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Benny Rose, The Cannibal King: Urban legend comes to life

Every town has an urban legend. In mine, we have Monsterland, the supposed home of a Bigfoot-like monster and maybe even aliens.


Author Hailey Piper brings to life the urban legend in the fictional Blackwood, Vermont, in the form of “Benny Rose, The Cannibal King.”



“Benny Rose, The Cannibal King,’ is a fantastically fun book to read. It reminds me of a top notch slasher flick with the unstoppable monster hunting down some gritty, brave teens and with some less than trustworthy older folks thrown in for good measure.


The main story starts with what is supposed to be a prank, but quickly turns into swift, bloody, satisfying violence. As the name implies, there is some cannibalism. I can’t imagine eating a human is healthy, we’re kind of fatty, but it seems to work for Benny.


Benny Rose is a great monster. The description of him is perfect and gives you a good clear mental image of what he looks like. The main characters, a group of four girls led by Desiree, are all solid.


And the ending, which to me is always the most important part of a story because a bad ending can undue all of the joy you had from reading, is fantastic.


I can’t recommend this enough and I, for one, would love to see the story of “Benny Rose, The Cannibal King,” brought to the screen.


Benny Rose, The Cannibal King Hailey Piper Unnerving, 2020 162 pages Click here to buy

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