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Camp Carnage

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  53 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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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Hmm... I have very mixed feelings about this. RTC
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: lgbtqia, horror
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
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
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
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DUDEEE this was something!! I read it in a day, I thought it’d be just a YA cheesy ass book but that ending ruined me!! I can’t even believe how well it was written! You all better pick up this book because it’s freaking awesome!

I haven’t read way too many slasher books so this hit me pretty hard.
It follows this young guy Billy who’s being sent to a gay conversion camp. And there’s a murderer in the woods! Dude!!! I might’ve figured out who the murderer is at the very end of the book, I’m kinda
Max Baker
Oh Camp Carnage, I am so glad I found you. My search for YA horror has led me to this little hidden gem, and I am so glad it did. Not only is this a good old fashion 80s slasher flick in book form, but it's a LGBT good old fashion 80s slasher flick in book form! And that is fucking awesome!

The plot is fairly basic. A group of gay and lesbian teens are sent to Camp Genesis, a gay conversion summer camp, for six weeks. Soon after they arrive, campers and faculty start dying. If that premise doesn'
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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
Diversity Horror
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, diversity
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
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...
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!!
Chris Jones
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this is my online review, loved it, funny, saucy and suspenseful!
Jonathan Pongratz
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, lgbt
Original review at Jaunts & Haunts


I give this novel four and a half bloody stars!

This book centers on a group of LGBT teenage kids sent to a gay rehabilitation camp. Most of them are pissed that they're there in the first place, but when kids start to disappear, several of the kids take matters into their own hands in an effort to stop the kidnappings and locate their missing friends. Can they locate the perpetrator before it's too late, or will they become the next victims?

I immensely enjo
May 04, 2020 added it
Camp Carnage

Camp Carnage is about Camp Genesis, a "correction" camp for gay teens. None of them want to be there but their parents forced them to go. Run by Katherine, the owner, a priest, and young adult camp counselors who aim to "straighten out" the teens. Katherine is stern and strict and believes she can change the teens by prayer and forcing them to do gender bases activities - cooking and sewing for the girls, sports for the boys. The main characters are likeable, with the exception of Ky
I don’t think I’m ever going to be a fan of slasher horror, but a lot of this one appealed to me from the summary so I decided to give it a chance. I also need to learn to stay away from self published books because honestly? Hardly any of the ones I’ve tried have been anything close to good.

It’s not awful, but the writing style leaves a lot to be desired and the characters were all ridiculously flat. I love summer camp books and LGBTQ+ characters in horror (which there aren’t enough of!) but b
B.L. Koller
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a quick read.
The premise is kids get sent to conversion camp, and one by one, they all start dropping like flies. But it didn’t get my heart racing. In fact, I kind of was rooting for nobody to get out alive because I just didn’t care enough about any of them. (Don’t get it twisted. I’m LGBTQ+) The most horrifying aspect of the book was the conversion therapy angle. And even then, it kind of seemed watered down. Just a whole lot of talking and bible verses. The homophobia is certainly t
Shannon Everyday
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Camp Carnage is a story about a group of kids, who are sent to a summer camp, by their parents who hope that the camp, will make their gay kids will become straight. The camp has it's own troubled past, involving two murders and a mysterious fire. Camp Carnage is introduced to us through Billy, who has arrived at the camp for the first time. He quickly becomes friends with Jem, develops a crush on Neal, and quickly develops a rival. Then, campers and staff start being killed one by one, by a mys ...more
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
Bryan Ellis
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5 stars from me!

As a gay man and a lover of Horror, this novel was a godsend. I grew up on horror movies and I'm a huge bookworm. I've especially loved slasher movies, and then I found this novel. It's a slasher novel with an all gay male cast set in the 80s at a camp. The novel was short, fast-paced, suspenseful, and had some fun likable characters. It even got me with some twists I never saw coming. The writing was a bit lacking and could have used maybe another edit just to add som
Rachel “Koala”
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
The book is fairly well written. The plot is full of classic premodern technology horror tropes, which I believe was the authors' intention. It also goes against some classic tropes. That's something you can take or leave as a reader. As an author, if your intention is to write a classic theme with those same tropes, please do so until the end. I liked the characters, concept, and a fair bit of the plot but there were a couple of points that didn't make sense. I hope the authors will continue to ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, fiction
I initially picked this up for two reasons: Firstly, it was a horror story with LGBT characters that seemed reminiscent of a 1980s slasher. Secondly, it was free on kindle.

It's a fun, if a bit short read with genuinely likable characters, making their inevitable demise the more shocking. There weren't twists per say, but I definitely enjoyed eliminating my suspects for the killer as I read on.

It's all the fun of a slasher, with an LGBT cast. What more could you want?
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Joshua Winning is an author and film journalist who writes for TOTAL FILM, SFX, GAY TIMES and RADIO TIMES. He has been on set with Kermit the Frog, devoured breakfast with zombies on The Walking Dead, and sat on the Iron Throne while visiting the Game Of Thrones set in Dublin. Jeff Goldblum once told him he looks a bit like Paul Bettany.

In 2018, Joshua’s YA thriller VICIOUS RUMER was published by

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