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Nine Women. Nine Stories. And nothing ordinary about them. From the slightly askew mind of Regan Wolfrom comes this collection of hilariously dark tales of love, death, and horrible timing. Heather Smythe Pretty. Shy. About as lapsed as a Catholic can get. Heather's trapped in the a cult of killer succubi with a taste for East Hollywood douches. Amanda Hackensack Somewhat tall. Nine Women. Nine Stories. And nothing ordinary about them. From the slightly askew mind of Regan Wolfrom comes this collection of hilariously dark tales of love, death, and horrible timing. Heather Smythe Pretty. Shy. About as lapsed as a Catholic can get. Heather's trapped in the a cult of killer succubi with a taste for East Hollywood douches. Amanda Hackensack Somewhat tall. Can't dunk. Never knew her father. Amanda wakes up in a world of voodoo and zombies that she knows shouldn't exist. Marguerite Frunkel Lonely. Awkward. Painfully ginger. Marguerite finds two strange little gnomes who show her just what she's been missing. Laura Daniels Political outsider. Maverick. Avowed crazy cat lady. Laura learns the sinister truth behind her unexpected electoral success. Stephanie Munro Hard working. Hard drinking. Hard to please. Stephanie comes to regret taking a trip on the edge of the world with people she knows she shouldn't trust. Marie-Claire Grimson Pink hair. Pretty smile. Like to eat people. Marie-Claire may soon discover that meat is murder no matter how you slice it. Maddy McKay A little lonely. A little self-conscious. Starving to death. Maddy's trying to slim down to starving model size, but her little housemates don't seem all that supportive. Vanessa Dervoe Softball legend. Proud Yooper. Breathes underwater. Vanessa's strange gift has gotten her nowhere in life, stuck in a sad amusement park and surrounded by death. Kara Hermin Mysterious. Troubled. Fun at parties. Kara has lived a long and dangerous life, and may be forced to live it all over again.


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Nine Women. Nine Stories. And nothing ordinary about them. From the slightly askew mind of Regan Wolfrom comes this collection of hilariously dark tales of love, death, and horrible timing. Heather Smythe Pretty. Shy. About as lapsed as a Catholic can get. Heather's trapped in the a cult of killer succubi with a taste for East Hollywood douches. Amanda Hackensack Somewhat tall. Nine Women. Nine Stories. And nothing ordinary about them. From the slightly askew mind of Regan Wolfrom comes this collection of hilariously dark tales of love, death, and horrible timing. Heather Smythe Pretty. Shy. About as lapsed as a Catholic can get. Heather's trapped in the a cult of killer succubi with a taste for East Hollywood douches. Amanda Hackensack Somewhat tall. Can't dunk. Never knew her father. Amanda wakes up in a world of voodoo and zombies that she knows shouldn't exist. Marguerite Frunkel Lonely. Awkward. Painfully ginger. Marguerite finds two strange little gnomes who show her just what she's been missing. Laura Daniels Political outsider. Maverick. Avowed crazy cat lady. Laura learns the sinister truth behind her unexpected electoral success. Stephanie Munro Hard working. Hard drinking. Hard to please. Stephanie comes to regret taking a trip on the edge of the world with people she knows she shouldn't trust. Marie-Claire Grimson Pink hair. Pretty smile. Like to eat people. Marie-Claire may soon discover that meat is murder no matter how you slice it. Maddy McKay A little lonely. A little self-conscious. Starving to death. Maddy's trying to slim down to starving model size, but her little housemates don't seem all that supportive. Vanessa Dervoe Softball legend. Proud Yooper. Breathes underwater. Vanessa's strange gift has gotten her nowhere in life, stuck in a sad amusement park and surrounded by death. Kara Hermin Mysterious. Troubled. Fun at parties. Kara has lived a long and dangerous life, and may be forced to live it all over again.

