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Depraved by Bryan Smith
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Smyth's 6th novel is a no-holds-barred entry into the redneck slasher genre. Like his debut, HOUSE OF BLOOD, some people get lost in a rural backwoods town, but this time instead of a single house we get an entire community (including two brawling, cannibalistic hick families) bent on collecting bodies not only for dinner, but for an annual sacrifice.

As Smith (and many other) authors have done, we're once again in ancent-evil-is-still-active territorty here. And while comparisons to Jack Ketchum's OFF SEASON novels and films like WRONG TURN and THE HILLS HAVE EYES come to mind, Smith throws in hints of a terrorist plot, a shadow-government conspiracy, and more strip-club antics than 100 80s hair-metal videos combined. There's even an little dip into bizarro territory (see chapter 35) which may seem out of place until you get to the end.

While this is standard 80s-styled pulp sleaze, Smith delivers it with gusto and isn't boring for a single page. Gorehounds are sure to eat this one up (full pun intended) as it makes even the aforementioned Ketchum classics seem tame.
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