On Camp Carnage reviews

Camp Carnage front coverHey all. It’s been a busy summer. Thought I’d share some book reviews for the recently released Camp Carnage.  Here are some selections. For full reviews, click on the bloggers’ links.

Boys, Bears, and Scares: 5 stars

“Imagine an 80s summer camp slasher movie that features gay kids getting massacred, and you’ve got the novel Camp Carnage by Elliot Arthur Cross and Joshua Winning. Set in 1986 (complete with 80s pop culture references), this page-turning gay horror novel has basically re-imagined Friday the 13th—at a conversion camp!”

Wall-to-Wall Books: 5 stars

“If you are not afraid of a little blood and guts – mua ha ha ha! I dare you to read this! It was a surprise for me right up to the end, I did not have it figured out. Great job Elliot and Josh! Two thumbs up!”

Genuine Jen: 5 stars

“This book jumps right into the action in the first chapter. It reminded me of an 80’s/early 90’s horror flick, like Jason. It was a little different with the kids going to a “gay” camp to be “cured”. One by one campers start to disappear and then they are found dead. It was scary, not too gruesome but definitely had me on the edge of my seat.”

For more, check out Camp Carnage at Goodreads or Amazon.

On Camp Carnage

Camp Carnage front coverFor your reading pleasure, I’m proud to announce Camp Carnage, a slasher book in the vein of a fun 1980’s horror movie. Co-writer Joshua Winning (author of the on-going Sentinel trilogy) and I love the 80’s slashers of yore (think Friday the 13th, Halloween, Sleepaway Camp, etc.) and so we set about writing a book that both upholds traditional slasher story lines and subverts them.

Blurb: When Billy Collins is sent to Camp Genesis in the summer of 1986, he’s forced to participate in a frightening program meant to “straighten” out gay teenagers. Even more frightening is when the campers start disappearing one at a time at the hands of a mysterious maniac. What will it take to survive the brutal summer camp?

And what’s that about being a NIGHT TERRORS book you ask? This is the first in a horror line of  books Joshua and I are starting. Think of it as a Twilight Zone of horror.

The ebook is set for release August 1 with the paperback coming to Amazon mid-month. You can pre-order in various formats for the first week sale price of just $0.99 at Smashwords.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On Backwatch Lane release

Backwatch_Lane_400x600 (3)Hi, all. Happy to announced my paranormal YA book Backwatch Lane (Demonic Survivors Book Three) was released today.

Blurb: Cody Langdon has survived a lot since moving to Florida to start his life over. After his new neighbors were killed by a demon named Tanglewood, Cody joined a secret support group for people who had been through similar ordeals against ghosts, monsters, and demons. While on a trip to a mysterious island, Cody was thrown back in time to the 1850s in the body of a closeted aristocrat.

Not only must Cody quickly readjust to the jarring social and technological differences of the 1850s, but he soon finds a mysterious adversary stalking him. When his unofficial boyfriend and his best friend arrive at the plantation, the three confused teens discover their trip through time may hold valuable information about Tanglewood.

With their lives in constant danger and no one to help them, Cody must find a way to survive the 1800s and return to his normal life dealing with parents who want him to see a psychiatrist, a rocky romance, and a murderous demon.

The ebook is now available at JMS Books and Queerteen Press, with major retailers coming in about a week or so (but check it out now because it’s cheaper this week, just sayin’).

And if you’re interested in this creepy/fun series, you can check out the first in the series, Tanglewood Road, at Amazon.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

On Oculus film review

I recently caught Oculus, a spooky film about traumatized siblings dealing with a haunted mirror.

Cons: I would have loved more backstory. There’s plenty of ‘scary things happened to owners of the mirror’ but nothing about why or how this started. If they’re planning a sequel or prequel, cool, if not, it feels a little incomplete. I love ambiguity and all, but there’s perhaps a little too much. I’m sure if you show this to three people, you’re going to get three different explanations, and they’re probably equally valid.

Pros: The lightbulb scene. You’ll know it when you see it. This movie is a prime example of mining independent filmmakers for big budget productions. This was a short film shot in one room with one actor, then writer/director Mike Flanagan was given a bigger playground to explore and he turned out a wonderful film. And how about that Karen Gillan? Dr. Who fans already know her as Amy Pond, and Marvel fans will soon see her in Guardians of the Galaxy, and she absolutely killed it in this movie. The whole concept in itself is awesome – we finally have someone completely prepared to take on a haunting. Gillan sets up cameras, thermostats, plants, alarms to change batteries/eat/drink, a kill switch, and an outsider to check in periodically. As much fun as cheesy slashers with stupid characters are, I really appreciate intelligent protagonists.

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars. Great pacing, acting, and scares. Recommended to any horror fan.

On Evidence film review

I recently caught Evidence on Netflix. The is a combo found footage/traditional film following a forensics team investigating brutal murders by hobbling together footage from two cameras and victims’ cell phones.

Cons: The whole a small group of friends on a trip in the desert are stranded with four other strangers while a masked killer picks them off one at a time certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel. Nolan Gerard Funk was underused. Yeah, I know, I know, but I could have used some more Funk action. While some pieces really work, there’s a lot of standard paint-by-numbers action going on.

Pros: Good cast. True Blood’s Stephen Moyer plays the lead investigator (he’s troubled, but he wants back on the job before his supervisor is sure he’s ready… for some reason). I never cared for Billy on True Blood, but I’ve always liked Moyer. Characters are fleshed out enough. The ending was ambitious. The framing narrative works as a whodunnit and is ambitious enough that it works overall. I didn’t see the twist coming.

Overall: Decent slasher flick. Since I have a soft spot for the subgenre, I’ll go 3.75 out of 5 stars, but I’m probably being nice.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy viewing.

On Memorial Day book sale

Hey, all, for those book readers out there, just wanted to pass on a huge sale at JMS Books and it’s imprint Queerteen Press. All ebooks are discounted 35% off and paperbacks 12% off in honor of Memorial Day. The sale is already in place and runs throughout the holiday. You can check out my book right here, and then the other wonderful LGBT titles.

On Backwatch Lane cover

Hi, all. Happy to share the cover for my next book release. Backwatch Lane (Demonic Survivors, Book Three) is coming out June 29. The series follows Cody Langdon, a gay teen who moves to Florida to start over and discovers a frightening world.

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More info coming soon. In the meanwhile, now’s a great time to check out Tanglewood Road (Demonic Survivors, Book One) at Amazon.