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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Corey Somerset, Tim Hayworth and Lee Hunter have had one hell of a good night.
And it isn't over yet.
Celebrating their friend's birthday with drunken debauchery and intoxicated antics they've just stumbled through a mini-wave of mindless vandalism and though they've wandered far out of the realms of civilization they are keen to keep the party vibe going.
When they
ebook, 1st, 622 pages
Published January 17th 2014 by J. Ellington Ashton Press (first published January 16th 2014)
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Stuart Keane
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read-horror
Night of the Living Dead (1968). The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). The Hills Have Eyes (1977). Dawn of the Dead (1978). The Evil Dead (1981). All iconic horror films and inspiration for any die-hard horror fan. The fact I was visualising these movies throughout the novel is testament to Jim Goforth's work. The whole book had that blockbuster feel.

If the above doesn't clue you in, I'm a massive horror fanatic, in both books and films, and it's always a welcome and refreshing experience to find
Kat Desi
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
While reading this book, the story played out in my mind as vivid as if I had been watching a movie. This author's writing is amazing. The pace of this awesome story is just perfect--not too hurried and not too fast. Although it's about 600 or so pages long, there is absolutely no 'dead moment', definitely a page turner!

I'm kinda new to the horror scene and this book is definitely an awesome 'welcome to the dark side' for me. I really enjoyed how this book grabbed intensely at me. For most new
Michael Kanuckel
I love the horror movies of the seventies and eighties, and those are what this book feels like. It has a cinematic quality to it, and the plot to go along with it. Three young men, after a wild night on the town, end up on the shores of a secluded lake with various party favors and a desire to keep the festivities going. who should appear, then, but a handful of lovely vixens dressed in goth gear and armed with many sharp and nasty looking weapons. Despite their anxiety, the three young men are ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-and-read, loved, 2010s
Wow! I really loved this dark and terrifying book!
I demolished this book within a week, and am now mad at myself I did not read it slower to enjoy it. The lexicon of this author is excellent, and I really relished in the vocabulary used.
I haven’t enjoyed a good thrasher in a long time as all of the concepts are overdone, but this was unique and original. The plot was well thought out and definitely had many surprising twists and turns. There were parts that were completely sick and demented,
Mark Woods
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When he was still alive, Richard Laymon was largely dismissed as one of the true horror masters of his time. Many people thought his books a bit b-movieish and kind of pah-paahed over his literary talent in favour of the likes of Koontz and King instead.
Sadly Richard Laymon passed away a few years ago now on Valentines Day, but, like many under-rated artists whilst they were alive, since his death his writing has been sorely missed and there are many horror fans out there now who have begun to
Sanitys Cky
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-all-time-favs
WOW - I'm not usually one to write reviews so i will keep this short.
As a massive Richard Laymon fan , and a metal head this book covers it all - from gore - humour - sex - friendship - loyality - violence - and bad ass references to great bands and songs , it was a ride i didnt want to end. Jim Goforth covers it all .... officially one of my all time favourite books .
I'll be keeping my eye out for your work Mr Goforth!
Laymon would be proud!
Lisa Sandberg

I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first, but then it grabbed me and that was it. The more I read the more engrossed I became. I didn't want to put it down, but alas I had to sleep and work.

There were so many twists and turns in this book I couldn't even predict what would happen next.

And the ending...oh my my, what an ending!! Loved it!
Susanne Leist
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Horror stories don't usually have such an intense story as this one. The characters and story line are well-developed. The story begins on a dark note and continues this way throughout.
Corey and his two friends innocently follow pretty girls across the water and into the woods. The women have Amazon beauty and strength. The boys--I call them boys because that's what they act like--do the women's bidding and seek out a group in the woods, who are holding some of their members. Little do they
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book will scare you!

A birthday, detour, mischievous boys, and strange women ... There's no reason for the party to end. What could go wrong? As the book's title becomes clear, readers will also understand the meaning of monsters as they untangle themselves from Goforth's words on the pages and infiltrate the very fibers of readers. Chills and carnage are understatements of the story's guts. This author doesn't hold back, and his characters won't let go. Even after you've read the final
Chantal Bellehumeur
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Plebs by Jim Goforth was honestly one of the best horror books I have read in a long time.

