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Harm's Way is a quaint little novel about eleven typecast teenagers who decide, after much convincing, to spend a week out of their summer vacation in Ben's cabin in the deep Vermont woods. These woods have a terrible history, and as soon as they arrive at camp and see a dead girl skewered on the newel post, they realize that there is a killer on the loose. Like the idiots Harm's Way is a quaint little novel about eleven typecast teenagers who decide, after much convincing, to spend a week out of their summer vacation in Ben's cabin in the deep Vermont woods. These woods have a terrible history, and as soon as they arrive at camp and see a dead girl skewered on the newel post, they realize that there is a killer on the loose. Like the idiots that they are, they decide to stay the week anyway, and so, thankfully, one by one they get slaughtered. Accusations fly all week long, but in the end they never figure out who the killer is. That is up to the reader to piece together. Time to put your thinking caps on, kids. And time to take some anti-nausea medication, as the killing becomes more and more graphic. Good luck. Oh yeah, and those of you with sick senses of humor may need to take occasional pee breaks or your pants may get a little wet. Fans of Evil Dead II, Saw, April Fool's Day, and Student Bodies should enjoy this.


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Harm's Way is a quaint little novel about eleven typecast teenagers who decide, after much convincing, to spend a week out of their summer vacation in Ben's cabin in the deep Vermont woods. These woods have a terrible history, and as soon as they arrive at camp and see a dead girl skewered on the newel post, they realize that there is a killer on the loose. Like the idiots Harm's Way is a quaint little novel about eleven typecast teenagers who decide, after much convincing, to spend a week out of their summer vacation in Ben's cabin in the deep Vermont woods. These woods have a terrible history, and as soon as they arrive at camp and see a dead girl skewered on the newel post, they realize that there is a killer on the loose. Like the idiots that they are, they decide to stay the week anyway, and so, thankfully, one by one they get slaughtered. Accusations fly all week long, but in the end they never figure out who the killer is. That is up to the reader to piece together. Time to put your thinking caps on, kids. And time to take some anti-nausea medication, as the killing becomes more and more graphic. Good luck. Oh yeah, and those of you with sick senses of humor may need to take occasional pee breaks or your pants may get a little wet. Fans of Evil Dead II, Saw, April Fool's Day, and Student Bodies should enjoy this.

30 review for Harm's Way: A Horror Comedy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mort

    Personal rating: 2 stars. For those who likes spoofs: 4 stars. Okay, I have to write this from my personal point of view. When I was younger, I might have loved it. If you are into spoofs (something like SCARY MOVIE), this might work for you. As a young man, I loved movies like THE NAKED GUN, AIRPLANE and HOT SHOTS. Unfortunately, I have matured and my tastes have changed. When I'm in the right mood, I can enjoy something like MR BEAN for perhaps 10 minutes, but those times are few and far between Personal rating: 2 stars. For those who likes spoofs: 4 stars. Okay, I have to write this from my personal point of view. When I was younger, I might have loved it. If you are into spoofs (something like SCARY MOVIE), this might work for you. As a young man, I loved movies like THE NAKED GUN, AIRPLANE and HOT SHOTS. Unfortunately, I have matured and my tastes have changed. When I'm in the right mood, I can enjoy something like MR BEAN for perhaps 10 minutes, but those times are few and far between. This book was not awful - I think the author achieved what he set out to do, but it is not my taste anymore. After LARRY by Millard, I really thought i would enjoy this one too, but I had to force myself through it. However, this author will definitely have an audience which he will entertain, so I can't write it off completely. You'll have to decide for yourself on this one, folks.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Keeler

