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ublished in January as a mass market paperback, this crude generation-gap shocker from British author Clark (Darkness Demands) will thrill the adolescent audience for which it's unashamedly intended. A wild premise on a "Saturday night in April, every adult human being on this planet" goes mad and begins murdering everyone under 19 ensures almost constant action. Those kids lucky enough to escape their insane, zombie-like elders, labeled "creosotes" or "kaybees" for "crazy bastards," gather in communes in an obvious nod to Golding's The Lord of the Flies. After finding his brother dismembered by their parents, narrator Nick Aten (rhymes with Satan) observes, "adults seem to be actually afraid of their children...whom they feel compelled to destroy before we destroy them." Nick's theory is later confirmed at story-stopping length by another character, who explains the killings in Jungian evolutionary terms. Clark keeps the sex and violence relatively restrained. At one point, as part of "a sadistic new sport called Carrying the Can," Nick crosses an icy river by walking over the heads of a living bridge of standing creosotes. Finally and predictably, Nick faces a deadly confrontation with his relentlessly pursuing father and mother. Rebellious teenagers will enjoy the vicarious revenge on their parents, but the more sophisticated would do better to read Jung. (Sept.)Forecast: Despite this novel's weaknesses, Clark is a rising star in the horror field, and his fans will ensure a sell-out for this deluxe hardcover edition.
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'Readers will relish Clark's uncomplicated cocktail of chlorophyll and human blood' - Financial Times on The Night of the Triffids 'A master of eerie thrills' - Richard Laymon 'The hottest new purveyor of horrific thrills currently working on these shores' - The Big Issue --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
I got to admit I was drawn in by the premise of Blood Crazy. Adults go crazy one day and start killing children. It is one of the most original stories I have read. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Dennis Duncan
This was the first book I read from Simon Clark (I've read 4 since then). I found this to be the weakest of his books. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by William M Miller
This is probably the worst attempt at writing horror I have ever seen. Yea sure it's scary, if the scariest book you've ever read is "Where the Wild Things Are" as a... Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003 by ARADES
When i started with the first page, I was automatically hooked on the entire book. Simon Clark really knows how to tell stories of the end of the world in a completely different... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by "animus_99"
For those that need a fast paced type of read , this is the one. I read a little of everything, but lately, I felt a bit bored with some other types of work. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003
This Simon Clark novel dosn't just scare you in places, it also makes you cry and laugh. He is much more than just a horror novelist. Look out Stephen King!!Published on Sept. 30 2003 by b b
I read this book while recovering from a bout of pneumonia. In a weird horror fan way- it helped cheer me up. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003 by KevinNJ
This is by far one of the best horror novels I've ever read. Maybe the best. Simon Clark knows how to write a scary and creepy book!! Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2003 by M. Nation
This is a great book. It grabs your attention right away and brings in philosophy towards the end. There are many facets to its story that make it an excellent book.Published on Aug. 11 2003 by JBF