- Paperback: 170 pages
- Publisher: Crowded Quarantine Publications (11 Jun. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0995453705
- ISBN-13: 978-0995453708
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Unger House Radicals Paperback – 11 Jun 2016
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Top Customer Reviews
The latest release from Crowded Quarantine Publications sees Kelso venture into extreme horror territory. This isn’t your run of the mill horror story though. Ultra-Realism is the name of the game here as we follow Vincent Bittacker and his murderous lover Brandon Swarthy as they hope to bring their own brand of extreme film to the masses. The book is really a tale of two halves. The first is fairly straightforward in the way it is told. The Unger House, where our aspiring filmmakers reside has a sordid history of abduction and murder and seems the perfect setting for some ultra-violence. This is where the story takes place as our sick couple embark upon a quest to revolutionise film through ultra-realism. Swarthy (a truly vile character) goes through a sort of transformation (I think?!) and the story started to remind me a little of the movie ‘Fight Club’.Read more ›
Unger House Radicals is, in essence, a simple tale; When aspiring and nihilistic film-maker Vincent Bittacker falls in love with mercurial serial-killer Brandon Swarthy they decide to embark upon a bloody journey to re-define cinema and create their own sub-culture - Ultra-Realism. However if you have read any of Chris Kelso's previous works, you will know that Chris doesn't like to take the simple approach. He prefers to take the reader on a journey that while never overly pleasant; it will be a journey that the reader will never forget, thanks to a powerful and unique narrative voice.
Make no mistakes this is not an easy read, in part due to the in your face descriptions of the atrocities that Bittacker and Swarthy commit. Kelso doesn't mince words here; these sections of the story are grimy, gruesome and upsetting.Read more ›
As usual I went to Amazon and started reading the reviews that were already available on the book. They all seemed pretty positive although they all said it was a bit of a hard read but very rewarding if you made it through. Seemed like a challenge. Anyway, I started the book and quickly got caught up in the story. I’m not going to go over the premise as I’m sure you know that already. What I did find was that it was not written in a conventional style. It has a kind of Leaving Las Vegas/Fight Club, trippy vibe to it. That coupled with the fact that Mr Kelso is clearly a massive fan of the English language means there are probably quite a few words in the book that the most seasoned reader wont have come across before. I would highlight, it’s not a light hearted read for when you need to switch your brain off. You will need to focus when reading and it’s not the type of book you could pick up each night and read a few pages from. I would suggest reading in one or two sittings so you don’t get lost.
The book is beautifully written to the extent that it’s kind of poetic but I do not think it will be everyone’s cup of tea. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey and expect great things to come from Chris in the future. He is definitely one to watch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unger House Radicals is as twisted and twisting as it is fascinating and entertaining, and is all delivered in a prose of such wit and craft and aplomb that you crave more of it,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. J. Breach
Unger House Radicals is a book unlike any other you will read. The writing is dark yet exquisite, exploring uncomfortable horrors of mankind in a compelling, unique way. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Phil Sloman