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Blood Crazy [Mass Market Paperback]

Simon Clark
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Jan 2001
Everything seems normal until, one Sunday, civilization turns to ruins. Adults have become murderously insane, infected with an uncontrollable urge to kill the young, even their own children. This is the way the world ends.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; Reprint edition (Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843948256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843948257
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Clark is the award-winning author of the cult apocalyptic novel Blood Crazy: "everyone over the age of 19 has been driven murderously insane... children and teenagers flee for their lives..." His novels include Nailed By The Heart, Vampyrrhic, Whitby Vampyrrhic, The Night of the Triffids and a bloody fistful of others that earned accolades from magazines around the world. This from Hellnotes: 'Clark's is surely the most outrageous imagination to grace horror since the discovery of Clive Barker' And: 'I actually loved Blood Crazy. Not just liked it, but loved it.' A quote from Beyond.

2014. A new edition of my novel, The Night of the Triffids, is scheduled for publication this year The book is due to be released by Corsair in August.

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'Readers will relish Clark's uncomplicated cocktail of chlorophyll and human blood' (Financial Times on The Night of the Triffids )

'A master of eerie thrills' (Richard Laymon )

'The hottest new purveyor of horrific thrills currently working on these shores' (The Big Issue ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Simon Clark is a well-established horror writer whose short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and he has also written prose material for the rock band U2. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent End-of-the-World Novel! 21 April 2000
Format:Paperback
Very memorable, horrific novel about the end-of-the-world, when all adults suddenly go crazy and turn on their offspring, killing everyone under the age of 18. Book follows the travails of the survivors, as they gradually realize the seriousness of the situation and establish new communities, fighting off the growing masses of adults, who are acting in concert, like flocks of birds. There's plenty of bloody, gory violence in this book, as well as grim, nihilistic attitudes. In a way, Clark was just gearing up for the similarly-themed _King Blood_, though I'd love to read a sequel to _Blood Crazy_ some day. Worth the trouble and time required to track down!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is so hard to find! 16 Feb 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've rented it from the library - their only example, by the way - and have been trying to buy it ever since. So far with no luck.
This is such an amazing read. Much better than anything else Simon Clark has ever written. Yes, it is violent, and it is far-fetched (a what-if/doomsday kind of scenario), but it is also extremely exciting and a real pageturner. The story focuses on teenagers (below the age of nineteen) but this book is definitely one for readers of all (adult) ages. Not for the squeamish though!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 7 Dec 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The title of my review sums my opinion up. This is an essential read for any fan of zombie/survivor horror. It's well written with great pace which is hectic till the end with only one exception when a character is trying to explain something which seemed to drag on and on and on. Other than that one tiny niggle this is a story which I enjoyed every page of and felt awful when I finished it despite the great ending.

Blood Crazy has gone to the top of my zombie esque horror list and will remain there for a good long time it simply is a shining example of how this area of horror is critically overlooked.

I only have one regret about it and that's I wish I had read it 10 years ago when I was the same age as the main character that would have really sealed it for me. If you're on the fence or unsure about this book don't be I went as far as tracking a copy down on eBay from the States just to read this and it was worth every penny and every second spent searching.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, could have been great. 17 Mar 2004
By Lionel
Format:Paperback
First off, if you're thinking of reading this book and haven't, you should. Clark's superb storytelling makes it well worth the read. At times however, I found his writing to be forced and almost laughable. It was like he would try too hard to paint the picture, not giving the reader the chance to interpret his ideas. As a reader i like to fill in the blanks, less can be more. It almost seemed like he didn't use an editor, or didn't give the editor proper rewriting authority.
Bottom line, for everything i didn't like about the book, Clark more than balanced out with his fantastic style of storytelling. The man is obviously a genius, and with a better editor this could have easily made the list of my top 10 books. Clark really delivers the goods for such an outlandish plot; you'll be missing out if you decide not to check out this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still perfect after all these years 19 April 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Blood Crazy by Simon Clark was originally published back in 1995 and as soon as I started reading it I knew it was something that was going to stay with me for a long time. Much like my fascination with zombies, I am both disturbed yet drawn to fiction that covers the end of the world.

