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Camp Carnage

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  78 reviews
In the summer of 1986, Billy Collins is sent to his own personal Hell - summer camp. The remote Camp Genesis offers desperate parents a place to "straighten" out their gay teenagers with the help of the puritanical Katherine Creevey.

Besides the typical horsing around, campfire tales and summer games, the Genesis program forces gay and questioning teens into humiliating gen
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Night Terrors
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Joshua Winning Thanks for the question! Elliot and I originally planned to set up Night Terrors as a Point Horror-esque series of standalone horror books. We had pla…moreThanks for the question! Elliot and I originally planned to set up Night Terrors as a Point Horror-esque series of standalone horror books. We had planned to release a new (standalone) story in 2015, but we both got so busy that we sort of let that slide. A shame as we really had fun writing Camp Carnage. We've discussed writing a sequel. Watch this blood-spattered space...(less)

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Rachel Bea
3.5 stars, but I'll bump it up.

I grabbed this book for free on Kindle the other day. I didn't really know what to expect, and not gonna lie, was a bit apprehensive about it. When I saw the other Goodreads reviews, however, I decided to give the novel a chance.

Author Elliot Arthur Cross clearly knows his horror. I think Camp Carnage's strengths were in taking horror tropes like the final girl, the virgin, the slut, and flipping them around. The killer's nickname made me laugh out loud. Also - I h
destiny ♡ howling libraries
Hmm... I have very mixed feelings about this.
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
4.0 Stars
This was such an entertaining slasher horror story with strong elements of diversity. Given the synopsis, I was initially concerned that the story could be problematic. However, in the hands of these authors, that was not an issue. For a slasher story,  there was a fair amount of time spent character development to create well rounded individuals. For this reason, the LGBTA+ representation felt quite appropriate. Personally, I would have liked a little more gore from a slasher story, bu
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, lgbtqia
Actual rating: 3.5 (rounded down)

Campy YA 80’s queer slasher.
That about sums it up.

In all honesty, I went into this with low expectations. I wasn’t expecting much (at all), but was pleasantly surprised. It’s your better-than-average self-published book. The story itself is fairly unique in its slasher approach (and I do love me a good slasher), and the unpredictable nature it took on made me giddy. Because in this book, no one is safe! You like a certain character? Well, just like in Game of Thr
Oct 25, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: horror
This is currently free on AZ and looks like it might be suitable for Halloween...
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Who gives a fuck who fucks who?"

I read Camp Carnage as a buddy read with my friend Alex, and we both had fun reading this one. This is a camp and slasher story, which has become one of my favorite storylines, but this one is different since it's set at a conversion camp. It's a really sad setting, and some parts of the book are stressful.

The campers make the book. They make the best of their very shitty situation, and I enjoyed getting to spend time with them. The characters had more depth th
Daniel Kelly
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Imagine an 80s summer camp slasher movie that features gay kids getting massacred, and you’ve got the novel Camp Carnage by Elliot Arthur Cross and Joshua Winning. Set in 1986 (complete with 80s pop culture references), this page-turning gay horror novel has basically re-imagined Friday the 13th—at a conversion camp!

The cast of characters includes a jock, a jerk, a black kid, a fat kid, an insecure kid, a creepy caretaker…you know the drill. And then there are the bitchy camp counselors. Their g
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
It’s the summer of 1986, and Billy is on his way to Camp Genesis, a conversion camp for gay kids where they’re forced to participate in gender-based activities to learn to be “straight.” But the camp has a dark history, and when one of the campers goes missing, Billy and his friends discover that it isn’t the first strange and possibly deadly thing to happen there. Once, there may have been a killer stalking the camp, and they might just be back for another round. Trigger warnings: character dea ...more
Why hello Kindle Unlimited book that is set at a horrific summer camp.

Camp Carnage was a pretty interesting read. I didn't really know what to expect because I am a horrible person who didn't really read the synopsis. I mean I glanced at it but didn't really sit down and pay attention to what it actually said. Oops?

