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"Sick and sardonic and just plain brilliant." -Duane Swierczynski, author of CANARY and EXPIRATION DATE "Sometimes everything goes wrong, in the best possible way. Think Snuff and Cannibal Holocaust meeting at a midnight movie. And then give one of them a camera, the other a knife." - Stephen Graham Jones, author of MONGRELS and THE LAST FINAL GIRL Thirty years ago, cy "Sick and sardonic and just plain brilliant." -Duane Swierczynski, author of CANARY and EXPIRATION DATE "Sometimes everything goes wrong, in the best possible way. Think Snuff and Cannibal Holocaust meeting at a midnight movie. And then give one of them a camera, the other a knife." - Stephen Graham Jones, author of MONGRELS and THE LAST FINAL GIRL Thirty years ago, cynical sleazeball director Tito Bronze took a tiny cast and crew to a desolate island. His goal: to exploit the local tribes, spray some guts around, cash in on the '80s Italian cannibal cinema craze. But the vengeful spirits of the island had other ideas. And before long, guts were squirting behind the scenes, as well. While the camera kept rolling... TRIBESMEN is Adam Cesare's blistering tribute to Eurohorror, Ruggero Deodato, and Lucio Fulci: an irreverent glimpse into grindhouse filmmaking, stuffed inside a rocket of non-stop tropical mayhem.


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"Sick and sardonic and just plain brilliant." -Duane Swierczynski, author of CANARY and EXPIRATION DATE "Sometimes everything goes wrong, in the best possible way. Think Snuff and Cannibal Holocaust meeting at a midnight movie. And then give one of them a camera, the other a knife." - Stephen Graham Jones, author of MONGRELS and THE LAST FINAL GIRL Thirty years ago, cy "Sick and sardonic and just plain brilliant." -Duane Swierczynski, author of CANARY and EXPIRATION DATE "Sometimes everything goes wrong, in the best possible way. Think Snuff and Cannibal Holocaust meeting at a midnight movie. And then give one of them a camera, the other a knife." - Stephen Graham Jones, author of MONGRELS and THE LAST FINAL GIRL Thirty years ago, cynical sleazeball director Tito Bronze took a tiny cast and crew to a desolate island. His goal: to exploit the local tribes, spray some guts around, cash in on the '80s Italian cannibal cinema craze. But the vengeful spirits of the island had other ideas. And before long, guts were squirting behind the scenes, as well. While the camera kept rolling... TRIBESMEN is Adam Cesare's blistering tribute to Eurohorror, Ruggero Deodato, and Lucio Fulci: an irreverent glimpse into grindhouse filmmaking, stuffed inside a rocket of non-stop tropical mayhem.

30 review for Tribesmen: A Novella of Supernatural Cannibal Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mort

