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It's been one hell of a year for horror movie effects artist Ryan Parker. Taken into custody by a secret government organization, he is forced to recount in detail the last year of his life. As his memory begins to come into focus, he describes the manic months leading up to the mysterious and violent events at the Moonlight Drive-In Theater in Edgewood, Arkansas. Trapped i It's been one hell of a year for horror movie effects artist Ryan Parker. Taken into custody by a secret government organization, he is forced to recount in detail the last year of his life. As his memory begins to come into focus, he describes the manic months leading up to the mysterious and violent events at the Moonlight Drive-In Theater in Edgewood, Arkansas. Trapped in his hometown by shadowy supernatural forces, Ryan confronts a past he thought he'd left behind. His parents still disapprove of his career and lifestyle. The high school jocks still want to torment him. The women in his life-one of whom is dead-seem determined to complicate matters even further. Then there's the small matter of the vengeful spirits and ancient demonic entities that have chosen Edgewood for their battleground. As Ryan juggles the demands of his profession, his relationships, and the supernatural weirdness developing around him, life begins to resemble the plot of one of the horror movies he loves. Demonic forces are closing in, murderous cultists are preparing for Armageddon, and production deadlines are looming. Can Ryan and his ragtag band of effects artists, scream queens, and ghosts keep the madness at bay long enough for the world premiere of their latest movie?


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It's been one hell of a year for horror movie effects artist Ryan Parker. Taken into custody by a secret government organization, he is forced to recount in detail the last year of his life. As his memory begins to come into focus, he describes the manic months leading up to the mysterious and violent events at the Moonlight Drive-In Theater in Edgewood, Arkansas. Trapped i It's been one hell of a year for horror movie effects artist Ryan Parker. Taken into custody by a secret government organization, he is forced to recount in detail the last year of his life. As his memory begins to come into focus, he describes the manic months leading up to the mysterious and violent events at the Moonlight Drive-In Theater in Edgewood, Arkansas. Trapped in his hometown by shadowy supernatural forces, Ryan confronts a past he thought he'd left behind. His parents still disapprove of his career and lifestyle. The high school jocks still want to torment him. The women in his life-one of whom is dead-seem determined to complicate matters even further. Then there's the small matter of the vengeful spirits and ancient demonic entities that have chosen Edgewood for their battleground. As Ryan juggles the demands of his profession, his relationships, and the supernatural weirdness developing around him, life begins to resemble the plot of one of the horror movies he loves. Demonic forces are closing in, murderous cultists are preparing for Armageddon, and production deadlines are looming. Can Ryan and his ragtag band of effects artists, scream queens, and ghosts keep the madness at bay long enough for the world premiere of their latest movie?

22 review for Saturday Night of the Living Dead

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Anderson

    One of the best things to happen to--and I don't know if it's Brad Carter or Post Mortem Press, or both--was when Carter started writing novels and PMP started selling them. As a guy who works in Post Mortem Press, I'd worked with Carter's short fiction--with "The Midnight Librarians" in TORN REALITIES, and "They Still Sing Beautifully" in FEAR THE ABYSS--but this is the first time I've sat down and read Carter in novel form as just a reader, picking the book up at Pittsburgh's HorrorRealm conven One of the best things to happen to--and I don't know if it's Brad Carter or Post Mortem Press, or both--was when Carter started writing novels and PMP started selling them. As a guy who works in Post Mortem Press, I'd worked with Carter's short fiction--with "The Midnight Librarians" in TORN REALITIES, and "They Still Sing Beautifully" in FEAR THE ABYSS--but this is the first time I've sat down and read Carter in novel form as just a reader, picking the book up at Pittsburgh's HorrorRealm convention in mid-August 2014. Let it be noted that while I work as an editor for PMP, I've had no connection with this piece whatsoever beyond putting cash down on the dealer table and buying it. SNOTLD is told from the first person perspective of Ryan Parker, a middle-aged special effects makeup artist who finds himself trapped in his hometown of Edgewood, Arkansas, and must constantly deal with the smashing of past and present as he and his company try to get underway with their first movie production. That's the deliberately banal elevator-pitch because I just want to get to the goods. Brad Carter is the goods. Often in the small press arena, you find much that is good, but a lot of what constitutes "good" is average writer--nothing spectacular, but nothing awful--matched with a real big hook or schtick so that the book can overcome its other faults. Often, you can see, at one point or another, wishful thinking on the writer's part as the protagonist takes some action or another, even if the story, overall is enjoyable; it's that moment when flights of fantasy becomes the deliberate wish-throwing of a writer (which is why a lot of editors really, really, REALLY hate short stories ABOUT a famous writer protagonist FROM otherwise unknown authors). Carter doesn't need that. His grasp of voice and tone is sparkling, his pacing measured and deliberate, his use of tension and conflict spot-on. SNOTLD is one of those rare books that you can savor--you can just sit back and enjoy it. Parker is as real and breathing as any character you'll read this year, and the supporting cast should be used as examples in writing workshops of what to do with characterization. This is an IMPOSSIBLE achievement because, on plot alone, the road, for Carter as a writer, is marked with peril; at any moment, the story could've degenerated into derivative zombie-lovecraftian,Men-In-Black-1980s-love-in (how's THAT for a mashup), masturbatory mess. But it doesn't. Not once. Post Mortem Press needs to cultivate Brad Carter--they have the potential for a star writer, and I mean beyond just the small horror press world. And Carter needs to start writing more. A LOT more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Nelson