Even though I didn't do any of that, I enjoyed the book. It has been a while since I've read a slasher book so I was really pumped for everything that was happening. I love when every
Russell Holbrook
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I was a kid I went to vacation bible school every summer. Then, when I was a little older I went to sleepaway church camp every summer. Even though the camp in this book is a very different type of church camp than the ones I attended, the familiarity of the setting was one of the aspects of the book that drew me in right away. Once at the camp, I related to the characters' awkwardness and insecurities, and the romance of summer camp crushes. The horror and the slashing was great of course, ...more
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a little biased because I helped edit this but, seriously, it's so smart and fun. The cast is memorable and vivid, the plot is gripping, and I love the way the authors embrace and subvert some of the classic horror tropes (the "final girl" here is a breath of fresh air). And I swear one unexpected scene will haunt me for life... ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Camp Carnage, where was the CARNAGE?!?!?!

I had so many issues with this little horror book. It started out kind of fun - I got the 80s slasher vibe right away (which is very my thing) - though taking place at a conversion camp where you kill of the queer teens left and right is a little odd but fine. I just went with it, but the problems just kept coming. First, it literally has the word carnage right in the title - you see that right? I swear there is more blood in a Goosebumps novel. I get th
Iseult Murphy
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m never going to camp!

The idea of a summer camp sounds horrifying enough, never mind the fact it’s a camp for ‘curing’ gay teens, and a killer is picking off the campers one by one.
This book seemed to be trying to tell two stories, both interesting, but conflicting. One was a fun, campy horror and the other was about conversion camps. I found the serious bits didn’t have enough gore and development of the killer, while the horror bits seemed to trivialize the real horror of the camp and the s
LouchoBi ⚓
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: challenge-2021
Perhaps because of the language of too high a level for me which made reading very difficult, perhaps because I found it an absolute waste of time to read all the relationships between the characters (perfect, complete and beautifully constructed, yes, I admit it with pleasure) of this "horror" or maybe because I found it a mix of cliches and stereotypes of the LGBT world but I was expecting something totally different and I was a little disappointed.
In any case, a rather original idea, it made
Kayla (onthefritz)
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so addicting! I don't think I have read a slasher before, so much fun!

The summer camp setting is so fun and so vivid. I couldn't help but envision Heavyweights while reading this, only with a "pray the gay away" mindset..... and a lot of murders. Loved the characters and loved the jump scares.

Pick this up if you want a campy slasher, it's free on Amazon!
Richard K. Wilson
If you take the 80's movie "The Burning" and crossed it with another 80's movie "Silent Night, Deadly Night" you have this 80's tale of young gay kids sent to a summer camp to turn them 'Straight' by their evil parents!! Well, there is a killer amongst them. Skip It!

This book though only 189 pages....takes FOREVER to get to the 'carnage' in the title....then it is only in the last 30 some pages.....boring. Though it could have been a great 5 star read, if it had only kicked in a LOT SOONER! Skip
Isaiah Vianese
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Camp Carnage is a fun take on the slasher formula, filling the cast with LGBT characters and running through the tropes of the genre. The book smartly plays to some expectations, while subverting others. As a fan of slashers, I enjoyed this book alot.
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Mini blurb: A group of queer teens at a conversion camp are the target of an unknown killer. Will they make it out of there alive? And will they manage to hold on to their queerness until the end?


Classic slasher story that offers a couple of fresh twists with regards to the setting and the final girl trope. I wish that some characters had been fleshed out more and some others had gotten more closure, plus there's a scene that deceived me into thinking the book would cross over to the supernat
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Camp Carnage was initially a book that I bought when I was in this "slasher" book mode (but let's face it, I am ALWAYS in that mode!) I buddy-read this with a friend and we both seemed to enjoy it. It was like I was reading an 80's movie set at summer camp. The main difference with this camp: it is a gay-conversion camp! So the stress and hormones are all already a little bit higher than just your average summer camp.

