You’ll never guess where I am- on a plane back from London! I just spent a week there with my father and it was SO FUN! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a huge theatre nerd. Like, a really really huge theatre nerd. Mhairi (the cowriter of this blog) and I actually wrote a musical! We’re that level of theatre nerd. And while I was in London, I got to see so many great shows!
Anywho, you guys aren’t here to hear about my obsession with musicals, you’re here to read about Derek Milman’s EPIC new novel, Scream All Night. I didn’t really know what to expect going into it, as it was a combination of two things I don’t usually read- contemporary fiction with a male protagonist. But y’all, I knew from the first page that I was in for a good time. This was me as I read the first sentence:
For those of you who haven’t heard of Scream All Night, here’s the blurb:
Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.
But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.
With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?
As soon as this book started, I knew that Derek Milman had what is so hard to capture in a novel- humor. With his hilarious narrator Dario, I was hooked immediately. And this humor was actually carried through the entire novel, which is a rarity! I think it comes down to Milman’s talent for timing- the beats he hits are spot on, every single time.
The feel of this novel was truly unique; it felt like the combination of season 5 of American Horror Story, 50’s horror movies, Gravity Falls, and slapstick comedy, with some twisted psychological elements thrown in. It’s truly one of the most unique stories that I’ve read in a while.
For those of you who are looking for an excellent narrative voice, look no further. Scream All Night is an excellent example of the YA voice at its finest, and it will make you laugh and, most surprisingly, fall in love with every character.
Final rating- 5/5
Thanks for reading the blog, and until next time, happy reading 🙂