    One Hell of a Realistic, Fun, Frightfest The scene on the cover happens. That is the only spoiler/ synopsis I will give. But yeah, it went down like that. Incidentally, this was one of the less Fangoria-intensive scenes. No, SATURDAY NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is NOT some immature splatterpunk romp by any means. I was apprehensive at the title and obvious 70s B-movie cover, and expected 400 pages of boobs and blood with flat character and predictable plotlines. Far from the mark, this is a damned go One Hell of a Realistic, Fun, Frightfest The scene on the cover happens. That is the only spoiler/ synopsis I will give. But yeah, it went down like that. Incidentally, this was one of the less Fangoria-intensive scenes. No, SATURDAY NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is NOT some immature splatterpunk romp by any means. I was apprehensive at the title and obvious 70s B-movie cover, and expected 400 pages of boobs and blood with flat character and predictable plotlines. Far from the mark, this is a damned good story that incorporates everything from Lovecraftian Pop Cult themes and devices, to an incredibly well researched and incorporated peek into the horror FX industry and filmmaking history. The voice of the first-person narrator enchants with realism well dated, starting from the 70s and moving forward with the times. Mr. Carter captures the language of each micro-era across four decades, as well as tiny nuances within a setting stretching from backwoods Arkansas to the North West US, both in his uncanny use of attention-to-detail (Shiner Bock in Texas sealed it for me) and realistic dialogue. Prose-wise, SATURDAY NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD reads very well, making it difficult to put down even in the slower moments. Whether the protagonist RYAN is remembering or narrating, the story comes across as if you are in the moment with him. The plot is the only negative issue I had with SATURDAY NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and yet it is my favorite point. The down side: this is not some action-packed speed-read by any means, sometimes falling into well needed but slower backstory and introspection. There are plenty of action sequences, but SATURDAY NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is a mature book, well written and meant to enjoy steeped in characters to the point you love and hate them. That being said, the pacing sometimes slows in order to build those characters, but it is well worth the ride as the author builds them in such a way it is hard to separate from them even in the less kinetic moments. Finally, my favorite part about this journey: the plot blew me away. I expected zombies and a predictable denouement with a typical devil-worship-gone-wrong-to-zombie-holocaust. Not even close. SATURDAY NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD climaxes to a horror show beyond description where the characters grow flesh and the truth is revealed, bringing Lovecraft’s vision to life in a way that embraces science while it strangles you in the dark.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review and it wasn't at all what I expected. I thought this would be yet another cheesy zombie novel but as I began reading it I saw that sometimes you truly can't judge a book by it's title. This is easily one of my favorite novels despite the fact that it isn't exactly a horror novel. What Carter has done with Saturday Night is essentially take out the best pieces of various B movies and insert them into his book and sprinkled in a bit of t I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review and it wasn't at all what I expected. I thought this would be yet another cheesy zombie novel but as I began reading it I saw that sometimes you truly can't judge a book by it's title. This is easily one of my favorite novels despite the fact that it isn't exactly a horror novel. What Carter has done with Saturday Night is essentially take out the best pieces of various B movies and insert them into his book and sprinkled in a bit of the supernatural. While in theory it sounds like a complete mess but Carter has knack for story telling makes it all work. Initially there are far more questions than answers but the pacing of the novel keeps you interested in the story and by the end it all makes sense and the story ends without a hitch. It's obvious that Carter has a love for horror films but Saturday Night Of The Living Dead is a bit more than that. I have no idea what this could be classified as but if you're looking for a novel that is not only fun to read but jumps through a variety of genres without coming off as a hot mess this is the perfect novel to read and absorb. Like most B movies there is a bit of suspension of belief and as you read it you can almost visualize this as a movie with Bruce Campbell of course playing the part of Ryan Parker. There is a lot to like here and while it is a 400 page book the story is so engrossing the pages quickly fly by. The downside here is if you're looking for yet another zombie novel this isn't it. If you give it a chance you'll see that it's a great novel that any fan of B horror would love. The fact is that Saturday night is a rare novel that takes everything about the horror genre and presents it in a way that is funny, and sometimes a bit gross but the thing that most horror novels lack is a sense of humor and Saturday Night Of The Living Dead has that in spades.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Even through its most disturbing moments (and there are some doozies!) this book is a delight to read. I think it's best described as a well-plotted and populated love song to the horror movie genre... but in fact it's much more than that. Besides the primary plot line dealing with the ill-fated production of protagonist Ryan Parker's first screenplay, there are also several secondary plot elements that deal quite sweetly (sometimes bittersweetly) with all manner of relationship issues. Chief am Even through its most disturbing moments (and there are some doozies!) this book is a delight to read. I think it's best described as a well-plotted and populated love song to the horror movie genre... but in fact it's much more than that. Besides the primary plot line dealing with the ill-fated production of protagonist Ryan Parker's first screenplay, there are also several secondary plot elements that deal quite sweetly (sometimes bittersweetly) with all manner of relationship issues. Chief among these are the decades old torch Ryan has carried for his high school crush Mary Claire Lawson, his re-connection with his ex-wife (a renowned and frequently topless horror film scream queen,) and his rocky relationship with his disapproving parents and brother. Based on his author's acknowledgments, it sounds like Mr. Carter's family relationship is much healthier than that of his fictional counterpart, but he has nailed "dysfunctional family" if you ask me. But the bulk of this story is about his love for his chosen field of work - he and his partner are special effects artists working primarily in the horror genre - and it's filled with tongue-in-cheek references and reverent nods to the classics. Besides repeating that this book is filled with wonderful characters and outrageous occurrences, I honestly don't want to spoil a single thing about it, so I'll just go ahead and say you should read it right away!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy Peters

