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FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE SUPERVILLAINY SAGA 

What if all the villains of slasher movies were real? What if the movies made about them were just adaptations of real-life killers with supernatural powers? This is a fact known to William and Carrie because their father, Billy the Undying, was one of the worst slashers of all time. So much so that they've spent the past decade in an asylum out of fear they'd end up just like him. Escaping, the two have decided to form a new life on the road. Except, a chance encounter in a dingy diner introduces William to the girl of his dreams. 

Too bad she's a girl on a mission to kill all slashers. But maybe the best way to catch a supernatural serial killer is with another pair of them. 

Enjoy this exciting prequel to the United States of Monsters books!

©2020 Charles Phipps (P)2020 David N. Wilson

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A genuinely fantastic new book

This book was such a well written and interesting new book, I really hope we'll see (and hear) more. Set in a world where the slashers from the movies are real, William and his sister Carrie are moving from town to town, trying to avoid both the authorities and their heritage. They are descendents of a famous slasher, and they (or, mostly William) worry about going crazy. It was one of those books that really sucks you in. It's also set in Phipps' United States of Monsters universe (Weredeer, Fangton, Esoterrorism, etc), but if you haven't read any of those, this works well as a standalone. Honestly, this is possibly my favourite book of the year, so definitely give this a try, you won't be disappointed.

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  • The Bookwyrm Speaks
  • 06-09-2020

A great addition to the Author's shared universe

I make no secret of the fact C.T. Phipps is probably my favorite author writing today, indie or traditionally published. I was given a chance to review an early copy of his latest book, so of course I jumped at the opportunity. I'm definitely glad I did, this being a stand alone that still ties into his United States of Monsters, and adds to the rich tapestry of that collection of series. PLOT SUMMARY In a world where slasher movies are based on real slashers, such as Fred, Mike, the Camp Killer and The Camp Killer's Mother, William and Carrie England know all about it. Their father, Billy Jones Patrick, was one of the original slashers, one who specialized and slumber parties, sororities and even Christmas. Needless to say, they had some lousy Christmases over the years. When their father was finally killed, they were both grabbed by the authorities and put in an insane asylum, since they were thought to have the slasher gene. Turns out they did, although the state didn't really know that. Now in their 20's, William and Carrie have escaped from their years of shock treatments, drug therapy and other warped government experimentation, and are on the run from the law. Unfortunately, they can't escape their father, who, although he's dead, still keeps hanging around as a ghost. Stopped off in a small Kansas town, which it turns out is a nexus for slashers, William, who has never actually killed someone, has a weird feeling when a customer enters the diner they're in, as he can see the evil and murders the man has committed. Feeling an overwhelming need to murder the man, and with a voice in his head, the Spirit of the Hunt, egging him on, William follows him out of the diner to the back parking lot. As he is about to murder the man, the tables are turned on him and William is murdered by the man instead. Just before he dies, though, he sees the man get killed by a woman with a golf club who was locked in the man's trunk. When he regenerates back to life, Carrie comes out and they meet the girl, Nancy. It turns out she is whats known as an Artemis, those rare girls at the end of horror movies that end up killing the slasher. It turns out that like William and Carrie, she has supernatural abilities, such as strength, speed and regeneration. She explains she was at a bachlorette party that was captured by a group of rich people to hunt for sport. Deciding they needed to help her, they retreated to their house, an abandoned drug house, where they make a discovery: there is a staked vampire in the basement that has been drained of blood. This discovery leads to a wild series of events, as the drug makers return, and William and crew end their threat, awakening the vampire at the same time, who agrees to help them take the people hunters down and rescue Nancy's friends. This leads to revelations about the group that has surprise origins with Billy and his contemporaries, and also the mysterious force behind the hunter's group. A force that has a completely unexpected link to William and Carrie's past, that might have world altering consequences if not stopped. Can a couple slashers, a slasher killer and a vampire possibly stop the threat, and do they really want to? CHARACTERS AND WORLD BUILDING As with any book by C. T. Phipps, the characters are what drives the story. William, Carrie and Nancy are just such interesting characters, fighting (or not) against their very genes and forces outside their control trying to mold them into the very stereotypes they were meant to be. William and Carrie were basically trained to be killers, and while Carrie embraces it, William has fought it, even going so far as to get his CPA, as far from being a slasher as you can get. Nancy is in a similar state, as her mother and grandmother were both involved as victims of slashers, and are the source of her Artemis genes. They aren't perfect, and defy their stereotypes, as William and Nancy should be deadly enemies, yet find themselves drawn to each other. There are a lot of fun dynamics within the group. None of them feel like cardboard cutouts, but just people dealing with unusual issues. The villains are an interesting bunch, tying into various other parts of the various US of Monsters books, adding backstory to those as well. We get an idea of their thought processes, and their actions are consistent within their character arcs. All told, an excellent group of characters. The world building for this book is a strength as well. Its a world with a layer of the supernatural just out of sight, where supernatural slashers, vampires, demons, zombies and other assorted supernaturals exist. Tying into the other books, anyone who's read any of those knows just how much more supernatural world there is. This one delves into a more horror oriented corner of that universe, where the things that go bump in the night really are trying to kill you. You can tell the writer has a wealth of knowledge of the slasher genre, and puts it to good use building this corner of his shared universe. FINAL THOUGHTS Shared universes tend to be hit or miss in my opinion, but C. T. Phipps just keeps adding new corners to his universe, adding new layers of goodness. They all interconnect in various ways, but each maintain their own distinctiveness. I consider this to be a worthy addition to his universe, while still being able to stand on its own. I definitely recommend this one as a must read.

