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FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE SUPERVILLAINY SAGA 

What if all the villains of slasher movies were real? What if the movies made about them were just adaptations of real-life killers with supernatural powers? This is a fact known to William and Carrie because their father, Billy the Undying, was one of the worst slashers of all time. So much so that they've spent the past decade in an asylum out of fear they'd end up just like him. Escaping, the two have decided to form a new life on the road. Except, a chance encounter in a dingy diner introduces William to the girl of his dreams. 

Too bad she's a girl on a mission to kill all slashers. But maybe the best way to catch a supernatural serial killer is with another pair of them. 

Enjoy this exciting prequel to the United States of Monsters books!

©2020 Charles Phipps (P)2020 David N. Wilson

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • The Bookwyrm Speaks
  • 2020/09/06

A great addition to the Author's shared universe


I make no secret of the fact C.T. Phipps is probably my favorite author writing today, indie or traditionally published. I was given a chance to review an early copy of his latest book, so of course I jumped at the opportunity. I'm definitely glad I did, this being a stand alone that still ties into his United States of Monsters, and adds to the rich tapestry of that collection of series.

PLOT SUMMARY

In a world where slasher movies are based on real slashers, such as Fred, Mike, the Camp Killer and The Camp Killer's Mother, William and Carrie England know all about it. Their father, Billy Jones Patrick, was one of the original slashers, one who specialized and slumber parties, sororities and even Christmas. Needless to say, they had some lousy Christmases over the years. When their father was finally killed, they were both grabbed by the authorities and put in an insane asylum, since they were thought to have the slasher gene. Turns out they did, although the state didn't really know that. Now in their 20's, William and Carrie have escaped from their years of shock treatments, drug therapy and other warped government experimentation, and are on the run from the law.

Unfortunately, they can't escape their father, who, although he's dead, still keeps hanging around as a ghost. Stopped off in a small Kansas town, which it turns out is a nexus for slashers, William, who has never actually killed someone, has a weird feeling when a customer enters the diner they're in, as he can see the evil and murders the man has committed. Feeling an overwhelming need to murder the man, and with a voice in his head, the Spirit of the Hunt, egging him on, William follows him out of the diner to the back parking lot.

As he is about to murder the man, the tables are turned on him and William is murdered by the man instead. Just before he dies, though, he sees the man get killed by a woman with a golf club who was locked in the man's trunk. When he regenerates back to life, Carrie comes out and they meet the girl, Nancy. It turns out she is whats known as an Artemis, those rare girls at the end of horror movies that end up killing the slasher. It turns out that like William and Carrie, she has supernatural abilities, such as strength, speed and regeneration.

She explains she was at a bachlorette party that was captured by a group of rich people to hunt for sport. Deciding they needed to help her, they retreated to their house, an abandoned drug house, where they make a discovery: there is a staked vampire in the basement that has been drained of blood. This discovery leads to a wild series of events, as the drug makers return, and William and crew end their threat, awakening the vampire at the same time, who agrees to help them take the people hunters down and rescue Nancy's friends.

This leads to revelations about the group that has surprise origins with Billy and his contemporaries, and also the mysterious force behind the hunter's group. A force that has a completely unexpected link to William and Carrie's past, that might have world altering consequences if not stopped. Can a couple slashers, a slasher killer and a vampire possibly stop the threat, and do they really want to?

CHARACTERS AND WORLD BUILDING

As with any book by C. T. Phipps, the characters are what drives the story. William, Carrie and Nancy are just such interesting characters, fighting (or not) against their very genes and forces outside their control trying to mold them into the very stereotypes they were meant to be. William and Carrie were basically trained to be killers, and while Carrie embraces it, William has fought it, even going so far as to get his CPA, as far from being a slasher as you can get. Nancy is in a similar state, as her mother and grandmother were both involved as victims of slashers, and are the source of her Artemis genes. They aren't perfect, and defy their stereotypes, as William and Nancy should be deadly enemies, yet find themselves drawn to each other. There are a lot of fun dynamics within the group. None of them feel like cardboard cutouts, but just people dealing with unusual issues. The villains are an interesting bunch, tying into various other parts of the various US of Monsters books, adding backstory to those as well. We get an idea of their thought processes, and their actions are consistent within their character arcs. All told, an excellent group of characters.

