Bryan Smith ´ 4 Free readIt started off pretty solid an interesting and different kind of horror story But by the last third of the book it just went off in really bizarre directions that didn t eel like they Wish Upon a Wedding fit what the earlier parts of the story promised This was Smith sirst horror novelor at least his irst published by Leisure and it struck me how much better it was than his subseuent books like Freakshow Depraved Deathbringer It better in every way imaginative better written with actual character development and not just a mindless gore est although there sex and horror plenty in the book Overall I was very impressed I hope his writing returns to that level Not that I didn t Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other find his other books entertaining but now that I know he can write like this I d love to see of it Hope ueen of Blood is a worthy seuel I d definitely recommend this to horrorans I Richard Nixon: The Life found it kind of weird and a bit confusing The Master is just basically a sadist mortal being of another species with a loooong life span He has created a kingdom in backwoods Tennessee where every one of his subjects are the poor unfortunate souls who wonder lost into his domain They in turn are either also sadists or the poor victims of said sadists The whole story evolves around torture pain and sex On aunny note Dare I say Elvis House of Blood was my I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! first Bryan Smith novel and boy was I pleasantly surprised I was hesitant atirst thinking of Brian Keene s Urban Gothic but it wasnt even close There was an intricate plot well thought out characters sex and plenty of disturbing images Very entertaining and a page turner that never let up I cant wait to read of his
House of taught me a valuable lesson I did not seize the opportunity to buy the book when it was at BN Shortly after that it went out of print and the only way to buy it was online I had read Bryan Smith s Freakshow and loved it one of my top ive avorite books I was very excited to read something else by this author Some years later I purchased the book online Puppet Master for less than a dollar The lesson I learned was not to ever pass up an interesting book and since have started stockpiling The moment when I would read this book was long overdue it was uickly bumped up my list to be read next Starts off okay then veers off track and careens off a cliff while getting struck by lightning and pooped on by arightened migrating Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners flock of birds Shane goes off into theorest to masturbate wtf A plausible and less insipid way of getting him inside the Janae (Blacktop, forest to get killed would be that he had to use the restroom wanted to be alone etc While those motivations may be clich they are not as disruptive It wasn t as jarring theirst time it happened but then it kept happening over and over needless lustsex MUDDYING THE STORY IF THE EROTICISM the story If the eroticism been handled tactfully it would not have been a problem It became a heavy weight dragging the story The overuse of sex became trite annoying and ended up sinking this story or me Bryan Smith was writing with his penis all of the emale characters are objectified and reduced to sex plot devices every single one Many times when I was reading this book I had to wonder is this really a horror book It definitely crossed the line of consisting of erotica than horror Moving aside rom the obscuring tasteless badly written sex there is a horror story Something called The Master it never gets any clearer than that is it a monster demon alien wizard has a house of illusions Some slaves live underground Sex Sex Sex The end The slave revolt was the only part of the book that showed promise because it was ocused on the horror aspect than the prevailing erotic The book ends with the sadistic dominatrix old woman escaping I want to say I ve lost brain cells after reading this book Am I going to read the second one ueen of Blood Yes But only because Freakshow was that good and I have a lot of hope House of Blood has some of the most comically bad passages I ve ever read For example a girl is chased by a Later the ones left alive would agree they never should have turned off that dark stretch of Tennessee interstate They were tired and tense two guys and three girls arguing over a vacation gone bad But things were about to get worse. ,work house of
Th utterly ails to stick the landing The one thing he had going or the story was that he had a clearly defined villain All you have to do is point you protagonists at him and let them go How do you uck that up Do what Bryan Smith does There is the aforementioned bungled action seuence in which he is killed and then not much Things just sort of go back as they were before before what is never really defined I suppose it s before the villain moved to the area but I digress After the short description of confusing imagery he includes a useless epilogue concerning one of the secondary characters that never really did anything in the storyThere is of course So many other problems with this book that I could go on Why Diets Make Us Fat for thousands of words But what is the point I ve already expended too much energy on this review But it will all be worth it if I can convince at least one person to skip this awful awful book Right off the bat Mr Smith gets a gold staror having an intriguing genuine synopsis Now surely you think I ve lost my mind hear me out How many times have you read a back cover summary bought the book and realize you ve been tricked Or Dont Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., found that while there is truth in it that particular bit of action doesn t happen until almost the end of the book I m looking at you Mr Clegg In his debut novel Smith promises unimaginable brutality bile inducingear and unfathomable despair and then delivers monumentally So you think you ve heard this story before met the characters and visited this side of Hades times than you can count Well Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, friends you couldn t be wrong The plot is original all consuming and plays out like a Greek tragedy As soon as you think these characters could not go through any you realize Smith has only begun Now I know you ve heard that before but since I hate giving out detailsor Everyday life in medieval times fear of spoiling you you re going to have to trust me Trust that you have never seen Hell until you ve seen it through Bryan Smith s eyes Now as much as I would love to describe the pace and atmosphere I can t I was so immersed in the story and wrapped in the characters that I barely noticed the timelying and the smell of chlorine and sulfur For the sake of argument let s just agree the speed was non stop and the air emitted odors so North foul that you might need to keep a paper bag handy Smith s style of writing is natural intense and intimate Instead of concentrating on only having you watchrom the sidelines he somehow manages to incorporate you into the story Also he resists the trap most beginners succumb to instead of trying to prove how many big words he can use he keeps it simple and to the point I thank you While the characters were engrossing and the conflicts they aced interesting the emale characters were overtly stereotypical to extremes The whiny usless blond Dream Weaver yes that s her name does nothing throughout the book except cry and have sex All I kept wishing while reading was Dead Giveaway for someone to slap her repeatedly The standout pathetic male character would be the angst overly emotional uote unuote evil Master Can youeel my pain As posted on Horror Web My irst introduction to Bryan Smith s writing was his short story Pilgrimage in the Welcome to the Show anthology After reading that I knew I wanted to check out his novels I ve had House of Blood on my shelf or a while and I couldn t have picked a better time to read this one I was wallowing in my emotional wreckage during the holidays listening to and reading stories that made me cry Everyone knows that I love to experience all the eels when I read but sometimes one just needs a break I decided that I d read at least one book that might not make me cry and this Was That Selection I that selection I not disappointed by this story it had all the makings of an entertaining piece of horror iction I ll admit when I read the synopsis I was intrigued but it had me thinking the story might be similar to those I ve experienced in movies such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Wrong Turn While I woul. The grasping terrors Instead the light lured the travelers to the very heart of evil a house at the entrance of Hell a house that held only torture depravity and Nope for the lucky ones deathWhen theront door closes the screaming begin.