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The Scream

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  483 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Rock 'n' Roll. Hell. Two great tastes that taste great together. Long before Elvis gyrated on the Sullivan Show or the Beatles toiled the smoky red-light bars of Hamburg, music has been sowing the seeds of liberation. Or damnation. With each new generation the edge of rebellion pushed farther. Rhythms quickened. Volume increased. Lyrics coarsened. The rules continued to be ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Stealth Press (first published 1987)
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Twerking To Beethoven
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't like "The Scream" one bit.

I'm an eighties kid, alright. One of my all time favourite movies happens to be Trick or Treat , a monumental, humongous piece of crap of a horror movie about a snuffed rockstar coming back from the dead because some bullied high-school kid spins his records backwards. Pure, unadulterated & delicious eighties cheese, boyos. Check this out: ("Gonna drive my long steel missile down on your love channel")

Even though "Trick or Treat" is
Grady Hendrix
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Lurid and over the top, but also features a giant monster who eats people with her vagina, and the first female character is introduced when we peer up her skirt while she's onstage. So there's that. ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skipp & Spector's fourth collaborative novel is a sex & drugs & rock'n'roll splatterpunk gore fest, extremely graphic and disturbing at times, with controversial examinations of the changing world and values of the 1980s. It's a pretty good story, too, though not for the squeamish. I'd put it on the same shelf as Martin's Armageddon Rag, McCammon's The Five, and Denton's Wrack and Roll, except with a more horrific heavy-metal punkish slant. Rust never sleeps... let God sort it out. ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a far more complex book than any of the tag-lines would lead you to believe. Yes, it's an incredibly visceral horror story set in the world of rock-and-roll, but there are far deeper subjects that get addressed and discussed throughout the book.

One of the most obvious - and controversial - is that of abortion. One of the side characters struggles with the keeping of a pregnancy in light of her career, her history, her temperament, and her relationship with the father. Because of the natu
Daniel James
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard about this I jumped at the chance to read it, with it having numerous ingredients to whet my appetite to the point where I was salivating: heavy metal, demonic forces, a hedonistic band as the main protagonists, Catholic-bashing, and Vietnam, the most rock 'n' roll of all wars (at least in fiction, obvs in real life all war just flat-out sucks!!). And having read the Book of the Dead Vol. 1 & 2 as a feral child, I knew that The Scream wasn't going to skimp on the gory carnage ...more
Brian Surratt
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, splatterpunk
Read this MANY moons ago, senior yeah of high school I think, on the recommendation of a friend. Very intense, very visceral, very graphic. The characters are fairly well developed and diverse in a complex story.

A few common tropes for the late 80's (Vietnam, heavy metal satanism, single mothers, corrupt televangelists, the works). But that's what the story is about, taping into the absurd paranoia of the time. It literally is a parent's rock and roll nightmare.

If you were going to compare this
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skipp and Spector's third novel The Scream, published in 1988, is a real blast from the past, but many of the cultural links I believe will be lost to those not living in 1980s. The center of the novel is the band called The Scream-- a heavy metal act that is taking the nation by storm. Our main lead Jake Hamer is a Vietnam vet and leads his own heavy metal band. Early on, Jake appears on a talk show with a few other rockers (one side) and a minister and the wife of a senator (the other side) wh ...more
Craig DiLouie
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recently finished THE SCREAM by John Skipp and Craig Spector and was amazed at how talented these guys are. They can tell one hell of a story. In THE SCREAM, Jake, a Vietnam vet and leader of a heavy metal band, jousts with Christian fundamentalists campaigning against what they see as Satanic rock music. What neither understands is that mega-cult band The Scream is actually using their music to plant the seeds of slaughter and literally raise Hell. Grounded in rich detail about the rock industr ...more
Ok I guess. This is my fourth Skipp/Spector novel and so far I'm all over the place when rating these guys.
This is the second book of theirs where I was completely indifferent towards all the characters, and to me forming some kind of emotional attachment to a character goes a long way towards making or breaking a novel. I thought the story itself was pretty unique though and somewhat interesting, and I had no problem with the writing style.
Todd Charlton
Rock'n'roll and its bastard child Heavy Metal were more conversational in the 1980's than at any other time thanks to organisations like Tipper Gore's Parents Music Resource Center and countless TV evangelists. John Skipp and Craig Spector made this fact the foundation of their third novel The Scream. The Scream is a Heavy Metal band led by an impossibly beautiful woman; the ultimate femme fatal. Jake Hamer is a rocker as well, but his group is less extreme. He publicly takes on the wowzers, led ...more
Adam Wilson
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
The Scream by John Skipp and Craig Spector wasn't much of a fun read for me. I loved the descriptions of the band members, fans, and the life styles of both, but for

the most part the book felt like a mess of undicisive writing. Half the time I couldn't figure out what the hell was going on and when I did think I knew what was

happening I didn't know why. I hated the dream-like quality of this novel. Perhaps it was the purpose of the authors to write a book that felt like it was on the same

