Review: Mother Maggot by Simon McHardy

Mother Maggot

Buy it Here: Potter’s Grove Press,


After a fried-chicken-fuelled sex romp, Eddie embarks on a perverted odyssey. Murder, torture, geriatrics, bugs and big beautiful women all fail to satisfy him until he meets the Maggot Mother—a nymphomaniac, cannibal, human-maggot with a sweet side. On his trail is Cindy a beautiful cop with her own dark sexual perversions. WARNING: EXTREME SEXUAL HORROR AND VIOLENCE.


There has been a great amount of buzz and mystery about Mother Maggot since it came out. After being self-published, it disappeared from Amazon due to content. It returned on SmashWords, but was pulled in less than 24 hours for content. By the time this novella found a publisher, Potter’s Grove Press, there was a clamor to read this book. What is so horrible and grotesque about this book that caused it to have so many problems? 

With this as a backstory, I came into this novella expecting the worst. I was not disappointed, but I was not shocked. There are some very nasty, gross-out sex scenes. Every character is filled with sexual depravity and there is not one scene wasted. The entire story is over the top, filled with sex, violence, murder, blood, and maggots. 

This is one of those stories that I cannot recommend to everyone because there are some people who just will not appreciate this for what it is, a extremely graphic horror and sex story that tries very hard to gross people out. I think there are certain things that happen that detach me from the reality of the situation. Like there are many many books where the characters can be a neighbor down the street or even me. In Mother Maggot, the characters are more caricatures, killing each other, having deviant sex and unhealthy relationships, and at the end of the day, the story is more funny and entertaining than serious. This ability to disconnect, to make this more about entertainment than about the story sucking me in and making me feel for these characters, is what makes Mother Maggot a story that I say must be read by anyone who dares. This is something disgusting about every single one of the characters, but the style of the book keeps these characters on the page and not someone that you honestly feel like you could meet on the street on any given day. 

After all of the hype of Mother Maggot, I will say that it meets the expectations. The story is graphic. The story is disgusting. There are some scenes that made me cringe, but as a whole, there is nothing about this novella that says that it should not be read. There is no reason why it should have been de-platformed from Amazon or SmashWords, but it is definitely a book that you should read at your own risk. 

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