- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Paperback: 215 pages
- Publisher: Month9Books, LLC (February 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692337377
- ISBN-13: 978-0692337370
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,256,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Horror Business Paperback – February 17, 2015
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The characters are rich: both endearing and frustrating at the same time. I love that everyone is so real, coping in very different and very legitimate ways with some very unreal situations. Particularly the main character and his family. I thought of Eugenides's "The Virgin Suicides" several times as I read: maybe it was the way it taps into the mind of a teenage boy without being overbearing about it, or maybe the cursed small town.
The construct of mysteriously disappearing children -- including the main character's twin brother -- makes for eerie and chilling undertones that are sometimes deliciously subtle. It reminded me of some of the better moments of Welcome To Nightvale episodes.
It's a great story: unsettling and weirdly charming, and a super fast read.
I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I started reading Horror Business, but I definitely got something completely unexpected. I mean, I figured it was going to be an intense story with a kid who just cannot catch a break. But the whole book was way...stranger?...than I thought it might be. Which is not necessarily a bad thing!
This book is very much broken up. Jason switches between talking about his brother and his zombie dog (yes, an actual zombie dog that has died and come back to life and eats brains), his broken home life, the girl he likes, the movie he's trying to finish, and pretty much every other thing happening in his life over the course of (I think) several weeks. It's crazy and weird and written almost like a screen play with stage directions and acts and all of that jazz.
Despite all of the weird things that happen in this book - I think there's a supernatural entity that's capturing the kids and... I'm not really sure what it's doing with them, actually - it kept me engaged and I found myself staying awake longer than I probably should have to read more. I had to know what was going to happen next and if it was all a dream or just the script for a homemade B-movie, but I still honestly have no idea.
I would say that this book is for older audiences though since it is a little scary and gory and there are a couple steamier scenes. Overall, this was a really interesting read and although I'm still not entirely sure what happened, I would totally still recommend it to anyone looking for a horror novel that's way out in left field. I think I'll probably do a re-read eventually, just to see if I can figure things out more. I'd give this book a 3.5/5 and am looking forward to reading whatever Ryan Craig Bradford has up his sleeves next!