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Camp Carnage (Night Terrors) Paperback – August 8, 2014
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The cast of characters includes a jock, a jerk, a black kid, a fat kid, an insecure kid, a creepy caretaker…you know the drill. And then there are the bitchy camp counselors. Their goal at this camp is to kill the queer in each of the kids. But someone has decided it’s just easier to kill them!
The killer’s weapon of choice is most often gardening shears, and some of the kills are harsh! While the killer is never described as wearing any iconic mask, at one point a mask/hoodie combination is mentioned briefly. The killer also does not get a name until near the end of novel, when someone comes up with a bit of a play on words that totally fits the issues being dealt with in the novel.
Even though Camp Carnage takes place at a “conversion” camp, it doesn’t become heavy-handed. The subject is handled gently, yet a couple of great scenarios play out that demonstrate just how insane the idea of curing homosexuality is and the warped thinking of those who believe it works.
As a slasher, the book is perfectly paced (with kills coming at just the right times). As gays start to drop like fruit flies, the mystery of who could be behind the murders begins to unfold. And as the book races to its big climax, we’re treated to all the favorite slasher staples: chase scenes, body reveals, the killer getting back up, and of course…the promise of a sequel!
It doesn't take long for this thriller to get under way. A camp to reform homosexuals? Could such a barbaric thing even exist? I'm sure it does, wouldn't surprise me. This is a camp where you trust no one! The kids and the staff are not who they appear to be. Everyone seems to hiding secrets, but one of the secrets is much more murderous than all the others.
This story really transported me back to my teen years, and I'm not so sure that's a good thing LOL. I was a very rebellious teen and would have fit right in with these misfit campers.
I loved the whole camp scene. It took me back to all my favorite summer camp movies - "Meatballs" with Bill Murray, "Little Darlings" with Tatum O'Neal & Kristy McNichol (Kristy was my idol all through my teen years!). And finally - "Friday The 13th" - I have seen this movie so many times I can't count them on both hands.
What makes this story so great is the characters. The character development was excellent.
I LOVED all the characters! I especially loved Jem, she was my favorite. She kind of reminded me of me in high school, sassy little tough girl. But I loved everyone, all their personalities were done so well. It felt so real.
The descriptions in this book are great as well. Even during the murder sprees I had no trouble picturing everything. Hmm guess I've seen way too many horror movies!
If you are not afraid of a little blood and guts - mua ha ha ha! I dare you to read this! It was a surprise for me right up to the end, I did not have it figured out.
Great job Elliot and Josh! Two thumbs up!
Thank you Joshua Winning for sending me this e-book for my honest review! Loved it and I can't wait for the next one.
The plot is easy to follow. It has all of the classic elements of a horror story, including a remote location, several dozen innocents, and blood and gore. I thought it was interesting that the chosen setting was a camp to reform gay children, especially since it was set in the 80s or thereabout. While that was definitely an interesting plot element, I'm not sure if it is the most important one.
The death scenes in this story were well written and will be quite popular with those who enjoy blood and gore. There are also plenty of these particular scenes, just as it should be with this type of story. On that note, the descriptions of everything in the book enabled the reader to perfectly visualize the scenes.
I do wish that more would have been said about the reasons behind the murderous spree; there was plenty of murder, but little to explain it. It would have been nice to see clues hidden from the very beginning of the book instead of only in the last portion of it. As it is, the reader is left with several questions in the end, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. There's a certain feeling that closure is needed which leads the reader to feel closer to the few surviving characters.
Overall, Camp Carnage was a quick and entertaining read.
This is horror at its best. I could not put this book down! It is the first in a new anthology series and I can not waite for the rest. I was intrigued from the beginning, held on my amazing character development, pushed to the edge of my seat with suspense and finally shocked with a twist I did not see coming.
Although the setting is a gay camp this is definitely not an exclusively gay book, it would be great for anyone who loves the horror genre.
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