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Saturday Night of the Living Dead [Kindle Edition]

Brad Carter

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Book Description

“... an homage to the low budget, blood and gore-filled horror movies of the 70s and 80s"

"... a well-plotted and populated love song to the horror movie genre"

"An adventure, a horror novel, a mystery, a love story, a genre-bursting savage journey ..."

It’s been one hell of a year for horror movie effects artist Ryan Parker. Taken into custody by a secret government organization, he is forced to recount in detail the last year of his life. As his memory begins to come into focus, he describes the manic months leading up to the mysterious and violent events at the Moonlight Drive-In Theater in Edgewood, Arkansas.

Trapped in his hometown by shadowy supernatural forces, Ryan confronts a past he thought he’d left behind. His parents still disapprove of his career and lifestyle. The high school jocks still want to torment him. The women in his life—one of whom is dead—seem determined to complicate matters even further. Then there’s the small matter of the vengeful spirits and ancient demonic entities that have chosen Edgewood for their battleground.

As Ryan juggles the demands of his profession, his relationships, and the supernatural weirdness developing around him, life begins to resemble the plot of one of the horror movies he loves. Demonic forces are closing in, murderous cultists are preparing for Armageddon, and production deadlines are looming. Can Ryan and his ragtag band of effects artists, scream queens, and ghosts keep the madness at bay long enough for the world premiere of their latest movie?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1411 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Post Mortem Press (27 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JARR00M
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another strong addition to the Carter catalog! 17 July 2014
By William L. Nienaber - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Even through its most disturbing moments (and there are some doozies!) this book is a delight to read. I think it's best described as a well-plotted and populated love song to the horror movie genre... but in fact it's much more than that. Besides the primary plot line dealing with the ill-fated production of protagonist Ryan Parker's first screenplay, there are also several secondary plot elements that deal quite sweetly (sometimes bittersweetly) with all manner of relationship issues. Chief among these are the decades old torch Ryan has carried for his high school crush Mary Claire Lawson, his re-connection with his ex-wife (a renowned and frequently topless horror film scream queen,) and his rocky relationship with his disapproving parents and brother. Based on his author's acknowledgments, it sounds like Mr. Carter's family relationship is much healthier than that of his fictional counterpart, but he has nailed "dysfunctional family" if you ask me.

But the bulk of this story is about his love for his chosen field of work - he and his partner are special effects artists working primarily in the horror genre - and it's filled with tongue-in-cheek references and reverent nods to the classics. Besides repeating that this book is filled with wonderful characters and outrageous occurrences, I honestly don't want to spoil a single thing about it, so I'll just go ahead and say you should read it right away!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a read! 26 May 2014
By Blu Dragonfly - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
My boyfriend bought this for me at Texas Frightmare 2014. I got about halfway through and bought "The Big Man of Barlow" for my Kindle. Definitely going to follow this author.

Love the characters and the story development. It is, quite simply, entertaining as Hell. An adventure, a horror novel, a mystery, a love story, a genre-bursting savage journey to the heart of ...uhh.. Nowhere, Arkansas. And it has dead things. Woot woot!

I go from laughing and being amused to creeped out and disturbed. Its a page turner!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Frightfest The scene on the cover happens 10 July 2014
By Christopher S. Nelson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
One Hell of a Realistic, Fun, Frightfest

The scene on the cover happens. That is the only spoiler/ synopsis I will give. But yeah, it went down like that. Incidentally, this was one of the less Fangoria-intensive scenes.

No, SATURDAY NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is NOT some immature splatterpunk romp by any means. I was apprehensive at the title and obvious 70s B-movie cover, and expected 400 pages of boobs and blood with flat character and predictable plotlines. Far from the mark, this is a damned good story that incorporates everything from Lovecraftian Pop Cult themes and devices, to an incredibly well researched and incorporated peek into the horror FX industry and filmmaking history.

The voice of the first-person narrator enchants with realism well dated, starting from the 70s and moving forward with the times. Mr. Carter captures the language of each micro-era across four decades, as well as tiny nuances within a setting stretching from backwoods Arkansas to the North West US, both in his uncanny use of attention-to-detail (Shiner Bock in Texas sealed it for me) and realistic dialogue.

Prose-wise, SATURDAY NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD reads very well, making it difficult to put down even in the slower moments. Whether the protagonist RYAN is remembering or narrating, the story comes across as if you are in the moment with him.

The plot is the only negative issue I had with SATURDAY NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and yet it is my favorite point. The down side: this is not some action-packed speed-read by any means, sometimes falling into well needed but slower backstory and introspection. There are plenty of action sequences, but SATURDAY NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is a mature book, well written and meant to enjoy steeped in characters to the point you love and hate them. That being said, the pacing sometimes slows in order to build those characters, but it is well worth the ride as the author builds them in such a way it is hard to separate from them even in the less kinetic moments. Finally, my favorite part about this journey: the plot blew me away. I expected zombies and a predictable denouement with a typical devil-worship-gone-wrong-to-zombie-holocaust. Not even close. SATURDAY NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD climaxes to a horror show beyond description where the characters grow flesh and the truth is revealed, bringing Lovecraft’s vision to life in a way that embraces science while it strangles you in the dark.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Standard Horror Novel 8 July 2014
By Michael - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review and it wasn't at all what I expected. I thought this would be yet another cheesy zombie novel but as I began reading it I saw that sometimes you truly can't judge a book by it's title. This is easily one of my favorite novels despite the fact that it isn't exactly a horror novel. What Carter has done with Saturday Night is essentially take out the best pieces of various B movies and insert them into his book and sprinkled in a bit of the supernatural. While in theory it sounds like a complete mess but Carter has knack for story telling makes it all work. Initially there are far more questions than answers but the pacing of the novel keeps you interested in the story and by the end it all makes sense and the story ends without a hitch. It's obvious that Carter has a love for horror films but Saturday Night Of The Living Dead is a bit more than that. I have no idea what this could be classified as but if you're looking for a novel that is not only fun to read but jumps through a variety of genres without coming off as a hot mess this is the perfect novel to read and absorb.

Like most B movies there is a bit of suspension of belief and as you read it you can almost visualize this as a movie with Bruce Campbell of course playing the part of Ryan Parker. There is a lot to like here and while it is a 400 page book the story is so engrossing the pages quickly fly by. The downside here is if you're looking for yet another zombie novel this isn't it. If you give it a chance you'll see that it's a great novel that any fan of B horror would love. The fact is that Saturday night is a rare novel that takes everything about the horror genre and presents it in a way that is funny, and sometimes a bit gross but the thing that most horror novels lack is a sense of humor and Saturday Night Of The Living Dead has that in spades.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great funny romantic read with a twist 28 May 2014
By jane carter - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although the cover screams scary this book is so much more. The character development and their interpersonal relationships lend an air of validity to the storyline, even when it darts into the realm of fantasy. A really wonderful summer read!
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