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Bryan Galstere (ThenewAmericanPsycho) | 219 comments author of 'Depraved' and 'The Killing Kind'


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Zombette | 545 comments I loved both of those books. I wasn't too keen on The Freakshow.


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Amy (bibliocrates) | 426 comments I've only read Soul Catcher. I think that's what it was called.


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Adam Wilson | 236 comments I've read House of Blood and The Freakshow. I enjoyed both but they were very childish and easily forgotten. He reminds me of Simon Clark, but not British. The Freakshow was especially childish I thought but he has the ability to write well. He just seems to write what he likes, which is fine, it's just not my favorite kind of horror.


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Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments Has anyone read Deathbringer? Thoughts?
I just finished it, haven't read Bryan Smith since House of Blood, which I don't remember liking, but it was years ago. He's very much in the same vein as Edward Lee, gore and guts wise, but definitely readable. I'm gonna check out Depraved as well.

Look, Tressa, I'm the right thread now :)


message 6: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments Sometimes I forget what thread I'm in when I go on a rambling spree.


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Adam Wilson | 236 comments Out of the books I've read by Bryan Smith, Deathbringer is probably my favorite. I liked The Freakshow as well. Depraved, The Killing Kind, and House of Blood were okay but not memorable for me. Actually, Deathbringer is the most memorable for me. Sometimes his writing bothers me. It seems a bit immature at times but his books are always fun and fast reads. I'd read more of his work if I could get them.


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Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments Did you read Queen of Blood, Adam? I presume it's a follow up to House of Blood, it's been sitting next to it on my shelf for quite a while, but I can't seem to make myself reread House of Blood and I don't like reading a sequel without remembering the original.
The writing style I can get into, so long as I don't go into it expecting great literature...or good literature. There are some horror greats who can deliver both the scares and the prose, but sometimes one out of two ain't bad :)


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Bryan Galstere (ThenewAmericanPsycho) | 219 comments huge fan of bryan smith and brian keene, and there is like 3 copies of queen of blood at this used book store by my house but due to reviews and the summary, i can't bring myself to buy it


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Bryan Galstere (ThenewAmericanPsycho) | 219 comments a little off topic, but brian keene has just re-released his novella 'jack's magic beans' which includes 4 short stories as well, seems pretty cool, has anyone read it yet?


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Adam Wilson | 236 comments I haven't read Queen of Blood. I'm sure I will someday but House of Blood is my least-favorite Smith novel so it will be a while.


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Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments Bandit, you're right about Smith's writing being a little immature at times. Although I love Freakshow, I think I read (or tried to read) one or two of his other books but they just weren't as thrilling as Freakshow.

Haven't heard of Jack's Magic Beans, Bryan.


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Adam Wilson | 236 comments I haven't heard of the new Keene book either but now I'm going hunting for it. Keene rarely lets me down. I think Urban Gotic was the only one I truely didn't like. Too damn lazy for a writer like him. Honestly, it's something I'd expect from Bryan Smith with the bad characters, worse dialog, and childish writing. I enjoy noels like that but they are everywhere and get old at times.


message 14: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments I agree about books like these getting old. I've read too many murder-by-number horror books, that's why I'm so effing excited when I read something like The Cannibal Withing, Survivor, and The Summer I Died.


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Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments I hated Urban Gothic and just flipped through it when I read 1/3 of the book.


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Kasia (kasia_s) | 3526 comments Mod
Bandit wrote: "Has anyone read Deathbringer? Thoughts?
I just finished it, haven't read Bryan Smith since House of Blood, which I don't remember liking, but it was years ago. He's very much in the same vein as Ed..."


I've wanted to read Deathbringer for years now, It's been staring at me from the shelf, I'll give it a go this month.


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Kasia (kasia_s) | 3526 comments Mod
Tressa wrote: "I hated Urban Gothic and just flipped through it when I read 1/3 of the book."

I HATED Urban Gothic, this idea has been written all ready, done well plenty of times and this was a shell of a book.. I could barely tell the characters apart and it was hard to care about their fate, making the whole thing without a point.


message 18: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments Kasia wrote: "Tressa wrote: "I hated Urban Gothic and just flipped through it when I read 1/3 of the book."

