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Urban Gothic Paperback – February 15, 2011
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Not all of them make it to the end of the book.
Urban Gothic is filled with vile, deformed, cannibal mutants, some more humanoid than others, and Keene packs each chapter with brutal detail and gruesome deaths. There's a diverse group of characters; by the end of the book the six suburbanites, the local kids, their older neighbor and a scrap-metal thief all end up facing down the horrors within. The bad guys are some of the nastiest Keene's written (worse than the Siqqism from The Rising, Earl Harper from The Conqueror Worms and Sherm from Terminal combined) ; giants, dwarves, mutant babies that should have never survived the womb and even one particularly nasty creature that wears a woman's preserved skin as clothing. Just about everyone who dies goes crazy or close to it before meeting their end and even the people that survive will never be the same. The setting itself is impressive; the house, of course, is creepy as hell and described in great detail, but most of the action and horrible nastiness occurs deep underground, in the basement and caves inhabited by more loathsome creatures as the characters progress deeper within.
I had high expectations for Gothic just because it's a Brian Keene novel, but this surpassed them exponentially. I do believe it's his nastiest work yet.Read more ›
Kerri and her friends are on the way home from a concert when her boyfriend, Tyler, gets it in his head to score some drugs in order to keep the good mood going. Everybody just wants to go home, but Tyler's driving, and he claims the guy is a friend and it's not far. However, when a closed road causes him to detour, he gets himself all turned around and they find themselves in one of the seedier parts of town. As if that wasn't bad enough, the car picks that moment to give up the ghost. Insisting that he can fix it, Tyler forbids anybody calling for help, but when a group of locals approach them, they panic. They run straight for the abandoned house at the end of the street despite to other kids telling them not to go in there.
From the moment they get inside, they realize they are in trouble when the door locks behind them. Despite the rundown condition of the house, the door is stronger than it appears.Read more ›
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One of the worst books I've ever read. It sounded promising, but was just terrible. I finished it out of spite, but I'm definitely glad I bought it used and didn't pay very much... Read morePublished 10 days ago by L. Mclaughlin
I have liked other books by this author however this is not a good one. It is supposed to be a tribute to Edward Lee who I have never read, & now I don't think I want to. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Griffith
Ok read it is what i expected.B movie type horror. Some folks said it was too gory but I didnt think so. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sydney shaw
I love Keene!
Reminds me of Laymon, which is never a bad thing.
I wish he would have told us a bit more about the mutants origins and how they know about Ob. Read more
I am now officially a fan of Keene. Violent, and dark. Great take on your typical haunted house story... And who doesn't like a dose of inbred mutant action once in awhile?Published 6 months ago by RockSWPA
wow, great book. Fast paced and brutal killings. Hard to put down. If you liked off season by Jack Ketchum, you will love this one.Published 7 months ago by RON B.
I've enjoyed other books by Brian Keene but not this one. It was just an overly long book about teenagers getting chased and killed by mutant human type creatures in a crumbling... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kathleen3478
This horror novel starts off really interesting but the latter half gets mired somewhat by too much prolonged gore. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Callmerick
With this book's reputation I expected something horrifying and disturbing, that I would be reticent to pick up again. That wasn't the case. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kyle Reece