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The Scream Queen's Survival Guide: Avoid machetes, defeat evil children, steer clear of bloody dismemberment, and conquer other horror movie clichés Paperback – September 18, 2010

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About the Author

Meredith O’Hayre was destined to be a fan of creepy movies--she grew up in the small New England town where The Witches of Eastwick was filmed. She has survived babysitting in a cemetery, taking young children through a corn maze, and trespassing on the grounds of an abandoned insane asylum.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (September 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440506094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440506093
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a humorous "guide" on how to come out alive if one ever finds herself (or himself, I suppose) in a situation similar to those seen in some of the most popular slasher-type horror flicks. Anyone who yells at the screen what to do and what not to do to the target of the killer in a slasher movie will enjoy this read very much.

Author Meredith O'Hayre's advice given in this book covers such areas as wardrobe (Ladies should avoid dressing overly sexy, because, besides making them a magnet for psychotic serial killers, it increases their chances of having a breast pop out while they're running from one), locations to avoid ( Ladies; stay out of the woods, especially at night. Henry David Thoreau may have felt there was no better place to be but you could end up as a slasher's shish kabob.), and dating. (Ladies; stay clear of a guy who's a little too close to his mother, even if she's dead .... uh, especially if she's dead.)

There were a few areas where I differed on Meredith's beliefs, such as where she says that all zombies need to be sliced, diced, and burned to be eliminated (It was just the "Return of the .." zombie movie zombies where that was necessary. All the "standard" Romero-type undead can be put down with a simple bullet or blade to the brain.), but all-in-all, if you plan on buying a home that may be haunted, going on a road trip to Maine, or taking a job as a cemetery groundskeeper, this is the book to read first.
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I watch scary movies curled into the back of the couch, covered by a blanket and watching with only one eye open. When I received Scream Queen's Survival Guide I was thinking oh here we go a book I'll never be able to read especially if I'm home alone, well was I WRONG! I couldn't put this book down, though it was hard to read due to the excessive shaking from laughing so hard. I have to thank Meredith O'Hayre for opening my eyes and letting me see that if I look past the blood, guts, beheading's and psychological mind games these scary movies can be quite laughable. What a perfect time to let go of my inner fears and enjoy the last 13 day's of scary movies left in October. Now only if she would write Scream King's Guide to Survival she could get another follower in my scardy cat boyfriend. Thank you for letting me see the light at the end of the machete clad clown tunnel! Keep doing what you're doing Ms. O'Hayre!!
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By Liz Boyd on October 1, 2010
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I am a big horror-movie and scary book fan (I love you Stephen King!), so I knew this book was for me. What a great read! The author gives advice to us gals on how to make it out of a horror movie alive. She cleverly packages the collective wisdom from all of our favorite Scream Queens and condenses it for us, with tongue firmly planted in cheek. I loved her humorous takes on what NOT to do if confronted with an axe-wielding dude from the dead (Don't run upstairs where there is no way out, you idiot!). Meredith O'Hayre clearly knows her movies, and I loved that she included some more obscure choices along with the "old favorites." I laughed aloud in some spots, and insisted on reading portions of it to people nearby! Ms. O'Hayre has a real future in writing... if she follows her own "get out alive" tips, that is!
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This is a clever and laugh-out-loud look at horror films from the female perspective. O'Hayre has an irreverent style but still manages to pay homage to some of the great scary movies of the last few decades. You will recognize some of your favorite scenes and characters imbued here with new life thanks to O'Hayre's hilarious take on the genre. This is the perfect Halloween gift for the horror fan in your life.
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A friend of mine gave me this book because she knows I love horror movies. I am so glad that she did. My fiance made me read it in the other room because I kept laughing out loud and he couldn't fall asleep. It is intelligent and funny. The author's voice is very clear throughout and her knowledge of horror movies was both accurate and far reaching. It inspired me to watch some of the movies from my childhood again and I went out and bought the book for several friends. It makes a great gift (especially in the Halloween season) as it is a light and easy read that is full of insight and humor. I absolutely can not wait for her next book but will take pleasure in rereading this one until that happens.
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