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"The momentum keeps building. The stakes keep escalating. The monsters just keep getting worse and worse, the catastrophic mayhem more juicy and hopeless. Best of all, the writing moves like a greased torpedo, compulsively readable as it rockets through your brain." -Fangoria

"If you put together the gore, action, monsters, and sense of excitement that made '80s horror movies so great, you'll only have about half of what makes Video Night a must-read tome for horror fans." -Horrortalk

"Video Night is a sharp, smart, energetic novel which pays tribute to all the brilliantly gross horror comedies of the VHS era, even as it carves out its own corners of shock literature." -Daily Grindhouse 

"The narrative may be a loving re-creation of very familiar stories, but there's no denying the author's technique. His pleasure with the details is palpable, particularly in describing the mayhem. Cesare is clearly talented." -Bookgasm on Video Night

“The best new writer I've read in years."
—Nate Kenyon, author of Bloodstone

Tribesmen is a gory and clever homage to those Italian cannibal flicks that we all love so dearly, but without the real-life animal cruelty! Highly recommended.”
—Jeff Strand, author of Pressure

"Sometimes everything goes wrong, in the best possible way. Think Snuff and Cannibal Holocaust meeting at a midnight movie. And then give one of them a camera, the other a knife."
—Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Ones That Got Away, on Tribesmen

Book Description

Billy Rile is smart, adept at Nintendo and has a killer Hi-Fi setup. Life is good. But he has no idea that an alien life form has infected his town, a creature that overtakes and transforms its host.

It could be inside anyone: a classmate, a pizza delivery man, even the girl next door. When Billy’s weekly movie night is crashed by this otherworldly menace, he and his best friend and their dates will have to summon their courage and call upon all their horror movie knowledge if they’re going to make it through Video Night alive.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619212277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619212275
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Adam Cesare is a New Yorker who lives in Philadelphia.

His books include Mercy House, Video Night, The Summer Job, and Tribesmen. His work has been praised by Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Publishers Weekly, Bloody Disgusting, and more. His titles have appeared on "Year's Best" lists from outlets like Complex and FearNet. He writes a monthly column for Cemetery Dance Online.


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Format: Paperback
As a child, I pretty much lived in the horror section of the local video shop. From the time I got my membership to the day they closed their doors, I rented every title in that section at least twice. Every night was video night to me. Thing was, though, this video shop, in their horror section, there was always that one empty spot on the last shelf. That last shelf, too, it's for the dedicated. Most people only rented the new releases, or the stuck to the classics like Halloween and Friday the 13th. Either way, there were always plenty of copies of each. It was rare for every copy of any such film to be checked out at once. But that last shelf, man, you had to want to look down there, be on a mission to hit not only the really good stuff, but everything else as well. But like I was saying, there was always that empty slot. Way I see it, the video that once filled it had been stolen. It had been stolen by someone who knew just how good it was that they couldn't possibly return it, couldn't do anything but steal it and watch it night after night. This video that the "Pop" in the Mom & Pop found at some flea market table, the one manned by the shady, short fellow who disappeared after handing the videocassette over, this video is this book, Video Night. Reading Video Night is like finding that long lost holy grail of horror videos, the one I needed to see in order to fulfill my A to Z obsession.

If you like horror this book is for you. If you like monsters this book is for you too. And everyone else, just click to look inside. If you read the first chapter and don't want to finish it, well, I won't hold it against you, but I won't understand either.
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First I have to say, I grew up in the same town as Adam and this book is ripe with lots of nostalgia for me (as was some material in his other works). I suppose it might be a little biased of me to say it made up a part of my love for the book, making it more relatable and realistic. I know that might not be apparent to people who aren't Long Islanders like us, but hey; it's proof that he's excellent at writing what he knows.

"Creature" books aren't really my forte, but I found myself really enjoying the concept and the detail that was put into the realism of them. E.g.; these things don't just "appear" and just start decimating Earth, but rather its a process that makes the reader believe that these are actually things that, crap, could really pose a threat. I especially enjoyed the writing style once the more action-y scenes came up, as he really got me to like the main character (and makes you like the not-so-likeable best friend).

It's fast paced and a lot of fun. I only wish it was a longer, perhaps more in depth book because it absolutely has the potential to expand. That doesn't take away from it, though; because it's a page turner to the very end. For now I'll just be in hopeful waiting for a sequel (trilogy?), and put it in it's earned spot on my bookshelf next to Tribesmen.
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This was a really fun read. Having grown up in the 80's I found myself reminiscing my childhood, remembering all those invasion, gory monster movies that I watched late at night without my parents knowing. This one has it all (as expected from Mr. Cesare) great characters, great villains and disgustingly cool creatures that you won't soon forget. This one will make your skin crawl, but it'll also stay with you after you've read it because it has substance. If you are a horror fan or an "invasion/horror" fan or an 80's horror fan, then do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
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I'm not going to lie. As a child of the '80s and a fan of Adam Cesare, I was expecting a bit more from this one as on paper, it looks like a definite winner. Mixing in liberal doses of Richard Laymon's Flesh with elements from films like Fred Dekker's Night of the Creeps, James Gunn's Slither and John Carpenter's They Live, this one tells the tale of a couple of horror loving buds and the girls they're into having to survive their video night when it is gate-crashed by aliens taking over humans from the inside out.

With apologies to Edgard Wright and Simon Pegg, Fried Gold! I thought to myself.

And yet ... something about this never quite gelled for me. Perhaps it was that we spend a good proportion of the novel following the aliens around, and though this served the purpose of explaining what was actually going on, I never warmed to these characters in a "I love to hate them" kind of way. Or maybe it was that the rules of what was taking place seemed to be a little fluid. For example, why was one person infected and another not when they did what seemed to be the exact same thing? Then again, it could have been that there was a great deal of set-up, only for the climax to be over very quickly.

Not that this is a bad novel at all. Though you've likely read or seen most of this story before, Cesare again displays a deft hand with his creature design. He also entertainingly pours on the gore rather than leave such events to take place off the page. And the central relationship between his two horror film buffs is fun and feels authentic in an odd couple kind of way. So I can still recommend Video Night to horror fans who, like me, might be a little more seasoned; who might have grown up enjoying horror video nights of their own in the '80s and liking to freak themselves out on such nights, even if just a little.

3 Voices in the Back of Your Mind for Video Night.
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