54 review for Catholic Guilt and the Joy of Hating Men

  1. 5 out of 5

    Yawatta Hosby

    I loved this book with 9 short stories. They brought out a wide range of emotions from me as a reader–joy, laughter, terror, chills down my spine, wanting to give some characters high-fives, wanting to smack some characters over the head. The author had an amazing talent with scenes–all the stories were very engaging. Each scene had the right mix of story elements (voice, characterization, plot, point of view, description, etc). I could picture everything vividly, and some characters I managed t I loved this book with 9 short stories. They brought out a wide range of emotions from me as a reader–joy, laughter, terror, chills down my spine, wanting to give some characters high-fives, wanting to smack some characters over the head. The author had an amazing talent with scenes–all the stories were very engaging. Each scene had the right mix of story elements (voice, characterization, plot, point of view, description, etc). I could picture everything vividly, and some characters I managed to care for, which was impressive for short stories. With those, you only have so much time to explain something (not like a novel where you take your time to develop your characters and plots). “High Times at the Sixth Annual Succubus Sisters Garage and Bake Sale”–Heather meets Maggie. The first time they hang out they get naked on the beach in front of a fire pit. This story was pretty funny. My favorite lines: “I didn’t sign up for naked, so I simply smiled and shook my head, not sure of what to say.” and “You took the bracelet so now you have to strip. It’s like Mardi Gras, but for sober people with self respect.” These two ladies go on a killing spree for douchebags LOL. They literally ate them. “The Zombification of Amanda Hackensack”–I loved the sense of humor in this one; the story was told through Amanda’s first person point of view, which she was very sarcastic. She and her two friends were kidnapped into a horse stall. For whatever reason, Amanda’s immuned to the drugs they give people to zombify them in order to easily control them. My favorite line: “I felt like I was trying to survive based on pure entertainment value. It was a better strategy than Cadance’s ‘sob till you pass out’ approach.” I enjoyed how everyone kept turning on each other, trying to escape. The twist at the end with Pouchon was cool. “Gnome on Girl on Gnome: A Love Story”–My favorite line: “Despite her best intentions, Marguerite Frunklin had never been in love before.” She wanted to fall in love, especially since her brother always picked on how awkward and shy she was. He would embarrass her in front of boys. I thought Rafael (he had a crush on her) was the cutest thing; he was awkward too. She finds two gnomes and takes them to a well, which is a make-out spot. The gnomes come to life, and by the title, I can assume you know what went down. Eventually Adelia joined in the action. Quite disturbing LOL. “The Siamese Candidate”–Laura owns 8 cats in total. I thought it was funny the way the cats bossed her around. They were pretty nasty. “The Raven’s Head Dagger and the Custom of Seas”–This was my favorite story; it was creepy (in a good way). It was full of suspense, so i worried about the characters, especially Steph and Breccan. They are stuck on a boat with Darrel and Jon, who keeps trying to hit on them, but they aren’t interested. To make matters worse, they are stranded because the boat broke down in the middle of the sea, and the radio doesn’t work. I loved the destruction of the friendships once it had been past weeks. They began losing their minds. Who is always watching? Edgar the Raven. “Vegans Are F**king Delicious”–My favorite line: “His face got really serious right then and I was glad I hadn’t deleted my eHarmony account.” I loved the twist of how her parents were involved in Marie-Claire becoming a cannibal. Eleanor (a vegan) accuses her of murder and is relentless in trying to get justice. All the while Marie-Claire is dating the pizza delivery guy Michael. This story was pretty funny too. “Maddy McKay and the Elves in Her House”–I loved the shout-out to Project Runway and Tim Gunn. Maddy has a crush on Benjamin, who’s her neighbor. She’s trying to lose weight, but for some reason, her clothes keep getting tighter and tighter. It’s playing with her mind. “The Ocean Goddess and The Home Run Queen”–This story was very creepy (in a good way). The Wolfman and Conan were obsessed with Vanessa. Wolfman was a ladies man, and she was attracted to him. Conan was a horny 16 year old boy who developed a crush on her. All the time she thought they wanted to pursue her, but in reality they wanted to kill her. I enjoyed that Vanessa was a strong woman and held her own. She definitely wasn’t a damsel in distress. “Born Again At Granny’s Cave”–Lanny and his friend Callum meet two girls at a bar. Lanny dates Kara while his friend dates Ashley. Turns out Kara’s a heroin addict, but he still ends up falling in love anyway. I enjoyed the drama in this story, especially the ending. I RECOMMEND this book to read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Arlena Dean

