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More About the Author
He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. His novel PRESSURE has been optioned for film; he's hoping the movie will be made soon so he can scream "My baby! What have you done to my precious baby?!?"
His novels are usually classified as horror, but they're really all over the place, from comedies to thrillers to drama to, yes, even a fairy tale.
Because he doesn't do cold weather anymore, he lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and a deaf cat.
Top Customer Reviews
My daughter, Kate (14): Yes. It was silly and crazy. People being chased by zombie History teachers is crazy. It also features a voodoo doll and a family of cannibals.
Kate: Yeah. They kill people in human sacrifices. And then eat them.
Me: So it's a horror story?
Kate: Yeah. I suppose. It wasn't scary horror. It was more funny than scary. There were great characters like Adam, the main character's best friend. He was funny and slightly psychotic. He's the one who gets the voodoo doll in the first place.
Me: Are you sure it's suitable reading for young people?
Kate: It depends. There's no real swearing. It's not scary. Not proper scary.
Me: Human sacrifice? Limbs dropping off?
Kate: It has violent moments, but it's not graphic.
Me: So how many stars would you give it?
Me: Five? It's that good?
Kate: It's really good. It was funny. There were no plot holes.
Me: Is that what you look for in a book?
Kate: Well, it all made sense in the end. Sort of.
Tyler may be living the American dream when he sticks a pin in a voodoo doll of his unfair meanie of a teacher right in the middle of class and gets a result. But something happens that's much worse than pain, and he learns that revenge isn't so sweet a dish when it's just too much colder than he really is at heart. And then comes the panic.
Panic and comedy set the two overlapping tones for the whole book. Jeff's ... umm, Ferris's ... Tyler's! narration flits all over the place, but rarely stays serious for long. In many ways, this a book about books, and about funny books. The customary narration of the story cuts out entirely at points while Strand "gets meta" and regales us with odd bits of weirdness involving a ghostwriter begging for more work, comments on The Shining, notes from the editor, hints on writing a book report on the book, and generally exhibits enjoyable silliness before getting back to the story at hand.Read more ›
The storyline is so far-fetched, wacky and extremely entertaining! I love horror and a good comedy and Jeff Strand combines 'em both in this fine treat: A Bad Day for Voodoo.
From the opening chapter, it's a roller coaster ride! The plot borders on the ridiculous. I remember my eyes bugging out in incredulity. It ranges from body parts exploding to cadavers escaping the morgue; voodoo doll-loving Rottweilers to creepy cannibals. So if you're the type that don't like to suspend a lot of disbelief or dislike an unbelievable storyline, then chances are you won't like this book.
This book isn't Shakespeare. It won't be winning any Pulitzer awards. However, it's extremely enjoyable. The pacing is swift and brilliant. There's a lot of blood splatter and the humor is in spades. You might ask, how can mutilation and blood loss be humorous? Jeff Strand nails it. It reminds me a lot of the late 80s - early 90s B movies minus the modern gizmos and gadgets, such as My Boyfriend's Back.Read more ›
The story movies along at a frenetic pace once the voodoo doll comes into play, as sticking a pin into the doll's leg and then seeing their teacher's leg detach from his body in a violent eruption, sending both boys into a panicked sense of terror and paranoia. How Tyler and Adam each handle the event is like the different between night and day. What ensues is a farcical fright-fest with the boys winding up in possession of a new doll, this one designed to symbolize Tyler, and the outright horror of what might happen to Tyler if anything happens to the doll.
Throw in a cavalcade of crazy characters that the boys encounter during a single night of wild-eyed wandering in hopes of getting the woman who made the doll to take away its powers. Readers no sooner get a sense of how one tension-filled scene might play out, then Jeff concocts a brand new dilemma for the boys to deal with on their fear-fueled romp.
A Bad Day for Voodoo feels like the Corey Haim/Corey Feldman movie that never got made. A bit of ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book after hearing Jeff speak at a conference. "A Bad Day for Voodoo" is a fun, entertaining read that the intended audience (young teens) should really... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Warren F.
This book was unexpectedly entertaining and really funny. It had me laughing out loud for most of it and I really enjoyed how ridiculous it was.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Twisted. Clever. Hilarious at times. Moderately creepy some of the time. Zombie teachers (which, come on, we ALL believe we've had at least one zombie teacher at some point in our... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Colson
Best book I have read in a long time.
I defiantly recommend this book. Read more
A Bad Day for Voodoo is an absolute masterpiece. Having already read Jeff Strand in the past, I was already a fan, but this surpassed anything I have ever read from him. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carl Alves
Well, I had fun with this book. Interesting characters especially since they are teenagers. Some good plot twists. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jack Millis
Highly recommended. I recently started reading his books and this one and Kumquat are both amazingly funny and enjoyable to read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephen
Jeff Strand has the perfect blend of sarcasm, comedy, and action to make even a Young Adult book a compelling read for adults. Read more
Too damn funny!!!:-)
Love his stuff.
Strand is a great author and I plan to go on and on about him until my friends check out his stuff just to shut me up:-)
Thank... Read more
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