Ritual by Steve Stred Book Review

Watch out for those boring co-workers . . .

Ritual by Steve Stred

Released October 2019

Dark Fiction  |  Goodreads  |  Amazon 
Meet Brad.

A quiet, hardworking man who goes about his daily routine with joy.
He works as a telemarketer, trying his best to sell poorly made, over-priced products to the unsuspecting people on the other end of the phone.

Brad doesn't mind though, it's a means to an end.

Life's about to change for Brad. Now that Father has anointed him the Chosen one, the one to open the gates and allow them to flock into the Black Heavens.

Eternity awaits.

But is Brad ready to perform on the big day?

My 2 Cents For Free!

Ritual is a dark little tale about a pretty normal guy named Brad. Brad has a routine and he sticks to it. He reads the Bible, buys food and sells over-priced crap for a call center. He seems perfectly okay with his dull routine because he knows he has a bigger purpose in life. He also spends most evenings getting sexually abused and flagellated by “Father” as well as doing a little self-flagellation of his own and he doesn’t seem to mind that very much either.

Yeah, I know, things just got a little weird. You didn’t think this story would be about a boring dude and his tedious routine, did you?

Lately Brad is a little stressed because he is preparing for his big day and is tasked with getting everything just right. There is no room for screw-ups. Brad, you see, is The Chosen One in the little cult he belongs to and he must guide them all into the Black Heavens. Yep, you read that right. The Black Heavens!

This was a twisted tale that gets increasingly revolting the more pages you read so make sure you read it all, haha. Ritual is more about the build-up to what is about to happen and it’s short so there isn’t a lot of time spent character building. There’s a short flashback somewhere in the middle to help explain things that felt a wee bit out of place for me but that’s a minor thing. The story is very dark and very gory and I think you horror fans will have fun with it and it might have you giving the side-eye to that boring guy at work.

4 out of 5


  1. Sounds like a different kind of read and I'd say Brad may have some serious issues. It's always the quiet ones you have to watch out for.

  2. This does sound like a dark and twisted tale. Glad Brad isn't my co-worker!

  3. Love the sound of this. Twisted and revolting, I may have to read it!

    1. haha, it's a quick read and also twisted and revolting :)

  4. They say watch out for the quiet ones. Sounds like a good story.

    1. It's true. Those quiet ones are thinking all the time. . .

  5. oooh man, after that review, that made me laugh, i do want to read it all. i love dark and twisted.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  6. I don't know how you do it. You've read some pretty messed up books. Lol.

    1. I am drawn to the messed up, lol. Sometimes it does get to be too much though but it always pulls me back in!

  7. Ooooh!! You got me very interested in this one!!!


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