    Harm’s Way by Marc Richard is described as a horror comedy. This 214-page novel has forty-seven chapters. In January 2017 I posted a review of Degrees of Separation by Marc Richard. Degrees had 47 chapters. Is there magic in the number forty-seven? At the end of the January review, I mentioned I was next going to read Harm’s Way. This is next. For the best experience reading this novel, you should recall your own past experiences as a prison guard. Most people above the age of fifty have been a Harm’s Way by Marc Richard is described as a horror comedy. This 214-page novel has forty-seven chapters. In January 2017 I posted a review of Degrees of Separation by Marc Richard. Degrees had 47 chapters. Is there magic in the number forty-seven? At the end of the January review, I mentioned I was next going to read Harm’s Way. This is next. For the best experience reading this novel, you should recall your own past experiences as a prison guard. Most people above the age of fifty have been a prison guard at some time in their lives. For those without such experience, think of a single parent with twelve children. The point is you must keep the numbers correct and have a basic knowledge of individual personality anomalies. This novel has several and you don’t want to lose track of any of your charges. At least once Marc Richard lost track of Jonsey. If the author loses track of his creations, what chance does the reader have? Second, you should read this novel in order. If you skip parts and read ahead, you will meet characters who are couching. You probably won’t know what this is, will think it is a typo by the author and will go on to leave a bad Amazon review. A negative review should not hinge on this word. With careful reading in the order presented, there should be no bad reviews. Reader attention is requested. Note that this novel should not be read in the same way as Degrees, which could be read in a Vonnegut style, from the middle going in a direction of reader choice. Third, there are irrelevant inserts that the reader can either ignore or enjoy. Here is one I enjoyed: “Avid Cunningham was happily brushing his one tooth, thankful they didn’t take that, too. But you probably don’t know who Avid Cunningham is, so I won’t bore you with the details of his life.” (p. 104). There is much, much clever wordplay. The reader will get some of it after reading two or three paragraphs past the clever passage. One example I like: “I mean, where I come from, there are some places where blacks and whites git along fine, and there are some places where they don’t. I’m from one of those places.” (p. 117). In the spirit of a helpful reviewer/reader here is a brief character list which might help those with short attention spans, such as myself. Jonesy has a drug problem of a few parts. His Dad had stolen his heroin so part one was a problem of lack of his favorite drug. Part two was that his substitution of acid led him on a search for substitute injectables that included everything except vitamin C. Kiera was a Goth child. Not an emo. Don’t mix them up. Not that she will hurt you; she will just storm out of the room. Floyd was three hundred pounds. It was good he could cook but the grits left something to be desired. Like food. Brent was a study in allergies and fear of things that could cause allergies. Which was everything except computer games. Darnell believed in establishing a black identity in mostly white Vermont. His role models come from popular media and he is not too shy to borrow. Muffy and Buffy are identical twin females. One is smarter than the other. And one is uglier than the other. But identical except for that. Doris is a cousin of the above twins. The guy almost never talks and seems to sing twenty-four seven. Or twenty four seven. Adam feels that he is still a gay in the closet. He has only told one close friend. And one more. And one more … Chet is a jock. He loves playing football on the field and playing snap-the-towel in the locker room off the field. And that thing with the coach was only once. Ben is the organizer of the camping trip in the woods. It is not really camping because they are all staying in a cabin. The cabin is isolated, but the group will pass three other former residences to get to the cabin. Ben avoids telling everyone in the group the history of those families or groups. The reader will know the stories early. I gave this novel five Amazon stars because it is a good fit with my sense of (dark) humor. This novel is not for everyone. Sexual stuff is minimal; what there is takes place in the imagination of teenagers. But there is violence, gore, and occasional torture. How can all that be overtaken by and completely immersed in humor? Marc Richard will show you. This is a refreshing break from “mainstream” reading. There is a cabin in the woods. There is a group of inquiring, restless teenagers, each seeking to create a unique identity. The novel is clearly labeled horror comedy. Does everyone die? The only way you will know is to read the story. You won’t die laughing but there will be some painful guffaws.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grady

