Ryan Craig Bradford
Published: 17th February, 2015
Armed with a passion for classic B-grade horror movies, a script co-written by his twin brother, and a wicked crush on his death-obsessed neighbor; hardcore horror fan Jason Nightshade must finish his student film.
But his plans are derailed when the children of suburban Silver Creek start disappearing – his twin brother among them. Battling a possessed video camera, a crazy zombie dog, a monstrous bully, and a frighteningly broken down family life, Jason embarks on a mission to find his lost brother so the two can write an ending for his story.
As an any horror fan knows, saving the day won’t be easy, as Jason finds himself forced to face the real world where death isn’t just a splash of fake blood on a camera lens.
What I liked: This book had several moments where the horror was played well into the story and actually made the tension big enough that I was almost glued to the page to see what was going to happen. I really liked reading the different parts about the script the brothers had written, it was interesting to see what their mind had come up with to use to make a movie. We even have a few creepy characters who you question and wonder about what their motives and places in the story would be. There was also this cemetery they visit and it had some creepy feeling to it.
What I didn’t like: Closer to the ending there was an entire section that read more like it should have been in a script instead of in the book. It was fast, jumpy, and very confusing. This is also a kid who watches all the old horror movies, and if he did I’m sure he would have caught on really quickly what had happened to his dog, but he just seemed to wander around really not paying the dog any mind as to what was happening to it even though it was very obvious to me what he should have realized even sooner. It also lacks focus upon the horror movie in the way I thought it would happen, its more of a cheesy horror story than anything, even with the scary parts.
Overall Review: It wasn’t what I was expecting when I started reading it, it has more of a focus of his family falling apart after the lose of his brother and this girl he’s really into and wants to get with who dated his brother before he disappeared. There were portions in between chapters that gave snippets of the script which I found to be really engrossing and I would have liked to see more of how it played out. While this is a tribute to all those B-grade horror flicks, it wasn’t all that bad and had some really good moments of its own. It even had a section where it was a bunch of different facts about different horror movies over the years that I found really entertaining and really enjoyed seeing those little snippets of information about the different horror movies I’ve seen.
Recommend?: If your a horror fan and like B-grade movies this would be something you enjoy!
My Rating: 3.6/5
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About the Author
Ryan grew up in Park City, Utah. His fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, Paper Darts, Vice, Monkeybicycle and [PANK]. He currently lives in San Diego where he acts as Creative Director for the nonprofit literary arts organization So Say We All. He’s the co-editor of the anthology Last Night on Earth and founder of the literary horror journal, Black Candies.
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