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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 (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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.

More About the Author

Adam Cesare is a New Yorker who lives in Philadelphia. He studied English and Film at Boston University.

His stories have been featured in numerous publications, including Shroud Magazine, while his nonfiction has appeared in Paracinema, Fangoria and other venues.

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The characters are well formed and relatable.
Carl Alves
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.
Jane G.
Brilliant, fast, fun... and highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Bernstein on February 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JLawrence on January 24, 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane G. on January 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill on April 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My first Cesare! Finally! Why, oh why, have I waited so long to give him a go. Video Night is a very good 80's monster romp thru a little town in Long Island.

Something has arrived to crash Billy’s get together and Billy and his friends are the only ones that can save the day - if they can take a break from Video Night and pizza long enough to do it.

Fire up the vcr, order some pizza, grab a couple of beers and get ready for Video Night. It’s going to be killer…literally. Fast, fun and just the right amount of gore dripping off the pages. Highly Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl Alves on March 31, 2014
Format: Paperback
Video Night is set in the late eighties, and gives a vibe that will be familiar to anyone who grew up in that time period. Billy Rile is a smart, nerdy kid who excels at school and video games, and has a strong obsession with horror movies. His best friend Tom is the polar opposite of him. Tom is a little rough around the edges, doesn’t often attend school, and doesn’t come from a well-adjusted household. Billy lusts after his neighbor, who is smart and beautiful. When their Long Island community starts being infested by these alien creatures, in Invasion of the Body Snatchers style, the trio must take cover and defend themselves from this attack on their video night.

There’s a lot to like in this novel. Being around the same age as the main characters during that time in the eighties, I could certainly relate to what they were going through and the references from that time period. The characters are well formed and relatable. The writing style is fast paced and matches the tenor of the plot. There is a nice build to the finale at the end and a strong payoff. If I were to offer a criticism, it’s that the novel doesn’t cover new ground. This type of alien invasion/takeover has been done frequently before, but it’s certainly well done in this novel. Fans of aliens, horror movies, video games, and quality fiction should check this novel out.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street
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