It s New Years Eve 1980 and students are at a roller disco overnight to celebrate But as soon as it hits midnight, a killer dressed like Death slaughters most of them Can the remaining few escape the killer This is my favorite of Roubique s books One of the things I like about it is that there is no main character Instead it s an ensemble cast, so we see multiple views of the same evening As it progresses, we re introduced to each one and by the time midnight comes, that s when the insanity starts This is very fast paced and the danger is always present as people are picked off And there s a killer twist to the murderers identity that I didn t see coming A great book for a winter read. After four students from DeAngelo High are killed in a drunk driving accident, an English teacher and a gym teacher team up to organize an all night lock in at Rollerville Roller Disco on New Year s Eve 1980 to prevent losing of their students Sadly, they would ve been safer anywhere other than Rollerville, which is rumoured to have been built over a cemetery With a blizzard piling snow against all the emergency exits and a chain on the front door, there is nowhere to run once the slaughter begins.I m a huge fan of 80s slashers and I m always looking for books that have a similar plot and style to the movies that I love Disco Deathtrap perfectly captures that 80s slasher feeling and reads like a VHS horror flick you rented from Blockbuster I enjoyed every minute of it and can t remember the last time I had this much fun reading I had been in a bit of a reading slump before I started Disco Deathtrap and I m so happy that it brought me out of it Other slasher novels I ve read have had one dimensional, stereotypical characters, but Cameron Roubique spends a lot of time introducing and fleshing out the large cast of characters before the action starts so I really cared about them when bad things started to happen Another pet peeve of mine is when novels have a lot of characters and they re too similar and it s hard to tell them apart, but each character in Disco Deathtrap has enough unique characteristics to easily differentiate them from each other.Obviously, since I m a slasher fan I m also a huge fan of gore and Disco Deathtrap has TONS of blood and guts There s also a real 80s feel with lots of references to songs playing at the roller rink, fashion, etc.If you re a fan of 80s slashers, definitely check this one out I can t wait to read his other books, Kill River and the sequel, Kill River 2 Hopefully Cameron Roubique will be writing Year of Blood books like he mentions in the Afterword of Disco Deathtrap. It S New Year S Eve , And The Students Of DeAngelo High School Are Lacing Up Their Skates For The All Night New Year S Eve Lock In At The Rollerville Roller Disco Some Of Them Just Want To Skate And Dance The Night Away To The Pounding Disco Music Some Want To Pull A Few Pranks And Have A Few Laughs For Others, Like Dan Parsons, Tonight Is A Chance To Move On And Forget About His Ex Girlfriend, Maybe Even Flirt With Denise, That Cute Girl Behind The Snack Counter It Seems Like Nothing Can Go Wrong But There S A Massive Blizzard Raging Outside, Thick Snow And Ice Are Piling Up Against All The Doors There Are Those Rumors That Rollerville Was Built Over Part Of The Old Graveyard Next Door, And Someone Out There Is Watching Also, A Strange Homeless Man In The Parking Lot Says That Tonight Will Be The Start Of The So Called Year Of Blood A Night Of Skating And Fun Is About To Turn Into A Night Of Violence And Bloody Mayhem Slasher Fans Rejoice, Old School Horror Is Back Release Date September 26, 2018 Genre Slasher Horror Actual Rating 4 starsAnother nostalgic 80 s horror slasher novel from Cameron Roubique I first started reading his books because I was in the mood for horror and the cover for Kill River caught my eye Then I read it, fell in love with the way he transported me back to the 80 s where horror was it it s prime, and have been anxious for since Disco Deathtrap is NOT Kill River If you choose to read this in hopes that it will be a replica of that book you will be disappointed Sure, his writing is the same I feel like he writes like a mature version of R.L Stine , and the characters and their actions are similar to those in the former books, but the story is MUCH different This book is much gory The killer is revealed in a shocking twist whereas readers didn t really know who the killer was in Kill River , and favorite character we were rooting on may or may not be story survivors A couple of the kills in this book had me saying Aw Man Try not to be too disappointed if you feel this way too That being said, I m personally glad it s not an exact replica of Kill River because honestly, it would get old after a while We as readers want to see different things from authors and Cameron SLAYS both series Disco Deathtrap is truly everything an 80 s horror fan is looking for in a novel I truly hope Cameron continues to write these books because he has made a fan out of me If you are a genuine horror fan, one that enjoys slasher novels with lots of blood and gore, you won t want to miss this one Cameron is a unique and talented author that is easily becoming one of my favorites in the genre. 