Blood Farm, Sam Siciliano, 1988
My favorite quote: Just that it calls itself “an Iowa Gothic” on the cover. What is an Iowa Gothic? Do we need Iowa Gothics?
Notable characters: Mike Michaels, the Viet Nam vet; Angela Rosalba, the hitchhiker, Dr. Blut, the creepy owner of Blut Farm; Ursula, his beautiful daughter
Most memorable scene: I seem to remember some dude being eaten by pigs …
Greatest strengths: The atmosphere. I felt the winter cold in my bones
Standout achievements: Blood Farm is extremely visceral. It spares the reader no tawdry detail and for that, I must admit, I like it
Fun Facts: This book is now of print and considered rare
Other media: N/A
What it taught me: The power of great imagery
How it inspired me: This was one of a few horror novels I read twenty-some years ago when I decided that writing books was how I wanted to spend the rest of my life … so, as cheesy as this book is, in a way, it altered my course. Just goes to show that you never know what might change your life.
Additional thoughts: This isn’t a great book. It head-hops, over-describes, repeats itself, and the plot is about as thin as lukewarm chicken broth. Even so, I liked it. A lot. It’s special to me, but I just can’t, in good conscience, give it a great rating.
My rating: 3.5 of 5
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