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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Deadite Press (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621050211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621050216
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BRIAN KEENE is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture's current interest in zombies. Keene's novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, Taiwanese, and many more. In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, The X-Files, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Superman.

Several of Keene's novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option.

Keene's work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher's Weekly, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine. He has won numerous awards and honors, including a World Horror Grand Master award, two Bram Stoker awards, and a recognition from Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) for his outreach to U.S. troops serving both overseas and abroad. A prolific public speaker, Keene has delivered talks at conventions, college campuses, theaters, and inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Crappy Reviews on March 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've just recently become a fan of Brian Keene. Yes, indeed I have been living under that proverbial rock, though I have found many other compatriots under there who have not had the chance to enjoy many of the limited editions out there that thankfully are being reprinting. I may still be under there feeding on worms and dry dirt, but Deadite came around and with a whack of awesome cover art by Alan M. Clark, I started buying them up.

Boy oh boy was I in for a treat! Being a long time Laymon fan, Keene's writing reminds me very much of this late great writer. Though the man has a voice of his own and a distinct mythos of his own.

And here I am now having just finished reading the latest Deadite release of this out of print novella that was a blast to read. I didn't bother reading any synopsis or other reviews for the Cemetery Dance edition and went into the novella having no idea what it was about, all I had was another gorgeous cover by Mr. Clark to get an idea of what might be hiding in the pages.

At first I thought I was reading a variant on the Laymon/Lee/Ketchum collection Triage as it starts with a bang...literally...a lone gunman dressed in black barges his way into the lives of eight employees of Big Bills Electronics. As the novella progresses I found how wrong my initial assumptions were. Which I will not spoil for anyone.

One thing I really enjoy about the novella experience as that they can be read in one sitting, allowing the story to unfold in real time. Making me at least feel like I'm right there suffering with the characters. And they do suffer!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Azeryk on March 30, 2012
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For fans of Brian Keene this is likely to be one of those books you've been waiting a while for. Before Deadite Press released this edition it had only been released in a limited edition hardback and on a collection called Conspiracy of One - both of which are out of print and only available on the likes of e-bay for larger sums of money.

As the book description says it follows a group of electronic store employees who are locked in a storage cage in the warehouse whilst a madman goes to work at the front of the shop. He then takes the employees out to the front one at a time leaving the remaining hostages to wonder what is really going on. With a good chunk of the book taking place in the warehouse it follows the reactions of the remaining members and how they interact with each other and deal with what is happening. It also leave both them and the reader to wonder what the madman has in store for them.

Fans of Keene's previous works will enjoys the links this has with the mythos which features in his others works whilst not being too confusing for anyone who has never read a Keene book before.

Whilst the book could of happily been released on it's own both Deadite and Brian Keene have added 3 bonus short stories called "Marriage Causes Cancer In Rats," "Lest Ye Become," and "Waiting For Darkness" - these have been released before but are now out of print so it is good to see them being added to give readers better value and to give fans more access to his other works.

The book is a good read for fans of both Keene and horror and it's good to see his work being made more accessible so I highly recommend you add this to your books collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bivman, Horror fan on July 5, 2012
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I like the story of "The Cage". It was tense, creepy, and it was well written. I liked the dialouge between the captive store employees was realistic. And when the time came for Simon to come and take another employee was exceptionally well crafted. It felt me wanting more though and the brief explanation of why Simon was doing what he was doing felt kind of rushed.

The other two short stories in this book I just kind of skimmed through. Wasn't really feeling them. All in all this is a decent although short read. I like Brian Keene alot and I'm glad I got the chance to read this story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes on November 24, 2012
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This short story grabbed me from the get-go. I was very intrigued by the bad man entering the store and his statements. As each of the workers disappeared my need to know what was happening heightened. And then the story ended. Once I think I knew what was going on it was done. It's a little pricey for the time it took to read too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Turner on June 23, 2012
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I love Keene's other works. $4.95 for a hour read is too much. Should have been $.99 or tied it with a few more stories for a collection. Guess it was my own fault for not looking at the download size.
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The 64 page story The Cage won't take you long to get through, but you will enjoy that time. It's not Keene's greatest ever short story and unfortunately if you've read a fair selection of the author's work the ending isn't a surprise at all, so is therefore a bit of an anticlimax. However The Cage for the majority of its pages is a great imagine if it was me in this situation read. A group of colleagues in an electronics store are about to close up and head off home when a man carrying a few guns walks into the store. He quickly displays he's not afraid to use those weapons if they don't do whatever he tells them, explaining and adding to the confusion that he only needs six. The men are lead to their expensive small items storage area, or the cage as they refer to it where they are left to contemplate just what the intruder's motives are, and if and how they will get out of this situation alive.

The other three stories are early work of Keene and to be honest pretty average. Keene himself even mentions one isn't very good in his author notes (each story has an interesting little spiel by Keene on their background, when they were first published etc after each story). Marriage Causes Cancer in Rats is probably the best of the other three about a guy whose doctor tells him he should have come in and got his visible tumours cut out when they could have saved him. He has done some things in his past that are contributing to his emotional pain. I didn't like Lest Ye Become at all, it is set during a school shooting, but this isn't your typical scenario at all. The final half a page long story Waiting For Darkness was written to fit on a t-shirt, about a guy whose been buried by his older sister in the sand.
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