The place had a gruesome past that nobody wanted to talk about…
Camp Deathe is now a great place to spend the summer. Ritchie soon finds a group of outsiders like himself. Teenagers who ignore the organised activities, and bunk off in the old abandoned cabins deep in the woods. The cabins that have a history.
The campfire monster stories were meant to just scare them. Nobody expected them to come true. Then one of the teenagers disappears in the middle of the night.
Something is watching them. It hides in the woods and hunts at night.
Ritchie will have to uncover the secrets of the camp and understand his own problems in order to survive.
Hi and welcome to my review of Camp Death!
Huge thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite and to Question Mark Press for the eARC.
Camp Death is the first novel in the newly established Question Mark Horror range, a selection of Young Adult Horror books in the tradition of Point Horror and Goosebumps. As a teenager I didn’t have access to Point Horror but having read Camp Death, I’m dying to give them a try now! I did, however, love Goosebumps as a kid so when Zoé dangled this particular carrot in front of me, I just couldn’t resist.
I’ve really been rekindling my love for horror this summer, reading Grady Hendrix, Stephen King and Jack Ketchum, listening to Chuck Wendig and watching Fear Street on Netflix, and a nice little slice of YA horror was just what was missing in my collection. Camp Death was just so much fun. I thought it would be more of a slasher kind of thing, but it’s a really subtle and modest sort of creature horror, well suited for younger teenagers, but definitely enjoyable for the more mature reader as well.
Have cabins and camps always been this creepy or did horror flicks and novels create that vibe? I wouldn’t know but the creepiness is real and Jim Ody knows how to take advantage of that to create an ominous atmosphere in a typical horror setting, but hey, it’s a trope cos it works and it’s one I can’t get enough of!
Secrets and mystery, the claustrophobic feeling of being watched, creepy sounds in the dark, a bit of innocent teen romance, it’s all there, and there’s some humour to boot. I especially loved it when one of the characters was reading (and praising) another novel by Jim Ody.
Overall, I had a great time with Camp Death. It’s short and sweet, very entertaining throughout and boy, what a wicked ending, I loved it when the venom is in the tail! If you’re looking to add to your YA horror collection, or to the collection of the teenaged bookworm in your life, do check out this fabulous first Question Mark Horror title.
Camp Death is out now in paperback and will be out in digital formats on 30 August.
Check out the other stops on the tour and be sure to come back this Sunday, when I’ll be talking about the second Question Mark Horror title, Ouija.