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Zero Lives Remaining Paperback – March 15, 2016
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"Cesare is a true master of fast-paced, fun, balls-out, over-the-top fear fiction, and those narrative talents are on full display in this video-arcade-set gore-o-rama ghost novel..."--FANGORIA
"The victims in Zero Lives Remaining are different--far from being the typical lost, wide-eyed fodder, these outcasts and obsessives quickly catch on to the truth of their awful situation and come to battle armed in their own strange ways...enough to leave every joystick of the arcade drenched in blood." --RUE MORGUE
"Cesare is on the top of his game and delivers possibly hisbest story yet by unleashing a fountain of energy to keep you turning pages andenough horror to make you think twice about touching another arcade game."- SPLATTERPUNK MAGAZINE
"I've yet to read an Adam Cesare novel that didn't A)immediately reach up from the page, grab me by the Dennis Rodman lapels, andpull me facefirst into the story, or B) get me to fall head over heels for thisworld before I'm even a quarter of the way through the book."-- STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES, Mongrels and The Last Final Girl
"The victims in Zero Lives Remaining are different--far from being the typical lost, wide-eyed fodder, these outcasts and obsessives quickly catch on to the truth of their awful situation and come to battle armed in their own strange ways...enough to leave every joystick of the arcade drenched in blood." --Rue Morgue
About the Author
Adam Cesare is a New Yorker who lives in Philadelphia. He studied English and Film at Boston University.
His books include Video Night, The Summer Job and Tribesmen. His nonfiction has appeared in Paracinema, Fangoria, The LA Review of Books, and other venues.
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Zero Lives Remaining brings back a chunk of my childhood - the Saturday afternoon draining of quarter after quarter in those classic standup arcade games - and melds a tidy little horror story with it. Cesare uses a bit of Wes Craven's Shocker along with grabby doses of ectoplasm, ala Ghostbusters to go along with a world of sights and sounds that those of us who grew up in the 80s know quite well. The storytelling is crisp to go with the memorable characters and unforgettable, over-the-top kills. Good stuff.
4 killer Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Sues out of 5
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Decades later, Robby now finds himself as a literal ghost in the machine. An unembodied spirit that clings to the electrical currents of the equipment and games in the arcade, Robby finds a peaceful afterlife keeping the components of the machines in good working order. Fed up with the treatment of arcade regular Tiffany Park, Robby decides to use his spiritual powers to defend her from a bully. Completely unaware of the true power he possesses, an unstoppable series of violent events will be unleashed, forcing Tiffany and a handful of gamers to band together and survive the night.
Written by Adam Cesare, Zero Lives Remaining is a haunted house/creature feature/siege narrative mash up pre-loaded with copious amounts of nostalgia, violence, and 80s B-movie flair. Like much of his previous stories, Cesare has a way of writing characters with a lot of heart. Although Robby is the villain, sort of, empathy for him is unveiled with each passing beat. Melding the spirits of other characters, as well as a biological threat, there is always something that keeps the story from becoming cliche or obvious. Twists and turns come with each page and every death is a brutal display of artistry, making full use of the story’s surroundings.
Released by Shock Totem on eBook as well as one of the coolest limited hardbacks I’ve ever seen, Zero Lives Remaining is everything a kid that grew up on arcades and 80s cheesy horror flicks could want out of a novella. Cesare is on the top of his game and delivers possibly his best story yet by unleashing a fount of energy to keep you turning pages and enough horror to make you think twice about touching another arcade game.
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