The world building for this book is a strength as well. Its a world with a layer of the supernatural just out of sight, where supernatural slashers, vampires, demons, zombies and other assorted supernaturals exist. Tying into the other books, anyone who's read any of those knows just how much more supernatural world there is. This one delves into a more horror oriented corner of that universe, where the things that go bump in the night really are trying to kill you. You can tell the writer has a wealth of knowledge of the slasher genre, and puts it to good use building this corner of his shared universe.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Shared universes tend to be hit or miss in my opinion, but C. T. Phipps just keeps adding new corners to his universe, adding new layers of goodness. They all interconnect in various ways, but each maintain their own distinctiveness. I consider this to be a worthy addition to his universe, while still being able to stand on its own. I definitely recommend this one as a must read.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • DabOfDarkness
  • 2021/08/05

Who knew slashers could be so funny?

What a delightfully fun book! I was suffering from a book hangover after finishing the latest in an urban fantasy series and hunting around for something to grip my attention. This did the trick. It’s got that wonderful mix of humor and serious moments that had me chuckling out loud.

Told from the viewpoint of William England, we learn about life as a kid of a famous spree killer. William and his sister Carrie have spent some quality time in an insane asylum but now are enjoying their freedom. At least until a shared inner voice, the Spirit of the Hunt, cheers William on as he finds his preferred kind of prey – evil serial killers.

And even as William comes to this revelation, he meets the woman who may just be the one. He’s never felt attraction before and the feeling is very odd, and a little frightening, for him. Nancy has special abilities of her own. She’s an Artemis, coming from a line of Artemises; they hunt spree killers like William’s evil dad. Right from the start, fate has set them at odds. Yet they both are of the opinion to give the other a chance.

Meanwhile William’s sister Carrie provides a lot of comedic relief and says a lot of the things my inner immature dork is thinking. lol Carrie made me laugh out loud so many times! She’s got her twisted dark side but she’s also an animal lover, so don’t you dare even think of kicking her dog! I also like her immediate enslavement of a moody vampire they happen upon.

It’s quickly decided they need to take out a pack of spoiled rich kids that have ceremonial hunts (hunting humans) but there’s plenty of obstacles thrown in their way. So it’s not a straight line and I love how William and Nancy learn to trust each other and join forces to kick butt.

I’ve never been a fan of those slasher movies but after reading this book, I think I should go watch some of the classics and laugh along as I imagine William and Nancy would do. If you need some humor in your life, but you’re a bit dark and twisted, then this is probably the book for you. 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Jeffrey Kafer is always fun to hear. He’s narrated a lot of Phipps’s books and I always look forward to having him in my ear. Once again, he gives an enthusiastic performance. I loved his voice for Carrie, especially how he delivers so many of her lines with a straight face. That really added to the humor as so many things Carrie says are way out there or inappropriate in some way. The pacing was good and there were no tech issues with the recording. 5/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • BennahPhelps
  • 2020/09/03

Fun time

I had a lot of fun listening to this book. Part horror-comedy, part rom-com. The narrator is awesome and helped the characters come to life

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • David
  • 2021/09/19

Awesome and fun

While some will criticize a story drawn so much from other elements I find it fun and just familiar enough to be quite humorous.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Andy Johnson
  • 2021/09/17

Fun concept about slashers

I really enjoy the idea that the slashers have a backstory and reason for being.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2021/06/09

a good listen

I really enjoy the reader. Sometimes it seemed as if there were multiple people reading

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Velvet Martinez
  • 2021/06/02

Really great! Funny and witty

loved the entire story, the characters are wonderful. C.T.Phipps has done it again! Hoping for more with these characters involved!
Narration was absolutely brilliant!!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • DrinkingDad
  • 2021/03/25

Aww yeah

Murderhobos going to justify murderhoboing with a twist of dark gods and 80s cinematic pop culture references overtone.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • glynyrd
  • 2021/03/10

Fun Read!