    ‘He was going to Ben’s mother’s cabin for ten days, with a bunch of other kids. A good way to spend a week, he supposed.’ Maine author Marc Richard has sixteen publications out there in the world, valiantly trying to alter the morose sense of bad mood that permeates the globe right now. He is certainly one of the funniest, wittiest, most crafty and probing parody artists writing today. He lives In Portland, Maine with his life-partner Jill and their dog and pens hysterical books that are short in ‘He was going to Ben’s mother’s cabin for ten days, with a bunch of other kids. A good way to spend a week, he supposed.’ Maine author Marc Richard has sixteen publications out there in the world, valiantly trying to alter the morose sense of bad mood that permeates the globe right now. He is certainly one of the funniest, wittiest, most crafty and probing parody artists writing today. He lives In Portland, Maine with his life-partner Jill and their dog and pens hysterical books that are short in length but long on laugh out loud naughty humor. HARM’S WAY is yet another exploration into the absurd – this time it is an absolutely loony horror story that starts out with a hint of the madness that is around the next turned page – ‘Jonesy stepped back a little from the sight that appeared in the backyard before him. He ran his arm across his face to wipe the sweat from his bleary eyes. Was this really happening? A rainbow arced its way across the sky, but rather than the usual seven colors, it was a solid purple. A butterfly landed on his arm. Its left wing broke off and fluttered in the gentle breeze to land in the tall grass below his feet. It raised its right wing high in the air and took off, riding the wind like a lofty sailboat. The deer further toward the tree line laughed at this sight, somehow finding it all comical. It stood up on its hind legs and pointed a crooked finger at Jonesy. “Deer don’t have fingers... Deer don’t have fingers... Deer don’t have fingers...” he repeated over and over to himself like a mantra. And the more he repeated it, the more his legs drip-dripped until he sank into the puddle that they made around him. He was drowning in his own leg juice. STOP!!! He said to himself, and snapped out of it, a little, although the violet rainbow still hung stiff in the sky like a permanent stain in the atmosphere. He didn’t know why he took the acid; he hated the [stuff]. Wait, it was all coming back to him now. He took it because his dad had run off with all of his heroin. He went back indoors and re-read the note his father had left for him. The words were violently dancing across the page, but he was able to follow them around enough so he could read it again. “Dear Jonesy, I went with Kim. Took your smack. Love you. Pops.” A quickie look at the plot - A pack of teens. A cabin in the woods. And a killer with a love for slapstick. An unlikeable cast of teenage clichés, out for a week in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. What could possibly go wrong? Murder, that's what! Hey, who left that dead girl skewered on the porch? All are suspect, as the slayings become more creative. And more ridiculous. Hell of a way to spend a vacation. Will they find out who the killer is in time to stop this madness, or will this mean the end for all? Harm’s Way is a horror comedy originally penned by Sam Raimi’s twin brother, Aaron Elvis Raimi, who died at birth. Can a psychopath really fit in an outhouse hole? Can you re-capitate someone with a welder’s torch? Will everyone really see your dirty pillows? The answers to those age-old questions are here. For an extra bit of fun, the text contains a code that reveals the killer! Maybe you can figure it out before these dummies. We probably take ourselves too seriously right now – communication with IT instead of relating personally, jolted daily by the current White House antics, and lacking sufficient discretionary income to escape to places of solace (remember vacations?). Marc Richards jumps on board and changes that – at least for as long as we are flipping through the comedy of his at times ludicrous situations in parody format. Take a breath and a cold slurp of water and jump in for the ride. It is worth every minute invested.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Charles Ray

    Ben arranges a weekend outing to his family cabin in the woods of Vermont, involving several of his friends from school. An eclectic—nay, weird, group if there ever was one. The nerd with a catalogue of allergies, the gay kid, the token African-American, promiscuous twins, a goth with suicidal tendencies, a fat southern boy who finds it hard to adjust to life in the rural northeast, and a high school jock who is a closet gay, just to name a few. Ben has neglected to tell his friends that the neig Ben arranges a weekend outing to his family cabin in the woods of Vermont, involving several of his friends from school. An eclectic—nay, weird, group if there ever was one. The nerd with a catalogue of allergies, the gay kid, the token African-American, promiscuous twins, a goth with suicidal tendencies, a fat southern boy who finds it hard to adjust to life in the rural northeast, and a high school jock who is a closet gay, just to name a few. Ben has neglected to tell his friends that the neighboring cabins are deserted because in each there has been an unsolved slaughter of eleven people, but when they find, upon arrival, the corpse of a young woman impaled on a newel on the front porch, he has to come clean. Now, rational people would’ve immediately turned around and headed back to civilization, but then we wouldn’t have a story, would we? They stay, and predictably, they begin dropping like flies, dispatched in bizarre and creative ways, one-by-one. If you like your fiction dark, you’ll like Harm’s Way by Marc Richard. It reads like a parody of the movie parody of teen slasher flicks. The characters are credible, if not loveable, and the action, even that taking place in the characters’ minds, is somehow believable. This book takes a strong stomach to complete, but in the end, it was worth it. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I give it four stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I hadn’t read the book description before I read this, but I expected something like ‘C is for Cookie’. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed, but I’m not so smart to have figured out who the killer is. Maybe there’s someone who will enlighten me? He or she was definitely creative and gruesome. It was hard to determine what was a dream and what was really happening. I kept thinking things like: How do they keep denying everything that’s happening to them? Why don’t they all sleep in the living room to I hadn’t read the book description before I read this, but I expected something like ‘C is for Cookie’. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed, but I’m not so smart to have figured out who the killer is. Maybe there’s someone who will enlighten me? He or she was definitely creative and gruesome. It was hard to determine what was a dream and what was really happening. I kept thinking things like: How do they keep denying everything that’s happening to them? Why don’t they all sleep in the living room together and take shifts? Why don’t they make teams so no one is out alone? And how about going to the police or the hospital or the coroner? Why don’t they try to leave? Besides the car no modern technology was used, does that mean they live in a time where it doesn’t exist yet/anymore? I mean they have an outhouse but also an indoor bathroom with bath, shower and sink? Why use the outhouse if you have an indoor toilet too? Yes I think a lot, you would too if you read this!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jett Jaguar

