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"Sick and sardonic and just plain brilliant." -Duane Swierczynski, author of Fun & Games and Expiration Date


"A cunning, cinematic redmeat feast for weird film lovers and horror freaks, Adam Cesare's Tribesmen is a first-rate literary midnight movie, and a blistering debut. BRING YOUR FRIENDS!" - John Skipp, from his introduction.


In the early 80's - at the height of the
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Kindle Edition, 175 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Ravenous Romance
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K. Wood
One of the greatest rewards that comes from publishing Shock Totem is being able to watch young writers evolve within their craft. Even when I read something less than great from them, there remains something special about it.

It’s in the knowing that they’re going to eventually come back with something that will knock my socks off, I think. There’s an it factor, involved—easy to see, but impossible to explain.

And Adam Cesare has it.

Tribesmen is Adam’s debut novella, and it’s a thing of bloody
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Claudia
Cesare wastes no time building you up for the exciting tale he intends to share with you. I was hooked from the first page. The prose is concise and beautifully written, the characters are revealed in each chapter from their point of view which makes it about as intimate as a horror novel gets. The characters are all fully developed in a short amount of time and you are invested in what happens to each of them. It's a story of violence and vengeance told in a minimum of words with a maximum of i ...more
Bracken
This book is a high octane, needle in the red, horror thriller that grabs you by the balls and puts the hammer down. Although it is the perfect length, I wish I had more of it left to read. This is one of those instances where I really regret finishing a book simply because I want to stay in the author's twisted head a little longer.
Mekenzie Larsen
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Gef
There is something almost mythological about the film industry of the 70s. Maybe it was the tumultuous political climate mixed with an upheaval in cultural norms, but whatever the catalysts were, movies from that era carry a certain mystique when we look back on them. Especially, if you have any appreciation for cult classics and exploitation films. It seems Adam Cesare has a great appreciation for that era, and if not he sure knows how to fake it.

Tribesmen is a tightly packed story of a small f
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Jack
With "Tribesmen" Adam Cesare shows his love for the cannibal/exploitation films of the early 1980's. Cult Italian horror director, Tito Bronze, takes his crew to a remote island to film a cannibal film, but he doesn't plan for the dead islanders haunting his set with dire consequences. One of those books you literally blaze through. Cesare really is one to watch.
Donald Armfield
Have been wanting to read this from original publisher. When I seen a small post it "Banned in 28 Countries." IMO for me says read this now. And at that it did not let me down.

A camera, a cast of characters (that don't know what they are getting into), & some cannibalism torture. Gives this book a one helluva read.
When the camera stats to roll, the Italian man comes walking. Chopping heads off and devouring his victims. But the turn in events were not suppose to go this far. A bloody story
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Jeffrey
Tribesmen, by Adam Cesare, was not really what I expected from seeing the cover. What I expected was yet another "group goes to a tropical island to get attacked and eaten by either the locals or local animals." What I got was a lesson in movie making, a lesson in Italian island cannibal gore (I have seen those movies), possession of some sort and a old curse that was never explained. While the book was never boring and was a quick read with no skimming, backstory would have been nice. Though, r ...more
Glenn Rolfe
Tribesmen, what can I say? I really dig Adam Cesare's writing. This one, about a group out to make a Cannibal Holocaust-type movie, has Adam trying on his inner-Laymon and inner-Keene. Both suit him well. At points, it reminded me of Laymon's The Woods are Dark, and Keene's Castaways, but ultimately, Adam's voice shines through. After reading and really loving his Samhain novel, The Summer Job, I was warned that this one was a little more nasty. While that is true, I didn't find it to be all tha ...more
Toxic Graveyard
Tribesmen is a novel about a small crew on a shoestring budget who adventure to a small island to shoot a cannibal flick to top all cannibal flicks. They arrive on the island and find it uninhabited but having the remains of some forgotten civilization. Huts, ropes, and fishing equipment. But no tribe. The crew sets up and gets ready for an ardous shoot schedule, helmed by Tito Bronze (Tinto Brass?). The stage is set, filming begins and all hell breaks loose as psychosis overtakes the crew turni ...more
Andrew
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Nathan Robinson
Tribesmen by Adam Cesare.
Remember those shock horror exploitation movies from the 70’s and 80’s? Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, Eaten Alive etc, etc. Some even alluded to being snuff films showing real gore, which gave further mileage to the famed ‘video nasties’.
Adam Cesare’s debut novel deals with one such shoot in which a Euro trash director, Tito Bronze maroons his cast and crew on a desolate isle with the intention of utilising the local natives. When the local are nowhere to be found
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Tiffany Leigh
Adam Cesare’s TRIBESMEN is a movie novelization for a grindhouse movie that never existed, but very well could and should have – a grisly pulp story that celebrates the shock-schlock subgenre of gonzo-Italian exploitation flicks from the 70’s to early 80’s.

One doesn’t need to know the novella’s cinematic callbacks to enjoy the novella (including but not limited to Hammer House, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, DR. BUTCHER M.D., Herschell Gordon Lewis, and Lucio Fulci). TRIBESMEN is a visceral nasty even if
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James Jr.
Visceral and brutal, TRIBESMEN is author Adam Cesare's tribute to 1980s cannibal splatter movies and all the myth that sprung up around them. A group of low-budget filmmakers is purposefully stranded for three days on a deserted--or so they believe--island. They're there to film a B-grade cannibal horror flick, the premise of which they ripped off from a competing filmmaker. Once there, however, they discover that they are not exactly alone. Soon after, whatever is there with them begins to exer ...more
A.E.
Adam Cesare's "Tribesmen" is perfect for horror buffs who are big movie fans but aren't big readers. If you know a reluctant reader who has no problem jabbering away about why such-and-such a horror movie is awesome (or why it sucks), but they don't really know where to start when it comes to the books they should be reading, "Tribesmen" is a great start. If you enjoyed the film "Shadow of the Vampire" with Willem Defoe, and its general concept, which is that the actor F.W. Murnau hired to play ...more
Dick Grunert
Fun throwback/homage to the Italian cannibal films from the 70's. Cesare is a great writer who creates compelling characters... then kills them in horrible ways.
Tim Potter
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Martin
I picked this one up mainly due to it being part of John Skipp's line for Ravenous Shadows. I also happen to love Italian horror movies and it seems very obvious from the opening prologue that Adam Cesare does too. This is fast paced horror for the midnight movie crowd. If you know your Argento's from your Deodato's you should know your Cesare from your King. If you are fed up with bloated beach bricks this and the other books in this line are aimed at you. Skipp has your forehead in his sights, ...more
Jackie
Tribesman was a gripping novella, the story was nothing like what I expected would happen when I picked up the book. It's a story of people in the film business trying to make it big, and outdo their Italian competition who used real gore. The crew ends up on a cursed island and complete chaos ensues. You will be captured by the fast paced action and gripping, unexpected plot. Tribesmen is a book I would recommend for anyone interested in the horror or action genre.
Jan
A perfect fit for John Skipp's vision of what a Ravenous Shadows book should be! Hard-hitting, visceral, with not a single wasted word. Loved it!
Kurt Newton
If Tribesmen were a movie it would literally keep you on the edge of your seat. It's quick. It's lean. This is cinematic horror writing at its best!
Larry Hogue
Another great read from mr. Cesare
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Adam Cesare is a New Yorker who lives in Massachusetts. After studying English and film at Boston University, he decided to stay in the area to work and write.

His work has been featured in numerous publications, including Shroud Magazine. His nonfiction has appeared in Paracinema, Fangoria and other venues.
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