Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Late Night Horror Show” as Want to Read:
The Late Night Horror Show
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Late Night Horror Show

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  194 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
"When the movie starts, the horror becomes real. "

It was a run-down old multi-plex in a seedy part of town. But it had a special late-night festival of the cheap horror movies one group of friends loved, movies filled with zombies, vampires and backwoods maniacs.

How could they know it was a very special screening indeed? After the friends split up and their chosen movies b
Paperback, 266 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Samhain Publishing
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Late Night Horror Show, please sign up.

Recent Questions

This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 956)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Gregor Xane
Nov 01, 2014 Gregor Xane rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is mindless good fun, and a book that was obviously and unapologetically written to appeal directly to your ghoulish and prurient proclivities. Everything I've read by Bryan Smith so far has been has been like a love letter to your lizard brain.

This is no exception.

Is it ridiculous? Yes.
Is it over-the-top? Yes.
Are all of the characters stock horror movie cliches (hot guys and horny gals in their early 20s)? Yes.
Is this book chock-a-block with gratuitous sex and violence? Yes.
Will you care?
Nick Cato
Jan 10, 2013 Nick Cato rated it liked it
A bunch of twenty-somethings living in a small town go to a horror film festival at a run-down multiplex. The festival features low budget, independent films of all types, and when they arrive they've already decided which ones they want to start with. One couple goes to a vampire film, one girl goes to see a Chainsaw Massacre rip-off, and most of them go to an apocalyptic zombie movie. When they arrive at the theater, they notice everyone working there looks similar and acts with no sense of hu ...more
Ms. Nikki
8 individual set out for a night at the movies at the Sunshine 6 Cineplex. 6 movies filled with blood and murder. Only these movie-goers get more than they bargained for when they become part of the show. The movies are fiction, however, the characters they now play are real. The scenarios are real. And if you die in the die for real. An entertaining read in the vein of Waxwork.
A "just for fun" perfect read to while-away a few hours.
11811 (Eleven)
Feb 27, 2016 11811 (Eleven) rated it liked it
Greg Markwardt
Aug 08, 2013 Greg Markwardt rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The Late Nighy Horror Show was the first novel I have read by Bryan Smith but will not be my last. The book was a lot of gruesome fun with three drastically different horror tales coalescing into 1. While all 3 of the tales are so stereotypical they can be predictable the back story of a group of friends being sucked into the worlds of 3 different B Horror films keeps you pushing on and the nasty grue that fills the segments keeps you squirming while you do it.

The novel is not particularly deep
Nov 22, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
Another solid and satisfying horror "good read" from one of horror fiction's best writers, and one of my favorites in the genre. A horror film fest, of the B movie variety, is taking place in an old, seemingly rundown, cineplex, and unbeknownst to several strangers, they are about to live the horrors they see on the screen. Will they each survive the zombie apocalypse, vampires, and maniacal backwoods killers? Read this brutal and unrelenting novel to find out! Highly recommended for fans of har ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Noigeloverlord rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Take the best of each type of Horror movie and mix them together in one book.Bryan Smith takes us on a fast paced Roller Coaster ride through the movies
Oct 04, 2014 Duane rated it it was amazing
Bryan Smith is an extremely talented wordsmith and The Late Night Horror Show is one of those rare horror novels that is extremely fun to read while being equally violent and horrific. In horror-nerd speak, this is "our shit".

A group of friends meet up at a dilapidated cineplex to attend a late night horror film festival of the B-movie variety. Once seated in their respective auditoriums, the group is mysteriously transported into worlds of the fright films that they were, up until recently, jus
Matthew Baker
Feb 28, 2013 Matthew Baker rated it really liked it
Samhain Publishing just keeps getting it right when it comes to horror. With every new release, they continue to push the boundaries of terror and offer up a nice diversity of new and unique frights. Their upcoming release, THE LATE NIGHT HORROR SHOW, is a perfect example of this. Wildly entertaining and full of the horror that fans like me love, this book thrills on many different levels.

Author Bryan Smith is certainly a writer to watch out for. With a vast imagination and an easy-to-read style
Have you ever watched B-horror movies? These are the horror movies that are so bad they're good. They're a lot of fun to watch because they never make sense, the people in the movie always make the same mistakes, and they are always full of clichés, which makes them kind of hilarious. The problem with B-horror movies is that you always know how things are going to end. Personally, I'm a big fan of horror movies, but not really the new torture porn stuff that borders on obscene. I prefer to be sc ...more
Mar 21, 2015 lina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
i have to say when i read this book i thought i was going to be disappointed in it...bit i gave a it a chance and loved have to love any type of horror to enjoy reminded me of b movies but better had vampires, zombies, and crazy ass psycho in this book...but i will not give any more information due to people will get mad about it

Dec 05, 2015 Frank rated it it was amazing
Bryan Smith's The LATE NIGHT HORROR SHOW is in the top three books I've read this year, 2015. It is a trifecta of horror storytelling. A book that tackles three major horror sub-genres and manages to make it all fresh and exciting and new. I'd shied away from Bryan Smith after the first book I'd read by him, Rock N Roll Reform School Zombies. It was a good book but not a great book. THIS is a great book and I now have a greater appreciation for all the clout he gets in the horror fiction genre.

