Book Review: Dead Stripper Storage by Bryan Smith

Dead Stripper Storage is a horror novel written by Bryan Smith and released by Grindhouse Press on July 20, 2018. Kindle length: 129 pages.

THE PLOT

A socially inept loner wakes up to find a dead stripper on his couch with no idea how she arrived there.

THE PLAYERS

Pete Adler is a milquetoast. He’s the kind of guy you don’t notice left the room, easily forgotten, and who’s never asked to hang out after hours by co-workers.

Mary Wilson is Pete’s ex-girlfriend, who unceremoniously dumped him after a few dates. She’s the first person that Pete encounters after discovering the dead stripper.

Shane Watson is a hot-shot sales executive who tormented and humiliated Pete at work before getting fired.

THE REVIEW

Dead Stripper Storage is what the title suggests – a nihilistic grindhouse tale of manipulation, murder, and mutilation. With the author of DEPRAVED, THE KILLING KIND, and 68 KILL steering the wheel, expect a no-holds-barred ride into the darkest and most depraved pits of the human soul.

Dead Stripper Storage includes genital mutilation, necrophilia, and illegal use of a condiment. As I wrote in my Amazon review, you may never eat mayonnaise again. Beneath the repulsive behavior and acts of violence, Smith manages to create a sympathetic loser in Pete. I wanted to know how Pete escapes his impossible situation.

Of course, if Pete only had to deal with one dead stripper, he might succeed in finding a way out of this mess. However, the body count multiplies, and Pete realizes he’s a helpless pawn in a sociopath’s game with no idea what the rules are or how to play.

Dead Stripper Storage had a Quentin Tarantino vibe to it, particularly PULP FICTION and that film’s scenes where the two mob hitmen are trying to dispose of a body. It didn’t surprise me that Smith acknowledged Tarantino’s influence and that the title is inspired by a phrase in PULP FICTION.

My favorite scene is early in the story when Pete’s ex-girlfriend Mary is knocking at his door. Instead of hiding the dead stripper, he rearranges her body on the couch and covers her with a blanket, so she looks like she’s sleeping.

When Pete’s ex-girlfriend asks about the woman, he lies and says, “Look, can we take this to the kitchen? I don’t want to wake my friend. We had kind of a wild night, maybe drank a bit too much.”

Was it a pathetic attempt by Pete to make his ex-girlfriend jealous? Yes, but it rang true as something a  desperate guy might do to hide the reality of his lonely existence.

And it’s something a talented writer like Smith might do to highlight the melancholy inherent in his flawed protagonist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slasher Horror Books

While looking for slasher horror novels I found a book right away that really shocked me. It was Friday the 13th Church of the Divine Psychopath by Scott Phillips. The reason this book shocked me is because it’s actually a novel based on Jason from the Friday the 13th movies. I’m not a fan of the Friday the 13th films and I wouldn’t think that Jason would be a good subject to base a novel on, but this book looks pretty good.

This is actually the first book in a series based on Friday the 13th’s Jason. The story is about a religious cult who goes to Camp Crystal Lake so they can revive Jason. They think he will become an angel and do gods work. Needless to say things go badly, Jason starts killing everyone and a secret government agency comes in to take down Jason and the cult.

There is also a series of novels based on A Nightmare on Elm Street. The first book in the series is called Suffer the Children by David Bishop. Six teenagers have volunteered to be in a sleep study where they will test a new anti-insomnia drug, little do they know that by taking the drug they have now become the plaything of Freddy Kruger.

Another book I found was They Never Die Quietly by D.M. Annechino. Detective Sami Rizzo is in charge of a task force investigating serial killings in San Diego. The killer on the loose believes that god has given him absolute authority to purify his unholy victims. Sami finds the serial killer but is captured and must outsmart the killer to escape.

Staying with the theme of serial killers is I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells. This book kind of has the same story as Showtime’s Dexter. The lead character is a high school student named John who happens to be a sociopath and is obsessed with serial killers and dead bodies. John follows a set of rules that keeps him from giving in to his dark side. He also helps out in the local mortuary where his mother and aunt work. One day while inspecting bodies that have been slashed open in the exact same way, John realizes that his town has a serial killer and decides to track him down so he can study him.

One of my favorite novels that fits in the slasher genre is The Island by Richard Laymon. The story is told from the diary of a teenager named Rupert. He had taken a yacht trip with his girlfriend’s family to a deserted island for a picnic. While enjoying the picnic they see their yacht explode and are stranded. To make things worse they soon find out that they are not alone on the island. Two members of their group get their throats slashed and the rest of the castaways have to find the killer and escape the island.

I’m a big fan of Laymon. This book is filled with several plot twists and non stop action. If you are willing to suspend your disbelief, overlook some ridiculous scenes, and you don’t offend easily, this is a good read. The only part I didn’t like was the ending, which was meant to be shocking but only seemed to make me mad. I don’t want to give it away, you’ll have to buy the book.

There are two other books that I wanted to mention, I didn’t have to much to say about these because I couldn’t find much of a description on either one but they did fit the genre so I thought they were worth bringing up. The first book is Endurance by Jack Kilborn which follows a killer who is hunting down and killing female athletes.

The second book is The Killing Kind by Bryan Smith which is about a group of college kids partying at a beach house. Little do they know that their party is about to be crashed by a pair of homicidal maniacs.

Know of any other slasher books? Please let us know.