I found this story to be interesting but I really did not like this one. The entire story was gross to me. It starts out with Rawhide Rex being freed from his prison and murdering the man who set him free. We discover that the people who originally imprisoned him buried him alive with a stone heavy enough to hold him down. It’s never explained why everyone really forgets the story about Rawhead Rex, but it assumed that time is the culprit. Eventually, people stop believing in things when the even is no longer fresh in their mind, and there is no written proof of the story.
The story starts when Rawhead Rex gets released from his prison buried deep in the ground, and he goes on a killing rampage. Rawhead Rex kills anyone and everyone in his path. He goes onto leave the remains of his victims where he finds them. Sometimes only leaving a random foot and shredded clothing.
The worst part for me was the way Rawhead Rex desired to eat babies and children. I wanted to throw up at the descriptions and I almost could not finish this story. I don’t like stories with children and babies being murdered in such a way. I think that’s because being a mom I want to protect my children from anything that will harm them. Then you have Rawhead Rex describing how delicious they are and how much he prefers them over grown adults.
I will say this about the story. The details were rather vivid, and I think that’s what evoked such emotion out of me. Clive Barker carefully chose his words for this story, and he did a good job with it. He really brought to life the horror that this creature could wreck upon the world. The author focused more on what Rawhead Rex was doing rather than the setting around him. We are given enough information as to the setting to be able to fill the missing details that most authors give you in a story. This story could take place in any town almost anywhere in the world, and it would fit.
What I would have liked to have seen was more about what scared Rawhead Rex. He mentioned that he could smell the blood on the woman and that was poison to him. Well why was it? I didn’t really understand that part. What made a woman’s time of the month so deadly to him? Rawhead Rex is even repulsed by it and is ready to leave but instead eats the pony and thinks about what he is going to do. He never really has a plan on how he is going to get his revenge and become the King. All he does is succeed in getting himself brought down and killed by the people of this town.
Another thing I would have liked more explanation of was this stone was that they found inside the altar. What was it’s significance? What power did it hold over him? Was it because it was a holy relic or the idea that it was something from God.
As much as I did not like this story I would have like a few things answered. I think this is why I don’t read shorter stories. While the story leaves you with a sense of dread and turns your stomach, I think it could have given us a little more to go on.