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Blood Crazy [Hardcover]

Simon P. Clark
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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June 15 1995
Everything seems normal until, one Sunday, civilization turns to ruins. Adults have become murderously insane, infected with an uncontrollable urge to kill the young, even their own children. This is the way the world ends.

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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a YA novel, as marketed. Jan. 21 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Simon Clark, Blood Crazy (Leisure, 1995)
How this book gets characterized as a young adult novel is completely beyond me. Hey, folks: just because a novel's protagonist is under twenty-one years of age does not make a novel aimed at the young adult market.
Nick Aten ("rhymes with Satan") goes to bed one night convinced that all is right with the world. He wakes up the next morning and finds out how terribly wrong he is; something has caused all of the world's adults to go crazy and start killing their children. Those who have no children just go after everyone under a certain age (undetermined at the beginning of the book). Needless to say, the children are not altogether happy with this. Nick escapes and heads out of town, banding together with various other survivors against millions of people whose whole goal is their destruction.
In other words, it's your basic post-apocalyptic novel. And from that perspective, it's a good enough read. It's hard to review this objectively, since I had it marketed to me as a young adult novel; it reads like an adult novel, and so I'm concerned my ideas about it are going to cross one line or the other, since the two are often entirely different animals. Thankfully, it's a decent book as both, though a little on the adult side for being a YA read.
Simon Clark has a good sense of the dramatic, and the book is paced and plotted well. Granted, postapocalyptic lit is fast becoming its own subgenre, and it's not too hard to plot these days (a reading of The Stand, a reading of Swan Song, and a screening of The Omega Man, and you're pretty much set; elements of all three show up here, of course). His characters are for the most part solid and well-built, with a few cardboard-esque exceptions.
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Leisure has done it again: found another diamond in the rough writer, this time a writer from England in Simon Clark. Most of Clark's novels released through Leisure wre written in the mid 90's and this is easily his "worst" of the five. The only novels I haven't read are Vampyhric and Darker, both of which look awesome!

The plot centers around parents going crazy over night and out for the blood of their offspring. Think of an English Night of the Living Dead; just a horrible premise, but Clark turns it into a "decent" novel, which for him is subpar. This guy is the next Clive Barker of England.
Actually, the plot is a little deeper than I mentioned, but it is pretty Jungian (he was a thinker like Freud). The novel is good, but not Clark's best. Clark is so talented he was able to save this from being trash, but not his best.
Clark's writing is clear, crisp, and chilling. He writes with the power to thrill and chill, to shock and rock, to frighten and make your stomach tighten. He is a wordsmith of the highest order and he is one of the new king's of horror.
Like I said, Leisure has found another great young voice in the horror field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Aug. 12 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book by Clark that I've read. I'm very impressed with his style of writing. I do plan to get more of Clark's books.
What would happen if you woke up one day and one of two things happened. You're over 19, and you killed your kids and are after other kids. You are infact a zombie. Or on the otherside, you're under 19, and you were lucky enough to live the mass murder, and you have to fight the army of zombies.
Meet Steve Aten (and that rimes with Satan). He comes back home ond day and his world has changed. His parents missing, and his brother dead. Soon he finds himself in the middle of an apocalyptic nightmare. He and a band of survivors must fight the zobmies. They have to put aside their differences (and that's not easy) and make a stand agasnit the zombies.
That's all I want to say about the plot. I don't want to give more away. If you like horror filled with blood, gore, and more blood, then this is a books for you. If you start Blood Crazy, you won't be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful, smart horror novel April 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of those books it takes a day or two to read because you can't put it down. Its narrated by Nick Aten, a seventeen year old who hangs out in clubs and generally gets in trouble most of the time. He is thrust into a nightmare when parents begin to kill their children out of the blue and he comes home to find his brother dead. From that point on, the story begins and he is soon on the run for his life, picking up kids along the way who get caught in his town. But as our protoganist soon finds out, its not just parents who want to kill their children; all adults are out to kill anyone under the age of nineteen and this is a world-wide phenonmenon.
Blood Crazy is very different than anything I've ever read. From the chase by the "Creosotes" (afflicted adults) to the formation of colonies of kids fighting them, this one never bores. Its different from the traditional horror novel because its not a supernatural thriller, but its based on nature. Simon Clark is very unique in that he is able to write nature-based horror that doesn't rely on ghosts or traditional monsters. This makes him kind of unique in the field. Usually that sort of thing bores me, but not the way he writes it.
If you want a totally different type of horror novel, this one is for you. Its very smart, the characters are three-dimensional, and its well-written. A great book from one of my new favorite authors.
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2.0 out of 5 stars You're kidding me, right?
Alright, so after immersing myself quite thoroughly in the post-apoc world again (I seem to do this on occasion), I thought I'd try out something similar but a little different... Read more
Published on May 29 2012 by J.R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Original Story
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 more
Published on July 15 2004 by Dennis Duncan
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but nothing new
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 more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by William M Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars A Children's Book
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 more
Published on Nov. 12 2003 by ARADES
5.0 out of 5 stars The most gut-wrenching book ever!
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 more
Published on Nov. 11 2003 by "animus_99"
5.0 out of 5 stars Finished in Eight Hours
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 more
Published on Oct. 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars All emotions are affected
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I read this book while recovering from a bout of pneumonia. In a weird horror fan way- it helped cheer me up. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Horror Novel. Very scary.
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 more
Published on Sept. 8 2003 by M. Nation
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites...great to read more than once!
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
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