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Johnny Gruesome

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

a vivid horror thriller

Although they are polar opposites Red Hill high school students John 'Johnny Gruesome' Grissom and Eric Carter are best friends at least the latter thinks they are. Also clinging to Gruesome as if they are groupies to a rock star are his girlfriend Karen Slatter and d...
Although they are polar opposites Red Hill high school students John 'Johnny Gruesome' Grissom and Eric Carter are best friends at least the latter thinks they are. Also clinging to Gruesome as if they are groupies to a rock star are his girlfriend Karen Slatter and dealer Gary Belter. Whereas Gruesome is angry at the world and recently at God since his mom died, Carter is making plans to go to college. --------------- In icy Willow Creek, Johnny is found dead inside his Death Mobile car. The townsfolk assume he drove too fast on the wintry night. However, soon after his corpse is recovered, gruesome murders by a particular vicious avenging serial killer haunts the town. With the sounds of a car engine revving and a laugh from hell, those who hurt Johnny Gruesome are being mutilated. Eric, Karen and Gary have reasons to worry that their late leader is coming for them too as they believe he knows what they did.-------------- JOHNNY GRUESOME is a vivid horror thriller that hooks the audience from the moment John¿s mom waits for him with open arms at the top of a heavenly light, but the angry teen says no and with determination returns to his autopsy body. He becomes a sort of thinking doing zombie ghost who as his body rots continue his terror quest. It is the details that make Gregory Lamberson¿s thriller exciting and fun to read in a gruesome way.----------- Harriet Klausner

posted by Anonymous on August 11, 2008

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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Johnny Gruesome is what you might get if you took all the emo out of J O' Barr's The Crow and replaced it with hardcore, attitude-filled metal. Johnny Grisson is not a good person. He's your familiar wayward angry youth with an alcoholic father, a dead mother and a seri...
Johnny Gruesome is what you might get if you took all the emo out of J O' Barr's The Crow and replaced it with hardcore, attitude-filled metal. Johnny Grisson is not a good person. He's your familiar wayward angry youth with an alcoholic father, a dead mother and a serious problem with the way life is treating him. So when he ends up dead Johnny's determined not to take it laying down and instead he decides to make a mark on the world by kicking the ass of the little town of Red Hill where he lived and died.
Over all the book is familiar, but too well written and enjoyable to be cliché. It's, in many ways, a classic slasher flick in book form with science and logic fudged at time for effect. But it's a fun romp through rage and blood and zombies and would be a solid addition to private and public horror collections.

Contains: Violence, drug use, sex, language

posted by MicheleLeesBookLove on December 2, 2009

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

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    Reviewed for Monster Librarian

    Johnny Gruesome is what you might get if you took all the emo out of J O' Barr's The Crow and replaced it with hardcore, attitude-filled metal. Johnny Grisson is not a good person. He's your familiar wayward angry youth with an alcoholic father, a dead mother and a serious problem with the way life is treating him. So when he ends up dead Johnny's determined not to take it laying down and instead he decides to make a mark on the world by kicking the ass of the little town of Red Hill where he lived and died.
    Over all the book is familiar, but too well written and enjoyable to be cliché. It's, in many ways, a classic slasher flick in book form with science and logic fudged at time for effect. But it's a fun romp through rage and blood and zombies and would be a solid addition to private and public horror collections.

    Contains: Violence, drug use, sex, language

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    a vivid horror thriller

    Although they are polar opposites Red Hill high school students John 'Johnny Gruesome' Grissom and Eric Carter are best friends at least the latter thinks they are. Also clinging to Gruesome as if they are groupies to a rock star are his girlfriend Karen Slatter and dealer Gary Belter. Whereas Gruesome is angry at the world and recently at God since his mom died, Carter is making plans to go to college. --------------- In icy Willow Creek, Johnny is found dead inside his Death Mobile car. The townsfolk assume he drove too fast on the wintry night. However, soon after his corpse is recovered, gruesome murders by a particular vicious avenging serial killer haunts the town. With the sounds of a car engine revving and a laugh from hell, those who hurt Johnny Gruesome are being mutilated. Eric, Karen and Gary have reasons to worry that their late leader is coming for them too as they believe he knows what they did.-------------- JOHNNY GRUESOME is a vivid horror thriller that hooks the audience from the moment John¿s mom waits for him with open arms at the top of a heavenly light, but the angry teen says no and with determination returns to his autopsy body. He becomes a sort of thinking doing zombie ghost who as his body rots continue his terror quest. It is the details that make Gregory Lamberson¿s thriller exciting and fun to read in a gruesome way.----------- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Not my usual read, but I found it very entertaining. Warning- it

    Not my usual read, but I found it very entertaining. Warning- it does have bad language but it fits with the characters. In horror movies viewers do not get more than a speculative explanation behind the motivation of the "bad guy," but in this book readers are able to see Johnny's perspective and desire for revenge.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    highly recommended

    This book reminds of early Stephen King stories. It has gore, humor, slight romance - the author packs alot into the story. It is fast paced and you will keep turning pages to find out what happens next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    My son loved it!

    When I received the book, my son took it and began reading right away. He read through it in no time (less than a week). He is a very active 13 yr old, who was playing for two different basketball teams, as well as a soccer team. He is someone who really appreciates his 'free' time which he spends playing video games or just hanging out with friends. Instead of the video games, he was reading - something EVERY parent hopes for! Once he was done, he decided to use the book for one of the projects he had for school. I haven't had the opportunity to read it yet but am looking forward to it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Gruesomely awesome

    Great easy read good characters reads like a movie enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    To:Tia!Willis

    Dear.Tia.Willis
    You Did An Amazing Job

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    awesome...

    Well worfh the read

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

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    Johnny Grissom was an angry teen before he was killed.  Now that

    Johnny Grissom was an angry teen before he was killed.  Now that he's dead, he will have his revenge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Great for horror fans

    Well written, hard to put down. ON my third novel by author and all very impressive.

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