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Rock And Roll Reform School Zombies [Kindle Edition]

Bryan Smith
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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“Blood is spilled, taboos are not just broken, but destroyed, and copious amounts of fun are to be had in this latest release from Bryan Smith.”--Paperback Horror blog on Rock and Roll Reform School Zombies

Acclaimed horror author Bryan Smith presents ROCK AND ROLL REFORM SCHOOL ZOMBIES, an approximately 34,000 word novella loaded with sex, gore, and heavy metal.

It’s 1987. Ronald Reagan is president and heavy metal music rules the airwaves. The Southern Illinois Music Reeducation Center exists to cure metal-loving teens of their rebellious ways and turn them into squeaky-clean, “productive” members of society.

Wayne Devereaux heads to the SIMRC one stormy night to help his girlfriend, Melissa, break out of the brainwashing facility. His ganja-toking metalhead buddy, Steve, is along for the ride.

The rescue seems a pretty straightforward--if risky--task, but there’s one complication Wayne and Steve could not have anticipated.

The rise of the flesh-eating zombies.

PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF BRYAN SMITH:

"Bryan Smith's DARKENED is a full-throttle pedal-to-the-metal ride straight into the heart of the apocalypse. Deeply disturbing and absolutely riveting. Highly recommended."--Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of THE KING OF PLAGUES and PATIENT ZERO

“I look forward to spending a weekend with a new Bryan Smith book the way I used to look forward to spending a weekend with a new Richard Laymon novel. In my view, there isn‘t higher praise than that.”--Brian Keene, author of The Rising.

“Let me unequivocally state that Bryan Smith creates the most fantastic, sick, demented and twisted characters in horror fiction today.”--Famous Monsters of Filmland


Product Details

  • File Size: 213 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bitter Ale Press; 1st Digital Edition edition (March 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T5W6PY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you enjoyed the previous novels of Bryan Smith you will certainly enjoy this one. The basic plot is this. The year is 1987. Teens, Wayne and Steve are on a mission to rescue Wayne's girl friend Melissa from the Southern Illinois Music Re-Education Center. SIMRC is a kind of de-programming center for teens into the Heavy Metal lifestyle. The SIMRC is ran by the cruel mistress Sybil Huffington and other twisted religious zealots. Wayne and Steve must break Melissa out before she endures further brutal humiliations...and then there are the zombies. This book at 118 pages is a very fun read. Smith cleverly titles each of his chapters after songs from the 70s and 80s Metal and Punk genres. Smith also inspires rock and roll nostalgia by referencing the 1980s pop culture landscape. He immerses the reader in the atmosphere of the B horror film and masterfully narrates his story with a sense of absurdity and poetic irony.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smith Brings 80's Zombies Back With A Vengeance June 15, 2011
Format:Paperback
I've read a few Bryan Smith books and for me, he is hit or miss. I'm happy to say that Smith's latest book by Deadite Press is a full-fledged hit. If you grew up nearly worshipping Romero's zombie films along with Return of the Living Dead, then this book is for you. Lots of winks to the reader throughout the story made it even more enjoyable. It has your basic plot, sure, but it moves so fast and with such inspired energy, you can't help but get sucked in and root for the heroes. And while the first half is bit more fun than the second half, the wild frenzy of violence should keep you reading long into the night.

My only real disappointment was with Deadite Press's copy editing. If they can't take the time to clean up punctuation, perhaps they are releasing too many titles. It's a simple process, guys. READ the damn manuscript slowly one time and you will find the errors! With that out of the way, I wholeheartedly recommend "Rock And Roll Reform School Zombies". This book is a great introduction for new readers to experience Bryan Smith. You've got likable characters, ruthless villains, lots of gore, kinky sex, and zombies. What more could you ask for?
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4.0 out of 5 stars An undead trip back to the 80s August 17, 2011
Format:Paperback
Judge a book by its cover and you just might hit the jackpot. That's certainly the case with Bryan Smith's "Rock and Roll Reform School Zombies." The torso of a female zombie missing a chunk of her arm and playing an electric guitar? Bring it on!

After finishing the book, you'll realize that it was basically what you expected but much more fun and creative. As a bonus, the author will take you on a ride back to the 80s that includes the best heavy metal had to offer during that decade (think AC/DC), all the attitude from the blockbuster movies of the day (picture your favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jean-Claude Van Damme one-liners) and even a cameo by an Atari gaming console. Sprinkle some classic George A. Romero on top of that and add a load of dark humor enveloped in social critique and what you get is a book worth reading just for fun.

