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Urban Gothic Audio CD – Audiobook, CD

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Audio Realms (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897304757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897304754
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,255,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Just like the cover suggests, Urban Gothic is a haunted house story. It starts out with six suburban teens stuck in a bad city neighborhood when they get lost and their car breaks down. They have a misunderstanding with some of the locals, believing (understandably, from the way their interaction began) that they were gangbangers about to rob them. The protagonists, three boys and three girls, run for cover into an evil-looking abandoned house.

Not all of them make it to the end of the book.

Urban Gothic is filled with vile, deformed, cannibal mutants, some more humanoid than others, and Keene packs each chapter with brutal detail and gruesome deaths. There's a diverse group of characters; by the end of the book the six suburbanites, the local kids, their older neighbor and a scrap-metal thief all end up facing down the horrors within. The bad guys are some of the nastiest Keene's written (worse than the Siqqism from The Rising, Earl Harper from The Conqueror Worms and Sherm from Terminal combined) ; giants, dwarves, mutant babies that should have never survived the womb and even one particularly nasty creature that wears a woman's preserved skin as clothing. Just about everyone who dies goes crazy or close to it before meeting their end and even the people that survive will never be the same. The setting itself is impressive; the house, of course, is creepy as hell and described in great detail, but most of the action and horrible nastiness occurs deep underground, in the basement and caves inhabited by more loathsome creatures as the characters progress deeper within.

I had high expectations for Gothic just because it's a Brian Keene novel, but this surpassed them exponentially. I do believe it's his nastiest work yet.
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Some folks say there are no new stories. Some folks might compare Brian Keene's Urban Gothic to movies like The Hills Have eyes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or the writings of Richard Laymon and Edward Lee. Yes, there are elements of these things in Urban Gothic, but, it's what Keene does with these elements that makes the book stand out. The action starts early and the tension rises with each blood soaked page. Instead of giving us complete character descriptions at the start, Keene lets the information trickle in; we learn more about each character from their reactions to the horrible situation they find themselves in, then we would if it was all layed out for us in the first chapter. While some may look at this as a simple slasher novel, it addresses issues of race,community pride and sacrifice, as well. BUT, it is a great slasher novel. Brian Keene's amazing talent takes horror tropes and raises them to a level that should not just be enjoyed, but should be praised. (Yeah, I know I didn't mention the inbred-mutant-cannibals. For that, you have to read the book.)
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This is a book for true horror fans. There's nothing experimental or subtle about it. It's a straightforward spook house ride with extremely gory and disturbing imagery written by a master writer. After the opening set-up I was curious to see what would come, doubtful that Keene could keep up the momentum. He did that and more. It's relentless, twisted and lots of fun. With Hollywood cranking out a ton of cheesy unimaginative "Saw" clones, I'm surprised that this book has not been adapted for the big screen. Especially since it has an urban edge with appeal to a wide demographic of horror fans.
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For most people, there's nothing scarier than being lost. That was the premise of The Blair Witch Project, which scared the crap out of me because I could relate to the situation the characters found themselves in. Not the part of being "hunted" by a supernatural creature, but the part about being lost in the woods. It has happened to me. There's nothing more terrifying than not knowing where you are going, if you are constantly going around in circles, going the right way to freedom, or working your way deeper into the wilds. And that's in the daylight. Now imagine being in that situation in the dark of night. If you can't relate to that, how about a corn field maze? An amusement park fun house? Or something as simple as an unfamiliar neighborhood. That's what you will find in Brian Keene's Urban Gothic.

Kerri and her friends are on the way home from a concert when her boyfriend, Tyler, gets it in his head to score some drugs in order to keep the good mood going. Everybody just wants to go home, but Tyler's driving, and he claims the guy is a friend and it's not far. However, when a closed road causes him to detour, he gets himself all turned around and they find themselves in one of the seedier parts of town. As if that wasn't bad enough, the car picks that moment to give up the ghost. Insisting that he can fix it, Tyler forbids anybody calling for help, but when a group of locals approach them, they panic. They run straight for the abandoned house at the end of the street despite to other kids telling them not to go in there.

From the moment they get inside, they realize they are in trouble when the door locks behind them. Despite the rundown condition of the house, the door is stronger than it appears.
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