Title: Splattered Beauty
Author: Brandon Ford
Publisher: Artic Wolf
Rating: 4 Lyres
Reviewer: Ash Arceneaux
Alyssa Peyton was once the most in-demand scream queen in B-movie Hollywood. Married to a successful director, she had her choice of prime roles. Until a younger, prettier actress came along and stole her husband, her roles, and her life. When Alyssa meets Taryn, a devoted teenage fan, things go from bad to worse.
I’ve sort of halfway followed Mr. Ford’s work via Myspace for a while now. He’s one of those new young (and sorta cute) authors that are redefining small press horror. I was more than happy to get a chance to review this book.
I don’t have many bad things to say about it. Mr. Ford’s style is clean and crisp, to the point. The gore isn’t overdone and is in the right places. While I wouldn’t call it ultragory or anything, there’s enough guts and splatter to satisfy any horror fan! Splattered Beauty is fast-paced, well-written, and a delightfully shocking read!
As for the characters. This is probably the only negative thing I have to say about the book. I thought Alyssa could have had a better descent into madness. She sort of flipped a little too quickly. I wanted to see her suffer her mental illness a little more, and then her short, brutal career as a serial killer would have been more fulfilling. Wow, I sound like a freak for saying something like that…
Nah, just a horror author myself…
Anyway, back to the review. I didn’t like Taryn at first. She made me think of those wierd girls we all went to high school with who wore their questionable sexual orientation on their sleeves, enjoyed the ostracizing they got for being creepy and leering in the locker rooms and not quite washing themselves well enough. After Tarnyn became a fixture in the story, she quickly became the strongest character in the story.
Overall, Splattered Beauty is a book that definitely is worth the read.