Blood Farm by Sam Siciliano

Blood Farm, Sam Siciliano, 1988

My favorite quote: It isn’t a quote from the book itself, but I just love that Blood Farm calls itself “an Iowa Gothic” on the cover. I mean, what is an Iowa Gothic? And do we need Iowa Gothics? 

Notable characters: Mike Michaels, the tortured Viet Nam vet; Angela Rosalba, the hitchhiker, Dr. Blut, the creepy owner of Blut Farm; Ursula, his beautiful, nasty daughter

Most memorable scene: Sam Siciliano knows how to write some gory — and thus, memorable — stuff — and there are a lot of scenes in Blood Farm jumping out at me right now — but I’m going to have to go with this one: a dude being eaten by pigs … 

Greatest strengths: Blood Farm has fantastic atmosphere. Not even kidding. While I was reading this, I could feel the winter cold in my bones. I’ve since read several more of Sam Siciliano’s books and they all have the ability to really bring the setting to life 

Standout achievements: Blood Farm is extremely visceral. It spares the reader no tawdry detail and for that, I must admit, I like it. Thank you, Sam Siciliano. It’s almost like you know me. Blood Farm is true balls-to-wall 80s horror at its finest. And it has vampires!  

Fun Facts: Blood Farm is now out of print and considered rare. The last time I looked it up there were a few places charging outrageous prices for it. I hope that changes. If not, well, I’m glad I got my copy when I did. I really love Blood Farm

Other media: There’s no way they could make Blood Farm into a movie without butchering it. They’d have to cut out so much sex and violence that it just wouldn’t be Blood Farm anymore. That said, Sam Siciliano has a few other books out there that would probably make pretty excellent movies   

What it taught me: Sam Siciliano is one of the authors who taught me the power of great imagery — and Blood Farm has it in spades. When it comes to horror, reviewers often say things like, “Blood Farm will make your skin crawl!” Or, “Sam Siciliano will make you sleep with the lights on!” In this case, it’s actually true, though. Your skin will crawl, and you won’t want to be in the dark. It’s just a creepy damned book 

How it inspired me: I read Blood Farm twenty-some years ago when I was longing to be a writer myself, but not sure how to go about it, and it was this book (and a couple of others by Sam Siciliano and a small handful of other writers) that deepened my need to find a way to make it happen. So as cheesy as this book is, and as differently as I may do things from Sam Siciliano, Blood Farm helped set my course. It just goes to show that you never know what might change your life.

Additional thoughts: In a technical sense, Blood Farm isn’t a great book. I realize that. It head-hops, over-describes, repeats itself, and the plot is pretty thin. Even so, this book is special to me — and I’m grateful to Sam Siciliano for writing it

Haunt me:

Read Blood Farm

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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