    The movie business is so ugly and vile beneath the surface. Is the glamour really worth paying the price? And, even if everything is above board, things can still go horribly wrong. Remember FREDDY GOT FINGERED? No? Then you were one of the lucky ones who didn't have to sit through it. I mean, seriously, people actually thought it was a good idea to put money into that? Speedball much? And, if it wasn't bad enough to shoot the movie, the had to give the lead to Tom Green? WTF??? This is a story about The movie business is so ugly and vile beneath the surface. Is the glamour really worth paying the price? And, even if everything is above board, things can still go horribly wrong. Remember FREDDY GOT FINGERED? No? Then you were one of the lucky ones who didn't have to sit through it. I mean, seriously, people actually thought it was a good idea to put money into that? Speedball much? And, if it wasn't bad enough to shoot the movie, the had to give the lead to Tom Green? WTF??? This is a story about that one time, at band camp, when Allison Hanigan stuck a drum stick...um, no wait, that's last night's dream. Ignore it. TRIBESMEN is a story about a seedy movie shoot that goes horribly wrong. Granted, it's not as bad as having to sleep with David Spade, but still... For a debut, this was a good effort. I just expected it to be more extreme, instead of the straight forward horror, but a very readable choice if you enjoy the genre.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    This review was originally on Cemetery Dance March 6th, 2019 You know, sometimes Mother Horror feels a little left out of the conversation. I don’t watch very many horror movies, so when some of my horror fiction friends start bringing movies into a bookish discussion, I’m often left standing alone in the corner with not much to say. I certainly never watched any of these “Midnight Movies” people mention every now and then. I’ve seen the VHS covers for films like Cannibal Holocaust but I wouldn’t This review was originally on Cemetery Dance March 6th, 2019 You know, sometimes Mother Horror feels a little left out of the conversation. I don’t watch very many horror movies, so when some of my horror fiction friends start bringing movies into a bookish discussion, I’m often left standing alone in the corner with not much to say. I certainly never watched any of these “Midnight Movies” people mention every now and then. I’ve seen the VHS covers for films like Cannibal Holocaust but I wouldn’t dare watch something like that—too visually visceral and brutal for my delicate tastes. However! I read the premise for Adam Cesare’s Tribesmen and I thought to myself, now that sounds like fun! From what I understand, Tribesmen is an homage to the Italian exploitation films that were popular in the late ’70s-early ’80s. The story follows a small film crew as they travel to a remote island to film a raunchy cannibal movie directed by a notorious legend in the industry named Tito Bronze. I’ve developed a real hankering for horror novellas lately and, at just around 150 pages, I knew this book would be something I had to have for my collection. I also should mention that I read Cesare’s The First One You Expect last year and I absolutely loved it, so I was eager to read more of his work. This book can be read in about the same amount of time it would take to watch one of these grindhouse movies, but why would you watch it, when you can READ it?? So much better, friends. Cesare does a fantastic job setting up the story with a heart-pounding prologue followed by short character vignettes to introduce us to all the major players. In no time at all, the reader is primed and ready to watch this whole drama to go to hell in a handbasket drenched in the blood of naive, beautiful women. So I might have never shared in the experience of watching a gory, cannibalistic fright-fest, but after reading this book, I feel like I’ve had all the thrills and chills right in the safe-zone of my own mind. Cesare paints the picture with words and the reader gets to soak it all in. Seriously so much fun. My only complaint would be that I wanted to see the story from the prologue threaded into the present day situation a little bit more. I don’t want to be spoilery so I’ll just say that some kind of vengeful-spirit-voodoo-brainwashing was going on and I wanted to know more about that. But that’s just a minor knit-pick because, overall, I was thoroughly entertained by this “final girl” horror romp. My first cannibal thrill ride without having to watch something I can’t unsee. Adam Cesare can be my go-to author for any and all cult-classic, movie-house horror fiction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Edward Lorn