3.75 Fun, twisted little tale Well written, keeps you interested A tad predictable easy to do though when most everyone is dead ha A little twisted too, but in a good way One thing though, to all the morons who didnt, TAKE OFF YOUR SKATES If someone is chasing me around a roller rink, trying to kill me, dressed as death, I think I would have taken them off ASAP A little unrealistic too, one person mowing down that many people, and in the end they are a tiny little thing Then again, rage is a great motivator. I so enjoyed reading Disco Deathtrap Brought me back to my teenage years, for sure I spent alot of time at the roller rink in my hometown in the 80 s no less yes, I m that old Everyone who was anyone was there and if they had such an event as a night over on New Year s Eve during that time that I so would ve been there for it Really made the whole story and characters come to life for me knowing that The great descriptive writing style had me on the edge wanting to know what was going to happen next My son is also reading Disco Deathtrap and I m positive he ll say, give me Kill River to read next Another great novel by Mr Roubique for which I m patiently waiting for the sequel to come outsometime hopefully soon. I enjoyed this blast from the past in the roller skating aspect not the murder aspect It made me recall childhood roller skating parties when I was a kid which was sooo cool I loved the cover too 8 definitely want to read another book from this author. I was not looking forward to writing this.So, this is definitely not an easy review to write Cameron Roubique s first book, Kill River, is without a doubt my favorite horror novel ever I ve read a lot of horror novels, most have been terrible, others have been good, but when I read Kill River, everything in it just clicked Characters that felt like real, normal people you have no idea the books I ve read where the characters talk and behave so unrealistically , dynamic chase scenes and struggles with the killer, said killer was mysterious and menacing and ominous, a unique setting, and two of the most likable characters Cyndi and Stacy that I ve seen in any horror novel Cameron took the classic slasher story and made it his own while staying true to it in a very humble way that thoroughly thrilled and entertained me, and it worked so smoothly in my eyes that I treasure that book and started to look forward to from this talented author As soon as Cameron s second book came out, I had to have it A good cover art, not as good as Kill River s, but a much better title, it s just so catchy and good The story started out good and continued as such, as I expected it would, setting up the characters, the location, the ambiance Sure, there were drawbacks the two main characters, Dan, who I saw as obnoxious and whiny, and Denise, who was just bland and boring and creepy in being an adult trying to hook up with a kid , especially when compared to Kill River s Cyndi and Stacy, and also the overuse of the animosity between Dan and his ex girlfriend Mary Anne it was the most recurring plotline for the first half of the book , which only added to the annoying traits of them both But there were many other characters who were interesting with their own interactions and personalities, and kept me invested, and this book also has a lot of character variety in terms of personalities, ethnicities and even body types how many times do you see, say, chubby people in horror stories This book had one and they were one of the most likable characters , and being a minority myself, I always appreciate that sort of variety in general, but especially in horror The story reached a high note during a certain chapter, in which had to be the best end of a chapter Cameron had written at that point, it flowed like a charm I was thrilled, I knew I was in for a great slasher experience now, similar to the 1980 slasher movie Prom Night, only better And then the next chapter came in and I was crestfallen I was completely taken by surprise in the worst possible way To me the story had reached a high point and then immediately afterwards and very abruptly it took a very steep nosedive and it was so jarring I won t spoil exactly what happened at least not in this review , but the events that transpired after that brilliant chapter end set up a very dour and sour tone for me, the thrill and the excitement was all gone, and they stayed gone till the book ended, it just never recovered, and it made it a chore to continue reading It did not help that the action and chase scenes lacked the dynamic thrill that Kill River s ones had, I guess partially because the location of the killings, the roller disco, was a surprisingly small building and, bizarrely, it had no windows at all , so it limited the action Also, the deaths were not thrilling or engaging or shocking, because 99% of them were basically the exact same thing, there was a distinct lack variety in that regard with the exception of one single death, every other one is basically the exact same But the biggest negative I have with this book is the killer, who s a gigantic step backwards from Kill River s hulking, mysterious menace Not only is it extremely easy to figure out who the killer is from early on, this killer was also very well, this killer was utterly infuriating in every imaginable way Nothing about this killer makes any sense whatsoever, so let me point out the things that were downright bizarre to me, because remember, this killer is supposed to be a normal person, but then nothing they do is humanly possible They have the strength of Bane from Batman s rogues gallery they can see perfectly in the dark they always wore roller skates and had perfect traction, while other characters were slipping and sliding on wet and or uneven surfaces to be made easy prey for the killer, the killer just rolled so smoothly that you d think they were floating this killer can also even keep up with a motor vehicle on two feet of snow during a blizzard While wearing roller skates Yeah, you try pondering how that can possibly work And when the killer s identity is finally revealed, the killer s behavior really goes quite over the top in the cheesiest way, and their motivation behind the murders had me groaning out loud in frustration and making me think I was watching an inexplicably superpowered version of the villain of a cheap Lifetime Channel movie I just simply could not take this killer seriously at all I expected a slasher villain, not a psychotic, vapid mix of a tornado and a food processor given superpowers when the plot demands it And to add insult to injury, sharp eyed readers will notice something that happens in the book which creates a very significant plot hole namely put, unless the killer also developed intangibility like the character Kitty Pryde from the