I HATED Urban Gothic, this idea has been written all ready, done well plenty of times and this was a s..."


Bingo.


message 19: by Bandit (new)

Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments I honestly didn't think Urban Gothic was that bad, there are so many creep neighborhoods in philly with abandoned houses that could probably be just like the one in the book


message 20: by Adam (new)

Adam Wilson | 236 comments For me, it wasn't so much the idea as the complete laziness of the entire novel. It could have been a lot better.


message 21: by Adam (new)

Adam Wilson | 236 comments Tressa, I absolutely loved The Summer I Died and Survivor is one of the best novels I've ever read. Just incredible works.


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Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments Wow, always glad to meet another Summer I Died fan. I went in ready to hate Survivor, but although it's a rough read, I really liked it. It had a lot of gore, that's for sure, but it had some heart, too. The ending was tough but perfect.


message 23: by Adam (new)

Adam Wilson | 236 comments Haha, actually Tressa, it was you who convinced me to read it. I saw all of your posts saying how amazing it was last year and they were pretty tough to ignore. Thanks a lot!!


message 24: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments You're welcome. :-)


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Bryan Galstere (ThenewAmericanPsycho) | 219 comments what book survivor are you guys mentioning? by chuck palahniuk? i own that and it was really good, but i'm guessing thats not it, and to the lady who mentioned 'deathbringer' yeah i've seen that one several times but for some reason I just never want to pick it up and give it a go, i think the premise kind of didnt interest me.


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Bryan Galstere (ThenewAmericanPsycho) | 219 comments oh god i'm suuuuch a retard, survivor by jf gonzale, have it, havent read it, but own it


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Bryan Galstere (ThenewAmericanPsycho) | 219 comments the summer i died is AWESOME, Tressa got me onto that one, so i'll alway be grateful to her for tsid and pilo.


message 28: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments Bryan wrote: "oh god i'm suuuuch a retard, survivor by jf gonzale, have it, havent read it, but own it"

LOL. Yeah, by Gonzalez. If you have it, read it soon. It's very disturbing but good in its own way.

I'm glad so many have read Summer I Died. Thanks for the heads up on the sequel, Bryan. You know I'll be there when it comes out.


message 29: by Adam (new)

Adam Wilson | 236 comments I'm with Tressa. Survivor is totally unique and amazing. I read Survivor by Palahniuk and didn't like it all. Also read The Survivor by James Herbert haha. Liked that one.


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Kasia (kasia_s) | 3526 comments Mod
Tressa wrote: "Bryan wrote: "oh god i'm suuuuch a retard, survivor by jf gonzale, have it, havent read it, but own it"

LOL. Yeah, by Gonzalez. If you have it, read it soon. It's very disturbing but good in its o..."


Summer I Died was so goood..... omg, I'm still drooling, thank you Tressa!


message 31: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments My pleasure, lol. I had to email the author to get him to come to GR. Maybe if it's ever chosen as a group read he'd join the discussion. He seems like a really nice guy; very approachable. I know you'll want to read the sequel. Not sure what direction it could take, though.

His Ratings Game is dark and humorous. I loved the two main characters. Sick, twisted, and funny.


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Bryan Galstere (ThenewAmericanPsycho) | 219 comments I'm very surprised that Ryan C. Thomas doesn't get more recognition for his work. It seems everyone who has read his work has loved it, and I know TSID has gotten rave reviews, but if it wasn't for my research and Tressa recommending Ratings Game, I never would know it existed, and on amazon it says it won't ship out for 1-3 weeks which means it is a print-on-demand book so there isn't a high demand for them. A disappointment that more people don't know about him.


message 33: by Bandit (new)

Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments I gotta read TSID already, I've heard way too many good things about it, it's too bad our local library doesn't have a copy.


message 34: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments Ha. My library wouldn't buy such a bloody FANTASTIC book. You've got to read it, Bandit. I just noticed I didn't write a review for it. I must remedy that immediately.