Let me say that I don't scare easily, nor do I have a weak stomach when it comes to gore. If I did, I probably would not have been able to finish the book. At least, not with my ipad being the only source of light. Since this book had a very realistic feel to it, it was easy to place myself in the main characters shoes and feel their fears. If this had been a movie, I might have actually jumped for once.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Richard Laymon is one of my favorite writers and a huge Influence on my writing. What does this have to do with Plebs, you ask? Quite a bit. When Laymon passed it left a huge gaping hole that typical splatterpunk just couldn’t fill. A lot of writers claim to be influenced by Laymon and even the term Laymonesque has been thrown around to describe splatterpunk novels. Problem is that they aren’t.They may have the same type of violence, but they lack the story element that made Laymon so great. “No ...more
Kyle Scott
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Plebs delivers on its scenarios spades.

In all the sub-genres in the winding hallways of horror, the grind-house, hardcore sub-genre is among my favorites. There's just something immensely satisfying about picking up a novel with absolutely no idea where its going to take you. PLEBS is that sort of book - a work of old school, shameless horror written by an author who understands and loves the genre. Its clear in every sentence that Goforth lives and breathes this stuff, and that is
Keith Milstead
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was granted the great fortune to read Jim Goforth’s new book PLEBS and I have to say, Jim is a remarkable author who grabs you from the first moment you enter his world and holds you mesmerized until the final word is read. PLEBS is the name of a mutant group living in the woods created by a science project gone wrong. Also living in these woods is a troop of emotionally damaged women who have gathered to support each other. The fact that they are all super-hotties makes the story that much ...more
Brooklyn Ann
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars. Beginning at first in a slow burn, the premise begins with a group of guys not quite done partying for the night encountering a group of hot women who would love to continue the merriment- for a price. It seemed to be an amusing satire on how far young men will go to get laid. Something about the narrative cadence made me hear the story in Malcolm McDowell's voice a la Clockwork Orange (but I consider this to be a good thing.)

Anyway, the tale is told through the point of view of
Angie Martin
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.**

“Plebs” by Jim Goforth… oh, where do I start? I’m a huge horror fanatic, my first delve into the genre being with Stephen King. Since then, my expectations of horror have been set incredibly high. From the outset, Plebs met every expectation I have and so much more. The entire book took me back in time to some awesome rock n’ roll 80’s old school horror. What else can a horror fanatic ask for? The
Linda Watkins
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Jim Goforth delivers in his chilling, and often gruesome, horror novel "Plebs". Reminiscent of Tarantino's "Grindhouse" flicks and bloody slasher movies of the '70s and '80s, Goforth tells the tale of three slacker friends (Corey, Tim and Lee) who, after a night of drinking and petty vandalism, happen upon a group of leather and lace beauties who invite them to 'party'. The boys, not believing their good fortune, follow these damsels back to their place, across the lake by rowboat, where even ...more
Jan Raymond
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Ancient Romans called ugly looking, social outcasts Plebs. Jim Goforth has brought these atrocities into the 22nd century as genetically engineered or rather mis-engineered creatures. You go into the book with Corey and his crazy, drunk crowd and meet up with some total Hell’s Angels type of kickass women. What they hope would be a rocking night turns out to be a cry for help.

While having to deal with the various horrific and life threatening situations, Corey finds strength in himself that he
Jul 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book is painfully slow. The author wastes pages by by describing every minute detail of what the characters are doing. Why would someone spend pages describing the house, the furnishings, the kithen appliances, closets...Then page after page retelling the friends the full accounting of the first 30% of the book. After all that I just don't care. The story is basically a killer slut lesbian who was adopted and raised by a mad scientist who wants to claim a certain girl as her own. The girl ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What starts out as a drunken end to a night of minor bad-ass behavior swiftly escalates into something far more dark when Corey and two of his buddies run into a band of foxy ladies. Probably in the cold light of day the trio would not have been smashed and high, so would not have gone off in boats with these chicks, but this was night.

They allow themselves to be talked into recuing two other girls from the Plebs and are led to believe sex will be the reward. Only when they get at the place of
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, own
What an awesome ride! I am a huge fan of horror especially the slasher flicks of the eighties and this book definitely had that feel.

The book starts with three guys ending a night of drunken debauchery to go hang at the lake and chill. While at the lake they meet these gorgeous gothic girls who entice them to come finish up the party at their place.So begins a wild ride of murder, revenge, and justice.