    It's not the locals you have to worry about... I'm a long-time fan of Adam Cesare. He has a technical consistency I respect, and a brutal unpredictable style. He takes old tropes and spins them on their head, giving the reader a dizzying experience as the pages fly by. This one's super short at 109 pages (114 if you count the end matter) but its length is perfect. The duration helps capture the sense of cinema that is the book's theme. The overall experience is only enhanced by Cesare's love for It's not the locals you have to worry about... I'm a long-time fan of Adam Cesare. He has a technical consistency I respect, and a brutal unpredictable style. He takes old tropes and spins them on their head, giving the reader a dizzying experience as the pages fly by. This one's super short at 109 pages (114 if you count the end matter) but its length is perfect. The duration helps capture the sense of cinema that is the book's theme. The overall experience is only enhanced by Cesare's love for horror movies and literature. I commend Cesare for creating something new instead of relying on the coattails of those who came before him to carry him along because it would've been easy to make this book a pile of obvious pop-culture references, which it certainly is not. Impressive work, given the subject matter. And, finally, having seen CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, and having read the more literary-minded WE EAT OUR OWN, I will say Cesare's outing is the most entertaining of the three. If you're looking for something quick, smart, and brutal, look no further.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    TRIBESMEN: A Novella of Supernatural Cannibal Horror, by Adam Cesare, is a tribute to blood-splattering cannibal movies. In this novella, he takes his own cast and sleazy director to an island that is rumored to be home to some small local tribes. Their mission, of course, is to film a low-budget movie consisting of bloody, gratuitous gore, cannibalism, and actors/actresses that have no real identities, other than becoming an eventual slab of meat. In short, a fast-paced, FUN, horror novella. When TRIBESMEN: A Novella of Supernatural Cannibal Horror, by Adam Cesare, is a tribute to blood-splattering cannibal movies. In this novella, he takes his own cast and sleazy director to an island that is rumored to be home to some small local tribes. Their mission, of course, is to film a low-budget movie consisting of bloody, gratuitous gore, cannibalism, and actors/actresses that have no real identities, other than becoming an eventual slab of meat. In short, a fast-paced, FUN, horror novella. When the crew arrives, however, the island is inexplicably deserted. ". . . Where is our welcome party of savages? . . . " The majority of the book is spatter punk material, but hidden inside this island is a secret that changes the game, and makes Cesare's novella stand out on its own merits. While the characters were largely forgettable in a story of this kind, that really didn't matter as much to me. What does matter in this type of tale is the action and the spilling of blood--of which there was no shortage. For while the natives may have been absent, the island has plans of its own to help the crew out . . . I found the novella format to be the perfect size for this sort of book. Cesare adds a kernel of something "more" memorable than mere cannibalism at its center. For myself, this was an entertaining read that was a little above the average novel of its kind. **I received this book as part of my May NightWorms subscription package.**

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    With TRIBESMEN, Adam Cesare uses a despicable director, Tito, to take his small crew to a Caribbean Island. Once there, Tito plans on making a film to rival other Italian Cannibal films that have been in the market. (view spoiler)[When they arrive, however, they are greeted by an empty village--without the natives they expected to aid in the making of this horror film. What they find instead, is that the cursed island has plans to help them all on its own..... (hide spoiler)] Recommended! With TRIBESMEN, Adam Cesare uses a despicable director, Tito, to take his small crew to a Caribbean Island. Once there, Tito plans on making a film to rival other Italian Cannibal films that have been in the market. (view spoiler)[When they arrive, however, they are greeted by an empty village--without the natives they expected to aid in the making of this horror film. What they find instead, is that the cursed island has plans to help them all on its own..... (hide spoiler)] Recommended!

  6. 5 out of 5

    11811 (Eleven)

    When I was a derelict coming of age pain in the ass kid, when VHS rentals were popping up in every town, I would head straight for the horror corner where every title had a cover resembling this one. Five stars for the cover. This takes the film Cannibal Holocaust in a new direction, from the point of view of those making the film. All sorts of crazy shit happens that you will not find in film but it was done well; it was done right. I can't watch Cannibal Holocaust again (too graphic) but I could When I was a derelict coming of age pain in the ass kid, when VHS rentals were popping up in every town, I would head straight for the horror corner where every title had a cover resembling this one. Five stars for the cover. This takes the film Cannibal Holocaust in a new direction, from the point of view of those making the film. All sorts of crazy shit happens that you will not find in film but it was done well; it was done right. I can't watch Cannibal Holocaust again (too graphic) but I could read this book again. This is a horror original that should not be passed up. Thanks to Mr. Bill for the book! You picked a good one!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kaisersoze