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Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments can't find the book anywhere for less than $15 and I don't have an e-reader


message 36: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments There's a used one on Amazon for $6.95. I just wrote a review for Summer I Died. As much as I recommend it, can't believe I didn't write one already.


message 37: by Bandit (new)

Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments Tressa wrote: "There's a used one on Amazon for $6.95. I just wrote a review for Summer I Died. As much as I recommend it, can't believe I didn't write one already."

I just checked and amazon doesn't seem to have any used copies cheaper than the new price. where did you see it, Tressa?


message 38: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listin...

There are different publications of this book, so it gets confusing.


message 39: by Bandit (new)

Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments oh, nice, thanks, that's better
if I don't get it for myself soon, I'm putting it on my birthday list, it's not very far away now


message 40: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments Just make sure you read it one day. My husband read it, but had to put it down halfway through and pick it back up later. He's normally a sci-fi and fantasy reader, but I've turned him on to some horror. He's a bigger Scott Sigler fan than I am now.


message 41: by Bandit (new)

Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments Good job turning your husband onto horror, Tressa...I tried to get my SO to read horror, but it didn't work. I blame my choice of book, maybe 90s Clegg was not the best choice, I'm still thinking of a perfect "introduction to horror" book, it has to be psychological, not gory.


message 42: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments Let me think about a book your SO would like. So, he doesn't like gore, huh? Hmmm. *drums fingers on desk*


message 43: by Bandit (new)

Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments I'm going based on the scary movies we watch together, psychological horror seems to be a safe bet.


message 44: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments I'll put my thinking cap on.


message 45: by Bandit (new)

Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments please, I'd really appreciate some ideas, I've been staring at my bookshelves for months trying to figure it out


message 46: by Tressa (last edited Mar 16, 2011 09:35AM) (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments OK. I looked at my list and stayed away from the gory stuff.

Here are some books that are low on gore but might meet your SO's criteria:

Let's Go Play at the Adams
Pressure by Jeff Strand
Abandon by Blake Crouch
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Horns by Joe Hill
The Ruins by Scott Smith
The Descent by Jeff Long
My Work is Not Yet Done by Ligotti
33 A.D. by David McAfee
Natural Selection by Dave Freedman
Small World by Tabitha King


message 47: by Bandit (new)

Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments These are very good suggestions, thank you, Tressa
I haven't even read all of those, Horns would probably be too much, The Ruins we saw in the cinema, so it might be a tough sell,I own Pressure and Descent...I'll see if they spark any interest
now I'm gonna look up the rest of these books, see what I'm missing out on


message 48: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments I was too lazy to add links, sorry. For me, Horns wasn't too gory, but had more of a psychological aspect as Ig tried to solve the mystery of Merrin's death. Oh, God. Everyone should try to wipe The Ruins the movie out of their memory and read the book. It's a thousand times better.

Descent was strange but good. I loved the idea of a race of man living under the earth and coming up to steal people.

Oh, this is great: When Darkness Loves Us. Literary and dark but not gory.


message 49: by Bandit (last edited Mar 16, 2011 10:32AM) (new)

Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments I originally had thought that The Descent was the same as the movie The Descent about spelunking. That movie kicked butt.
When Darkness Loves us looks amazing, def. gonna check the stores for it. It wasn't even on my radar till now, thanks.
Natural Selection makes me think of the history channel show on ocean predators that I fell asleep to on sunday night. All those creatures just look so terrifying and alien.
Small World sounds like evil "Honey, I shrunk the kids", Abandon I've never heard of before, but looks great, this totally gives me some new things to look for, thanks again, Tressa


message 50: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) | 19935 comments No, the book The Descent is totally different from the movie. Yes, the movie is very good.

When Darkness Love Us is amazing. I couldn't put it down. The story is unique.

Natural Selection is a fun, beach-type read. Fluffy but oddly engrossing. I loved every minute of it.

I haven't read Small World in 20 years, but the story has stayed with me. It's a good little book.

Hope you enjoy and your SO finds a treasure among them.


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