I am definitely glad I picked up this book, for it is not one to be forgotten anytime soon!
Dave Granger
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had never heard of Jim Goforth before I picked this book up, but I will be searching out new stuff by him after this one. If you like writers like Richard Laymon and good old horror flicks from the 80's, you will love this book. Mr. Goforth brings and new and refreshing voice to the world of horror and fits in right among the ranks of the new faces of the genre. If you're looking for fun, gore and a good read, this is one you need to pick up.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book, Great Read!
Denise Keef
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading Plebs…I knew it was a horror story by the blurb about it but I NEVER expected the horrors that would unfold on the pages of this book! This had me so engrossed in it that I could not put it down! The main characters are three friends who had just wandered down to the lake to keep on partying and where they met five foxy ladies who they thought would party on into the night with them once they went back to the ladies place. The party place is across the lake…by row boat…and ...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I started this book back on the last day of August. It's taken me up to November to finish it. That is never good for this avid reader. I wanted so much to love this book. It was my first book I have ever tasted from horror author Jim Goforth and I loved the sound of the plot, was encouraged and bought the book and readied myself to be scared to death.

I wasn't.

I just wasn't scared. There are some good "shock" scenes that are really good and they stood out through the book, but overall I didn't
Aug 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Gemma Farrow
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Plebs is a story about a group of friends who miss-spend their time drinking, drugging and being antisocial when under either influence. It starts with the friends, including Corey, Tim and Lee, celebrating a friend's birthday. Over the course of the night the group of friends fragment, with small groups ending up wherever their mutual intentions lead them. From there the story centres on Corey, Tim and Lee. They head to the lake. By now the reader has a fair idea of their characters. I was ...more
The Good Fairy Nicci
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombie, horror
It's like the Hills Have Eyes and every 80s horror movie I've ever seen in my youth, decided to get together to have one dirty and perverted baby. This. Was. AWESOME. You got an imperfect hero, some bad chicks with knives and guns, and some pals who get caught along for the ride. Sex and drugs, but no rock and roll unfortunately. This book had everything from vivid detail, to character growth and a gripping storyline that kept me riveted. I'm a lover of horror. Hell, I've been watching horror ...more
Charlene Whitlock
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not going to lie, I struggled reading this initially. It wasn't the story line itself that made it difficult for me to find the desire to turn the pages it was the retelling of events in the beginning of the book which discouraged me, if the description of events were majorly shortened or 'Corey quickly filled such and such in on the events that had occurred' it may have been different. HOWEVER though it took time I did persevere and Mr Goforth you greatly improved your writing from the act of ...more
C.L. Heckman
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhh! I’m not going to be able to sleep with the lights out for weeks after finishing this book. I’ll admit, if it wasn’t on my kindle, I would’ve put the book in the freezer for a few nights to keep the horror inside of it away from me. The author did an incredible job at scaring the crap out of me, and I’m positive that horror stories are what he should be writing.
In the beginning of the book, I loved the classic guy mentality these drunken boys had. The story was fun, and intriguing, and I
Susan Tarr
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, fasten your seatbelts for this one! Though it’s not what I would normally read, Goforth had me laughing right from the start at the youthful pranks and exuberant characters. These three ordinary young men are just out for a good time; a few beers: a few joints: a few girls. They’re full of bravado, stoned and drunk, until…
This work is visually explicit, full of horror and carnage. And not for the fainthearted. The setting of the characters and scenery takes off right from the outset. But
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Jim Goforth is a horror author currently based in Albury, Australia. Happily married with two kids and a cat, he has been writing tales of horror since the early nineties.
After years of detouring into working with the worldwide extreme metal community and writing reviews for hundreds of bands across the globe with Black Belle Music he returned to his biggest writing love with first book Plebs

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“Aside from the, let's say, elegant decor and ambience you've created in that monstrosity you call a gathering place inside, you and your men haven't been much more impressive to me than fucking Corny. I thought combining forces with some likeminded souls would be an enterprising partnership, but ultimately I'm feeling a bit disappointed.” 2 likes
“They belonged in the land of surrealism, a nightmare eluded and left behind.
Now he was entrapped in a new nightmare sequence, a real here and now terror dream, a frightening distortion of reality fraught with horrible possibilities.”
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