    Cesare's debut novella recently re-released by Deadite Press is an enjoyable homage to the cannibal exploitation flicks of the late 70s/early 80s. Following a small film crew as they make their way to a cursed Caribbean island, Cesare effectively develops his cast of characters in a speedy fashion before putting them in harm's way. Though it ends up being quite a bit different to those cannibal films I referenced earlier, Tribesmen is an effective shocker and a hell of a debut book. I've read Ces Cesare's debut novella recently re-released by Deadite Press is an enjoyable homage to the cannibal exploitation flicks of the late 70s/early 80s. Following a small film crew as they make their way to a cursed Caribbean island, Cesare effectively develops his cast of characters in a speedy fashion before putting them in harm's way. Though it ends up being quite a bit different to those cannibal films I referenced earlier, Tribesmen is an effective shocker and a hell of a debut book. I've read Cesare's latest (which was excellent) and now having read his first, I'm very much looking forward to chasing down everything he's written in between. Originally, I was going to rate this as a 3.5 star read, but since finishing it, certain scenes have stayed with me, bumping it to a straight 4 star effort. 4 Entitled, Slimy Directors for Tribesmen. With thanks to Kate for the book lend!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    A lean and mean debut novella from Adam Cesare. There is no fluff in this one. Starts fast and continues it pace until the very end. Very well done. Highly Recommended for a bloody quick and entertaining read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    John

    Story - 4.0 Stars Narration - 4.0 Stars Ridiculous story, but still a lot of fun! Very campy. Imagine “Cannibal Ferox“ meets “After the Fox“! (I feel so old remembering them...) Recommended for a quick bite! 🦴

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hunter Shea

    Hot damn, this was a great read. Unsettling and gory with doses of black humor. Cesare knows his stuff and is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. If you like exploitation horror flicks, you have to pick this up!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    A very entertaining horror novella. The author managed to take the customary tribal cannibals on a deserted island narrative and exploit all the main tropes whilst poking fun at them at the same time - brilliant!

  12. 5 out of 5

    K. Wood

    One of the greatest rewards that comes from publishing Shock Totem is being able to watch young writers evolve within their craft. Even when I read something less than great from them, there remains something special about it. It’s in the knowing that they’re going to eventually come back with something that will knock my socks off, I think. There’s an it factor, involved—easy to see, but impossible to explain. And Adam Cesare has it. Tribesmen is Adam’s debut novella, and it’s a thing of blo One of the greatest rewards that comes from publishing Shock Totem is being able to watch young writers evolve within their craft. Even when I read something less than great from them, there remains something special about it. It’s in the knowing that they’re going to eventually come back with something that will knock my socks off, I think. There’s an it factor, involved—easy to see, but impossible to explain. And Adam Cesare has it. Tribesmen is Adam’s debut novella, and it’s a thing of bloody-good brilliance. Setting the bar even higher, it was published under John Skipp’s new imprint, Ravenous Shadows, which is quite a place to make a literary home. The book centers around a cast of filmmaking misfits attempting to create a movie that is less an homage to and more of a blatant rip-off of the Italian exploitation horror films from the 80s. In the spirit of Ruggero Deodato’s feel-awful classic from 1980, Cannibal Holocaust , Cesare’s Tribesmen takes place on a small Caribbean island, where the indigenous people become much more than visual props by instead making their directorial debut. This is a character-driven book fueled by fear, greed, lust, violence, and the blood-red lure of cinematic glory. Tribesmen is a smart, visceral, and poignant commentary on the ugly side of humanity. Which, in this case, is a beautiful thing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donald Armfield

    Have been wanting to read this from original publisher. When I seen a small post it "Banned in 28 Countries." IMO for me says read this now. And at that it did not let me down. A camera, a cast of characters (that don't know what they are getting into), & some cannibalism torture. Gives this book a one helluva read. When the camera stats to roll, the Italian man comes walking. Chopping heads off and devouring his victims. But the turn in events were not suppose to go this far. A bloody story you Have been wanting to read this from original publisher. When I seen a small post it "Banned in 28 Countries." IMO for me says read this now. And at that it did not let me down. A camera, a cast of characters (that don't know what they are getting into), & some cannibalism torture. Gives this book a one helluva read. When the camera stats to roll, the Italian man comes walking. Chopping heads off and devouring his victims. But the turn in events were not suppose to go this far. A bloody story you won't forget. Don't Fuck with the NATIVES!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mindi

