Ryan Craig Bradford
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Armed with a passion for classic B-grade horror movies, a script co-written by his twin brother, and a wicked crush on his death-obsessed neighbor; hardcore horror fan Jason Nightshade must finish his student film.
But his plans are derailed when the children of suburban Silver Creek start disappearing – his twin brother among them. Battling a possessed video camera, a crazy zombie dog, a monstrous bully, and a frighteningly broken down family life, Jason embarks on a mission to find his lost brother so the two can write an ending for his story.
As any horror fan knows, saving the day won’t be easy, as Jason finds himself forced to face the real world where death isn’t just a splash of fake blood on a camera lens.
My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Unique, entertaining, and scary at times, Horror Business is a nonstop rollercoaster ride. Once I started, I simply had to know what happened to the missing kids. The pacing is lightning-fast, never a dull moment or time to rest.
Funny thing is, I'm not really sure what happened in the novel. Sure I finished it, but the horror that visited Jason's town was elusive and strange. Elements from different aspects of horror pervade the story-- zombies, ghosts, all the things that go bump in the night. There are some scenes that are downright spine-tingling. Have I mentioned that I don't spook easily?
The protagonists are young teenagers and the story reads like YA, but the subject matter and language are more appropriate for an older reading crowd. I loved the fast pace, characters Ally and Jason, as well as the melding of the making of a horror film with real life horror. The confusion I was left with upon finishing the novel wasn't so great. I guess I was looking for more in the way of closure or explanation.
I recommend Horror Business for those who enjoy edge-of-your-seat horror mixed with mystery. Throw in a zombie dog, and it just makes everything more fun. Yep, Brock, the zombie dog, was my favorite character.
About the Author
Ryan grew up in Park City, Utah. His fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, Paper Darts, Vice, Monkeybicycle and [PANK]. He currently lives in San Diego where he acts as Creative Director for the nonprofit literary arts organization So Say We All. He’s the co-editor of the anthology Last Night on Earth and founder of the literary horror journal, Black Candies.