NPR is under fire after publishing a gushing review of a twisted horror novel written by a transgender author that gleefully depicts the violent death of JK Rowling in a fire.
Gretchen Felker-Martin’s novel Manhunt has sparked fury with scenes in which ‘terfs’ (so-called trans-exclusive radical feminists), including Rowling, meet grisly ends.
And now NPR — which has come under fire for its increasingly wacky and biased content — has found itself in hot water over journalist Liam McBain’s supportive story.
“To be frank, the manhunt is not for everyone,” his review begins. “It’s gory and brutal, and it sickened me more than any other horror novel I’ve read in recent memory. I’m sure it will challenge many trans readers (like me) as much as “It will challenge cis readers. I mean all of this as a sincere compliment to Felker-Martin’s work.”
“The Manhunt is a paragon of body horror, and its many sex scenes are no exception. The prose is both erotic and macabre. Felker-Martin writes about the dissociation and dysphoric insecurities of his characters,” says McBain.
Felker-Martin’s novel Manhunt demands deeply unpleasant fictional revenge and Rowling’s crushed death in a burnt-out Scottish castle lit by the hands of trans activists. But NPR’s review described the plot as “founded.”
“Even in places where it stretched the imagination, the book was grounded in the bodies of Felker-Martin’s protagonists and the logistics of their survival,” McBain wrote.
Liam McBain reviewed the book for NPR. He said it was “rare to read a horror novel that really tests my limits in a (mostly) enjoyable way”
Gretchen Felker-Martin’s book Manhunt features characters hunting TERFS
Author Gretchen Felker-Martin used Rowling’s death in her novel to promote the story
Felker-Martin continued to promote Rowling’s ‘death’ in her novel on Twitter
The author did not appreciate people who made fun of the subject of his book
Disgustingly rendered and brilliantly imagined, Manhunt was as gripping as it was repulsive. It’s rare to read a horror novel that truly tests my limits in a (mostly) enjoyable way – and Manhunt delivers. hope more readers pick it up,” the NPR reviewer concludes.
Those reading the review seemed dismayed that NPR essentially endorses such prose, having often taken a tough stance on cases of transphobia.
“It’s only fitting that @NPR would praise a book where JK Rowling *checks the notes* dies in hell,” Eliza Mondegreen wrote. “All because Rowling wrote a perfectly reasonable letter about concerns shared by anyone who’s turned a few rocks: why are we seeing such an explosion in teenage girls with gender dysphoria?” she continued.
“Hands down one of the worst books I’ve ever read and not even because of its author’s obvious mental illness, which NPR called brilliant. There are many reasons to spit on Manhunt. It doesn’t matter that you are left or right,” wrote Mehreen Kasana.
‘What the hell?? …. NPR = Not particularly rational,” Rico Reynolds tweeted.
“NPR is now a propaganda machine,” added another.
Those reading the review seemed dismayed that NPR essentially endorses such prose.
Rowling has faced a barrage of abuse in recent years over her views on the trans debate, including death threats.
The Harry Potter author has been accused of being transphobic because she says biological sex is real and that trans women shouldn’t have access to certain women-only spaces.
The characters hunt down and kill the TERFs.
TERF is shorthand for “trans-exclusive radical feminists” — the highly pejorative term used by trans rights activists for everyone but almost exclusively women — which insists that biological sex is real.
The term has been used against Rowling in the past – and in the novel they are referred to in the novel as the “Knights of JK Rowling”.
The book reads: “Did the new girls hear what happened to the Harry Potter lady?…Okay, so, first of all, she ended up being a crazy TERF, like, super intense .”
The author goes on to explain how she took her ‘wealthy’ TERF friends to a castle in Scotland where one of the characters ‘turns around in the middle of the night and starts tearing up the other guests before someone knocks over a lamp or something’ leaving people to ‘burn alive’ before ‘eventually the whole castle comes crashing down’.
The TERFs also use a warship called the Galbraith, a reference to Miss Rowling’s pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.
Manhunt is published by Tor Nightfire, an offshoot of Macmillan which claims to publish fiction that “disturbs and delights”. It is available in paperback or ebook on Amazon.
A transgender author has written a book in which JK Rowling burns to death, the Harry Potter writer has been criticized by the trans community for his views on transgender issues
Felker-Martin frequently tweeted about Miss Rowling’s death in the novel.
One tweet read: ‘If you’re sick of gender plague novels written by transphobic dip****, try my novel MANHUNT, written by a trans woman for a trans audience. Trans dykes fall in love and fuck and murder TERFs, wild men maraud the desert, JK Rowling dies, and more.
Some are calling for the book to be banned and some are challenging Amazon for allowing the work to be sold.
Trans activists have been accused of being hypocrites for celebrating the publication of Manhunt while calling for the banning of other books by gender-critical journalists, including Helen Joyce and Abigail Shrier.
In reviews on the online store, one reviewer wrote, “I can’t understand why Amazon sells bile like this.”
Another said: “This book is abuse of women and nothing more. A porn fantasy written by a misogynist.
And a third wrote: ‘I have no idea how this was even posted. The existence of this book proves once again that misogyny is okay as long as you identify as a member of a certain group.
“If you want to read an unbalanced individual’s violent sexual fantasies against women, then this is the book for you!”