|AUTHOR: Rusty Fischer
PUBLISHER: Decadent Publishing Co.
PUBLICATION DATE: June 22, 2011
SOURCE: ebook sent by author
GENRE: humor; horror
RECOMMENDED FOR: HS, MS
OVERALL RATING: Recommended
SUMMARY: When werewolves, vampires, and zombies overrun their town, four ushers at the local B-movie cinema draw on their extensive knowledge of campy horror films to stop the monster madness.
WHAT I LIKED: I just love Rusty Fischer’s conversational, campy writing style. I’ve read two of Fischer’s books (the other was Zombies Don’t Cry), and both are laugh-out-loud funny. Who wouldn’t love zombies in blue tuxes?
The ending rounds out nicely, and all loose ends tie up neatly. Fans of B-movie monster flicks will find a kindred spirit in Rusty Fischer and will no doubt love Ushers, Inc.
As with ZDC, I am going to applaud (male author) Rusty Fischer’s uncanny knack for writing so brilliantly in a teen girl’s voice. Fischer captures sixteen year-old Abby’s voice believably enough for me to question the reality of Fischer’s author profile. I’m beginning to wonder if Rusty Fischer isn’t an alias for some emo-goth high school girl from Nowhere, USA. You can’t fool me, Rusty Fischer!
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: While it certainly kept me laughing, I was not as engaged in Ushers, Inc. as I was when I read Zombies Don’t Cry. I don’t know if Ushers, Inc. was too similar to ZDC, or if I just had higher expectations because I loved ZDC so much. Ushers was good, and zombie readers will definitely want to read it; I just wasn’t as dazzled with this one.
FRONT COVER: Meh. I don’t think the front cover does much to entice readers. Is that Shia LaBeouf?
- Language: mild; a few sprinkled throughout
- Sexuality: mild; some chaste zombie-vampire kissing
- Violence: medium; it’s a zombie/vampire/werewolf book, so of course there will be death and gore. Fischer manages to pull off the gore tastefully (so to speak) and with plenty of B-movie humor.
- Drugs/Alcohol: none
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We don’t have it, but I will get it if/when it comes out in print. Right now, it looks like it is only available in e-book format, which my MS library does not yet support.