Crazytimes: Scott Cole
Reviewed By Steve Stred
I hate doing it, but inevitably you’ll read a book and when you try to describe it to someone, you’ll suggest a movie that it most closely resembles.
‘Crazytimes‘ immediately reminded me of a movie and a comic series. I don’t read a lot of comics, not sure why, I always love them, but one series I read frequently was Garth Ennis’ ‘Crossed.’ Mix ‘Crossed’ with ‘Shaun of the Dead‘ and that’s the type of book you’re getting into.
Cole has created a rampaging rhino of a fun time, a book that is an easy one-sitting read and a really great ‘end of times’ take.
What I liked: Normal day, yeah? You wake up, struggling with bills and the uncertainty of your significant other having left you randomly. You go to work and then BOOM, stuff starts flying down from the sky, weird gas starts filling the air and everyone around you turns into mindless, mutating killing machines. That’s both a brief synopsis as well as really, why I liked this book. It’s great fun. People get killed – brutally, for the most part, and we get to see someone work hard to survive.
What I didn’t like: Two little bits. I liked what the people became and how they burst and transformed, that was awesome. I didn’t really enjoy the events at the graveyard. It was a left turn that I personally, could have done without. And I’m not totally sold on the ending. I have a theory, but I’m not sure!
Why you should buy it: ‘Crazytimes‘ is exactly as the title suggests. If you want a roaring read that you’ll finish in an evening and smile the entire time, this one’s for you. Cole crafted some fantastic kill scenes, which fans of splatterpunk will definitely enjoy!
You wake up Monday morning and everyone is crazy. Everyone was already crazy, though, right? But somehow things are worse today. People are angry, throwing chairs out of office windows, eating rocks, violently scratching their necks, and running naked through the streets. They’re killing each other for no reason and laughing through the carnage. The whole city is like this. And meteors are falling from the hazy skies above. How are you going to survive? Do you even want to? This isn’t just another manic Monday. This is Crazytimes.
Steve Stred writes dark, bleak horror fiction.
Steve is the author of three novels, a number of novellas and four collections.
He is proud to work with the Ladies of Horror Fiction to facilitate the Annual LOHF Writers Grant.
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