What would you do for a friend? Check out Somer Canon’s debut work!
Vicki Beautiful, Synopsis
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
One last taste of perfection…
Sasha and Brynn descend upon the showplace home of their girlhood friend, Vicki, planning to celebrate her surviving cancer to reach her fortieth birthday. As they gather around Vicki’s perfectly set dinner table, though, her husband shares devastating news. The cancer is back, and she doesn’t have long to live.
Her life is cut even shorter than Sasha and Brynn expect—the next morning, their friend is found dead, her flawless skin slit at the wrists. But a tub full of blood is only the beginning. Before the weekend is through, they are forced to question how far they’re willing to go to fulfill Vicki’s last wish.
A very specific, very detailed recipe that only the truest of friends could stomach…
Vicki Beautiful Excerpt:
“Are you really considering it?” I asked. “Like, seriously considering?”
“I don’t know,” she said. “Like I said, I feel obligated to help, I just don’t know if I can realistically stomach something like that. You and Vicki are the cooks…were the cooks. Now it’s just you, isn’t it?” Brynn laughed. “She’s really dead.” She started sobbing.
I kept holding her hand and I looked away from her. I couldn’t take seeing her degrade into a mess of tears again. I waited until she was sniffling quietly before I looked back at her.
“You’re the cook,” she said, as if she hadn’t missed a beat. “You’re more comfortable in situations like this. I know how to push speed dial for takeout, and the occasional pan of lasagna. What’s your take on this?”
“I feel obligated too,” I said. “I wouldn’t feel right just leaving this all behind. I keep trying to rationalize all of this. I mean death rituals across all cultures get kind of bizarre. And Ken said we wouldn’t have to eat her, this is just a really weird way to do a viewing.” I stopped and looked into Brynn’s face. “I can’t believe I’m talking like this. I mean, if I stop and actually think about the mechanics of carrying out this request…it’s gruesome, Brynn. It’s really gruesome.”
Somer Canon is a minivan revving suburban mother who avoids her neighbors for fear of
being found out as a weirdo. When she’s not peering out of her windows, she’s consuming books, movies, and video games that sate her need for blood, gore, and things that disturb her mother.
Vicki Beautiful is her debut novella.
Praise for Vicki Beautiful
“ I read this at one gripping session and I shall read more by this author. Excellent, original and worth every one of my five stars.” –Catherine Cavendish, Author of The Devil’s Serenade
“At times it reminded me of the cult classic “Eating Raoul” and others “The Big Chill”. Suffice to say, Canon has created an intriguing tale that will not only have you caring about characters put into an awkward, unsettling situation but also wondering how they’ll react to it every step of the way. I highly recommend this unique and entertaining story.”
–Matthew Franks, Author The Monster Underneath
“This is not the normal type of book that I would read, but the cover sold it to me, and I like reading new authors and genres. This book is beautifully written, the writing flows and you feel you really understand what the character’s are feeling…” Rebecca, GoodReads Reviewer
“The ending of this story was truly horrific. I am an old school horror fan, and have been indulging in the genre since I was old enough to hold a book. I also adore and enjoy the sub-genre splatterpunk, I read Jack Ketchum as a bedside book all the time. It takes a lot to phase me, but even I was turning my head in repulsion at the end. What a wonderful debut story for Somer Canon.”
–Badseedgirl, GoodReads Reviewer
“A simple story, but all the more powerful for its simplicity. Four stars. The author has guts and skill.” –Outlaw Poet