The Convulsion Factory

Pick among the rubble of modern civilization, and listen for the beating of its rusted heart.

“Dark fiction so numbing cold and cutting edge you better hold onto your ass with your free hand … There are no simple ‘entertainments’ or cheap grabs for the throat to be found here. Hodge is deadly serious about presenting a world where the worst punishment is the mere fact that you are aware you will probably live to see another day.”

So wrote esteemed critic Stanley Wiater about The Convulsion Factory before ranking it among the 113 best books of modern horror fiction. Its 12 stories are fused together by the recurring motif of decay … the decay of cities and families, identity and gender, idolatry and love.

Out of decay comes new life.

If only that were the good news…


  • “Introduction: From Out Of The Angry Ruins” by Philip Nutman
  • “Godflesh”
  • “Childhood At The Lost And Found”
  • “Androgyny”
  • “In A Roadhouse Far, Past The Edge Of Town”
  • “Naked Lunchmeat”
  • “Cancer Causes Rats”
  • “Mostly Cloudy, Chance Of Kurt”
  • “Heartsick”
  • “Extinctions In Paradise”
  • “The Meat In The Machine”
  • “Extract”
  • “Liturgical Music For Nihilists”
  • “Endnotes: The Ticking of an Unfriendly Clock”


“I haven’t enjoyed a story collection so much since Clive Barker kept me up all night when I first got my hands on The Books of Blood.” – Philip Nutman, from the Introduction

“A writer of spectacularly unflinching gifts … Leaves most contemporary horror writing in the dust. This is a terrific collection.” – Peter Straub

“Stark, grim, and wholly horrifying … an unforgettable and disturbing collection.” – DarkEcho