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To cap off years of questionable financial and personal decisions, Clarissa accepts an invitation to participate in a "fully immersive" fan convention. She arrives at an off-season summer camp and finds what was supposed to be a quick buck has become a real-life slasher movie.
Deep in the woods of Kentucky with a supporting cast of B-level celebrities, Clarissa must fight to survive the deadly game that the con's organizers have rigged against her.
A demented, funny, bloody, and strangely poignant horror novel from the acclaimed author of Tribesmen, Zero Lives Remaining, and Mercy House.
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By Steve H. Caldwell on 10-31-16
A hilariously twisted take on Fan Cons.
This book is a roller coaster funhouse ride basically satarizing the Fan Cons. It starts with Splattercore horror move director being kidnapped, and brought to a mysterious location, where he will set up the filming of an "immersive" horror Con. So immersive, the B list scream queen and several other b list horror actors will find out just how real the horror can get, as they are chased around by a huge man in a horror outfit and mask. The action takes a fast paced gory turn from there, with their lives truly on the line, and even the fan attendees getting in on the action. twisted, sad and funny by turns, the story grabs you and never lets you go.
Joe Hempel's narration is great as always, with his voicing of the aging scream queen and the main villain really standing out! He really brings the story and all its blood soaked glory to life.
I was voluntarily given a review audiobook copy for free by the narrator, author or publisher through Audiobookboom.
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By Frank Errington on 01-28-17
A new kind of horror con.
If you could sum up The Con Season in three words, what would they be?
This could happen
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Con Season?
The blending of a horror con with a slasher movie.
What does Joe Hempel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Joe breaths life into Adam Ceasar's words.
Who was the most memorable character of The Con Season and why?
Keith Lumbra who gets caught up in something he never wanted to be a part of
Any additional comments?
Keith Lumbra is a filmmaker, if you can call titles like Teenage Cumsluts in Torturland film. He's on his way back from a horror con where he was selling his wares when he gets pulled over by the cops, or at least he thinks they're cops.
Rory and Teeks are putting together a completely new form of con. Where, instead of having fans line up to get their pictures taken with their favorite horror actors, a limited number of fans, who pay top dollar, would get to interact with a select group of B through D list celebrities at a camp where a slasher is taking them out one by one.
On the surface, it sounds like a really cool idea, but believe me, the talent has no idea what they're in for.
It was tough writing that synopsis without dropping spoilers left and right. I've probably said to much as it is.
The writing in The Con Season is crisp and the pacing is excellent. There was a brief disconnect for me between the story's opening and where things come together with the setting up of this new interactive, high-end, horror con, but in the end Adam Cesare delivers a uniquely original tale.
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