The premise is simple: Melissa is stuck in the Southern Illinois Music Re-education Center, a reform school for heavy metal lovers and rebellious youth. After putting up with a lot of abuse from Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin-like characters, she calls her boyfriend, Wayne, and asks him to help her break out. Wayne and his friend Steve decide to pull the stunt with the right soundtrack and two unloaded guns. Simultaneously, a meteor falls near the Southern Illinois Music Reeducation Center and the victims of the school's headmistress, a uptight conservative nutcase with a penchant for strangling prostitutes after enjoying their company, turn into zombies, crawl out of their secret graves and invade the SIMRC.

Smith is a sharp writer that pulls no punches and his dark humor is all over this book. The real brilliance of the novel comes from the social critique that underlines the entire text.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Late Night B-Movie in a Book. October 1, 2011
By NJMetal
Format:Paperback
"Rock and Roll Reform School Zombies" is just as campy as it's title would suggest. This is the first book I've read by the young talented author, Bryan Smith. Though the story comes across very hokey, you can tell that Smith is a smart writer who is capable of bigger, better and smarter stories.

It's not that the story is bad. I felt in the end that perhaps it would have translated better as a graphic novel where a certain level of campiness may work better. Smith prose does shine despite the silly premise of the book. In the end it's just another zombie story and the storyline is nearly unnecessary.

The biggest hang up I had with the book was the "Rock and Roll Reform School" itself. It wasn't really believeable and Smith didn't do much to suspend my disbelief of such a place existing. Added to that was an all-too-easy catalyst to create the zombies. The action was fine and the vile descriptions were vivid. But believability still was a sticking point.

I still feel the writer himself is capable of better things. I fully intend to pick up another Bryan Smith book and give him another try. If you want some easy cheesey reading however, this is your book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars a zombie book October 24, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not a bad read. It reads like an 80's horror flick, which a lot of authors are trying to do right now, and this book does it pretty well.
The problem with this, though, is that 80's horror is good because it is so BAD (with, of course, a handful of pretty rad exceptions), and that sense of "oh man! Gimme a break!" does not translate as well to the written word.
That said, the book is a quick, entertaining read, with lots of gore and depravity and rock and roll.
Also, the last three pages really do an incredible job of bringing these somewhat flat characters into a more realistic realm. These last pages were really something special. I just wonder why the author didn't give us more stuff like that throughout the book.
Not too much, mind you. This is pulp.
But a little more would've been nice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is one great piece of Zombie fun! Plenty of gore and sex...Love Bryan Smith.
Published 4 months ago by Robert Bertani
3.0 out of 5 stars Horror Horror
What's there to say Blood more Blood Total horror, If you enjoy horror a must read but otherwise nothing more
Published 7 months ago by RXM
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Bargain Zombie Book
Its 99 cents. YOu get more than your money at that price. No new ground. Its a zombie book. THe characters are cookie cutter. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brett Grossmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
Even with the ending I still want to hit the road and crank tunes.

Get some pallets from behind the grocery store and a couple quarts of Miller Lite and make a party of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by JET
5.0 out of 5 stars Bryan Smith never disappoints!!!
Just another fantastic story to add to the long line of huge hits!! I wish this one had been longer, but all in all, a fantastic read!! Bryan Smith is AMAZING!!!!!!!!
Published 19 months ago by Brandy Nicole Havers
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the fan
I love it. It is fast paced, intelligent, some blood, guts and glory kind of book. It is well written, a few funny spots which make it more interesting, the characters are human... Read more
Published 20 months ago by TootSweet
4.0 out of 5 stars weird but good
A different outdoes on the zombie story. Zombies. And heavy metal lol what more do you need. Pule lots of blood
Published 22 months ago by dragon6711
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked fun
I really enjoyed reading this particular story from Bryan Smith. He is a very talented writer and this story is well written and paced. Read more
Published on February 21, 2013 by Dan Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars 1980's Heavy Metal Zombie Romp
The year is 1987. The Southern Illinois Music Reeducation Center, fronted by a sadistic headmistress, specializes in "de-metaling" teens at any means necessary and corporal... Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by Justin Coons
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Roll will never die
This was a sick and twisted rock and roll infested nightmare. This book was too good to put down and a lot of fun to read. Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Steve Wands (author of Stay Dead)
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