Hey everyone, I just wanted firstly to apologize for the delay in this post; I was busy the last couple of days and didn’t have any time to write a review until now, but I hope you’re as excited as I am as I tell you about MrCreepyPasta’s latest installment in the anthology, “The Creepypasta Collection”!
For those of you who don’t know, I have a tradition where I write a horror story once every October, then post it a day or two before Halloween. This year, I’ve decided to mix in a classic monster with a setting suggested by one of my parents, and see how it turns out. Interested in reading it? Well, check it out on my DeviantArt page titled, “Terror at the Drive-In”!
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Creepypastas are often what many think of when it comes to today’s Internet culture, especially during Halloween time. For those (like two or three of you) who have no idea what a creepypasta is, it’s an Internet urban legend that has been passed through message boards or shared online as stories. They range from photographs with a mysterious backstory, others with detailed lore that continue to be rewritten to this day.
Whenever I read books about a group of strangers meeting in an isolated place and being thrust into a horror story, I often can’t help but roll my eyes. If you remember my review of ‘The Rules’ in October, you may recall it kind of left a foul taste in my mouth. It was by no means terrible, but it left me wanting more variety and depth. I wanted an original story with new characters, a sense of chilling atmosphere, and be genuinely scared and care for the characters.
Well…Ruth Ware’s chilling novel ‘In a Dark, Dark Wood’ is that book. Continue reading
I think it’s ironic how I have never heard of the authors Amie Kaufman or Jay Kristoff until I read their most recent collaborated novel ‘Illuminae’, but I find it to now be one of my most newly favorite novels of all time. Period. It has everything a space survival romp needs, and may have taken other ideas from popular films and games, but meshes them into a wonderfully addictive read.
This book is so good that even Marie Lu, one of my favorite authors and the writer of the ‘Legend’ and ‘Young Elites’ trilogies, calls it and I quote:
“A mindscape that you’ll never want to leave.”
Halloween is in a week, my birthday is tomorrow, and I’ve got an appetite for horror books. Enter a new book I found randomly at a book store called ‘The Rules’ by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié (the same authors who wrote the book the world-famous musical ‘WICKED’ musical is based on. Go figure). I may not be a huge reader of horror novels for teenagers, but I do want to be scared once in a while. And since it’s nearly Halloween and I’m a curious writer, I thought I’d give this one a try.
August DeYoung is a young albino junior in high school whose family is filthy rich and has all the money in the world. Not long after he moves into the small town of Callabrese, California, his world is shattered when his younger sister Alexa goes to a party at a country club with all the ‘cool guys’ and is found floating faced down in the pool. Determined to find out who left her to die and get revenge on those who wronged him and Alexa, August slowly makes his way to the top of popularity and throws a large scavenger hunt in an abandoned warehouse on the edge of town. And the prize for the winner? The answers to the final exams.
Enter the main character of the book named Robin, a meek teenage girl who gets roped into the party by a popular friend and reluctantly takes part in it. Little does she and everyone else know that August plans to humiliate everyone who came to the party and reveal every dirty secret they have to the world, even give them fake answers to get expelled.
However, to especially August’s horror, people begin disappearing at the party and are wound up dead. Communication to the outside world is cut off, blame is pinned on August, and we have no idea whether this is all a ruse by August or if a demented killer has crashed the party.
I really want to despise this book, since it isn’t that original as a story, and is very clichéd in terms of layout. It’s like if every 90’s horror movie had a crossover with Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’. If you really know me, I respect ‘And Then There Were None’ for its layout and the plot and atmosphere, but the characters were either lacking personality or lacking an individual identity. And here, I feel the same way. I want to like the character in this book, but they’re so bland and lacking any individuality that I forget what they look like and half of their names.
The only characters that stood out for me were the main characters August and Robin, but only the latter in the second half of the book. For August, I love looking into how determined he is in finding out who left his younger sister to die, and seeing to sociopathic traits any anti-hero has. We may not know if he is the killer is or not, but I found him being my favorite character out of all of them.
Outside of him and the resourceful Robin, the other characters we’re supposed to feel sorry for lack any personality outside of 90’s horror movie cliché. We have the jock who’s secretly taking steroids, a pretty young actress eating for two, and a band member that’s a junkie, and a gang member with a temper. They’re of course all stuck-up and superficial, but I digress.
The writing also seems a bit lacking in terms of world building. The authors never take the opportunity to describe the surroundings of our characters, and I don’t know where they are exactly. We know where they are, but we don’t know the descriptions of everything around it. Again, show don’t tell.
So do I hate ‘The Rules’? Kind of, but it’s the second half of the novel that kept me reading. When the killer murders the teens more and more, we’re left with only a small band of people and are left in a spine-tingling position, wondering who’s gonna die next and if August is the murderer. Without giving too much away, the second half is where I was turning the pages faster and faster as I got more invested.
So how does ‘The Rules’ hold up? It’s not something new in terms of horror books. Like I said before, it’s basically every 90’s horror movie that meets ‘And Then There Were None’, and didn’t offer anything inventive to the table. I like the August DeYoung character and got invested in the second half, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you love this sort of thing.
If you have any questions or already have an opinion on the novel, feel free to leave any comments. Thanks!
I am! Happy Early Halloween everyone! Here’s a horror story I wrote for everyone to enjoy! I make it a personal tradition to write a horror story every coming Halloween, and this year is no exception. If you’re interested, the story involves a nameless narrator as he recounts him and a friend visited the house of a dead serial killer.
Sleep well tonight… >:-)