by Ernie Garrett
Plot Summary:A fantasy/comedy/horror novella in the vein of Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, or Weird Science. Rich Giesecke is a 20-something movie fan from Jersey who gets into an argument with a mysterious Usher, and finds himself trapped in a cheesy zombie film sequel, where the damage done to him is real. The only way to escape is to figure out the plot (with help from his friends in the theater) and complete the film.
Review:The plot summary makes it seem like the story bears some similarity to the plots of Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Weird Science, but it just captures something of the irreverent tone and humor of those movies while being having it's own, very entertaining plot. Although the main characters are written broadly which makes it difficult to really empathize with the characters. But the story's pace is fast and full of drama.
I think the main selling point of this story is how it makes fun of the horror movie genre - the silly one-sided characters, and the contrived, predictable and unrealistic plot. The author turns this into a very humorous story as Rich tries to survive the zombification machine by staying one step ahead of the obvious plot devices. It's a fun, quick read, great for fans of the horror and zombie genre.
review copy kindly provided by the author