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They are killers. They are monsters. They are evil.

They stalk through summer camps, abandoned hospitals, rundown schools, and isolated houses, hunting anyone foolish enough to visit these places, leaving behind carnage, terror, death, and destruction. Sometimes, there are survivors. Always, there is blood.

And they do it to protect and preserve all of existence across the
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Published September 14th 2020
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Fiona
This is a great, though short, piece of meta-fiction - turns out, all those slasher killers really were working from the same script! It's mostly just good clean gory fun, though there's a couple of loose ends that could have been picked up at the end and weren't. It's not a big deal though - like the movies that inspire it, it's not about the details; the writing is good, the premise is interesting, and it's short enough to be on the fun, rompy end of the scale.

The short story that accompanies
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Michael Hicks
Standalone easily has one of the best premises of the year with its Quantum Leap meets Friday the 13th vibe. Paul Michael Anderson turns the Quantum Leap element on its side, though, and instead of time travel we have trips across the multiverse. Yes, dear readers, Standalone is a multiversal slasher book. How bad-ass is that?!

Jenkins, our hero, if such an appellation could be applied to a horrific killer, travels across the multiverse to kill camp counselors and cut down nubile co-eds. Is it re
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Frank
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Michael Anderson is the the most original thing I've read this year. STANDALONE mashes horror and sci-fi and then blends it in with a healthy dose of astrophysics. The result is a twisted sci-fi horror story darker than Alien and more convoluted than the entire collection of 80's horror slashers.

In one of my updates while reading STANDALONE, I said it read as if Dr. Micho Kaku got together with Wes Craven and Clive Barker to write a book worthy of becoming an iconic movie. Instead it was wr
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Emily
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5⭐

I loved the premise of Standalone! This book is a blend of slasher and sci-fi, and it was fun to read. The opening chapter was fascinating to me. I enjoyed the gore, and I wish we could have spent more time seeing how the worked. The job was so intriguing, but then most of the book ends up being about the job not working properly. I would love to read a prequel one day if it ever exists!

There's a short story at the end of this book called The One Thing I Wished for You, and it was emotional
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Jackie Cowgill (LanternsJourney)
I really love the premise of Standalone: a sci-fi slasher where the monsters need to kill to keep the multiverse balanced and now the tables are being turned against them. The story held up to the premise: It was fast-paced, awesome imagery, and great concepts- its definitely a movie I would want to see! The only thing I wanted more of was descriptions of the monsters from the victims point of view in order to add just a touch more detail of the monsters, but I dont want to say much else because ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wild one. Put a "handle with care" on the cover because it's not for every reader.

Standalone is a novel about movie slashers being interdimensional blue collar workers. I know it sounds gimmicky as hell and it inescapably is, but... at the same time...it... isn't?

I would've given it a three star rating if it didn't have this mysterious esoteric subtext about the fallacy of death and the close-mindedness of our perception of reality. We are so convinced we have understood everything t
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Laurel
What a wicked cool premise, with excellent execution by Paul Michael Anderson. I didn't know what to expect going in, which is just as well, because I couldn't have anticipated where this story went. Lots of kills, lots of excellent settings, and a crazy mystery set up. I don't want to risk spoiling it, so I'll keep this short, but it was a heckuva lot of fun.
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review).

For a long time, I've enjoyed horror. Slasher movies, psychological horror...gore or not. So when I originally read the blurb of this book, I was immediately intrigued with the idea.

