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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Ted and Justin were once best friends, but over the years they’ve seen less and less of each other. Now, something’s wrong with Justin. He can’t sleep, he can’t think straight, and he certainly can’t explain why he keeps waking up naked and covered in blood. Ted might be the only person who can save him-- assuming he’s okay with shooting his childhood BFF with a silver ...more
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Published February 22nd 2019 by Cinestate
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Tracy Robinson
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review published on Sci Fi and Scary:

Gerald Bringsley: “Whereas I am a victim of your carnivorous lunar activities.” – An American Werewolf in London

“Nothing remained stagnant. Everything always sank if you gave it enough time.” – Max Booth III, Carnivorous Lunar Activities

Behold! I have read my very first werewolf novel. It’s a milestone of sorts, right? I’ve read a diverse array of horror fiction and non-fiction, but somehow missed this particular subject. Lots of werewolf movies, nary a
Michael Hicks
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My review of Carnivorous Lunar Activities can be found at High Fever Books.

I’ve dug Max Booth III’s work for a while now, although such work has for me mostly consisted of his short stories and the books he’s published as editor-in-chief for Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. His piece in the Garden of Fiends anthology has stuck with me for a while, and it’s been nearly two years since I read that one — it was sick and creepy and uncomfortable in an anthology about drug addiction that was all
John Jacobs
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fucking blood-thirsty joy and if it’s not made into a movie in the next couple of years, I’ll eat my hat. Luckily, I don’t own any hats, but you get the idea. It’s about two friends. One happens to be chained to an anchor in his own basement – yes, an anchor – and he’s a werewolf. The other guy has got a whole other set of problems.

There’s another Max walking around out there with the last name, but Max Booth is the literary inheritor of John Landis’s mantle and Carnivorous Lunar
Benoit Lelièvre
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is way more than a werewolf novel. There's plenty of hair & guts to go around in Carnivorous Lunar Activities, but it is at the heart a novel about the nature of friendship and the sacred bonds we form during our childhood.

I loved the protagonists Ted and Justin who are basically grownup kids, who allowed themselves to slip and become mediocre adults. Their flaws and fears make them both endearing and repulsive at the same time. This novel more than delivers what it announced, but
Stephen Williams
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Max is funny and writes with a speed not many other authors can compete with. Rapid fire is probably the best way to describe his style--a constant back and forth, back and forth as his characters lob insults at each other. Structurally I suppose this book is a slow burn, but when even the longest paragraph is just a few sentences it never feels like it.

And when that climax hits--things get just as bloody and brutal as some of your favorite slasher flicks.

My only (minor) complaint is that a
Autumn Christian
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The goofiness you've come to expect from Max Booth III's online persona, combined with a sweet, sad, and hoary story of a friendship between men, one of which just happens to be a werewolf. Compelling, fast-paced, smart, and refreshing.
Craig Wade
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this novel for an honest review, so here goes. Wow! This book checked all the boxes for me: a buddy-comedy/horror hybrid with an unrelenting ability to lean into the unexpectedly grim. I mean, An American Werewolf in London and Clerks are among my favorite films of all-time and this book is right at home with those films.

The inspired writing was filled with witty dialogue, relatable characters, a tendency to wax nostalgic, and a tone of somehow optimistic nihilism.

Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m gritting my teeth, trying not to make the obvious joke but arrgghhhhh YES YOU CAN TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS! Max Booth III takes that old horror standby, the werewolf, and does something completely different. Primarily it’s a tale of friendship and screwing up, but when stuff hits the fan Booth delivers the gory goods in surprising ways. @fangoria is killing it with their new book line, definitely will watch out for future titles.
4/5 Fistfuls of Raw Hamburger
Thomas Joyce
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Max Booth is an author who is known for imbuing his fiction with humour. And this is no exception. Sure, the horror is prevalent as well, given that Justin believes he is a werewolf. And the full moon is on the rise. But given that much of the novel takes place in one setting with two characters in conversation, there had to be something more to the story. And that's where Booth's knack with humour takes centre-stage. The dialogue between Ted and Justin is so incredibly genuine, it is ...more
Kim Napolitano
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I went in I excepted something totally different then what I got and that’s a good thing. Ted takes a phone call from his friend Justin who he hasn’t seen in 3 years, childhood friends but Justin is sick, needs a favor. I don’t want too spoil a single thing but most of the action is conversation in a basement. Not boring, Amazing as this story unfolds.. Justin explains why he needs his friend and be chained to an anchor and a gun with silver me. Humor? Yes? Heartbreaking? ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, horror
This novel went against expectations in the best way. Most of the book is a conversation between two former high school buds over the course of an evening, and it wrings an impressive amount of tension out of two down-on-their-luck immature guys and a dingy basement. Both Ted and Justin strike a necessary balance of being relatably pathetic while also being just repulsive enough on the inside that you wouldn't mind if they died once the moon came out. Booth's comedic description and dialogue ...more
Shane Keene
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is goddamn near perfect. If you haven't read Max's work yet I highly recommend you unfuck that. Start with this raucous, brutal, and utterly delightful read.

Read my full review here:
Paul Anderson
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagine the film AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, but made with the humor and sensibility of the late-1990s (we'll ignore AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS, thanks). That's CARNIVOROUS LUNAR ACTIVITIES, a novel that places humor right next to the horror and never lets up on either, but never sacrifices one for the other. An immensely enjoyable read.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was first introduced to Max Booth III via the This Is Horror Podcast, Episode 233. It was pretty obvious that he has a deep love of both horror and humor. So when I heard about Carnivorous Lunar Activities, it was a high priority for me to check it out. You know the plot: 2 old friends in a basement, one trying to convince the other to kill him because he says he's a werewolf.

The first part of the book consists of the 2 main characters in the basement. The dialog between them is pretty
J.R. Forasteros
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'd have loved a few stronger female characters, but given the tight set-up of the conceit, this is a fun, creative and entertaining read
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-books
Holy crap is this a fun book! Max Booth III somehow found a way to perfectly capture dialog and smash it onto the page. It's like Kevin Smith watched a bunch of American Werewolf in London, drank a shit ton of PBR, and decided he wanted to write about two friends facing the biggest night of their lives. The book never goes where you expect it to, but when you see it all play out, you can't help but realize it was all right there. This is probably one of the best books of the year hands down.

Eric Sparkman
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review can be read in it's original format on Horrorbound

I’ve been a longtime fan and listener of the This is Horror podcast hosted by Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella (if you are a lover of horror fiction, I’d highly recommend checking it out here). They cover the gamut of the craft, from writing to publishing and editing. Wilson and Pastorella have a knack for interviewing. They always prepare excellent questions but aren’t afraid of taking the show in a different direction at the
Zachary Ashford
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There’s a lot of hype surrounding the release of Max Booth and Fangoria’s werewolf novel, Carnivorous Lunar Activities. Part of that is driven by the fact Booth is a vocal presence online, another part is due to the fact werewolves are fucking awesome, but the most important part of that is down to the fact Booth is a damn good writer and his novel rips. Yep, the main reason this novel is garnering praise from arsehole to breakfast is that it’s a devastatingly slick piece of work that captures ...more
Michael Gonzalez
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Growing up on 80s horror movies, this kind of story is right up my alley. It invokes the namesake of its publisher (Fangoria) in all the right ways. You can practically smell the latex and Karo syrup on every page. I love the slow build, two friends going through a rough night. There are hints of strange things happening. Flashbacks to previous nights that give you a glimpse of the beast. Then, the glorious revelation of what's really happening, when all hell breaks loose and our hero is left ...more
C.J. Bow
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first review I've done on GoodReads, so here goes nothing.

The only other thing I've read from MBIII was a short story from Garden of Fiends "Everywhere You've Bled and Everywhere you Will, so my expectations for this book was a whole lot of vulgarities, bro-downs, and some vicious and brutal death scenes. Check, check, and check.

