Welcome to tonight’s feature presentation, brought to you by an unholy alliance of our spellcasters at Hex Publishers and movie-mages at the Colorado Festival of Horror. Please be advised that all emergency exits have been locked for this special nostalgia-curdled premiere of death. From crinkling celluloid to ferocious flesh—from the silver screen to your hammering heart—behold as a swarm of werewolves, serial killers, Satanists, Elder Gods, aliens, ghosts, and unclassifiable monsters are loosed upon your auditorium. Relax, and allow our ushers to help with your buckets of popcorn—and blood; your ticket stubs—and severed limbs; your comfort candy—and body bags. Kick back and scream as you settle into a fate worse than Hell. Tonight’s director’s cut is guaranteed to slash you apart.
Hello everyone and welcome to Gray’s Nook where I discuss and review manga, short stories, and novels! In today’s blog, I was graciously allowed a copy of “IT CAME FROM THE MULTIPLEX: 80S MIDNIGHT CHILLERS” by Joshua Viola, Stephen Graham Jones, Betty Rocksteady, Kevin J. Anderson, Warren Hammond, Angie Hodapp, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Mario Acevedo, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Keith Ferrell, Gary Jonas, Orrin Grey, K. Nicole Davis, Sean Eads, Steve Rasnic Tem from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am very excited that I was able to review this horror/thriller novel as I’m an avid horror fan and I love the 80s LMAO! Thank you Hex Publishers and NetGalley!
This a lovely collection of short scary stories created by talented writers from all walks of life, I will explain that the stories didn’t scare me but they certainly were fun as hell to read and binge through. The book focuses on tropes and plots that have both a mixture of 80s vibe and modern day society jams, including the added element of bugs, demons, witches, and thriller/slasher galore. I did have a good laugh with a few short stories, and some others I really was surprised with on how the ending turned out.
Overall the stories that lay within the novel are fantastic and would be the equivalent of the adult version of ‘Fear Street’ and ‘Goosebumps,’ and I mean that in a good way. While the book didn’t have immediate jumps scares or suspenseful moments, it did have some sinister trope remakes within it’s pages. If you’re looking for a binge-worthy horror book to casually read while it’s raining outside and you’re alone in the house, this should be the book you pick up read for the night to the monster under your bed.
4.5/5 Stars ★★★★☆