Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Bastard's Grimoire by Joseph Hirsch

Joseph Hirsch's books Ohio at Dusk and Flash Blood were both published by Damnation Books. His novel War-Crossed Eyes was published by Mélange Books, and his novels Rolling Country and The Last Slice of Pizza were published by Moonshine Cove Publishing. He has sold work to Underground Voices and Zahir Tales. His novella House of Crystal was published by Silverthought and his novella Orphan Elixir was serialized in The Western Online. His short stories were also featured in 3 AM Magazine. He previously worked as a sports correspondent for Fight Hype covering boxing matches around the globe, and he was also a finalist in a Glimmer Train Short Story Award Competition for New Writers. His novels Kentucky Bestiary and The Dove and the Crow were published by Paragraph Line Books. His novels Veterans' Affairs and The Bastard's Grimoire were published by Black Rose Writing. His novel, Up in the Treehouse, is forthcoming from Damnation Books. More information can be found at
He served four years in the U.S. Army, wherein his travels took him to Iraq and Germany. He currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attends the University of Cincinnati. He can be found online
Once upon a time an evil wizard waved his wand over a sullen wretch named Casper Namlos. This wizard recited a bit of the biblical Vulgate backwards, entreating the lad to be fruitful and multiply. And so the boy obeyed the magician’s spell, wandering the land and sowing his demon seed whenever and wherever he could, until parts of the kingdom lay in ruins, while the rest of the realm waited in terror for that final day when the boy was prophesied to bring forth the Great Beast to stalk the land. Now the only thing keeping Satan from reigning on Earth is another young lad who appears laughably weak compared to the demon hordes.
I had some idea about what is going to come out of this book, but God, I never expected it to be that Good. I haven't read anything else by Hirsch, but now I definitely have to, because he blew my mind! Well written with some gritty depictions of Medieval life, scenes of gratuitous violence, and the weird and perverted sex acts what more can a girl ask for?! 
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written historical fiction erotic fantasy book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great erotic fantasy movie, animated cartoon, or better yet a paid-per-view mini TV series. To be continued? 
This is a very strong narrative of medieval lore couched in archaic language with blood, gore, grotesque sex, carnage, buggery and wizardly mayhem. The author walks across your imagination with the detritus of castle privies. It is fascinatingly well done but clearly for the “mature” reader".5FOXGIVEN
Definitely recommend it for reading!