SCREAM ALL NIGHT
Written by Derek Milman
Published by Balzer + Bray, July 24, 2018
My star rating – 4 stars
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? Find it on Goodreads
I swear to god, I turned the last page, closed the book, and said to myself, “What did I just read?!” LOL! But I mean that in a good way though! This was a unique and interesting read that took the plot and the characters in many different (and unexpected) directions. Let me awkwardly attempt to explain…
The first thing that intrigued me about this book was that it was about a young boy, who had himself removed legally from his parents, and then suddenly has to return to the castle that brings up so many painful memories of his past. It was the fact that they lived in an actual castle, where they wrote, filmed, and produced horror movies that hooked me though! The movies made there were described as being B side cult classic films, that had signature elements such as gore, long screams, birds, and so much more. They’re totally the types of movies I love! This was sooooo much fun! Learning about past movies made, getting to see the sets, getting to meet the actors, and learn about live in the castle in general was everything I expected. It was 100% over the top all of the time!! Their costumes, persona’s, parties – it was almost like it was giving me flashbacks to Rocky Horror Picture Show where everyone was always dressed up and seemed like they were a part of this big show. It was so interesting! Then there were these little quiet side relationships that built this weird and tangled family. But still, I wish these movies were real because I’m dying to watch all of them!!!
There was very little world building as almost the entire story takes place in the castle. But it was so well described that I feel like I could draw a map and some pictures and it would look exactly like it’s supposed to. It was part living quarters and part ever changing movie set – and I loved it! The atmosphere that was created throughout this book was just fantastic! It felt like it was a movie set, an old cheesy horror movie, a halloween party, and a 9pm drama on cable all rolled into one lol!
And this book was way more dark and emotional than I was expecting. And I don’t mean dark in a horror way. There wasn’t really anything scary about this book at all. The darkness comes from a boy who was abused by his family. He gets himself out of the situation, but is later on faced by the memories. It’s not an easy read at times. What happened within the castle walls was awful! But at the same time it was really great to see the different pieces of the puzzle come together, work through it all, find support, and make decisions for themselves for once.
This book was a mix of it all. A strong emotional message mixed together with an interesting horror geek background. It was just a lot of fun to read! I look forward to more from this author 🙂
Until next time, happy reading!