    Harm's Way is a spookily funny homage to Teen Scream Slasher flicks of the 1980s. Ben decides to take 10 of his closest friends - each a horror flick stereotype in themselves - up to his family's summer cabin deep in the woods for fun, hikes and sing-alongs around the campfire. What he fails to tell them is the neighbourhood's been plagued by a killer who wipes out entire cabins full of stereotypical holidaymakers. Hilarity ensues. Think Craven, Raimi, Hooper et al meet Monty Python. Despite the Harm's Way is a spookily funny homage to Teen Scream Slasher flicks of the 1980s. Ben decides to take 10 of his closest friends - each a horror flick stereotype in themselves - up to his family's summer cabin deep in the woods for fun, hikes and sing-alongs around the campfire. What he fails to tell them is the neighbourhood's been plagued by a killer who wipes out entire cabins full of stereotypical holidaymakers. Hilarity ensues. Think Craven, Raimi, Hooper et al meet Monty Python. Despite the buckets of claret splashing the walls, there's plenty of laughs to be had and it's not a heavy read. Perfect for a rainy weekend in with a bowl of popcorn and a mug of cocoa. (Just make sure you lock the doors and windows before you tuck in.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shanna Tidwell

    I generally love Marc Richards writing. I don’t like absolutely stupid characters even for comedy sake. It took a lot for me to finish this one. Not a single smart character in the entire bunch. Parody or not I need someone to have some brain cells functioning. None here, sorry. Davis did a great job narrating as he usually does. I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marshall Clowers

    Have you seen Evil Dead? OK it's not exactly Evil Dead, not Jason, Michael Myers, Freddie or any of those other horrors. It's kind of fun; typical teens (breakfast club types) out for a week in the woods with a killer on an annual killing spree. Plenty of humor, plenty of gore and plenty of 4th wall breaks. Have you seen Evil Dead? OK it's not exactly Evil Dead, not Jason, Michael Myers, Freddie or any of those other horrors. It's kind of fun; typical teens (breakfast club types) out for a week in the woods with a killer on an annual killing spree. Plenty of humor, plenty of gore and plenty of 4th wall breaks.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deedra

    A spoof on all those teen movies where a group of typecast tens stay in a cabin in the woods only to be picked off by a murderer.The methods are horrifying yet no one seems too upset, they just go on with life.It's gross and funny!David S Dear was the perfect narrator.I was provided this book by the author, narrator or publisher. A spoof on all those teen movies where a group of typecast tens stay in a cabin in the woods only to be picked off by a murderer.The methods are horrifying yet no one seems too upset, they just go on with life.It's gross and funny!David S Dear was the perfect narrator.I was provided this book by the author, narrator or publisher.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Smithers Jr.

