Saturday, October 3, 2015

[BOOK REVIEW] Rabbit in Red by Joe Chianakas

What to say? I love the horror nerdiness dripping from every corner of this book. I am a Stephen King geek, so seeing so many references to one of the Masters of Horror made me so happy. As a student of horror, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to see how others interacted with my favorite genre. The main characters come across to me as people I would have as friends. The people on forums where you can debate the latest horror movie monster or trope and decide what really ranks as the best of the best. I especially liked quiet Rose, who reminds me a lot of me. Few words, a little shy, but underneath it all fiery as a sunset.

Quick plot rundown: Teenagers are given a chance to participate in a contest run by an eccentric billionare movie producer at a very hush hush studio. While they are there, going through various challenges, other, not so normal, things begin to happen. They are then caught in a race against time to figure everything out in hopes that life doesn't imitate horror art.

My favorite scene: Each character getting to be Hannibal Lecter. Though he is not a King creation, Hannibal is perhaps my favorite all-time horror movie character. And not just because he has interesting dietary habits. I love the veneer of civility he hides behind. He seems very much the cultured gentleman, but underneath he's man eating man.

My least favorite part: JB's cyberstalking. I'm just gonna leave that there.

Would I read this again? Yes. I can only imagine with so much crammed inside, I missed something somewhere that I will catch on subsequent rereads. Not to mention it making me want to get out classics of the genre like "The People Under the Stairs" and "Fright Night". Where can you get it? AMAZON.


Joseph Chianakas said...

Oh wow! This is a wonderful review. Thank you for taking the time to read the book and write a genuine, thoughtful review!

Alledria said...

You are very welcome. I'm glad you approached me about it. I might have missed this gem on my own.