Sep 14, 2013 Jamey rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Being a big fan of horror, I was excited to start this book. The premise I thought was fascinating - who could pass up a multitude of iconic horror-movie antagonists? That of which included zombies, chainsaw-wielding maniacs, and vampires. (They had me at the Z-word.)

To be honest, the gratuitous swearing put me off almost immediately. And as we met each of the novel's main characters, I became almost disappointed at how little depth they had. Ho
Jun 19, 2015 Kshitij rated it really liked it
This is like three different books in one. We have a vampire story, a zombie story and finally the one with the chainsaw maniac. All the stories run in parallel. And the transition from one to another it so smooth that it is sort of fun thinking of the characters from one, while reading about other. Gore and Violence is to the extreme but never gross. It gives you a feel of the splatter punk Hollywood horror movies.
Eight young people in a small college town decide to attend the horror film fest
Sep 06, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
Enjoyed the first chapter and then it went downhill fast. I don't mind swearing to an extent but I found the character's to be vulgar. Not sure if that was intentional since the character's were a bunch 20 something's straight out of high school. I was ready to give up but since the story line really peaked my interest, and I searched everywhere for this book, I stuck with it. It wasn't until about half way through that I got more into it.

I enjoyed the serial killer psycho group of siblings the
Roger Cowin
Jul 07, 2015 Roger Cowin rated it really liked it
The Late Night Horror Show is a funtabulous excursion into splatterpunk horror. The story is simple enough, movie goers attend a late night Z-movie horror festival at a run down Cineplex and are sucked into the films. Zombies, vamps and a psychotic murderous family all get a chance to take center stage. Gore, gore and more gore this fun book is akin to naked bungee jumping; fast, exciting and scary as hell. Fans of Richard Laymon will definitely enjoy this one.
May 11, 2016 Nona rated it it was ok
I'd been debating reading this for a while and I finally let myself be swayed by a review that compared it to Waxwork, a movie from the Eighties I'm quite fond of. Unfortunately the imaginative touches that made Waxwork so enjoyable are completely missing here. The "movies" the characters found themselves in were dishwater-dull and neither the larger plot nor the characters themselves were interesting enough to make up for it.

There are some things I did appreciate. The female characters are by a
Oct 19, 2013 Craig rated it did not like it
Shelves: supernatural
I did not like this novel at all. Bad writing and bad clichés. It read like a high school project.
May 20, 2016 James rated it really liked it
This is from Bryan Smith who is in the ranks with Edward Lee; his writing is over the top horror. I really enjoy this stuff even though I compare it to McDonalds for your head. That said, this book is about a group of people who go to a B movie night at a theater and get transported into the movie they're watching. And it really worked. The plot of the movie and how they played out was exactly like an "Up All Night w/ Rhonda Shear" B movie. Good stuff!
Feb 09, 2016 Todd rated it really liked it
This was a fun read giving you four stories at once. Smith does not hold back on the gore or violence and it is enough to make Eli Roth happy. I will admit I could careless about the main "villian". But I am curios to see what happens to some of the other characters and their concequences in our world.
Heather Porter
Aug 24, 2015 Heather Porter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own

I am a huge fan of Bryan Smith. I love how his books take you out of reality, and spit you into some messed up, gory version of reality. I have yet to read a book by Bryan Smith that has disappointed me. This book is great because it touches on so many different genres of horror, most of the popular ones are represented. This was a fun read, albeit a gross one.
Shawn O'Brien
Feb 24, 2014 Shawn O'Brien rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the "movie-like "structure of the book and all of the 80's horror nuisances. Most of the book worked really well, my only gripe was with the ending. It just felt a tad too contrived for my liking. Overall, it was a good, quick and fun yarn that I would recommend if you're a fan of horror.
Dave Evans
Jan 09, 2014 Dave Evans rated it really liked it
Excellent read. Brought to mind the movie 'Waxwork (1988)'
janie love
May 01, 2014 janie love rated it it was amazing
it's realy horrendous!
David Glass
Apr 13, 2013 David Glass rated it it was amazing
Love Bryan smith, don't matter what it's about, we just know IT'S GONNA BE GOOD.
Michael Trimble
Jun 06, 2013 Michael Trimble rated it really liked it
A good fun read but I felt the ending was a little rushed .
JD Gillam
Jan 19, 2014 JD Gillam rated it really liked it
Way more fun than I expected it to be.
A bunch of cinema goers attend a late night horror festival at a run down cinema and find themselves sucked into a zombie movie, a vampire movie and a chainsaw psycho movie and try to work out how to survive and get back to the real world.
I found the author's tendency to flit between the different films a good way to keep the pace going non-stop. You find yourself backing all the characters. It's not smugly smiling at the reader, but is just meta enough.
Mike Janofsky
Apr 10, 2013 Mike Janofsky rated it it was amazing
F'n GREAT!!!
XxHoTgIrLxX ayman
Apr 04, 2013 XxHoTgIrLxX ayman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: emy
Recommended to XxHoTgIrLxX by: sara
Shelves: machine-of-death
nice !
Adriano Campos
Adriano Campos marked it as to-read
Jun 28, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 31 32 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Creekers
  • Suckers
  • The Next Wave (Clickers #2)
  • Born To Bleed: A Thriller
  • Take The Long Way Home
  • Video Night
  • Cannibal Corpse, M/C
  • Dust Devils
  • Patient Zero
  • Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 205

Share This Book