Blood Crazy Hardcover – Jun 15 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
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
Top Customer Reviews
It's one of those books that you keep reading to see if it gets better as you go along, and find yourself committed juuuuuust enough to finish it.
It's a catchy enough idea when you read the synopsis, however the explanation of how the main plot comes about (why all the adults begin killing their children) is so poor, it's ridiculous. I actually said out loud during the resolution: "SERIOUSLY??" I got the distinct impression that the author had NO idea how to explain this, and just came up with something arbitrary. I don't buy it, you won't buy it, and the characters don't even buy it.
There are patches of decent writing in this, so you do find yourself giving a crap about the supporting characters, for instance, but you can't shake your disappointment with the main character until the very end when he remotely redeems himself. (Maybe this is the parent in me responding to a very capable teenager who chooses NOT to live to his potential!)
There's a fair bit of sex, partying, gratuitous violence, etc... and in many places, it's rather akin to Lord of the Flies as it looks at the dynamics of a community in which there are no adults present. Ultimately, that would be the merit of this book, if there is something good to be drawn from it, or a reason to be reading it: how these kids and young adults survive without adults. Don't get your hopes up though; even this is not particularly exciting.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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