A darkly hilarious contemporary realistic young adult novel about growing up and finding your place in the world, perfect for fans of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Running with Scissors.
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DARIO HEYWARD KNOWS ONE THING: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.
But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.
With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
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Scream All Night by Derek Milman tells the story of emancipated seventeen-year-old Dario, who goes back home for his elderly father’s live funeral. Within the first chapter, Dario gets an odd call from his brother Oren, receives an invitation from an old friend Hayley, attends a party/live funeral for his father, talks to his father then watches an accidental explosion, taking his father with it- all with a sad, dry, dysfunctional humor! Characters are introduced and the will is read, leaving Dario in charge of his father’s movie studio. Moldavia Studios encompasses the mansion and the property surrounding it and that’s where the movie making has taken place. The story gets stuck on how badly the studios have been losing money and Oren’s failures and psychedelic tendencies, which slow down the book tremendously and there’s really no horror involved, even though the synopsis stated otherwise. 3 stars for the imaginative setting!
I can't remember the last book that made me laugh this hard, but under the wild zombie makeup this story has a beating, compassionate heart. I will be foisting this with great glee upon all my Rocky Horror-loving weirdo friends who played screaming heads and chainsaw killers at the local Haunted Barn - but I think anyone will recognize Dario's struggle to face his monsters and claim his place.
Sometimes as a writer, I'll read a book that I believe to be perfect in every way and, even though I love it, I also kind of hate it because I'm incredibly jealous of the author's skill to write something so flawless. Scream All Night by Derek Milman is one of those books. The story follows 17-year-old Dario (yes, named after the Italian Giallo-film director) who grew up in Moldavia Studios, a literal spooky castle owned by his film-director father. Moldavia filmed and produced many, many cult horror films that remind me very much of what Hammer Studios made in the '60s and '70s. Growing up in a place like this sounds like a dream-come-true for me, but for Dario it wasn't everything that met the eye. His childhood was incredibly painful, so much so that he fled at age 14 to live in a group home. Now, Dario is being lured back to Moldavia, and he must face the past he's been running from for so long. Scream All Night has everything I love: creepy castles, nods to classic horror films, film-making, dark humor, laugh till you cry dialogue, wacky characters, plenty of heart, and raw emotion that shows how deeply the author connected to his story while writing. I teared up multiple times, sometimes out of sadness, other times out of laughter. But the novel, overall, has a bittersweet quality that reminds me very much of books by Rainbow Rowell. Simply put, it is a beautiful story about selflessness, growing up, facing your past, and moving forward. God, I loved this book. I really, truly did with every ounce of my being. I give Scream All Night by Derek Milman 500 out of 5 gothic castles and my Cameron seal of approval! NOTE: I don't usually give trigger warnings in my reviews because, as you probably know, I read mostly dark stories as it is. However, since I'm talking about how funny this book is, I should mention it isn't always funny. There are some very dark, very serious themes of child abuse and mental illness here. The scenes, however brief, are a bit anxiety-inducing (as they should be). While I feel it is important for books to include themes like these and that they shouldn't be ignored, I also want to warn anyone who is sensitive to these subjects. The book is a hysterical romp, but do expect emotional depth here as well.
“One day you’ll look back on your time here, and all of us, and you won’t feel the pain you do now. When that moment comes, you’ll know you’ve made it through all the darkness God drew for you and come out into the light.” Thank you to Edelweiss and the Publisher and Mind Much Media for a free e-arc Dario is an emancipated teenager who is in his senior year of high school and has his whole life ahead of him. Or at least it seems to be that way until he gets a call that his dad is dying and they are having a funeral for him that he should be at. From that point on things start to go crazy again in Dario's life, that he thought he had left behind forever. Drawn back into the movie world that his dad had created, he is also faced with a whole new set of responsibilities and a hard choice to make on if he stays or goes and the consequences each choice will have. Overall I surprisingly really loved this book. Cult classic movies aren't really my type of thing, but Milman did an amazing job of just making that be something that wasn't constantly the whole focus of the book while it also being what connected the characters together. Instead, this book focuses far more, about overcoming where you came from and figuring out what you want out of life. Dario and all the other background characters around him I loved. They were all so unique and different from one another, while almost all of them just wanted the best for Dario and would have completely understood why he did certain things no matter what his choice would have been. In fact, most of the cast and crew that were still around, were there during his childhood so they knew how difficult this all was for him, and they still wanted to protect him as much as possible while also being worried about there own futures. Milman did an amazing job of not only making you feel like you were living through certain things with Dario. The memories and flashbacks that he had were so vivid and real and truly made you feel like you had been there with Dario during them. I'm going to stop talking now because I don't want to give anything away, but just now that I can't wait for everyone to be able to read this one and while it is a little scary and creepy at times, it is also deliciously ridiculous at others. “My dad was notorious for overworking actors. He’d film screams until voices were completely shot. He felt there was a real terror that would creep into a scream after a certain point. He was always after that moment, that elusive truth… “Scream all night!” my dad would say, gleefully. It became a catchphrase. He started saying it whenever he was about to film a new scene. I'm really excited to read Milman's next book that comes out in 2019!