MILK-BLOOD: A Tale of Urban Horror by Mark Matthews

Retro Review*

Milk-Blood by Mark Matthews
Horror Fiction, Audiobook
Lilly is 10 years old, born with a heart defect, and already addicted to heroin. Her mother is gone from her life, and there are rumors that she was killed by her father and buried near the abandoned house across the street. The house intrigues her, she can't stay away, and the monstrous homeless man who lives there has been trying to get Lilly to come inside.

For her mother is there, buried in the back, and this homeless man is Lilly's true father, and both want their daughter back.

Listening Length: 3 hours and 54 minutes
Milk-blood is a bleak, unflinching look at people in desperate situations. When I say bleak, I am not exaggerating. These people are more than down on their luck, they have hit rock bottom. It’s a gripping mix of the horror show that is drug addiction and otherworldly horror that feels so natural your skin may crawl. It’s descriptive and gut-wrenching and some truly terrible things happen to an innocent young girl. You might want to have something upbeat nearby because some of these scenes may wreck you. Unless I’m just getting wimpier as the years go by. Nah. I don't think that's it.

I listened to this story in its unabridged audiobook format which immerses you in the desolation of the story. The narrator is deadly serious (as he needs to be) and, to be honest, though it’s only 3 hours or so, I had to take breaks and listen to some silly horror podcasts in between. This story is intense and bothered me on a level that most horror can’t reach. It’s similar to Lynda Barry’s Cruddy in that way. Only without the humor. There's nothing humorous here.

Don’t do drugs people.

I received a free copy of this book.

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*I'm in the process of archiving all of my reviews, and there's a lot of them. This one was originally written in January 2015.


  1. Addicted to heroin at 10 years old - what a way to open a book. This doesn't sound bad and it has me intrigued, but it does sound pretty bleak.

    1. It is SUPER bleak. Maybe in the top 10 of bleak. Grab something light and fluffy to read next if you give this a go :)


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