Disclaimer: I don’t do many book reviews these days, but I love this book so much I just have to promote it.
Disclaimer 2: I edited a previous version of this book.
When I first read this book in draft version I was SO EXCITED. Horror is a fickle genre. There are a lot of cliches, and a lot of repeated story lines, but this book is different. It explores mixed media, film, and the meta of horror itself all entwined in an energetic book that has just the right amount of creep and atmosphere. It was exactly the kind of book I’d been looking for.
Armed with a passion for classic B-grade horror movies, a script co-written by his twin brother, and a wicked crush on his death-obsessed neighbor; hardcore horror fan Jason Nightshade must finish his student film.
But his plans are derailed when the children of suburban Silver Creek start disappearing – his twin brother among them. Battling a possessed video camera, a crazy zombie dog, a monstrous bully, and a frighteningly broken down family life, Jason embarks on a mission to find his lost brother so the two can write an ending for his story.
As any horror fan knows, saving the day won’t be easy, as Jason finds himself forced to face the real world where death isn’t just a splash of fake blood on a camera lens.
HORROR BUSINESS taps into the minds of any horror lover-especially those of us who were fans as kids. It also makes amazing use of old horror references and all the scary elements of old-school horror that made most of us fall in love with creep.
The format of the book is part script, part narrative, and this gets the pace going and introduces a stylistic atmosphere that sets itself apart from your usual scary story.
Basically, if you loved Stranger Things, you’ll love Horror Business. It captures that nostalgic feeling of being a weird kid in Autumn while introducing a modern take on horror fiction.
Halloween is coming. Do yourself a favor and check this book out. I promise you won’t regret it.