What I enjoyed most were the death scenes because they were so reminiscent of h
nora m malotte
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Camp Carnage (Night Terrors Series Book 1)

You think the worst thing that can happen is having to go to dinner camp ! Think again . There's a crazy person, a killer, loose in the night . These kids think "coming out" is the worst thing that can happen , but it's just the start . You will totally enjoy the THRILLING happenings in this story. Leaves you guessing as to who can be so VICIOUS and CUNNING and not get caught. I RECOMMEND this GRIPPING THRILLER ! ENJOY.
Story opens with some quick horror and the death of two campers before jumping to our main storyline where we get to meet our cast of characters. I honestly had some automatic hate for the people running/employed at the camp. I didn't care for them one bit through the entirety of this novel, which was probably the point of them.
The writing style wasn't bad, entertaining enough to keep me coming back to it again and again any time I would put the book down. The descriptions are quick and to the p
Jul 25, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This book was a pleasant surprise.
I went in with low expectations, but I ended up with a very entertaining read. I loved the fact that you were in constant intrigue trying to discover who the killer was or who the next victim was going to be. I also enjoyed that none of the characters were safe so you had to be very careful getting attached to them, even if some of them were truly likeable. I found that the final twist was a little predictable, but overall it's a pretty good 80's slashe
Tehnehn Kaijaah Edwards
Yes. Like But I'm a cheerleader and the burning had a gayby

Really great book. Loved the writing and the characters were all memorable. Although I guessed who the big bad was, I still really was entertained by the book!
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
AWE-SOME!!!!! What a fun thriller this was.There was never a dull moment and was definitely a page turner. I loved this book! Seriously loved it! I didn't want it to end. I read the last 2/3 in one sitting.

It doesn't take long for this thriller to get under way. A camp to reform homosexuals? Could such a barbaric thing even exist? I'm sure it does, wouldn't surprise me. This is a camp where you trust no one! The kids and the staff are not who they appear to be. Everyone seems to hiding secrets,
Marina Popkewitz
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed it! If you like YA and slasher movies, this one is for you!
Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The original review can be found on

This was a great read! It was actually too quick that it left me wanting more or at least the next book in the series. This is the first book I have read by Elliot Arthur Cross and Joshua Winning but it wont be the last that is for sure! This book jumps right into the action in the first chapter. It reminded me of an 80's/early 90's horror flick, like Jason. It was a little di
Douglas Castagna
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting and innovative take on the camp massacre genre. The underlying plot here is that this camp, Camp Genesis, is a camp designed to reprogram homosexual teenagers. I am sure many of these places exist, and I will not get into the politics of such places but the story was well done. The teens were well drawn and fit perfectly into the archetypes that exist in a camp massacre type of story. There was action, gore, and a plausible reason for the assailant.

Well written and entertaining, wit
Kasha's Book Sematary
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you love in any way the 80s slashers, this is a perfect match for you.

There is a camp where parents send their homosexual teenage kids in order for them to be 'fixed' ...yikes. Every year in summer some teens are sent to Camp Genesis in order to be rehabilitated into society as straight individuals. Apart from this already being horrific, there is an extra danger awaiting those teenagers at the camp.

A fast paced story with a good mix of interesting characters and a killer on the loose. This w
Diversity Horror
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: diversity, horror
You can read my full, illustrated review here:

It's an unfortunate fact of life that the majority of self-published books are bad. Really, REALLY bad. Like, any movie remake with Matthew Broderick in it bad. I get that not all self-published books are mind-numbingly awful, and there are definitely benefits to self-publishing (better royalty rates and creative control) over the traditional model. But for every The Martian there are about a million crappy Di
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this.

It was a twist on the genre and what you think will or won't happen will and erm won't.

Anyway it was a blast to read, though too short I want more!!
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