    I just finished this one, and I read a bunch of my friend's reviews, and wow, people are all over the place with their reviews. TRIBESMEN was definitely an entertaining and fast read for me. No, I have not seen any of the movies that inspired this book, and I don't really plan on it. I especially have no interest in Cannibal Holocaust, simply because I can't stomach real animal abuse, and I think it's repugnant that the director allowed it to happen. I love horror movies, but grindhouse filmmakin I just finished this one, and I read a bunch of my friend's reviews, and wow, people are all over the place with their reviews. TRIBESMEN was definitely an entertaining and fast read for me. No, I have not seen any of the movies that inspired this book, and I don't really plan on it. I especially have no interest in Cannibal Holocaust, simply because I can't stomach real animal abuse, and I think it's repugnant that the director allowed it to happen. I love horror movies, but grindhouse filmmaking just seems overly indulgent to me. Some people had issues with the reasons behind the carnage not being fully fleshed out in this story, and while I would have liked a little more explanation, it wasn't a deal breaker for me. This book is about a small film crew that makes the mistake of filming on a cursed island, and I enjoyed it because it kept me turning pages, eager to find out what the island would force the cast and crew to do to each other. The curse is a mystery, and I'm OK with that. It actually adds a bit of creepiness to the story. Ultimately this is a book that I read very quickly and was fully invested in.

  15. 4 out of 5

    TraceyL

    I just didn't find this book scary or creepy or even that fun. Lots of other horror fans loved it, so it's definitely just me. Oh well. I just didn't find this book scary or creepy or even that fun. Lots of other horror fans loved it, so it's definitely just me. Oh well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Nikki

    Mean and a little too lean. Adam chewed his characters up and spit them out, bones and all. While I respect the fast and furious angle of the story, I could have used a little more sauce on the barbecue because it was bland. No special spices or tender meat that fell off the bones. I was served it raw and rare. Take it or leave it, the Tribesmen was a teaser until Adam serves up a full-sized treat. 3 boneless ribs Mean and a little too lean. Adam chewed his characters up and spit them out, bones and all. While I respect the fast and furious angle of the story, I could have used a little more sauce on the barbecue because it was bland. No special spices or tender meat that fell off the bones. I was served it raw and rare. Take it or leave it, the Tribesmen was a teaser until Adam serves up a full-sized treat. 3 boneless ribs

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Robinson

    Tribesmen by Adam Cesare. Remember those shock horror exploitation movies from the 70’s and 80’s? Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, Eaten Alive etc, etc. Some even alluded to being snuff films showing real gore, which gave further mileage to the famed ‘video nasties’. Adam Cesare’s debut novel deals with one such shoot in which a Euro trash director, Tito Bronze maroons his cast and crew on a desolate isle with the intention of utilising the local natives. When the local are nowhere to be found Tribesmen by Adam Cesare. Remember those shock horror exploitation movies from the 70’s and 80’s? Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, Eaten Alive etc, etc. Some even alluded to being snuff films showing real gore, which gave further mileage to the famed ‘video nasties’. Adam Cesare’s debut novel deals with one such shoot in which a Euro trash director, Tito Bronze maroons his cast and crew on a desolate isle with the intention of utilising the local natives. When the local are nowhere to be found, the castaways realise that they’ve made their first mistake by coming here. What follows is a supernatural, splatterfest; long enough to be devoured in one grisly chunk, but short enough to leave you hungry for more as Cesare offers his victims up as a buffet to ghosts of the islanders who seem intent on making their own film, with which much more realistic special effects than the director originally intended. It’s an interesting premise which jets along too quickly, taking no prisoners (well one or two); Cesare could have easily dragged it out with a few more victims to up the gore count and I would still being happy. There’s just enough meat on the bone to keep your interest sated throughout, the characterisations are short, but apt; the shortness of it all melds it altogether to a satisfyingly little tidy piece. One thing I did seem to notice what that even though characters became possessed, they seemed very much in control of their own actions, not becoming mindless zombies or cannibalistic drones, but interestingly they seem to want to chop up and feast on the innards of their cast members, almost as if the persuasion of the ghosts wasn’t even needed. They all know they were making a cannibal movie, but it seems the hidden message is that given isolation from society, life imitating art is a dangerous thing as filmmaker and stars hunger for fame in a very disturbing way. You can imagine a curious, blood-covered cannibal holding our insides up to the light as they wonder ‘so that’s how this works . . .’ The scary thing is, there’s a cannibal in all of us; all it takes is for us to the first bite of the precious flesh . . . Hollywood can (and does) make much worse films than this. If zombies are in vogue now, why not cannibals? I could easily imagine Daniel Craig as Umberto getting his proverbial acting chops around a meaty role such as this one. And you could so a worse than not making this the next book you devour. A short, satisfying read that’ll fill the eager stomach of any horror fan. 5/5

