Everybody Scream!

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Jeffrey Thomas first seduced readers to the world of Punktown through a short story collection of the same name, bending time and technology to create a futuristic world which felt more real than our own. Everybody Scream! continues the seduction with characters every bit as vibrant only this time each person's story collides with the others in a dizzying thrill-ride of a novel.

It's the final day of the season for the annual Punktown Fair and excitement is high. For the couple ...

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Overview

Jeffrey Thomas first seduced readers to the world of Punktown through a short story collection of the same name, bending time and technology to create a futuristic world which felt more real than our own. Everybody Scream! continues the seduction with characters every bit as vibrant only this time each person's story collides with the others in a dizzying thrill-ride of a novel.

It's the final day of the season for the annual Punktown Fair and excitement is high. For the couple in charge, Del and Sophi Kahn, it's a bittersweet day of transition. Little do they realize the trials they will face and how severely this one day will test their relationship. In fact, closing day seems to be a catalyst for many Punktown residents; drawing them in, stirring them up and letting them loose on each other.

This roller coaster tale builds to a peak of expectation then plummets, twisting and turning, a breathtaking juggernaut to the final pages with plenty of screams and giggles along the way.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in Thomas's non-Earth city of Paxton (aka Punktown), a futuristic dystopia introduced in the story collection Punktown (2000) that's equal parts H.P. Lovecraft's Arkham and Blade Runner's dark metropolis, the author's second noir horror novel (after 2003's Monstrocity) starts slowly, but the patient reader will be more than amply rewarded. On the last night of Punktown's annual carnival, the paths of several bizarre characters converge, including a former prostitute turned chanteuse who fears her lover is sexually obsessed with her conjoined twin, and a being who runs a cafe and claims to be one of the Roswell aliens. The results are alternately hilarious and terrifying. A black claw of an enormous monster is emerging from another dimension with such glacial slowness that it has already been tagged with gang graffiti. The anarchic yet organized violence resonates with that of our own society. For instance, because there are more bodies in the carnival's morgue than usual, the security chief worries about how to persuade the city's numerous gangs to check their firepower at the front gate. As in his earlier works, Thomas uses techniques and ideas pioneered by Lovecraft to make caustic social observations about humanity, in particular our exploitation of other species. (Nov.) FYI: A paperback edition is scheduled for release in January. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974503196
  • Publisher: Raw Dog Screaming Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2004
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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