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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Vandalia Press; 1st Edition edition (January 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937058815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937058817
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maynard’s descriptions remain as unflattering as ever. And the four-letter words and steamy sex will offend many readers. -- James E. Casto, Huntington Herald Dispatch

[Maynard] once again succeeds in delivering a devastatingly, soul-searching, scabrous and very funny literary experience. -- Michael Shannon Friedman, Charleston Gazette, October 12, 2003

About the Author

Lee Maynard was born in Wayne County, West Virginia, and grew up in the county’s small towns – and hollows – that shape much of his writing. His relatives still live in the county, as they have for more than 200 years.

He is a graduate of West Virginia University and attended graduate school at Marshall University.

Maynard is a novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, editor and journalist. As a journalist, he has been an assignment writer for Reader’s Digest for more than a decade. He has been published more than 100 times in publications as diverse as The Saturday Review, Reader’s Digest, Columbia Review of Literature, Appalachian Heritage, Washington Post, Country America, Christian Science Monitor, and on Mighty Words, an e-publishing site.

Maynard’s previous novel, Crum, was the first original fiction published by Washington Square Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, in 1988. The second edition of Crum was published in 2001 as the first book from Vandalia Press.

Maynard wrote Screaming with the Cannibals, a sequel to Crum, with the support from a Literary Fellowship in Fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts.

An avid outdoorsman and conversationalist, Maynard is a mountaineer, sea kayaker, skier, and former professional river runner. He has recently rode a motorcycle from his home near Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Arctic Circle.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Screaming with the Cannibals(SWTC)is action packed and often hilariously funny. The novel is a page-turner filled with downright descriptive sex, and the language men and boys might use when at war. It is the story of an intelligent young boy, Jesse Stone, coming of age and coping with feelings of aloneness, repressive religion, racial turmoil, etc.
The 2nd in a series, SWTC takes up where Maynard's first novel Crum left off. However, the author skillfully incorporates information from Crum in the form of flashbacks and each novel stands alone.
SWTC opens with Jesse, a rough and tumble 50s era football playing, book reading kid, finishing Crum High School. He is determined to see the world he has experience only through the books in the school's library.
Short on specific goals but high on self-reliance, Jesse packs his favorite book, a change of clothes and about thirteen dollars and "lights out" for somewhere.
He hitches a ride and briefly end up a farm hand in nearby Kentucky. There he gets interested (that's putting in mildly)in a neigbor's wife and contributes to a near riot at the farm community's yearly Fundamentalist revival. On the run, he heads south on an unlicensed Triumph motorcycle he rebuilt from used farm equipment parts.
Testesterone in high gear, Jesse finds more trouble with a South Carolina Sheriff before he lands a job as a lifeguard at Myrtle Beach.
Jesse runs smack-dab into racial trumoil and segregated beaches, the same Sheriff, responsible work, plus hoards of nubile girls and a Mrs. Robinson-type older woman.
If you ever wonder, "What goes on in the minds of teen aged boys?" this is the book to read.
The novel is extremely well written and easy to read. I especially like Maynard's writing style.
Readers who remember Myrtle Beach in the "old days" will enjoy the scenes set there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on September 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
First, forget the review that said women don't enjoy Crum. Anyone can and will enjoy both of Lee Maynard's books if they have a good sense of humour and aren't a prude. I loved Crum. It was hilariously raunchy and accurate in its portrayal of country life.

Screaming With The Cannibals may even be better than Crum. Where Crum was a country boy's wild adolescence, Screaming With The Cannibals is a young man's cross country adventure. It's funny, sexy, adventurous, human, exciting, ...and a whole lot of other adjectives!

A modern classic. So much life and imagination is packed into this small book. Life in the country, road trips, strange Mountain folk, scary Southern folk, tent revivals, crazy preachers, skinny dippin', train jumpin', [hot] lifeguards, murderous cops, car chases, and sex smothered in home cookin'.

It has that timeless, country humour and atmosphere of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, with a bit of On the Road, Stand by Me, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and 9 1/2 Weeks thrown in the mix. All written in simple, straight forward, but still somehow poetic language. I didn't want it to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Bratz on May 21, 2004
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If you haven't read Crum, don't bother getting this book. This is the sequel to Crum, and although it's not quite as good as the original, it's a great story.
Crum is a book that very few women would enjoy. If you're a guy with a sense of humor you should check it out. It's one of the funniest books I've ever read, about a kid growing up in a small town in West Virginia. The book is full of the adventures of this kid and his friends, and of his quest to leave the town of Crum. If you enjoy that book, you will also like this one.
Lee Maynard is an outstanding writer, and I'm constantly looking for anything new by him. I was thrilled when I found this book earlier this year and not at all disappointed when I read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Crosman on August 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Henry Miller, one of the great practitioners of this kind of confessional memoir, cites a quotation of Emerson to the effect that if a man could truly write his own experience he'd produce something better than all the classics of antiquity. Maybe so, but the fact that a writer writes from his (or her) own experience doesn't substitute for knowing how to write. Salinger and Updike, who are compared to Maynard as chroniclers of youthful experience, are famous stylists, while so far as I can tell Lee Maynard is no stylist at all. This is why his readers praise him as an "easy read." He just tells his story pretty much the way you or I would tell it. Command of the language enables a writer to add depth and resonance to the most banal aspects of childhood experience (look at Updike's classic story "Pigeon Feathers," about shooting pests in the family barn). There is a kind of unsophisticated reader for whom style is an annoyance, because it presumes a certain level of education and literary familiarity, but style is a means of relating individual experience to more universal themes that give it both meaning and beauty. As we live it, our life is usually just "one damn thing after another," and that seems to be how Maynard tell it. Good literature, however, finds underlying themes or ideas and organizes experience so as to show how this seemingly random flow is all inter-related, and thus becomes more than just one person's experience. Catcher in the Rye captures the idiom of a self-deceived teenager in a way that makes him enormously sympathetic while at the same time showing up his posturing and defensiveness. This is a marvelous stylistic achievement that no-one has ever duplicated. Maynard gets nowhere near this level of stylistic artistry. So, if yr wondering how it is to grow up poor in a backward rural spot like Crum, West Virginia, then he's your man, but if you like good literature, try Twain, Miller, Salinger, Updike, or even Tobias Wolff.
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