What a fun read!
I'm really not into psycho or monster books but this took me complete surprise!
It was an almost a whimsical romp through lighter side of dark tales.
I really loved it!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • hexwolfx
  • 2021/02/18

a secret prequel

The story is blast has references outer novels by the author but only till the end that you learn the story is a hugh prequel that expanded on events the readers never knew set the events for major battles in his outer novels. This was a blast and a novel you have to read if your a fan of slasher horror type stories or eldtric type has story really takes twists on those mythos.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jeff
  • 2020/10/22

C T Phipps does it again this time in blood

I LOVED IT I LOVED IT PSYCHO, S MONSTERS AND LOVE I PRAISE YOU CT PHIPPS

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • J Smith
  • 2020/10/07

“I’m allergic to flaming death demons and armies of goblins”

Brilliant!
Fast paced action, snark and a great story. Had me smiling from start to finish!
Great narration too; perfectly suited to this style of writing.
Really hope there’s more to come!
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Welease Wodger
  • 2021/04/29

C T Phipps best book yet

I love Phipps's work and own most of his audiobooks but this one tops all of them by a mile.

The plot maintains a really good pace throughout and manages to keep a good balance of character development and world building while still progressing the story.

Jeffrey Kafer is as ever a gift to the world of narration and should be declared a national treasure and be protected at all costs

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • S. D. Howarth
  • 2021/04/06

Fast and fun, whether a slasher fan or not.

I've never been a huge fan of slashers, but they to lend well to parody so I was curious to see where slasher and comedy end up. I wasn't expecting this as a release/series (maybe) and it was an offbeat read/listen at breakneck speed.

Insane siblings seem a stereotype, but not when it inhibits them being a slasher and that unleashes the author's cornucopia of movie fondness. The ghostly father and supernatural element are a neat touch. The Spirit of the Hunt is a truly diabolical concept, far different from The Dresden Files and that is before the serial murders/supernatural and aversion to swearing, mysterious cults and organisations that lurk behind a seeming repressed explosion of nerdism... that even a non-slasher fan can pick up within the space of a couple of entertaining chapters and be left with an image of an Unmagnificant Seven.

Despite the pace, time is taken to detail in characters, cause and setting, thought the dialogue-heavy nature may not suite everyone's taste as the plot thickens, murders and rescues are planned and you are left with a couple of options on which way the inevitable betrayal and best laid plans drop apart. It ties in well with the author's other enterprises, and I particularly enjoyed the link-in with the Red Room trilogy. The siblings do appear to be a nod to Ben Affleck's Accountant and Harley Quinn without tripping over copyright infringement, but keeping in a few nods to episodes I've seen on Supernatural for an ending of blood, fire and dismemberment while keeping in the offbeat humour, or hamming it up.

It is a good laugh, in print and audio, and if anything I prefer the latter. Well worth a punt of anyone's dosh, for an amusing romp of stabbyness and mirror smashing.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anders Haywood
  • 2020/11/04

A genuinely fantastic new book

This book was such a well written and interesting new book, I really hope we'll see (and hear) more.
Set in a world where the slashers from the movies are real, William and his sister Carrie are moving from town to town, trying to avoid both the authorities and their heritage. They are descendents of a famous slasher, and they (or, mostly William) worry about going crazy.
It was one of those books that really sucks you in.
It's also set in Phipps' United States of Monsters universe (Weredeer, Fangton, Esoterrorism, etc), but if you haven't read any of those, this works well as a standalone.
Honestly, this is possibly my favourite book of the year, so definitely give this a try, you won't be disappointed.