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Church

    Growing up I was always fascinated w/exploitation films, my dad used to take me to the drive in to see Convoy, Take this Job and Shove it, and other cheaply made films. When I was old enough to rent VHS I was drawn to the horror side of exploitation – I Spit on Your Grave, Cannibal Holocaust, Doc. Butcher M.D, etc..etc… Adam does a great job paying homage to this genre of exploitation films from the 60s and 70s. He captured that gritty dirty feeling you get while watching this schlock. Adam is q Growing up I was always fascinated w/exploitation films, my dad used to take me to the drive in to see Convoy, Take this Job and Shove it, and other cheaply made films. When I was old enough to rent VHS I was drawn to the horror side of exploitation – I Spit on Your Grave, Cannibal Holocaust, Doc. Butcher M.D, etc..etc… Adam does a great job paying homage to this genre of exploitation films from the 60s and 70s. He captured that gritty dirty feeling you get while watching this schlock. Adam is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maxine Marsh

    Thanks to Eleven! 5 people set off to film a trashy 'Cannibal Holocaust' ripoff and get more than they bargained for. Any more description would ruin the surprise elements of the story, so I'll leave it there. This novella was great- lots of gore but the characterizations were also surprisingly well done for a story this short. Great work on the new cover too. Thanks to Eleven! 5 people set off to film a trashy 'Cannibal Holocaust' ripoff and get more than they bargained for. Any more description would ruin the surprise elements of the story, so I'll leave it there. This novella was great- lots of gore but the characterizations were also surprisingly well done for a story this short. Great work on the new cover too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris Berko

    Corny is really the only word I can come up with to describe this book. Judging by the other reviews my opinion will be an unpopular one but I did not like this one at all. I wasn't really feeling it from the start and was hoping for some sort of redemptive ending to make it worthwhile but was left with disappointment and a feeling of huh?!?! I reserve one star ratings for books I hate, which this is not one, it just wasn't something I enjoyed. Corny is really the only word I can come up with to describe this book. Judging by the other reviews my opinion will be an unpopular one but I did not like this one at all. I wasn't really feeling it from the start and was hoping for some sort of redemptive ending to make it worthwhile but was left with disappointment and a feeling of huh?!?! I reserve one star ratings for books I hate, which this is not one, it just wasn't something I enjoyed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    "Alright everyone: let's make a goddamn movie." I can always be drawn in with the horror setup of a story about a movie or show that turns out to be real. It's entertaining, and I usually enjoy them. However, I also hope that something happens that makes them stand out from the others, and I didn't really have that experience with Tribesmen. The book didn't really catch my attention until almost halfway through, and all the gore was stuffed into the second half. It was fun, but I wish it would ha "Alright everyone: let's make a goddamn movie." I can always be drawn in with the horror setup of a story about a movie or show that turns out to be real. It's entertaining, and I usually enjoy them. However, I also hope that something happens that makes them stand out from the others, and I didn't really have that experience with Tribesmen. The book didn't really catch my attention until almost halfway through, and all the gore was stuffed into the second half. It was fun, but I wish it would have been more spread out since I wasn't really interested in the first half. There was a lot of racist language, and it felt unnecessary. Yeah, the characters were assholes, but I got the point without the random racism. Tribesmen was okay, but I don't think it offered anything new. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to snag this one. There are more entertaining horror novellas out there.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Cesare wastes no time building you up for the exciting tale he intends to share with you. I was hooked from the first page. The prose is concise and beautifully written, the characters are revealed in each chapter from their point of view which makes it about as intimate as a horror novel gets. The characters are all fully developed in a short amount of time and you are invested in what happens to each of them. It's a story of violence and vengeance told in a minimum of words with a maximum of i Cesare wastes no time building you up for the exciting tale he intends to share with you. I was hooked from the first page. The prose is concise and beautifully written, the characters are revealed in each chapter from their point of view which makes it about as intimate as a horror novel gets. The characters are all fully developed in a short amount of time and you are invested in what happens to each of them. It's a story of violence and vengeance told in a minimum of words with a maximum of impact. The unwritten credo of mothers throughout time is that if you mess with my family I will rip out your beating heart and wear your skin as a reminder for the next person who comes along. Cesare tells that story but in a way that was new and engaging. The matriarch does not come screaming out of the jungle driving everyone to mayhem, she speaks softly, caressingly into the ears of the camera crew. She soothes them and lovingly encourages them to do what she wishes. If I haven't been clear enough, I loved this book. I will be reading Adam Cesare's next book and the one after that.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Malum

