The Con Season: A Novel of Survival Horror Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Horror movie starlet Clarissa Lee is beautiful, internationally known, and completely broke.
To cap off years of questionable financial and personal decisions, Clarissa accepts an invitation to participate in a "fully immersive" fan convention. She arrives at an off-season summer camp and finds what was supposed to be a quick buck has become a real-life slasher movie.
Deep in the woods of Kentucky with a supporting cast of B-level celebrities, Clarissa must fight to survive the deadly game that the con's organizers have rigged against her.
A demented, funny, bloody, and strangely poignant horror novel from the acclaimed author of Tribesmen, Zero Lives Remaining, and Mercy House.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 33 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||10 October 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 59,804 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The concept of ‘The Con Season’ is great – B-list celebs are invited to take part in a convention in the middle of nowhere for a large fee. The Blood Camp Con isn’t all it seems and our unlucky celebs soon find themselves in a fight for survival against the organizers. Although only a short novel, it does take a little time for the action to really hot up, but when it does, it is wonderful. Cesare’s knowledge of the con scene and the horror genre shines through. He has the knack of describing people being offed in a way that few other writers can and there are definitely a few scenes in the second half of the book to make you squirm.
‘The Con Season’ pays homage to the classic slasher films of the 80s and having attended a convention myself, I felt the characters were spot on. All of their insecurities were on show and they prove to be a colorful bunch. There is a hilarious scene when audience members are having their photos taken with a corpse, thinking it is a part of the show, and there is a great scene featuring a chainsaw!
I liked this book a great deal. My only criticism would be the pacing was a little up and down. The second half of the book, when the carnage starts is a little stop, go; a great scene of horror and brutality followed by a little more character back story.
Fans of the horror and con scene will find a lot to like about this book and Cesare fans will lap it up too.
Top reviews from other countries
People have pointed to this as being extreme horror, I don't think that's accurate. There is some gore, but also plenty of humour, and empathy for the characters, that make this more accessible fare.
Not his best - that still remains the high water mark of The Summer Job; but still well worth your time and money.
Now, the question is, how long before they make this a movie? I've already done the dream casting.