Kanye West, is to say the least, a character, large of ego, large of self confidence and lover of even larger bottomed girls than Freddy Mercury could ever envisioned, he is nothing if not entertaining. However, if you scrape away the veneer of poor language skills, internet bust ups and a hatred for Taylor Swift that will see him get a swift kick in the peanuts from me, and you will find a much darker soul indeed! A soul so dark that he will stop at nothing to see his plans to not only reanimate the dying corpse of rap music, but the actual corpses of certain long dead rappers come to fruition. Kayne West - Re Animator is a terrifying insight into the mind of music's most deluded practitioner.
I used to love rap music, but as every old fogey will say "this modern stuff is not as good as it was back in my day" I liked rap music when Ice Cube wasn't goofing it up in terrible films, Onyx wasn't just a misspelling of Lynx bodyspray, and Naughty By Nature wasn't a phrase to describe my wayward and psychotic daughter Cthella. But times change and the old rappers die, fade away or sell their souls to the gods of the quick buck. So when it comes to confirming the details of what occurs in this book I am sorry to say that I can't testify to any of the facts about Kayne West revealed within its pages. Such as the existence of his "Yoghurt retreat", his obsession with owls, "four barn records" and his endless supply of lust tears and nocturnal emissions. So we will have to take these "facts" as presented by the unnamed narrator of this dark and disturbing story.
Horror is a fantastic genre, it is so wide and encompassing that you can go from one extreme to the other. from the brutal gritty novels of Gary McMahon, to the crazy humour of Joshua Chaplinsky's Kanye West - Reanimator without ever risking breaking the bubble. It is a genre that defies characterisation, and a genre that screams out for a great comedy pastiche. Which is where we come in with this book.
Kanye West - Reanimator, is a full on love letter to H.P. Lovecraft, hell it even manages to use the N word in a non cringeworthy and acceptable way, trust me on this folks. Chaplinsky has produced a novella that captures the voice of a Lovecraftain narrator perfectly, while infusing him with a rich vein of dark humour. In fact if you haven't read Lovecraft, or if it has been a long time since you did, you might find Kanye West - Reanimator a bit of a difficult read at first, as Chaplinsky has captured the style of Lovecraft perfectly. But stick with it as once you get into the narrative flow, you are in for a treat, with a compelling story peppered with wonderful gags, and guest appearances from those who have crossed paths with the man himself. The cameo from one aging rock star is particularly hilarious, with the mental image of him swinging a broadsword a stroke of comic genius.
This is a side splitting comic novel, that had this reviewer laughing out loud on the bus as he read it. If you thought Kayne West was a bit of a pathetic loser before by the time you finish reading this novella you will see him as an even bigger pathetic loser. I'm not quite sure what he has done to Chaplinsky to deserve such a cutting attack, but rest assured Chaplinsky goes in for the kill.
This is an acerbic, intelligent and witty deconstruction of one of media's most deluded personalities, and the futility and fleetingness of fame. A perfect example of horror comedy that resists the all too often urge for bargain basement humour for a series of adroit and shrewd jokes that will have you smiling from ear to ear.