Book Review – The Late Night Horror Show by Bryan Smith (2013)

The Late Night Horror Show
by Bryan Smith
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Samhain Publishing


Samhain Publishing just keeps getting it right when it comes to horror. With every new release, they continue to push the boundaries of terror and offer up a nice diversity of new and unique frights. Their upcoming release, THE LATE NIGHT HORROR SHOW, is a perfect example of this. Wildly entertaining and full of the horror that fans like me love, this book thrills on many different levels.

If you are not familiar with THE LATE NIGHT HORROR SHOW, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Samhain Publishing:

It was a run-down old multi-plex in a seedy part of town. But it had a special late-night festival of the cheap horror movies one group of friends loved, movies filled with zombies, vampires and backwoods maniacs.

How could they know it was a very special screening indeed? After the friends split up and their chosen movies began, they found themselves transported out of the life they knew and into the blood-drenched worlds of the films. Worlds where the living dead roam the countryside, the decrepit mansion of a vampire and his minions dominates the night sky, and the shrill scream of a buzz saw is always right behind you.

Author Bryan Smith is certainly a writer to watch out for. With a vast imagination and an easy-to-read style of writing, Smith is already a force in the world of horror fiction. He has several novels under his belt, and I have decided to check out as many as I can.

THE LATE NIGHT HORROR SHOW is fast-paced and written well. The wording and sentence structure flow nicely, which allows the reader full immersion into the world Smith creates. And you definitely want full immersion with this book. There are plenty of scares and gore to satiate even the hardest of hardcore horror fans.

The characters are widely diverse and fleshed out to the point of realism. I specifically have to point out how well Smith nails the stereotypical Southern traits within them; as a Southerner myself, I am proud of how well he writes them into the story.

My sole complaint about THE LATE NIGHT HORROR SHOW is that there’s way too much profanity for me, specifically F-bombs. Normally I don’t object to cussing in horror novels, but when it is used so often (like on almost every single page) that I start noticing it, I feel that’s a bit too much. Some folks might not care, but I feel this is worth mentioning.

Otherwise, THE LATE NIGHT HORROR SHOW is an excellent foray into terror. It is a taut horror-fest that will keep you riveted and turning the pages late into the night. I highly recommend this one so give it a look next week when it hits shelves.


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