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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Brian Keene can always be counted on for providing a frightening horror novel

Tyler and his girlfriend Kerri, Brett and his significant other Stephanie, and Javier and his lady Heather drive from the burbs to attend the Monsters of Hip Hop show in Philadelphia. Tyler wants some weed so despite the protests of the others, he drives to Camden to b...
Tyler and his girlfriend Kerri, Brett and his significant other Stephanie, and Javier and his lady Heather drive from the burbs to attend the Monsters of Hip Hop show in Philadelphia. Tyler wants some weed so despite the protests of the others, he drives to Camden to buy some. They get lost in the Hood and their car breaks down. Some young blacks walk over to their vehicle; the outsiders are fearful of what will happen to them so take shelter in a nearby mini-mansion that needs extensive repair.

After they get inside, the door locks; they are unable to neither open it nor escape through a window because they are filled up with plaster A giant with a misshapen visage and body kills Tyler and plans to have sex with him now that he is dead. The others are attacked by misshapen midgets and creatures that do not seem to be human. The surviving suburbanites fight back knowing the monsters will use them as food. They have only one chance to escape when a middle aged man and though afraid the black youths try a rescue.

Brian Keene can always be counted on for providing a frightening horror novel that scares the hell out if his fans. In many ways URBAN GOTHIC is a thin plotted slasher movie except the characters don't quite fit as they understand survival means teaming together not wandering alone begging to become a victim. The trapped group never quits as they fight to the end to stay alive against the monsters. With plenty of blood, guts and gore that will make the strong queasy, fans of graphic horror thrillers will enjoy this trek into Camden.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on June 6, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

urban gothic

Stop me if you've heard this one. Carload of kids break down in bad neighborhood. Scared, run into creepy house. Die in many varied and gory ways. This is a boring mish mash of just about very hack and slash teen horror movie, from Texas Chainsaw Massacre (first mut...
Stop me if you've heard this one. Carload of kids break down in bad neighborhood. Scared, run into creepy house. Die in many varied and gory ways. This is a boring mish mash of just about very hack and slash teen horror movie, from Texas Chainsaw Massacre (first mutant cannibal is a dead ringer for leatherface), to Saw. In a word: disappointing.

posted by bpositive53 on September 19, 2009

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    Brian Keene hits another one out of the park!

    If you like true horror stories, then this book is for you. The plot is fantastic! A group of teenagers go to the inner-city to buy drugs. The kids get scared when their car breaks down and some other teens give them trouble. They run to a house for safety and find just the opposite. It is filled with cannibalistic deformed creatures who do not take kindly to visitors.

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    Another great title!!

    I loved this book. It had a lot of suspense and a lot of horror. If you like the descent and the hills have eyes, this book is for you!! This book never gets me bored. Brian Keene never lets me down. Cant wait for his next book : Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Coming: feb. 2010 to leisure horror book club!!

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Brian Keene can always be counted on for providing a frightening horror novel

    Tyler and his girlfriend Kerri, Brett and his significant other Stephanie, and Javier and his lady Heather drive from the burbs to attend the Monsters of Hip Hop show in Philadelphia. Tyler wants some weed so despite the protests of the others, he drives to Camden to buy some. They get lost in the Hood and their car breaks down. Some young blacks walk over to their vehicle; the outsiders are fearful of what will happen to them so take shelter in a nearby mini-mansion that needs extensive repair.

    After they get inside, the door locks; they are unable to neither open it nor escape through a window because they are filled up with plaster A giant with a misshapen visage and body kills Tyler and plans to have sex with him now that he is dead. The others are attacked by misshapen midgets and creatures that do not seem to be human. The surviving suburbanites fight back knowing the monsters will use them as food. They have only one chance to escape when a middle aged man and though afraid the black youths try a rescue.

    Brian Keene can always be counted on for providing a frightening horror novel that scares the hell out if his fans. In many ways URBAN GOTHIC is a thin plotted slasher movie except the characters don't quite fit as they understand survival means teaming together not wandering alone begging to become a victim. The trapped group never quits as they fight to the end to stay alive against the monsters. With plenty of blood, guts and gore that will make the strong queasy, fans of graphic horror thrillers will enjoy this trek into Camden.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Great scary read.

    Loved it. Fast paced, scary. Great late night read. Everything great about horror novels is in this book.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

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    One of my favorites from Keene

    I just finished reading this book on a business trip and I lost sleep because I could not put it down! This is a simple & gory good time!

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