    By: Regan Wolfrom Published By Wolfrom Writes Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Book Blog For: GMTA Review: "Catholic Guilt and The Joy of Hating Men" by Regan Wolfrom was a read of nine short stories of different women with a 'wide range of emotions: from joy, laughter, terror, chills down my spine, wanting to give some characters high-fives, and then wanting to smack one of these characters over the head.' I think that says it all. Most all of these stories feature some kind o By: Regan Wolfrom Published By Wolfrom Writes Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Book Blog For: GMTA Review: "Catholic Guilt and The Joy of Hating Men" by Regan Wolfrom was a read of nine short stories of different women with a 'wide range of emotions: from joy, laughter, terror, chills down my spine, wanting to give some characters high-fives, and then wanting to smack one of these characters over the head.' I think that says it all. Most all of these stories feature some kind of paranormal, fantasy and supernatural world presence with a mix of humor. This is a collection of different situations that they have faced and how thy totally dealt with it in their own way. For the most part the stores were engaging especially if you are a horror fan. I will say this book isn't for everyone especially if you are easily offended or don't appreciate a darker humor and themes...this book would not be for you. Now, if you are into dark humor and funny dark themes then this read would be for you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    When I first began reading this book, I explained to friends that it was like watching porn without the porn. Imagine no actual sex scenes, just bad plot and awful dialogue. Granted, I love corny B horror movies because of that so bad it’s funny factor. That made this a pretty entertaining read for me. Now, imagine my surprise when Wolfrom busts out with complicated moral dilemmas. I accepted him as a gimmicky author who masked crappy writing with ridiculous elements like lesbian succubi or garde When I first began reading this book, I explained to friends that it was like watching porn without the porn. Imagine no actual sex scenes, just bad plot and awful dialogue. Granted, I love corny B horror movies because of that so bad it’s funny factor. That made this a pretty entertaining read for me. Now, imagine my surprise when Wolfrom busts out with complicated moral dilemmas. I accepted him as a gimmicky author who masked crappy writing with ridiculous elements like lesbian succubi or garden gnome threesomes. About halfway through, I took Wolfrom seriously and found myself genuinely interested in his characters. Suddenly, their survival against these paranormal odds meant something to me. Sure, he still liberally seasoned his stories with humor. But it took a much darker tone that had me laughing at wit rather than poor quality. I recommend this book to all horror fans. I laughed, I cringed, and I think you will too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    CJ

    (I received this free from Librarything, but that won't effect my review.) This was a collection of short stories, all featuring women in somewhat paranormal circumstances. As in any other short story collection, some of the stories were stronger than others. I particularly enjoyed "The Zombification of Amanda Hackensack" and the one about the pearl-diver with special talents. The women in the stories were mostly interesting and likeable, and most of the stories were both funny and slightly spook (I received this free from Librarything, but that won't effect my review.) This was a collection of short stories, all featuring women in somewhat paranormal circumstances. As in any other short story collection, some of the stories were stronger than others. I particularly enjoyed "The Zombification of Amanda Hackensack" and the one about the pearl-diver with special talents. The women in the stories were mostly interesting and likeable, and most of the stories were both funny and slightly spooky. Obviously, there were a few stories that weren't as good -- in particular the one about the President-Elect and her cats -- but on the whole I found it an enjoyable read. I'd recommend this as a great beach or airplane book -- it's a light, fun collection.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Erin

    *** I WON THIS BOOK OFF OF GOODREAD GIVEAWAYS*** The name of the book really have very little to do with the book, and if it does it's rather secretive! At first I didn't like this book then when I got about half way through I developed a greater respect for the autor's writing style!! The stories are creative and a little bit twisted, which makes you not want to stop reading. There are a few stories I'd love to see as longer books! Over all, a very entertaining read. *** I WON THIS BOOK OFF OF GOODREAD GIVEAWAYS*** The name of the book really have very little to do with the book, and if it does it's rather secretive! At first I didn't like this book then when I got about half way through I developed a greater respect for the autor's writing style!! The stories are creative and a little bit twisted, which makes you not want to stop reading. There are a few stories I'd love to see as longer books! Over all, a very entertaining read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Nine short stories about women with different personalities. Their stories revolve around love and hate and death all set in paranormal circumstances. The women were mostly likable in their own ways. While most of the stories were interesting in their own right there was not enough to actually explain the whole entire story. Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Walt

    RECEIVED FREE FROM GOODREADS FIRST READS. Nine Women. Nine Stories. And nothing ordinary about them. From the slightly askew mind of Regan Wolfrom comes this collection of hilariously dark tales of love, death, and horrible timing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eden

