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Length: 279 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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A bloody, cinematic romp through backwoods Illinois. 

Reading Young’s debut book is a lot like going to the movies. The setup—teenage friends embark on a wild, ill-fated  weekend aboard a houseboat—is straight out of a horror flick, and Young’s short, single-location chapters have the  feel of movie scenes. Needless to say, fans of thrillers and slasher films will have plenty of fun joining lovebirds Peter and Maggie and company on their eventful trip down the Illinois River. Young’s exposition is particularly well-executed, alternating glimpses of Peter and his two friends’ drunken joyride to the marina with Maggie and a pair of sisters making their own stoned way there. In true horror-movie fashion, each group has some unsettling encounters that fail to make them turn back: The boys cause a ruckus at a wine shop after making moves on some older women, the girls get ogled by some locals at a grocery store, and Maggie’s stop to buy pot reveals she’s been distracting herself with a charming but decidedly creepy dealer while Peter’s been away at college. Once the gang’s out on the water, all hell breaks loose, with characters dying one by one—killed and consumed by mysterious shadowy figures who hunger for human flesh. Readers will require a high tolerance (or taste) for gore if they’re to enjoy the better part of Young’s book.  Still, there’s more than just violence here: humor and a sly camp sensibility run through the story as well. Throughout, Young makes a point to note the songs playing at particular moments, “Bad Luck” and “Killing Me Softly” among them.  While the mythology underlying the killings, featuring an ancient, proto-Aztec community of cannibals, seems more  convoluted than the plot requires, Young nonetheless sustains suspense through the very last page, and his simple,  straightforward writing makes for an engaging though not overly taxing read.

Hair-raising, funny and surprising; an indulgent page-turner that might keep you off the water.

About the Author

Frank Young was born on the Rock River. After living in Colorado, he returned to Chicago for a job as a newspaperman. He currently is right behind you.

Product Details

  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SZCB7I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,159,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Frank Young works as a newspaperman in Chicago. For more info about the author, and the world of Killinois!, visit www.killinoisnovel.com.

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By Matt on December 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Imagine the craziest slasher film you've ever seen. And then make it even crazier. And you've got Killinois!

You've seen the setup before. A bunch of kids go out on a lake partying. And it's not giving anything away to say that very few make it back. The action never slows down. It's pretty much either carnage or sex 'n booze the whole time. It's not for the squeamish. Fortunately, Young peppers in lots of laugh-out-loud moments along the way. If you're looking for a thrillride that'll make you cringe and laugh, it delivers.
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Killinois was soooooo much fun. I couldn't put it down. It almost felt like Young had set some fish hooks in my eyes and was reeling me through the pages. If you like horror - you should really give Young a look. It's fun, funny, bloody and best of all, has a surprising finish.
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What a great ride this book was! From the very first chapter till the end, it had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down, I had to see what was going to happen next. A thriller for sure, with plenty of action and even a touch of humor.
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Great book! If you like thrill and horror, you have to check this out. Young does a great job of incorporating some humor into the twists and turns of the bloody, boozy party trip to the Lake.
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surprisingly funny for what it is.
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