Review: Rawhead Rex by Clive Barker

Rawhead RexRawhead Rex by Clive Barker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This folktale is unsubtle allegorical gynophobia. It glorifies rape and youth mutilation and fears the fruitful uterus–not unlike many aspects of modern culture. At least it recognizes that this stance is that of the monster.

The creature, Rawhead Rex, is a giant hypermale [9 ft. tall] with a skin-less face making it roughly the embodiment of a monster circumcised erection. It likes to mutilate and debase other males, devour prepubescent kids and rape non-menstruating women in order to procreate. It cringes away from women on their period and runs from pregnant women.

Filled with gore and engorged cocks and a very thin history for the creature, this tale won’t be for everyone. A religious element emerges in which penis-worship takes a literal turn when a religious man accepts a baptism by urination from the creature. Unsubtle–check. Not for everyone–check.

This tale appears in Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters edited by John Langan and Paul Tremblay after originally appearing in Books of Blood Volume 3.
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