Reclusive chef Heinrich Schauer has invited six guests to a blind twelve-course tasting menu.
What You Eat
While snow blankets the isolated Swiss valley surrounding his estate, the guests feast eagerly, challenging one another to guess at the secret tastes plated before them.
This Meat Is Murder
As they eat, each guest is overtaken by carnal appetites, unaware of their host’s savage plans...or of the creature lurking below.
One thing is clear: There is more on the menu than any of them have bargained for.
Consumption is a 12,000 word (approx.) short story. It contains graphic depictions of sex and violence, and is intended for mature audiences.
"Consumption is one of the most horrifically intriguing novellas that I've read for quite some time....a quite different tale of horror that resonates feelings of dread and shock, very well written, some great ideas and some darkness around the invention of various culinary delights."
- Paul Nelson, SCREAM Magazine
"Your stomach will turn, your throat will restrict, and jaw will clench tighter than a bull’s arsehole in fly season." - S. Elliot Brandis, author of Irradiated and Once Upon A Time At The End Of The World
"...wonderfully macabre! Cleverly thought out, I was both disgusted and excited by this tale. This a MUST read for horror fans." - Great Book Escapes
"Hicks takes the reader to some twisted, nightmarish places and if you’re a horror fan with a strong constitution, add Consumption to your reading list – you won’t regret it." - Teri Polen, Books & Such
"Consumption is wonderfully paced and a real treat for horror fans. ... I read it with the lights off and my Kindle screen turned up, and it was a totally immersive and satisfying experience." - Franklin Kendrick, author of The Entity series.
"Consumption left me feeling both hungry and disturbed. Hicks was able to write both an amazingly thought out and incredibly gory book and made it enjoyable as hell to read." - Brian's Book Blog
"Hicks proves once more to be a master of gore – sating my most primal needs for horror. In this short story, he adds to that an element of Lovecraftian horror, thus crafting the perfect entree for a quick, fun read." - The Ghastly Grimoire