The Bedding of Boys – written by Edward Lorn, June 2018.
Sinister, yet evolved in vulnerability.
I’ve read a lot of books but this one was… different. I took my time with it and I would put it down for a few days. I had to process what was happening, and there were parts that were gruesome and not easy to digest. Also, other people were starting to read my Kindle on the train and giving me strange looks afterward.
I understand I was reading about a hebephile (an adult who is sexually attracted to pubescent children) named Regina Corsi who liked to have sex with her victims before murdering them – until she met Nevada Barnes (great name) who she actually encountered feelings for – and to add to that already heavy plot was a sheet ghost who would wholly eat the boys she killed to clean up the mess and protect her from consequence – but the sheet ghost very clearly doesn’t approve of the love affair between Regina and Nevada and wants to devour him, too – so with all that said – strange looks were given, but in my defense, unwarranted.
I hope what you got out of that were these key subjects:
hebephile – woman – pubescent boys – sheet ghost – eat them whole.
I know this book mostly sounds like twisted horror smut (is that a thing?) but it was more than that. The literary elements and metaphors were mostly about abuse, manipulation, coercion, instability, toxic masculinity, fear of men in a dominant role, power dynamic and what it means to abuse that power, the breakdown of a marriage, sexually disturbing proclivity – and I’m not just talking about Regina Corsi, I’m talking about what young adults are curious about on the dark web AKA real smut – and most of all, abandonment.
What I found the most interesting and enlightening about the book was the hunger and need fulfillment of the characters. Each person – including sheet ghost – were lacking something and on a quest to fulfill it, whether that was trauma and finding the why behind it, or finding a way to cope with with something bigger than them like a parent’s divorce or mysterious ailment, or trying to find a way to heal the past by confronting it, or taming rabid curiosities and learning how to say no. There was an expressed need for control within the characters, but also an expressed need to understand why we sometimes get out of control and how to reel ourselves back in, slowly but surely.
If that doesn’t sell you on the book then that’s fine, a lot of people have mentioned they couldn’t finish it. I found something else within all the darkness that made me appreciate it so if you’re willing to take the plunge, dive into the deep water. It’s a great horror read. I’ll definitely be picking up another Edward Lorn book in the near future – he’s got me!
Until next time!