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  • BennahPhelps
  • 03-09-2020

Fun time

I had a lot of fun listening to this book. Part horror-comedy, part rom-com. The narrator is awesome and helped the characters come to life

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  • Daniel Parr
  • 28-10-2020

Good read

You would think that a book about a serial Slasher’s kids would be kinda boring. This book takes that premise and turns it upside down and inside out. Good writing, great narration. I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

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  • Sean C. Duggan
  • 22-10-2020

Just as enjoyable in audio form as in text

I'm a big fan of Charles's work, and this is a good example of how good it can be. He takes on the inherent ridiculousness of the Slasher genre and turns out bloody hilarious output. The person doing the reading did justice to the content with the characters being distinctly voiced and easily understandable.

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  • richard henney
  • 20-10-2020

wow

love this book,and can't wait til the next one is out. please keep this series going!!!

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  • A Soles
  • 18-10-2020

So much fun!

This story could have easily fallen flat, but instead, it took the horror/slasher movie tropes and created a well thought out universe with fantastic characters. There's constant humor that hits the mark every time. I want more books in this universe. Definitely a must read/listen!

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  • erobbins33
  • 18-10-2020

Fun and snarky!

If you've read Phipps' Supervilliany series, you'll recognize the snark and inherent likeability of the bad guys. William is a funny, witty take on a Dexter-type character. Carrie is full-on Harley Quinn type character. Nancy is more like a censored Buffy Summers. All in all, a very fun cast of unlikely heroes. Lots of pop culture from slasher films makes it especially fun. Kafer did a great job with the narration, as usual. Well done.

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  • Brian
  • 10-10-2020

Different Yet Familiar

Leave it to CT Phipps to write a book that feels so familiar yet so different. The characters felt unique but I also felt like I knew them. Psycho Killers In Love has the same feel as Phipps’ Supervillainy series – especially because the reluctance to admit that he was what “he was born to be” and also the “voice” inside of him telling him what was going on (in Psycho Killers it was a voice in his head, in the other books I’m referring to it was the cape that talked to the character I believe). Psycho Killers In Love, like all Phipps’ novels made me laugh. But it also made me think. There were parts that really showed his talent at writing worlds because this slots into another world (I believe it’s sort of a prequel in a similar world). That world has been described to me before, but I didn’t need it. You need a few things to have a really enjoyable book and Phipps seems to nail it every time. He’s a great world builder but he’s even better at building characters. For example, William shouldn’t be likable – he’s a slasher. But he’s a reluctant slasher who is calling himself The Accountant (A+ for the accounting references and puns, those had me in stitches). Overall, I really enjoyed this one. So much so that I finished it in about 3 sittings. I couldn’t get enough. And of course, that wasn’t hurt at all by the awesome narration by Jeffrey Kafer.

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  • Clint M Niec
  • 30-09-2020

Great premise. Witty, snarky banter.

As I’ve come to expect from CT Phipps, this was a fun story about a protagonist who is not a good guy, but who does bad things for good reasons. While this was set in the United States of Monsters universe, it didn’t cross over into the Weredeer or Fangton stories directly, at least as far as I could tell. I enjoyed the dialog and the basic plot. I will admit that this one lacked a bit of polish which a big publishing house may have address in editing. While I enjoy Jeffry Kafer performances, this production seemed a bit flat and felt like the audio track from an old film noir reel. Having said that, I still found the story and performance enjoyable. I particularly like the action scenes and the interplay between characters. If this were to morph into a trilogy or series, I would hope for a bit more depth of character development and maybe some additional foreshadowing of the future New Detroit and Bright Falls situations.

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  • Dee Jay
  • 26-09-2020

Phipps best series yet

Definitely combines the genre bending of his supervillainy series but implements it fantastically into the U.S of Monsters universe. Can't wait for the sequel and to enjoy this great man's next read.

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  • Jeff
  • 22-10-2020

C T Phipps does it again this time in blood

I LOVED IT I LOVED IT PSYCHO, S MONSTERS AND LOVE I PRAISE YOU CT PHIPPS

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  • J Smith
  • 07-10-2020

“I’m allergic to flaming death demons and armies of goblins”

Brilliant! Fast paced action, snark and a great story. Had me smiling from start to finish! Great narration too; perfectly suited to this style of writing. Really hope there’s more to come! This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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