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Ketchum take notice? You've Got to be Kidding!!!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 29, 2007
One customer of this book mentions in his review--"Jack Ketchum take notice", regarding Bryan Smith's book The Freakshow. Are you serious?? This book tried too damn hard to be gory. It wasn't FUN, it was ridiculous. Smith borrowed from Texas Chainsaw, obviously, but also House of 1000 Corpses (blue-faced guy in the woods, with mascara?!), and the most notable, Killer Clowns from Outer Space. This book MIGHT appeal to 13 year old boys, dying to read something that they aren't supposed to. As far as true horror, ANYONE can write about hacked-up bodies and freaky sex, but Smith just doesn't do this stuff justice. For true horror and books that will bother you long after you've read them, no one can touch Jack Ketchum. You actually CARE about what happens to the people in his books (ok, not the cave dwellers!!). In Smith's Freakshow, he tries so hard to make his characters shocking, with their language, swaggering, and "bravery." Who cares what happens to ANY of them?? They are all one-dimensional, comic book characters with no depth whatsoever. Save your money!!!!