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Urban Gothic | [Brian Keene]

Urban Gothic

When their car broke down in a dangerous neighborhood, Kerri and her friends thought they would find safe shelter in what they thought was an old abandoned row house. They were wrong on all counts. The residents of the row house live in the cellar and rarely come out in the light of day. They’re far worse than anything on the streets outside. And they don’t like intruders. Before the sun comes up, Kerri and her friends will fight for their very lives…though death is only part of their nightmare.
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Publisher's Summary

When their car broke down in a dangerous neighborhood, Kerri and her friends thought they would find safe shelter in what they thought was an old abandoned row house. They were wrong on all counts. The residents of the row house live in the cellar and rarely come out in the light of day. They’re far worse than anything on the streets outside. And they don’t like intruders. Before the sun comes up, Kerri and her friends will fight for their very lives…though death is only part of their nightmare.

©2006 Brian Keene (P)2010 Audio Realms, Inc.

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    Cidney New Orleans, United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-15-12
    Cidney New Orleans, United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-15-12 Member Since 2006

    Reader. Wannabe writer. That's a picture of me standing in line to see Stephen King!

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    "Appetite Suppressant"

    If you’re trying to diet and having a hard time of it, reading this book will help – it will kill any desire you have to eat anything, for hours. And personally, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat vegetable soup again!

    Other reviewers have said it, but it bears repeating – this book is gross, and should probably come with a warning: not for those with sensitive stomachs or sensibilities.

    Keene is an artist with words, and in this book he paints the most vivid, horrible images for your mind to conjure. You can sense the gleeful pleasure he must have had describing the inhabitants of the house and the horrors they inflict on the victims trapped within.

    However, too much of the storytelling is sacrificed for the gore, and the six main characters – the young people that get trapped and set the ball rolling – serve in the role that all young people have served in slasher films since the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But I wish there had been more story because I wanted to learn more about the inhabitants; they are far more disturbing and interesting than the average slasher film boogyman.

    Still, this story is a study in description. For wannabe writers - like myself - pay attention to not only how Keene describes (word choice), but what he chooses to describe, and think about what it is about his descriptions that makes you grimace and the bile rise in your gut. Besides, focusing on the story academically does make it easier to, um, choke down.

    The narrator, Jeff Pringle, didn’t do a bad job, but he was not the best choice for this book. His “tell me a story, grandpa” voice and inflections clashed with the events, characters and language of the story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John Houston, TX, United States 02-10-11
    John Houston, TX, United States 02-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Gore Gothic"

    This is not your usual gothic novel although there are similarities such as an old house, people disappearing and strange rumors. The main problem for me is the graphic descriptions of the inhabitance of the house and their sexual depravity which fill about 30% of the book. This may be fine for some but is not my idea of a good mystery/horror book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patty USA 12-23-10
    Patty USA 12-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "DISTURBING"

    Slow start, then non-stop, mind numbing bizarre events. If you like B horror films, you'll like this...only the visuals are all in your mind. Very disdurbing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Delilah Boston, MA 01-23-13
    Delilah Boston, MA 01-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Dissonant Muse

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    "Want Your Gore Read by Casey Kasem? Me Neither."

    This was the worst pairing of a narrator to a tale that I've come across. It literally seemed like a joke, like someone had given Casey Kasem the least appropriate script possible just for shits and giggles. What were they thinking?

    Keene crafted some stunning gory and grotesque visuals in this piece, but without a story or characters to back it up they were wasted. I wanted to take the imagery, the element Keene delivers best, and write a better story around it! There was a tremendous amount of potential in this tale but absolutely no follow through. Also there were a handful of poorly edited pieces in the prose. If you just said that the dude's skull exploded like a watermelon, you can't follow it with a description of a mallet head the size of a watermelon. Really Keene? Were you sitting at a picnic when you were writing this?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicci Hellmig 07-08-12
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    "Not for the faint of hear!"
    What would have made Urban Gothic better?

    It was a scary story, just not to my liking.


    What was most disappointing about Brian Keene???s story?

    Great story, if you like gratuitous inbred gore, which I do not.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Pringle???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but he is a good narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust! Not my type of story, but a good one for someone who enjoys gratuitous gore.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is well-told but it is disgusting! If you like gruesome, inbred cannibals...this story is for you!

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    Mark bombala, Australia 09-26-11
    Mark bombala, Australia 09-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "meh"

    if you like gross stuff this book is for you...not a very interesting story,even at the start you want the characters to die

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    2/12/11
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    "urban gothic"

    All the action in this book starts straight away,its gripping from start to finish its very graphic not for the faint hearted,i enjoyed every bit of it,if you like books that are Gorey then this is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
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    12/17/11
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    "HOUSE OF HORRORS"

    Group of teenagers breakdown in the ghetto. They get trapped in a house full of mutants. Very scary, the author develops characters and disposes of them at will. This means you fear for the chracters safety at every turn of the page. The story is very violent and the descriptions are graphic, when a character dies the author describes every horrible moment in gruesome detail. This is a very good horror story but the gore factor is extremely high so only read if you have a strong stomach.

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