Spotlight on “Horror Movie” by Paul Tremblay

by LitStack Editor

Horror Movie by Paul Tremblay is a chilling twist on the “cursed film” genre.

Horror Movie and author Paul Tremblay

About Horror Movie

From Paul Tremblay, the bestselling author of The Pallbearers Club and The Cabin at the End of the World, his newest novel, Horror Movie.

In June 1993, a group of young guerilla filmmakers spent four weeks making Horror Movie, a notorious, disturbing, art-house horror flick.

The weird part? Only three of the film’s scenes were ever released to the public, but Horror Movie has nevertheless grown a rabid fanbase. Three decades later, Hollywood is pushing for a big budget reboot.

The man who played “The Thin Kid” is the only surviving cast member. He remembers all too well the secrets buried within the original screenplay, the bizarre events of the filming, and the dangerous crossed lines on set that resulted in tragedy. As memories flood back in, the boundaries between reality and film, past and present start to blur. But he’s going to help remake the film, even if it means navigating a world of cynical producers, egomaniacal directors, and surreal fan conventions—demons of the past be damned.

But at what cost? 

Horror Movie is an obsessive, psychologically chilling, and suspenseful feat of storytelling genius that builds inexorably to an unforgettable, mind-bending conclusion.

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Publisher: HarperCollins William Morrow
Publication Date: June 11, 2024
ISBN: 9780063070011

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Praise for Horror Movie

“Paul Tremblay’s Horror Movie is a brilliant piece about the masks we know about and the masks we don’t, the ones we’re forced to wear for a lifetime because of our depression and the things we create to make sense of terrible things. He captures the fugue of being young, of finding a bridge to immortality when you’re invulnerable, of making mistakes you can’t take back. It is intimately heartbreaking and beautifully written, and it’s scary in a way that attaches itself to your shame and self-loathing and just starts eating away. It’s extraordinary.”—Walter Chaw, author of A Walter Hill Film

“Paul Tremblay is one of the most terrifying horror writers of his generation and his new chiller, Horror Movie, is a reason for excitement.”—Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“In the hands of Paul Tremblay the story of a lost movie becomes a reflection on fear, the monsters we all are, and an investigation of what is a ‘horror novel.’ [Horror Movie is] …bold, fearless, a bit sad, and very, very scary.”—Mariana Enriquez, author of Our Share of Night and Things We Lost in the Fire

In Horror Movie, “Tremblay returns with a terrifying novel about the creation of art and its effect on all it touches. . . A suspenseful story that is marked by its relentless unease and disturbing revelations about the characters, yes, but also about the readers themselves.”Booklist (starred review)

Horror Movie is not only a haunting, unsettling, and utterly absorbing novel—it is also a twisted manifesto for art and the parts of ourselves we shed in order to create it. It messed with my head and I loved every minute of it.”—Clémence Michallon, internationally bestselling author of The Quiet Tenant

“Spooky, heavily atmospheric, and loaded with dread, Horror Movie digs deep into the feeling horror gives us to examine how art imitates life and the disturbing result when life imitates art. Tremblay’s best work yet.”—Craig DiLouie, author of How to Make a Horror Movie and Survive

“Macabrely funny and incredibly smart, Horror Movie cements Tremblay’s place as a master of horror. It encapsulates the unease of right now—a runaway culture of self-reference with bloody hands. It’s everything a horror novel ought to be: lean, mean, and genuinely scary.”—Sarah Langan, author of Good Neighbors and A Better World

“A profound, heart-wrenching, terrifyingly honest novel that’s also a cinematic page-turner. Horror Movie zooms in on creation and consumption, integrity and ego, admiration and obsession, and how the desperate search for connection through art can be beautiful, or disastrous. This book is a gift and a curse.”— Rachel Harrison, nationally bestselling author of Black Sheep

“Balancing a terrifying cursed film with examinations of artistic creation, fandom, and truth, Tremblay’s latest is smart and well-paced and will have broad appeal.”Library Journal (starred review)

“Uncertainty is Tremblay’s stock-in-trade. Over the last decade, he has grown from hot new thing to horror icon without compromising on his uniquely inexplicable nightmares.”—Esquire

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About Paul Tremblay, Author of Horror Movie

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Paul Tremblay has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and is the bestselling author of The Beast You Are, The Pallbearers Club, Survivor Song, Growing Things and Other Stories, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, A Head Full of Ghosts, and the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. His novel The Cabin at the End of the World was adapted into the Universal Pictures film Knock at the Cabin. He lives outside Boston with his family.

You can find and follow Paul Tremblay on his website, and on Instagram, Facebook, and X.

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