    “There’s really no such thing as a casual horror fan.” When I read that line in Carter’s book, it dawned on me how true that was. Throughout the novel, the name-dropping (Bruce Campbell, John Carpenter, Wes Craven), the discussion of legitimate horror films, the homage to different horror genres (zombies, B-films, Lovecraftian, religious fanatics) kept me interested and wondering what might be next. Every little bit of trivia planted in the story reflected back to an author who knows his horror f “There’s really no such thing as a casual horror fan.” When I read that line in Carter’s book, it dawned on me how true that was. Throughout the novel, the name-dropping (Bruce Campbell, John Carpenter, Wes Craven), the discussion of legitimate horror films, the homage to different horror genres (zombies, B-films, Lovecraftian, religious fanatics) kept me interested and wondering what might be next. Every little bit of trivia planted in the story reflected back to an author who knows his horror films. Every mention of this person or that movie had me flashing back my own memories, which fleshed out the world Carter created. The novel is a long one but an easy read. In the hands of an author who wasn't such an obvious fan, the mishmash of genres wouldn't have worked as well.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Savage

    Halfway through the book my boyfriend asked me what it was about and I had to respond with, "I have no idea". But I meant it in the most wonderful way possible. Following the story of two horror nerds Ryan and J.P., the book is told from the point of view of a post-incident interrogation. Part Lovecraft horror, part Bruce Campbell classic, part murder mystery- Carter expertly cultivates the reader's interest through playful foreshadowing and a slow reveal of the secrets of the story. The characte Halfway through the book my boyfriend asked me what it was about and I had to respond with, "I have no idea". But I meant it in the most wonderful way possible. Following the story of two horror nerds Ryan and J.P., the book is told from the point of view of a post-incident interrogation. Part Lovecraft horror, part Bruce Campbell classic, part murder mystery- Carter expertly cultivates the reader's interest through playful foreshadowing and a slow reveal of the secrets of the story. The characters were likable underdogs you couldn't help but root for, real enough to relate to, funny enough that you looked forward to the best friend banter. A horror novel for horror lovers, now that I'm done I think I'll go have an 80's slasher marathon.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Hanes

    I just finished this book and found it to be a great story of life, friendship, loyalty and love. What makes this a great book is that the author spends time getting to know the characters first. You really get a sense of who they are. Then as the action starts you are into it because you are into the characters. For fans of horror movies it is a great time reading about movies and why we love them. Thank you Brad for writing such a wonderful book. If you thought about reading this or are just s I just finished this book and found it to be a great story of life, friendship, loyalty and love. What makes this a great book is that the author spends time getting to know the characters first. You really get a sense of who they are. Then as the action starts you are into it because you are into the characters. For fans of horror movies it is a great time reading about movies and why we love them. Thank you Brad for writing such a wonderful book. If you thought about reading this or are just seeing this stop now and get it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katey

    It's a crazy nightmare look at what happens when everything you ever wanted in life comes true. And just like a pact with the devil...it's never how you pictured it. Brad Carter is a genius. Post Mortem Press might even be smarter for printing it! It's a crazy nightmare look at what happens when everything you ever wanted in life comes true. And just like a pact with the devil...it's never how you pictured it. Brad Carter is a genius. Post Mortem Press might even be smarter for printing it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    C. Bryan Brown

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  11. 5 out of 5

    Luke Harrington

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Marsh

  13. 4 out of 5

    Josef

  14. 4 out of 5

    Treygar

    fun little book that a friend let me borrow. part horror, part mystery, part romance, part a love letter to the horror film industry. this book kept my attention for the most part and had some swerves towards the end that I didn't see coming....especially after one swerve had me thinking it was going to end one way. solid fast read. fun little book that a friend let me borrow. part horror, part mystery, part romance, part a love letter to the horror film industry. this book kept my attention for the most part and had some swerves towards the end that I didn't see coming....especially after one swerve had me thinking it was going to end one way. solid fast read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

  17. 5 out of 5

    Walter Jarvis

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Wiles

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Maddux

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Miles

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rodney

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