Dialogue was great. I found myself relating to the conversations I've had with my closest friend, who doubles as my cousin, and thought about how similar
Russell Holbrook
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dude. It seems like everyone has been raving about how awesome this book is. And in this case, the majority is right, at least in my opinion. I know that "good" and "bad" are relative terms when we discuss art, so, I will say that I enjoyed this book a whole helluva a lot! It kinda broke my heart. It really inspired me. As other people have probably said, or might say, Booth has done something special with the werewolf story and managed to meld humor, heart, and horror into a fantastic novel ...more
Horror DNA
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gabino-iglesias
Carnivorous Lunar Activities kicks off with a crazy premise and only gets weirder from there. The humor comes at the reader fast and hard, mostly in the form of sizzling dialogue that will remind readers of Joe Lansdale’s banter from time to time. There is also plenty of action and a decent amount of gore. However, despite those elements being enough to make this a recommended read, the best thing about this novel is how it balances hilarity with horror. Sure, there are jokes aplenty, but also ...more
M. Dixon
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Max Booth III’s Carnivorous Lunar Activities is today’s American Werewolf in London, but so much more. In a way, it’s kind of a mashup between American Werewolf in London and My Dinner with Andre for aging slackers. Still, that barely captures what this novel truly is. It’s a brilliant piece of Comedy Horror fiction that is an excellent addition to the new Fangoria book line. I couldn’t help but giggle and laugh out loud while reading this excellent novel, but when Max goes dark and digs into ...more
Jess Hagemann
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Max Booth III's CARNIVOROUS LUNAR ACTIVITIES isn't the type of book I'd normally pick up (werewolves; bro humor; almost exclusively male cast), but it's good to get outside your own box sometimes. Having read nothing else in the werewolf canon besides Twilight (yep, it counts), Booth's take on the mythos struck me as both creative and funny. It's the kind of Big Fish tale that werewolves would trade in the bar after two many PBRs. Where the book shines most is in its pacing. I've always wanted ...more
Kev Harrison
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel starts off with tension at its very height, life and death in the hands of the protagonist, Ted. Then the phone call comes and the book marches off into werewolf-storied bromance. From here on in, it's hilariously funny, occasionally gross and wholly gripping. I smashed through the first 150 pages in a couple of hours on holiday.
When the reveal came, it knocked me sideways. I lived the tension that sprang from it in a sprint to the finish, so strong was my need to find out how it all
Mar 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
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The Gehenna Post
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carnivorous Lunar Activities follows two characters: Ted, a man who has just sabotaged his own marriage, and Justin, his childhood friend who calls Ted and soon reveals a shocking and disturbing truth concerning his own recent nocturnal experiences. The novel rapidly picks up pace, and before the reader realizes it, they’re knee-deep in a blood-soaked, popcorn page-turner that is likely going to breathe new life into the Werewolf genre.

What really separates Booth’s novel from others is the fact
Jim Coniglio
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
CARNIVOROUS LUNAR ACTIVITIES by Max Booth III is the 3rd book published under the Fangoria Presents banner and shows that Fangoria has an eye not only for the scares, but for the truly entertaining stories.

Ted and Justin are 2 childhood friends who have grown apart over the years, but circumstances bring them together. Justin has a problem, and he needs to convince Ted that what he fears is real, before it is too late. An evening of friends catching up, loads of beer and one big-ass anchor will
Stephanie M. Wytovich
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carnivorous Lunar Activities was my first book by Max Booth III, and after reading this action-packed, dark comedic were-plot, I’ll definitely be back for more. This story follows the arcs of two characters, Ted and Justin, who are long-time friends and have a Punch-and-Judy rapport with one another. What I liked most about their relationship throughout the book was that it never felt forced, and instead was always natural, blunt, and honestly, it felt like I was eavesdropping on their ...more
**originally posted on the Night Worms blog**

Ted and Justin were once best friends, but have been drifting apart over the years. Then Ted gets an urgent phone call, Justin needs him to come over shoot him in the heart with a silver bullet.

Dialogue heavy stories have a tendency to not work great for me, narrow it down between two characters in a single setting and the odds get slimmer. Oh, you're going to try and be funny too? Now the odds are close to none. Lucky for me, Booth
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Max Booth III is the author of four novels. His mom has read at least one of them. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and an ongoing columnist at He works as a hotel night auditor in a small town outside San Antonio, TX. Follow him on Twitter @GiveMeYourTeeth and visit him at