Heh... Look at all the smart people talking about me. Maybe I'll
spare them, this time...
Johnny meets his maker:
"Greg Lamberson creates, in Johnny Gruesome, a vicious,
violent monster without remorse or hope for salvation. This is Horror
where many of the victims are innocent and few deserve the fate in store
"In JOHNNY GRUESOME there are good people, bad people,
and flawed people, oh, and there is one wicked, freakin' monster named
"It's rare in Horror Thriller novels that you can actually
find old school cool in a book, but JOHNNY GRUESOME is a power pop hook
on the printed page!"
5 out of 5 "Bookwyrms." --
Click to read the full review by E.C.McMullen Jr. at www.feoamante.com
"JOHNNY GRUESOME is exactly what a good schlocky novel
should be, fun and gory and properly suspenseful. As an added bonus,
it’s really very well written. Not only did I decide I like Johnny
himself, but I liked the rest of the cast as well."
Click to read the full review by James Moore at Horror
"With its fast cars, leather jackets, and wholesome small
town vibe, Johnny Gruesome feels like the drive-in movie you never saw.
Lamberson saturates the grisly ordeal with an ever- present sense of
fun and melodrama - meant here in the best possible way. Unrequited
love, rival gang clashes, and drug disputes are prominent alongside
disembowelments and dismemberments. The affecting side dramas are engaging
and infuse the story with enough humanity to balance it."
Click to read the full review -- Dark
"...Lamberson can WRITE. Even though this homage to the
splatter films of the 1980’s, efforts which were always fun but
rarely triggered brain activity, IS a wild ride through the darker recesses
of the reader’s imagination, there’s a well-written story
underneath it all. This could have easily been a throwaway novel, comic-turned-book-with-gimmicks,
but the writing is chock full of great characterization, fast pacing
(something that’s NOT easy to do), and humor (something lacking
in too many novels today)."
Click to read the full review -- Hellnotes
"Greg’s writing, and the details of the plot, are
more than enough to keep readers turning pages, and there’s a
very unexpected twist as Eric’s love life finally blooms in the
story. ... Horror fans who loved the over-the-top novels and slasher
films of the 1980s will see their youthful favorites released from an
uneasy grave with JOHNNY GRUESOME. The killings are deliciously gory,
the characters well developed and believable, and the pace is perfect."
Click to read the full review -- HorrorWorld
"Johnny is also the kind of villain you find yourself
rooting for, he’s cool, nasty and a smart ass, and not in the
way too-many-bad-puns kind of way, thank God. You can’t wait for
him to take his next victim down and you definitely can’t wait
to see what fucked up way he does it. Gruesome is not
all T&A and cheap violence. That is just what I tend to focus on.
Greg does a good job of setting up the characters of Johnny Gruesome,
and makes an effort to flesh his book out to something more than just
some “cheap scares.” He does touch on the dynamics of certain
character relationships and also includes a few very interesting Frankenstein
homages, which when done right never get old."
Click to read the full review -- Horror
"The whole book has this loving Creepshow feel to it.
The pacing is fantastic. ... Gregory Lamberson has delivered a solid,
old school horror story wrapped up in the rotten bow of the Creepshow
Click to read the full review -- Bloodtype
"GREGORY LAMBERSON has set the novel in modern times but,
as I was reading, I couldn’t escape the sensation of being held
in the comforting times of my own teenage years. The way it is written
expertly captures the terror filled excitement I felt upon my first
foray into horror. With JOHNNY GRUESOME the horror genre has been given
a timeless classic that will live on for eternity, a blood soaked memory
of original death sequences that will chill the blood and curl the toes."
-- GOREZONE (print, UK) excerpt
"This is top-down one of the best, most gripping, and
most gruesome horror novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
The characters are amazingly believable, the killer is likable as well
as terrifying, and the story doesn’t flag even a little. All in
all, there is no reason not to hold this book close to your jaded, black,
-- Skullring.org, click to read the full review --
“Opening with an appropriately moody reading from Samuel
Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner,”
Johnny Gruesome kicks into overdrive with the raucus rocker “Rigor
Mortis.” This disc, which is something of a concept album, was
created as a tie-in to a novel of the same name (to be released by Bad
Moon Books this fall), with roughly half the tracks taking their lyrical
cues from the story. Easily classifiable as straight-ahead horror rock,
with one or two swampier moments including “Graveyard Blues,”
the subject matter includes monsters, murderers and dismemberment, with
kitschy Day of the Dead nod “Aunt Alicia” and the sad ballad
“Mary Whispers” breaking up the otherwise up-tempo effort.
The songs may not always hoit their mark musically, but the lyrics are
dead clever and so damned much fun, it’s easy to imagine this
blasting from the stereo of your souped-up hearse. MSK (3 ½ Skulls)”
-- Rue Morgue - August
2007 Issue #70
"Bottom line, the GRUESOME CD is a diverse mix with a
solid backbone of hard rock that will definitely appeal to the target
audience of people who enjoy the novel."
Click to read the full review -- Horror
"Don't look for mega-heavy down-tuned guitars, or super
power vocals here; nor will you find speedy tempos, or black metal keyboard
overtures. None of those elements were common to old school hard rock,
and would be very out of place here. What you will get is some ghoulishly
fun songs, served with catchy choruses guaranteed to have you singing
along after the first listen."
Click to read the full review -- FearZone.com
"The production is simple and uncluttered by excessive
sound effects, and there's a storytelling quality to the writing that
keeps it real... It's an ambitious approach that promises wicked-cool
fun for broad-minded adults who never outgrew their teenage addictions
to heavy metal, horror comics and splatter flicks..."
Click to read the full review -- FearNet.com
"Hard, sleazy, and infectious, "Gruesome's"
got a wicked, irresistible
vibe."-- Brian Keene
"'Gruesome' screams to be played at top volume while driving
at a dangerously unsafe speed down a dark bumpy road, taking out a pedestrian
or two during each chorus. You'll wanna rock to this one until blood
sprays out of your speakers."-- Jeff Strand, author of PRESSURE
and THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE
"I love this song! G really tapped into his Alice Cooper
influence and recorded a piece that perfectly captures the feel of Greg's
-- Steve Wedel author of SHARA
"GRUESOME is a very rockin' tune that I wish could be
heard as one opens the cover of Greg Lamberson's book---it'd be like
a cooler version of one of those lame Hallmark sound cards! A very catchy
chorus should help put this one on any rocker's "25 most played"
list on their ipod!"-- Nick Yak, The Horror Fiction Review
"Based on a novel by Gregory Lamberson, Johnny Gruesome
tells the musical tale of an undead rock musician whose rotting corpse
roams the dead of night. The retro-style songs are a throwback to the
rock songs of the 1950s with lyrics that center around graveyards, morgues,
serial killers and zombies. After a spooky introduction amidst a thunderstorm,
"Rigor Mortis" kicks in with heavy guitar riffs and a narrated
autopsy of the title character. Giasone Italiano's gritty vocals sound
like George Thorogood, especially on the aptly titled "Graveyard
Blues." The eerie "Mary Whispers" contain a nursery rhyme
from the ghost of a young girl who committed suicide. Gruesome offers
a bone-chilling tale of rock'n'roll horrors from beyond the grave with
music to wake the dead."
-- Richard Pickman,
Dark Realms Magazine