Author, Sean McDaniel introduces readers to a fresh twisted spin on horror in his novel, CRIMINAL ZOO (Defenestration Press). He takes us inside the head of a serial killer and we get to live there for three-hundred plus terrifying pages.
Samuel Bradbury comes from a broken home. His mother left Samuel behind with his sister and their abusive sicko father when they were young. He doesn’t have many friends, but he likes to play basketball and shoot his air rifle. Samuel also really likes doing something else. He enjoys killing.
Samuel’s killing spree leads him into the Confinement Center, where he obsesses over the red button, knowing to push it means, he goes to the Criminal Zoo and certain torture. It’s not long before the absolute absence of anything else has Samuel reaching for the button. Soon he’s meeting his Zookeeper that carries around a Zap-stick able to shoot 150-thousand volts into Samuel at any given time and he’s being tattooed his identity “C-Z-One-Zero-One-Three.”
You don’t want to become a resident of the CRIMINAL ZOO. After being numbered and caged, you get the option after one year in the Zoo, of a life sentence in maximum security. It all sounds pretty simple, except for one thing – the constant fear of being terrorized and tortured. You have to survive one year.
Grandma’s over her time limit, but she keeps slashing. “Ma’am, please!” the Keeper yells. “You must control yourself.” “Oh my God, oh my God … ” She shakes her head. “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” “It’s okay, ma’am, it happens.” Evil is real. Criminal Zoo breeds it, nurtures it. Man is far crueller than any animal.
This is Samuel’s story. An unexpected guest, however, changes everything and decides Samuel’s fate, or so he thinks.
CRIMINAL ZOO is a compelling story centered around a highly charged topic in our current social and political landscape – criminal justice. I can’t help but think some might argue it could offer an alternative, capitalizing on both the entertainment and monetary values. The characters are well-developed and the plot is very unique and grabs readers from the beginning.
On a side note: A friend recently asked me what I was reading and I began to describe Criminal Zoo. Soon a couple of people were looking at me strangely and I realized how my description must sound. In other words, this novel is not for the timid or those with weak tummies. CRIMINAL ZOO is in the family of SILENCE of THE LAMBS or SEVEN.
Sean McDaniel, born in Durango, CO, grew up on the plains of southeastern New Mexico. At the age of twenty-five, he founded Plaza Fitness Health Club, and is also a contributing editor for MuscleMag International. He lives in Billings, MT.
We have a copy of CRIMINAL ZOO to giveaway. Just tell us what’s the scariest book you’ve ever read. I’m not talking bump in the night, or someone has a fight with their neighbor. I mean Stephen King, THE SHINING!
We’ll announce a winner next Monday, November 20th. Have a wonderful week.