Reviews of Dark Fiction


In the town of Kettle Springs Missouri, there’s an abandoned factory with a big clown painted on the side. This lovely sight greets Quinn, as she looks out her bedroom window in their new home. Having lost her mother only a short time ago, Quinn promises her father she’ll do her best to make a go of it in this new town, for his sake as well as her own. But something is wrong is this quiet town and it has to do with Frendo the clown. And cornfields. And twisted minds. If all this sounds good to you, you should pick up this book right now!

YA is totally not my thing, I prefer more adult themes and characters. However, this book won me over almost immediately. The only thing YA about it is the characters. This has all the gore and rip-roaring fun that clowns in a cornfield can offer. Clowns with machetes. Clowns with chainsaws. How much more fun could you want?

I think I’m going to leave it off here, because saying any more would give too much away. I especially enjoyed the epilogue and what that meant in terms of a possible sequel. I’m here to say: BRING IT ON! This was a fast paced, sometimes hilarious, often bloody and gory story and I had a blast with reading it.


*Thanks to Edelweiss for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback.*

Clown in a Cornfield Book Cover Clown in a Cornfield
Adam Cesare
YA, Dark Fiction
Harper Teen
Kindle Book

In Adam Cesare’s terrifying young adult debut, Quinn Maybrook finds herself caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress—that just may cost her life. Quinn Maybrook and her father have moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs, to find a fresh start. But what they don’t know is that ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can. Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.

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