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{Review} TRIBESMEN by Adam Cesare

Published by Black T-Shirt Books Genres: Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Thriller
Format: Paperback

“Sick and sardonic and just plain brilliant.” -Duane Swierczynski, author of CANARY and EXPIRATION DATE 

“Sometimes everything goes wrong, in the best possible way. Think Snuff and Cannibal Holocaust meeting at a midnight movie. And then give one of them a camera, the other a knife.” – Stephen Graham Jones, author of MONGRELS and THE LAST FINAL GIRL 

Thirty years ago, cynical sleazeball director Tito Bronze took a tiny cast and crew to a desolate island. His goal: to exploit the local tribes, spray some guts around, cash in on the ’80s Italian cannibal cinema craze. 

But the vengeful spirits of the island had other ideas. And before long, guts were squirting behind the scenes, as well. While the camera kept rolling…

TRIBESMEN is Adam Cesare’s blistering tribute to Eurohorror, Ruggero Deodato, and Lucio Fulci: an irreverent glimpse into grindhouse filmmaking, stuffed inside a rocket of non-stop tropical mayhem.

3.5 Stars.

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Horror After Dark Review

TRIBESMEN: A Novella of Supernatural Cannibal Horror, by Adam Cesare, is a tribute to blood-splattering cannibal movies. In this novella, he takes his own cast and sleazy director to an island that is rumored to be home to some small local tribes.

Their mission, of course, is to film a low-budget movie consisting of bloody, gratuitous gore, cannibalism, and actors/actresses that have no real identities–other than becoming an eventual slab of meat.

In short, a fast-paced, FUN, horror novella.

However, when the crew arrives, the island is inexplicably deserted.

“. . . Where is our welcome party of savages? . . . “ 

The majority of the book is spatter punk material, but hidden inside this island is a secret that changes the game, and makes Cesare’s novella stand out on its own merits.

While the characters were largely forgettable in a story of this kind, that really didn’t matter as much to me. What does matter in this type of tale is the action and the spilling of blood–of which there was no shortage. For while the natives may have been absent, the island has plans of its own to help the crew out . . .

I found the novella format to be the perfect size for this sort of book. Cesare adds a kernel of something “more” memorable than mere cannibalism at its center. For myself, this was an entertaining read that was a little above the average novella of its kind.

**I received this book as part of my May NightWorms subscription package.**

About The Author

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. 

He also has a YouTube review show called Project: Black T-Shirt where he discusses horror films and pairs them with reading suggestions.


I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.

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