Sammy all her life, and she’s had a crush on him since they were kids. Tonight is the night. Pulling the flyer he found stuck to his windshield out of his pocket, Kong decides he’s going to take her to the grand re-opening of the 5-Star Movie Plex downtown. What can go wrong? If he only knew… you don’t find Diablo Snuff. It finds you. You’ve met Kong in Passion & Pain and in The Grindhouse: Diablo Snuff 2. This is his stand-alone story. BE ADVISED: THIS BOOK IS FOR A MATURE AUDIENCE.