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As the 1980s draw to a close, successful indie director Max Maurey dreams of creating the perfect horror movie instead of churning out formulaic slasher flicks.
After the maker of Mary’s Birthday—a shlocky old movie that turned into a snuff film for its cast and crew—dies, he hopes to score a print at the estate sale. Instead, he discovers the film’s true ending and a camera that delivers a horrible curse—or the key to realizing his dream, if he’s willing to go all the way.
As production on Max’s new movie begins, Sally Priest joins the cast. Young, beautiful, and bursting with ambition, she hopes to join the pantheon of America’s scream queens. She has no idea her director has planned a night of very real terror.
He has no idea how hard she’ll fight to survive.
“How to Make a Horror Movie and Survive is a blood-spattered homage to horror films, an ode to the craft of filmmaking, and a cautionary tale about the fiery—often destructive—creative passion inside every artist, one that continuously teeters on the brink of insanity. DiLouie has created a celluloid cursed object story that John Carpenter himself would stand up and applaud from the front row.” – Philip Fracassi, author of Boys in the Valley
“As a kid whose love for horror began in part with the slasher films of 1980s, How to Make a Horror Movie and Survive is a dream come true. Cursed films, scream queens, and more horror callbacks than you can shake a stick at, this book is many things, but among them, it’s Craig DiLouie’s best and most fun novel to date. I tore through it in a single sitting and with a big goofy smile on my face the whole damn time.” – Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Kin and Sour Candy
“Gory, glorious, and just a little too believable, Craig DiLouie’s latest is a slick meta slasher movie in book form, set in the brutal intersection of art and obsession.” – NYT Bestselling Author Peter Clines
“Confidently striding through the genre, DiLouie displays a deep and abiding love for horror, even as he finds new ways to bend our disgust and despair to his will. The camera cannot turn away.” – Andrew F. Sullivan, co-author of The Handyman Method
“The setting might well be the schlocky 1980s, but DiLouie’s nostalgic dissection of our love of horror is bang on point. How to Make a Horror Movie and Survive is a tricky, twisty book with more levels to it than a slasher movie has sequels. DiLouie knows what makes the genre–and the endless legions of fans like us who crave the next scare–tick.” – David Moody, author of Hater and Autumn