    It seems I am in the vast minority on this one, but this book didn't really do it for me. First of all, Cesare pulls a bit of a bait and switch. Instead of savage cannibal tribesmen, we get a bunch of westerners who are magically brainwashed into thinking they are savage cannibal tribesmen. To some people it might amount to the same thing, but I just think it's creepier having actual tribesmen running around killing people. You can't reason with them, you can't identify with them, they are just It seems I am in the vast minority on this one, but this book didn't really do it for me. First of all, Cesare pulls a bit of a bait and switch. Instead of savage cannibal tribesmen, we get a bunch of westerners who are magically brainwashed into thinking they are savage cannibal tribesmen. To some people it might amount to the same thing, but I just think it's creepier having actual tribesmen running around killing people. You can't reason with them, you can't identify with them, they are just a force of nature that wants to wreck you. Also, the writing didn't really grab me. I felt it started too slow and nothing in it was really shocking (of course, I am very hard to shock so that might just be on me). All in all, a so-so horror novel that I will forget that I have ever read about a week from now.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Rolfe

    Tribesmen, what can I say? I really dig Adam Cesare's writing. This one, about a group out to make a Cannibal Holocaust-type movie, has Adam trying on his inner-Laymon and inner-Keene. Both suit him well. At points, it reminded me of Laymon's The Woods are Dark, and Keene's Castaways, but ultimately, Adam's voice shines through. After reading and really loving his Samhain novel, The Summer Job, I was warned that this one was a little more nasty. While that is true, I didn't find it to be all tha Tribesmen, what can I say? I really dig Adam Cesare's writing. This one, about a group out to make a Cannibal Holocaust-type movie, has Adam trying on his inner-Laymon and inner-Keene. Both suit him well. At points, it reminded me of Laymon's The Woods are Dark, and Keene's Castaways, but ultimately, Adam's voice shines through. After reading and really loving his Samhain novel, The Summer Job, I was warned that this one was a little more nasty. While that is true, I didn't find it to be all that much meaner. The new Deadite cover for this one is AMAZING! All in all, I give Tribesmen 4 totally rad stars!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Daley

    4.5 stars, rounded up for GR! Review to come eventually!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Audra (ouija.reads)