I felt this book came across more as a snippet into a world. It was good to be thrown into the action almost straight away with Jenkins and his job. However, because there was very little background or information about his past, I was completely
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Richard Gerlach
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come
Matt
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-books
I had so much fun with this book. Slashers? Multiverse? A bigger entity outside our view? Come on! How could someone not want to read that? Paul Michael Anderson mixes this all together so well you can't help but wonder why we haven't seen this before. It makes perfect sense and is such a fresh take on slasher stories and movies. But, this is so much more than a killer stalking teens, it shifts the light from the teens, puts it on the killers, and tells you that maybe they are doing something go ...more
Brennan LaFaro
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ladies and gentlemen, here comes Paul Michael Anderson with easily one of the most unique and original concepts you'll read in a horror book this year. Mixing horror with science fiction, Standalone also acts as a love letter of sorts to the slasher genre. There’s some fun shout outs to our favorite villains and movies throughout the span of horror cinema as the plot rolls along and unravels. This is one of those stories that reveals bits and pieces as it goes, never really showing all its cards ...more
Kayla Lou
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sci-fi...AND horror? This short and sweet little book has such an interesting premise. I found myself getting a few good chills at the very beginning wondering why in the world a man in a spacesuit was Friday the 13th murdering a bunch of teenagers?!?! This book is very meta, but I found the interspersed gore and sci-fi bites a delightful mix. Sci-fi definitely needs more campy horror goodness like this- very enjoyable!
Danielle
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a science fiction slasher story. But not in the weird Jason Vorhees in space way. (not that there's anything wrong with that) 😁🔪
This book got all multiverse, and I. Was. Here. For. It.
I didn't realize that I would be able to root for the bad guy. I mean, yeah, I've felt for the antihero before, but this made my brain all confusey. How far would you go to protect the ones you love? How much is just too much?
I also loved all the little nods to the genre. I saw so many beloved movies repr
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Rich Rosell
This is a trippy horror/sci-fi hybrid with some heavy concepts, plentiful violence, and a pleasantly bleak tone. A plot description would not do this one justice, suffice to say the throwbacks to the slasher genre are on point, and Anderson's dark humor is always on display.

Fun. Weird. Deep.
I like.

Bonus points for the extra short story included, which packs a heavy-duty punch.
Nicely done, sir....
Melody
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nightworms, own, horror
Another great book from #Nightworms @nightworms
This is every Slasher film into one and I enjoyed it greatly. It was something weird and interesting take on the whole slasher genre.
Olivia
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So weird and good. It’s like Event Horizon and Friday the 13th’s child.
Patrick R. McDonough
Review coming soon!
amber wiser
Fun concept and a quick read.
Aimee
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"What you want and what existence needs are sometimes two different things."

I had so much fun reading Standalone! I would recommend going into this one as blind as possible - there are some fun little Easter eggs here that will delight horror movie fans. There's a LOT of plot and action packed into such a short little book, but it makes for a fun, quick read. This is definitely more sci-fi than it is horror (at least in my humble opinion) but there's definitely some creepy, gory imagery that wil
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Scott
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Page-turning sci-fi slasher with an Indie horror movie aesthetic.
Jay Vee
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a unique premise!
Oddly, I felt empathetic towards the main character, Jenkins, and his colleagues.
Christina
How odd. This was like an episode of the Twilight Zone. It took the '70s-80s slasher genre and smashed it up against science fiction and time travel. It was definitely interesting and did a good job at keeping tension, even if it felt a little long by the end (crazy for a novella!)
Christina B.
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I loved the concept and first half of this novella. It got a little confusing just past halfway and there were a couple chapters that felt a little monotonous toward the end. Overall, a fun quick read that has definite promise; it was just missing a couple things connecting that could be fixed with a prequel...hint, hint😂

Really enjoyed the Stephen King Easter eggs and of course all the nods to 80’s slasher horror. Another good pick from @nightworms
Eugene Novikov
Points for committing to sheer doofy silliness, but this probably isn't worth your time.
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Paul Michael Anderson is the author of the collection BONES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN and the novellas I CAN GIVE YOU LIFE, HOW WE BROKE (with Bracken MacLeod), and STANDALONE, as well as numerous short stories and articles. He lives with his wife and daughter in Virginia. Find him on Twitter under the inspired handle of @p_m_anderson or at his website paulmichaelanderson.wordpress.com

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