    4 stars Catholic Guilt and the Joy of Hating Men is a book of short-stories on different women who are, in one way or another, connected to a fantastic, supernatural world. The author has a writing style that is unlike anything I have ever read before: it is casual, filled with expressive dialogue and a very dark sense of humour. At first I was unsure about this book, especially with the cannibalism themed short-stories, but the Gnome on Girl on Gnome story was a turning point: it takes place in S 4 stars Catholic Guilt and the Joy of Hating Men is a book of short-stories on different women who are, in one way or another, connected to a fantastic, supernatural world. The author has a writing style that is unlike anything I have ever read before: it is casual, filled with expressive dialogue and a very dark sense of humour. At first I was unsure about this book, especially with the cannibalism themed short-stories, but the Gnome on Girl on Gnome story was a turning point: it takes place in Sintra, Portugal – one of my favourite places in the world, and one that I am sure not many people are familiar with! Sintra is a foggy and enchanted town, the perfect place for a supernatural, fantastic story to take place in. And the town (and its atmosphere, which is different from anywhere else) is so beautifully and realistically depicted in this book, that I had to start taking the author and the book seriously. I had a great time reading these short-stories – I don’t think the author’s creativity knows any boundaries: each story has a different fantastic element without ever going for the cliché. I particularly liked the phoenix girl and the political cats. I don’t think this book is for everybody: people who get easily offended or don’t appreciate a darker humour and darker themes will probably disliked this book. I would recommend it to mature readers who like dark and funny reads. This book was given to me through Goodreads First Reads.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hemant Rajput

    Uff! this book really was something unexpected. I just couldn't understand the motivation of these kind of stories. I mean dystopian imagination is one thing but cruelty and barbarism are something which I could never comprehend. I'm not writing a detailed review of this book because it wouldn't be fair to the writer and his readers. In my opinion this book is for people who can accept that sometimes there is no "happy ending". 9 different stories and each one is more tragic than the other; If yo Uff! this book really was something unexpected. I just couldn't understand the motivation of these kind of stories. I mean dystopian imagination is one thing but cruelty and barbarism are something which I could never comprehend. I'm not writing a detailed review of this book because it wouldn't be fair to the writer and his readers. In my opinion this book is for people who can accept that sometimes there is no "happy ending". 9 different stories and each one is more tragic than the other; If you can handle this, go ahead and give this book a try.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Writing: 3 Story: 2 Satisfaction: 1 A pretty random set of stories thrown together with the underlying theme of girls stumbling into fantastical elements with no apparent surprise. Each story is short with a minimal amount of detail and honestly without the summaries, I wouldn't have any idea what was going on. The reader is not exposed to the motivations of any "villains" and the emotional reaction of the protagonists seem stilted. Writing: 3 Story: 2 Satisfaction: 1 A pretty random set of stories thrown together with the underlying theme of girls stumbling into fantastical elements with no apparent surprise. Each story is short with a minimal amount of detail and honestly without the summaries, I wouldn't have any idea what was going on. The reader is not exposed to the motivations of any "villains" and the emotional reaction of the protagonists seem stilted.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    When I started reading this, I thought that it was way too weird for me. Then, as I got deeper into the heart of it, I realized that it actually reminded me of some of my own styles of writing, and it really wasn't "that" weird. Okay, most of it is a bit out there, but that's what drew me in once I allowed myself to go down the bunny hole. It's hard for me to pick a favorite story out of the bunch; they were all very good. When I started reading this, I thought that it was way too weird for me. Then, as I got deeper into the heart of it, I realized that it actually reminded me of some of my own styles of writing, and it really wasn't "that" weird. Okay, most of it is a bit out there, but that's what drew me in once I allowed myself to go down the bunny hole. It's hard for me to pick a favorite story out of the bunch; they were all very good.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    Like reading really weird porn. Bizarre incongruous cover. A sense of humour... obliterated by the sheer amount of cannibalism. Gag.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

  14. 4 out of 5

    June

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ariane

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

  17. 5 out of 5

    George Gordon

  18. 4 out of 5

    Al

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angela(demonsangel) Fitzgerald

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

  21. 4 out of 5

    Van Stone

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marta

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Gates

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Nelson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teracia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  31. 5 out of 5

    Violet

  32. 4 out of 5

    Helen

  33. 4 out of 5

    Kim Coomey

  34. 5 out of 5

    Regan Wolfrom

  35. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

  36. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  37. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  38. 4 out of 5

    Amber

  39. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

  40. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Sawhney

  41. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

  42. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  43. 5 out of 5

    Stefie

  44. 4 out of 5

    Janelea

  45. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

  46. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  47. 4 out of 5

    Svevida

  48. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  49. 5 out of 5

    Elena A. D.

  50. 4 out of 5

    Francipants52

  51. 4 out of 5

    Harmaneee

  52. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  53. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  54. 5 out of 5

    Kit

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