    This is one I'll never forget! This is one I'll never forget!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Scattershot book that is all punch lines no set up.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maryann Gestwicki

    Somewhat funny. The Best part of reading is the killer writing a note with keys at the outhouse. LOL!!! The Dear God Letter at the end of the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Kindle Unlimited, he's started putting some of his on ku so here I am. Already read some {listed below} and reading 3 now back to back. Harm's Way is a quaint little novel about eleven typecast teenagers who decide, after much convincing, to spend a week out of their summer vacation in Ben's cabin in the deep Vermont woods. These woods have a terrible history, and as soon as they arrive at camp and see a dead girl skewered on the newel post, they realize that there is a killer on the loose. Like Kindle Unlimited, he's started putting some of his on ku so here I am. Already read some {listed below} and reading 3 now back to back. Harm's Way is a quaint little novel about eleven typecast teenagers who decide, after much convincing, to spend a week out of their summer vacation in Ben's cabin in the deep Vermont woods. These woods have a terrible history, and as soon as they arrive at camp and see a dead girl skewered on the newel post, they realize that there is a killer on the loose. Like the idiots that they are, they decide to stay the week anyway, and so, thankfully, one by one they get slaughtered. Accusations fly all week long, but in the end they never figure out who the killer is. That is up to the reader to piece together. Time to put your thinking caps on, kids. And time to take some anti-nausea medication, as the killing becomes more and more graphic. Good luck. Oh yeah, and those of you with sick senses of humor may need to take occasional pee breaks or your pants may get a little wet. Fans of Evil Dead II, Saw, April Fool's Day, and Student Bodies should enjoy this An Alphabet Book for Grown-Ups! A is for Adam B is for Bear C is for Cookie The Alphabet Books: ABC D is for Dwarf E is for Eyeball {F is for Frankenstein said to be coming next} DAVE! (A Novel from the Future) Part 1: The Invaders DAVE! (A Novel from the Future) Part II: D.C. DAVE! (A Novel from the Future) Part 3: Endgame DAVE! (A Novel from the Future) PARTS 1-3 SIX OUT OF FIVE: THE MARC RICHARD BOX SET Degrees of Separation: A Pseudonovel Harm's Way: A Horror Comedy Those Eyes It'll End in Tears Sorry.: A Short Story Collection

  14. 4 out of 5

    April

    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.” Harm's Way : Marc Richard A group of cliche horny teenagers, a cabin in the woods in the middle of nowhere and this sets up the perfect murder spree..............or not. The murders start as soon as they arrive. The listeners get to solve the crimes if they can stop laughing long enough. I figured this would be a neat listen for Halloween. The narration was well done.Th “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.” Harm's Way : Marc Richard A group of cliche horny teenagers, a cabin in the woods in the middle of nowhere and this sets up the perfect murder spree..............or not. The murders start as soon as they arrive. The listeners get to solve the crimes if they can stop laughing long enough. I figured this would be a neat listen for Halloween. The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andre

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast." A slightly absurd, yet funny horror tale. This is a pretty funny horror story. It's a bit absurd at times (a skewered dead girl on the porch is ignored for most of the book) but that gives the story its peculiar humour. Stereotyped characters are heavily ridiculed and that was refreshing. I liked it. "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast." A slightly absurd, yet funny horror tale. This is a pretty funny horror story. It's a bit absurd at times (a skewered dead girl on the porch is ignored for most of the book) but that gives the story its peculiar humour. Stereotyped characters are heavily ridiculed and that was refreshing. I liked it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caleb

    A decent little novella based on the classic cabin in the woods horror film scenario. Marc Richard is at it again with his usual habit of turning your expectations not just on their head, but directly into a big bowl of cherry oatmeal that's slowly being consumed by a honey badger in a gimp costume. A fun little read, be prepared to experience revulsion, offense, and a healthy helping of chuckles. A decent little novella based on the classic cabin in the woods horror film scenario. Marc Richard is at it again with his usual habit of turning your expectations not just on their head, but directly into a big bowl of cherry oatmeal that's slowly being consumed by a honey badger in a gimp costume. A fun little read, be prepared to experience revulsion, offense, and a healthy helping of chuckles.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rob Gouveia

    Had some moments, but left me wanting more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jacque

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mallory Amis

  20. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Humphrey

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joel Suovaniemi

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dallas Schiegg

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna Anoskey

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pelumi

  25. 5 out of 5

    Endy The Enderman

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Godfrey

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Helberg

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  29. 5 out of 5

    kitty

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cindra Mueller

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