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by Robert Devereaux




After killing her abusive husband, Danny, in self-defense, Karin spends her days tending flowers at his grave, unable to let go of him, that is, until he rises from the grave to abuse her again. Original.
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ISBN: 0440214823
ISBN13: 978-0440214823
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Robert Devereaux
Language: English
Publisher: Dell (January 1, 1994)
ePUB size: 1737 kb
FB2 size: 1334 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 330
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Cointrius
In her blurb for the book, Poppy Z. Brite says that Devereaux's work turns her on. I'm curious if she includes "Deadweight" in that statement, since all but one of the sex scenes here feature violent rapes (including an incestuous one) and women are painted as sex- and abuse-starved subhumans.

"Deadweight" is the story of an abused wife who, unable to take it anymore, kills her husband. She ends up marrying the lawyer who kept her out of jail, but still pines for the brute who knocked her around. She visits his grave daily. This woman, Karin, has the power to bring things back from the dead. While reviving the flowers she puts on her murdered husband's grave, she accidentally brings him back to life (along with his dog, who happens to be buried beside him).

The first problem Devereaux runs into is that he creates an utterly unsympathetic heroine. Though her former husband, Danny, beat her and treated her horribly, she whines and complains that her new husband, Frank, isn't as exciting, isn't as much fun, isn't as good in the bedroom. She shuns Frank, the man who kept her from going to jail for killing Danny, for Danny's gravesite, where she coos apologies to him. The truth is, Karin is so annoying that we actually want Danny to rise from the dead and do away with her. Basically, she's getting what she asked for -- Danny back in her life.

In fact, Devereaux actually makes Danny, the killer, a more sympathetic figure. He was a lousy human being when he was alive, but it's Karin's cavalier and irresponsible use of her special power that brings him back (nothing he asked for or wanted) and with this return to life comes an inability to control his worst urges. So not only does she cluelessly fool with life and death, but she makes him worse than he ever was.

If this novel is any indication, Devereaux has a low opinion of women. Besides Karin mewling over the guy who beat her, you have a cheating-spouse neighbor who sleeps with everyone and everything and has no interests outside of sex, and in one of the most bizarre scenes I've ever read, Danny, fresh from the grave, breaks into a house and kills a man, and his wife is first pleased, and then so turned on by Danny -- who's covered in dirt and blood -- that she tries to seduce him.

The second problem is that once Danny busts out of his grave, the book is nonstop violence from then on. Danny moves from one person to the next and kills each one brutally. The violence becomes mind-numbing. I actually like this sort of fiction -- intense and vile images of horror -- but after a while, as Danny moves from victim to victim, it all feels a bit rote and perfunctory.

Having said all that, I was expecting a cheap, gory horror novel, and that's basically what I got, so I guess I shouldn't complain too much. I think Devereaux had the basic ingredients for a better novel, though. "Deadweight" was, however, fast-paced, easy to speed through, and as violent as advertised.

So if you don't mind an anemic plot, and are looking for nothing else but to sit back and enjoy blood and gore, you'd probably enjoy "Deadweight."
Moonshaper
What a sick person to write this.I love horror and bloody Gore if it has a point; but Beastiality --Sexual dismemberment --Necrophilia--Rape..discust. I threw my kindle down and ran to vomit. I didn't finish reading it. My brain felt infested by maggots. Such a sick waste of time and money... Poppy Z Brite-what the hell?

Take back the one star rating..I had to do that to publish this Warning.
Thiama
Every day Karin visits her husband Danny's grave, the husband she killed when his abuse finally became too much. But her mourning has awakened a spark in Danny, and now he's coming back, fueled by a penchant for explosive violence and a thirst for revenge.
It may not sound like much, but it's pretty well done - for the first half or so. The descriptions of Danny's return to the land of the living are particularly, er, realistic (that is to say, it is shown convincingly, how you might expect it to happen.) But once he's freed from his earthly prison, the book goes downhill. The author seems mainly concerned with having Danny continually one-up himself in his rampage of murder and torture, and everything else falls by the wayside. As graphic and over the top as these scenes are, they are really kind of dull. The characters have no depth: the only hint we are given as to why Karin is the way she is comes in a brief prologue of her as a child. We are told a few t! imes that Danny had a bit of goodness somewhere inside him, but we never see any evidence, so it's inexplicable to the reader that Karin would have any positive feelings for the man at all. The other characters are throwaways. None are likeable.
It's not hard to see why Poppy Z. Brite raves about Devereaux's writing on the cover. They both share a fondness for mindless gore at the expense of plot and characterization. If you found her awful 'Exquisite Corpse' to your liking, you may wish to seek this one out. Otherwise, don't bother.
Cordabor
It's too bad [email protected] was so way off on his review of the brilliant DEADWEIGHT. I hope his unkind words don't scare off potential readers from what is certainly one of the better horror novels of the 1990s. Robert Devereaux's DEADWEIGHT, clearly the best of the Dell Abyss line of "cutting-edge" horror books, is the kind of novel that takes your breath away. It could be labelled "splatterpunk" because of its scenes of outrageous sex and grue, and yet it could also be called a story of hope. The exquisite writing (Devereaux's playful and beautifully precise language lends a poetic irony to the gruesome events within) seduces us into Karin's story of revival. The jaw-droppingly horrible struggle that Karin must endure on the way to that revival is almost physically painful for the reader, but Karin's psychological victory at book's end is rendered all the more exciting. Please read this book! It's the first and possibly greatest book (so far) by an author destined for infamy!
Xava
Deadweight is my kind of book, take no prisoners violence and mayhem through and through. The "heroine" I never liked, the villain has a dog he loves, how can he be all that bad? Anyway I recommend this book if you like gore. The reviewer who says the author apparently doesn't like women was dead on in her review as well. I would read more of Mr Devereaux's books for sure.