X Men, on top of their already numerous inexplicable superpowers, then they should never have been able to commit a single murder in the first place Plainly put, the killer ended up ruining the whole book.Most of my reviews here in Goodreads have been very negative, just one star What s consistent in them, at least in ones where I read than one book from the same author, those authors wrote bad books from the very start and continued to do so Cameron didn t As I pointed out at the start of this review, Kill River is my personal favorite horror book, and I have been a horror fan since the very young age of three I am currently in my mid thirties As such, this book was a huge disappointment, starting off quite well and then suddenly turning into the complete opposite of everything I liked with Kill River I originally didn t give this book a rating, but I felt I may as well just go ahead and put this in the big pile of one star books as well Everything good about it is rendered obsolete by the second half of the book, with a bizarre over the top execution, several happenings that make no sense, and one of the single worst killers I ve ever seen in this genre, I had to force myself to finish this book, and after the excellent Kill River, this book was than a letdown It doesn t even feel like a slasher book, it s over the top gorn porn than anything My apologies to the author for my harsh words, but I ve never been one to sugarcoat things, plus I promised to give my honest opinion I just simply prefer when he goes the humble and makes sense route than the over the top and inexplicable route, and this book was definitely oriented towards the latter, unfortunate for readers like me, but at least some people did get enjoyment out of it and support the author, and that s what matters. Am I able to review what it was like to write a book Is that a thing Why not Disco Deathtrap was kind of a hard book for me to get into at first, but I m so glad I did it now I was hung up on Kill River for a long time, and transitioning to this book wasn t easy Now I have the opposite problem transitioning away from the Year of Blood 1981 and getting back to the Kill River sequel.The snowy blizzard winter setting was tough for me because I m a summer guy, I can t stand the cold and snow But writing this book kind of gave me a reason to look forward to snowstorms I would go out in the middle of the night and plow parking lots for my job, and I d be jamming my disco music and creeping myself out thinking about the story That was a lot of fun.I wrote the entire rough draft on a typewriter which helped me concentrate and not go wandering off on the Internet This also forced me to do a lot of meticulous outlining so I wouldn t be wasting paper and ribbons I really enjoyed making the structure of the story, I emulated early Stephen King books like Salem s Lot by having three parts, chapters, and numbered sub chapters.I listened to a ton of ABBA while writing and brainstorming, also ELO, Michael Jackson s Off the Wall album, and the disco soundtrack from the slasher movie Prom Night I seriously considered including the song Love Me Till I Die in this book, but in the end I decided that song belongs to Prom Night.I based a lot of the story on my own experiences on high school, particularly a lot of my ex girlfriend drama in senior year, and hanging out with my friends at Prom Two guys in the book get all excited and crack up laughing when Whip It by Devo plays becuase they quote the song at school constantly This actually happened with me and my friend Ory when the song Tipsy by J Kwon came on at our prom.Without getting into spoiler territory, i wrote one crazy chapter readers know which one I m talking about in one day, and it kinda made me sick I had to watch old school Nickelodeon after writing it to get my head straight again.I imagined my local roller rink Skate City as Rollerville, and I haven t been back there since I wrote it One of these days I ll go back and play the soundtrack in my headphones while I m skating.I hope you guys enjoyed my writers review If you have any questions or are curious about anything in the book don t hesitate to reach out to me Thanks 4.0 Stars Old School Horror at its Best Video Review group of teenagers locked all night inside a roller skating rink, built over occupied graves what could possibly go wrong As you may be able to guess from the synopsis, this author is a huge fan of 1980s slasher movies Filled with plenty of gore and teenage carnage, Disco Deathtrap reads like the book version of one of those classic horror films While this is a newer publication, this novel takes full advantage of readers nostalgia for old school horror Set at the end of the disco era, the story incorporates so many fun elements of that time period The soundtrack in this novel was perfect, with references to the Bee Gees classic hit, Stayin Alive , and other popular disco songs.The novel follows a lot of different teenagers, which meant there were a lot of people and names to remember While this was a bit overwhelming at first, having a large number of characters in a horror story tends to result in a high body count.Despite the ages of the characters, this is definitely an adult horror novel As one should expect from a slasher, this one was incredibly gruesome and bloody Seriously there was SO much blood The book contained some very disgusting stomach churning scenes, which, of course, I thoroughly enjoyed Written for pure entertainment, this is the kind of horror story that doesn t take itself too seriously Some of the scenes were a bit ridiculous and over the top in the best possible way Fast paced, intense and action packed, I flew through this story in just a few sittings because I simply could not put it down I would highly recommend this novel to any horror buffs, particularly anyone who shares the author s love of classic slasher movies I received a copy of this book from the author.
- 290 pages
- Disco Deathtrap
- Cameron Roubique
- 10 March 2018 Cameron Roubique