Scott Waldie
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Has all the visceral gross out factor of their other collaborations, and could probably be considered one of the better heavy metal or rock and roll horror novels, but it felt overlong and I didn’t care about the Christian/Antichristian elements, the ‘safe’ rocker lead characters or the other commentary here on issues like abortion. Meanders too much and thus dilutes all the good stuff. Doesn’t hold a candle to their other books like THE BRIDGE or THE LIGHT AT THE END.
Robert Burnett
Jul 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The defining 1980s splatterpunk novel and the pinnacle of Skipp and Spector's collaboration. What I'd give for a copy of The Scream's "Critical Mass" CD! One of the most entertaining horror novels ever written. ...more
James Ranger
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As always, Skipp and Spector NEVER fail. This book is so well written I am certain other writers of their generation hate them for being so good. And I don't blame them! The authors know how to deep dive into emotions and characterization. The people in the book were my family by the end. I read this every few years. Awesome book ...more
Mika Lietzén
All the 80s kids are going crazy about rock music and the band of the moment is The Scream, an enigmatic and openly diabolical outfit that nobody really knows nothing about. Their debut album soon becomes a soundtrack to murder and mayhem as the band's hardcore fans, the Screamers, sort of zombies with their eyes gouged out, begin their slaughter-spree and suburban homes and concert venues become killing grounds. EEYAAOW! as them kids say.

Splatterpunk, which is basically a synonym for excess, w
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
TITLE: The Scream

AUTHOR: John Skipp and Craig Spector

GENRE: Horror

PAGES: 432

We have all heard the phrase "Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll". Well, if you go to the flipside of that coin you will see "Blood, Gore, and Goo!" Lucky for us, John Skipp and Craig Spector own that coin, and they have flipped it over and over and over again in their novel The Scream.

The Scream is a heavy metal rock and roll band that have legions of fans. Their fans see an awesome heavy metal group that goes beyond the norm
Cassandra  Glissadevil
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
4.7 stars!
The Scream popped my Splatterpunk cherry. What a long crazy ride. Demonic metal music massacre.
Puns, lyrics, poetry, insane terror!
Compulsory addition to any splatterpunk and horror collection.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Better than I remembered. Remember it to be more gruesome than it was (read it late 80s). Loved the premise. Not the best realization of it though. Really like the writing style. And the narrator was really great.
M. Dixon
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
For the most part, I found this a rather entertaining horror novel. The end though was spectacular!
Carson Moore
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
wild and mysoginistic but bloody and relatively well-written compared to books like The Sharing.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, horror, long-ago
"Welcome to the food chain!"

A classic of epic horror, evil vs badass rock'n'roll, and cults of zombie teenagers.
Todd Charlton
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Rock'n'roll and its bastard child Heavy Metal were more conversational in the 1980's than at any other time thanks to organisations like Tipper Gore's Parents Music Resource Center and countless TV evangelists. John Skipp and Craig Spector made this fact the foundation of their third novel The Scream. The Scream is a Heavy Metal band led by an impossibly beautiful woman; the ultimate femme fatal. Jake Hamer is a rocker as well, but his group is less extreme. He publicly takes on the wowzers, led ...more
Ed [Redacted]
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
After reading THE CLEANUP by Skipp and Spector, I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, I was treated to a big pile of "rock and roll" fetishism and the type of stereotypical Vietnam veteran characters so common in the 80's. despite all of this, S&S are clearly talented writers. The writing is crisp as ever and several scenes in the book are quite effective. Unfortunately the whole plot left me cold, and the deeper themes I enjoyed so much in THE CLEANUP were missing. I had alre ...more
Steven Shroyer
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A dark journey through the excessive 1980's Heavy Metal scene. Skipp and Spector craft a brilliant tale set around a rock band whose goal is nothing less than the end of the world. Throw in jabs at the evangelical right wing and top it off with over the top gore and you have book that will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning. Do yourself a favor, skip the eventual DVD release of the rock musical "Rock of Ages" with Tom Cruise and get this e-book. It is a work truly rooted in the 1980' ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
A great, big, wild rock and roll horror novel by the masters of 'splatterpunk', Skipp and Spector. It isn't a perfect novel, but it is such a daring book that asks big questions in such a fearless style that you can't help but love it. Highly recommended. ...more
Sherrie Gingery
Apr 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Light at the End
It's hard to impress me with a horror book because I not only do I require good writing, I want to feel creeped out. This is a fast moving story and there are quite a few characters to follow. It's scary! ...more
Mar 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
Hahahah! I read this Rock n Roll horror novel when I was 17 and just picked it up again out of nostalgia. It's not very well written, but it's entertaining in the way trashy reading can sometimes be. ...more
James Debruicker
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
The perfect early-80s rock and roll horror novel. It takes the whole Satanic Metal/PMRC scare thing and takes it to its logical conclusion. I'm also convinced that Joss Whedon borrowed some elements of this for the Judge plotline in Buffy, but that's neither here nor there. ...more
Kim Chi
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've given this book to avid readers, and all of them pretty much told me the same thing.. they couldn't put it down once they started it, it scared the crap outa them, it was a kick ass book but to plz not ever give them another one like it... LOL this book rox... they need to make a movie outa it ...more
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Pulp '80s horror and rock and roll. Fun but empty. Not nearly as good as The Light At The End, by the same authors, about a punk rock vampire hunting in the NYC subway system. I will explore more Skipp & Specter in the future. ...more
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