When we are first introduced to seventeen year old Nick Aten he is a bit of a slacker. He lives in a quiet suburb of Doncaster and having left school with no qualifications, he is really only interested in drinking beer, having a good time and getting into fights with his life-long nemesis, Tug Slater.

With a flick of a mental switch, overnight everything changes. Every human over the age of 20 develops a psychopathic urge to kill anyone under 20, including their own offspring. Nick is forced to grow up quickly as he is thrust into a battle for survival.

Nick eventually finds himself part of a community of survivors hidden deep in the remote English countryside. Initially there is a sense of order and hope that the worst is over but it's not long before the rot starts to set in. The way the kids treat one another is as bad, and in some ways worse, than anything that the adults do. In the same vein as Lord of the Flies, Blood Crazy explores the dynamic of the survivors group and the power struggles that erupt within.

Through Nick's travels we also get insight into the other communities of survivors. I loved that as time passes the groups start to develop their own mythologies and traditions to explain away the apocalypse that has occurred.

Though Nick is the main character my personal favorite was Tug Slater. He is a natural born survivor. Like a bad penny, he keeps turning up just to make Nick's life that little bit more unpleasant.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy meets Horror 10 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback
I cant say enough good things about this novel, its brutal, terrifying, hugely entertaining and works on a variety of intellectual levels. Horror fans...buy this now!!This guy can really burn a hole in the page. Oh, and check out King Blood, also by Clark...another apocalyptic nerve shredder!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalyptic, Horrifying, Excellent 24 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
When I was much younger than I am today, I would often start a book in the morning and finish it by late that night. However, as adulthood and responsibilities encroach it becomes harder and harder to do such things. I started this book on the day before I started a new job. It was finished by the next night. A gory, yet low key beginning propels us into a horrifying "what if" scenario of a world gone mad. As much Lord of the Flies as Mad Max this novel is full of disturbing images, incidents, acts of violence and acts of heroism. There is one stand out scene that elevates this book to five crown status in my opinion. A long drawn out battle between the children who are holed up in the Dublin prison and there persecutors. A battle that is conveyed over the radio. I was as stunned as the characters who were listening as the events unrolled. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who likes their horror fiction to be nasty, gore fuelled and just plain uncomfortable. However, unlike many wrioters who present such blood stained tableaux's, Simon Clark combines it with elegant and intelligent prose.
An absolute must!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars God, I loved it
This book is fricking amazing. If you want good, hard zombie action, bad language, sex and a real journey of survival, look no further. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miss L to the G
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, zombie fans will love it
Well worth reading. Didn't put it down until it was finished. Feels like its written by an American due to the language and characters, which highlights Clark's great writing... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. B. Schofield
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombiesque tale via 28 Days Later and Lord of the Flies - with lots of...
Zombies, extreme violence, people being extremely unpleasant to each other and the end of the world as we know it: we've been here before. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by seun
1.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't ever read it again.
To begin with, the good points: the concept is interesting, and the first half of the novel is well-paced, with generally witty dialogue and a genuine sense of tension, that grows... Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2010 by Bookaphile
5.0 out of 5 stars a brave and exceptional book
This is one of the most compelling books i have ever read - part zombie- esque mixed with lord of the flies. Read more
Published on 29 July 2009 by Twelve
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
This book took me a day and a half to finish and I only slept for 3 hours. Sounds like a stupid thing to do you say ? Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2008 by K. Robson
5.0 out of 5 stars POSSIBLY ONE OF THE GREATEST HORROR BOOKS TODAY
To give this book anything else but 5 stars is a disgrace to horror readers everywhere. This book has everything. This was the first Clark book i read and what an introduction. Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2007 by jason crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastique!!
This book is absolutely the horror everyone wants to read. Unlike usual horrors, this story is written uniquely and is very gripping right from the start. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2003 by "millie67854"
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