Book Reviews

Zero Lives Remaining by Adam Cesare

by Adam Cesare
Published by Shock Totem on 1-24-16
Genres: Creature Feature, Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction
Pages: 104
Format: eARC
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He's a ghost in the machine, keeping a watchful eye on the arcade where he lost his life two decades before. And the afterlife is good. The best thing ever to have happened to him. But when the conscious electric current formerly known as Robby Asaro makes a decision to protect one of his favorite patrons, Tiffany Park, from a bully, he sets loose a series of violent supernatural events that can't be stopped.

Trapped inside the arcade as the kill count rises, Tiffany and a group of gamers must band together to escape from what used to be their favorite place on Earth...and the ghost of Robby Asaro.

From the author of Tribesmen, Video Night, and The Summer Job, Zero Lives Remaining is a masterful mix of horror and suspense, dread and wonder, a timeless ghost story that solidifies Adam Cesare's reputation as one of the best up-and-coming storytellers around. This is Adam Cesare firing on all cylinders--and he's just getting started.

Every once in a while I love to immerse myself in the literary equivalent of B-movie cheese. Something like say, The Rats by James Herbert or The Night of the Crabs by Guy N. Smith. This book definitely qualifies!

What started out as a nostalgic trip to the video game arcade of my youth turned into something else completely-a creature feature in the highest order of fun! We have a group of kids, mostly good, one bad. We’ve got a couple of nerdy adults, (still hanging out at the arcade), and a sweetheart of an employee-the stroke ridden Boden. (A shout out to John Boden of Shock Totem, I assume.) Then Cesare locks them all up in the arcade, (and that arcade gate coming down-whew that was something else!), sprinkles in some weird electrical and biological mojo, shakes it all up and voila! Pure, unadulterated F U N.

If you’re in that mood, and you KNOW that mood I’m talking about, where this novella sounds like just what you need right now? You need to snap this one up and spend a little time in the arcade. But beware, even Ms. Pacman can’t protect you in here-you have Zero Lives Remaining!

Highly recommended for fans of creature features and B movie cheese!

*I was provided an e-ARC of this novella in exchange for an honest review. This is it*

About Adam Cesare

Adam Cesare is a New Yorker who lives in Philadelphia.

His books include Mercy House, Video Night, The Summer Job, and Tribesmen. His work has been praised by Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Publishers Weekly, Bloody Disgusting, and more. His titles have appeared on “Year’s Best” lists from outlets like Complex and FearNet. He writes a monthly column for Cemetery Dance Online.

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