    Tapping into the gritty grindhouse world of late 70s Italian exploitation films, Tribesmen takes a look into that age-old question of what happens when the creation of a horror movie takes a dark turn into real-life horror. A speedy one-sitting novella, if you are a fan of horror films, especially those pulpy, weird video nasties, here is an offering for you in book form. The characters are pretty much exactly what they appear to be on the surface, each filling in for a cliched trope (as though t Tapping into the gritty grindhouse world of late 70s Italian exploitation films, Tribesmen takes a look into that age-old question of what happens when the creation of a horror movie takes a dark turn into real-life horror. A speedy one-sitting novella, if you are a fan of horror films, especially those pulpy, weird video nasties, here is an offering for you in book form. The characters are pretty much exactly what they appear to be on the surface, each filling in for a cliched trope (as though they are in the movie themselves—now it’s getting meta), and the story gets right into the action without pulling any punches. I think this story definitely could have used some strengthening and fleshing out in certain areas. There is a prologue that introduces some of the backstory of the island, but it is never rounded out or fully explained, and I found the main core of the story lacking because of this. I kept waiting for an explanation, for some reason why the events on the island get so out of hand so quickly, and it never came. The narrative rotates perspectives, switching between the characters every chapter. Because of this, I wished the book allowed us to get more into the minds of each character, into what they were all experiencing, how they were being affected by the island. But instead, the narrative mostly focuses on relaying the action. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but I felt that there were some strange psychological underpinnings that were not being fully explored. Overall, this was a quick and gory read, but for me, it just didn’t have that much substance. If you enjoy books that take on the idea of horror cinema, I also have to point you toward We Eat Our Own, a literary homage that similarly follows a horror film crew and takes place at a strange tropical location where things do not go according to plan. This was a May Night Worms read!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Syon Das

    What a well written and truly inventive story. While I’m perfectly happy experiencing the tropes I sign up for when delving into the horror genre , I really appreciated the effort Adam Cesare put into making this plot as unpredictable as possible. Despite this being a novella, Cesare manages to gracefully balance so many different character arcs and backstories. This is rarely seen in fiction of this length, and I was thoroughly impressed with how well the author tied off every thread at the end What a well written and truly inventive story. While I’m perfectly happy experiencing the tropes I sign up for when delving into the horror genre , I really appreciated the effort Adam Cesare put into making this plot as unpredictable as possible. Despite this being a novella, Cesare manages to gracefully balance so many different character arcs and backstories. This is rarely seen in fiction of this length, and I was thoroughly impressed with how well the author tied off every thread at the end. Without spoiling anything, just know that no matter how much experience you have with old school exploitation flicks and Italian horror cinema, this story will constantly subvert your expectations. The only bite sized issue I had with this novella, was that most of the turmoil didn’t start until I was halfway into the book. It’s also worth mentioning that although I was both pleased and surprised with the direction Cesare decided to take the plot, I would’ve like to have seen a bit more brutality in some of the passages. Make no mistake that there are scenes of violence that will easily unnerve any reader. I personally was just expecting a darker tone and higher body count, considering the subject matter at hand. However, this did not detract from the overall reading experience, and was more of a small afterthought. Cesare’s immense talent as a writer, as well as his clear passion for both horror cinema and literature, really bleed through these pages. I give this novella a very strong 4.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up to 5 on Goodreads. Go pick up this book, and if you are a fan of all things horror, subscribe to Adam Cesare’s YouTube channel.

  28. 4 out of 5

    The Grim Reader

    Hungry? This is Adam Caesar's tribute to classic movies like cannibal ferox, cannibal holocaust. The writing is tight, as you would expect and the book moves along at great pace. Another great read from a great author. Hungry? This is Adam Caesar's tribute to classic movies like cannibal ferox, cannibal holocaust. The writing is tight, as you would expect and the book moves along at great pace. Another great read from a great author.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Vaughn

    After reading The first one you expect, I have made it my goal to read all of Adam Cesare's books and Tribesman reinforced the need to meet that goal. A short, and faced paced read, Adam doesn't waste time bringing out the violence. Recommended for any horror fan. After reading The first one you expect, I have made it my goal to read all of Adam Cesare's books and Tribesman reinforced the need to meet that goal. A short, and faced paced read, Adam doesn't waste time bringing out the violence. Recommended for any horror fan.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Coral

    This was a perfect hot and sticky (is that from the sweat or the blood?) summer read!

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