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Serial Uncut by Jack Kilborn
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Feb 11, 11

Recommended for: Fans of the 80s horror movies.
Read from February 07 to 10, 2011

Meh. This book suffers from the same problem I think afflicts most horror films of the 80s (and some today): the monster is the hero and victims are empty tropes (the good girl, the jock, the nerd) waiting to be dispatched in increasingly creative and more elaborate ways than the last. This book suffers from the same problem. Narratives from the point of view of the killer(s) are hard to do and make the story relevant and compelling to the reader. There's dark character study (e.g., Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me) and then there's the killer as pop hero/anti-hero (e.g., A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Saw II, and their sequels going forward). The book is entertaining enough, but lacks the moral center or depth of character that would elevate this above average slasher fic. What makes a horror tale scary is empathy with the victim, not an investment in carnage.

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52.0% "SO far it's reading like a low rent behind the scenes version of the Cereal Convention from Neil Gaiman's A Doll's House arc in Sandman. We'll see how it finishes out, but I'm not inclined to pick up more J.A. Konrath."
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