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Miles Landish can’t help himself. He eats and eats and eats and eats just to fill an empty, gaping, hole in his self esteem. Nothing ever seems to fill that hole, even the five star meals Miles' wealthy parents make possible. So, as a last resort, Miles attends Camp Tum Tum, a weight control camp for spoiled teens. What happens there is only hinted at in high social circle Miles Landish can’t help himself. He eats and eats and eats and eats just to fill an empty, gaping, hole in his self esteem. Nothing ever seems to fill that hole, even the five star meals Miles' wealthy parents make possible. So, as a last resort, Miles attends Camp Tum Tum, a weight control camp for spoiled teens. What happens there is only hinted at in high social circles, but the truth must be told. Facing starvation, the campers at Tum Tum make a decision that very few human beings have made. That decision turns Camp Tum Tum into... Cannibal Fat Camp!


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Miles Landish can’t help himself. He eats and eats and eats and eats just to fill an empty, gaping, hole in his self esteem. Nothing ever seems to fill that hole, even the five star meals Miles' wealthy parents make possible. So, as a last resort, Miles attends Camp Tum Tum, a weight control camp for spoiled teens. What happens there is only hinted at in high social circle Miles Landish can’t help himself. He eats and eats and eats and eats just to fill an empty, gaping, hole in his self esteem. Nothing ever seems to fill that hole, even the five star meals Miles' wealthy parents make possible. So, as a last resort, Miles attends Camp Tum Tum, a weight control camp for spoiled teens. What happens there is only hinted at in high social circles, but the truth must be told. Facing starvation, the campers at Tum Tum make a decision that very few human beings have made. That decision turns Camp Tum Tum into... Cannibal Fat Camp!

30 review for D.O.A.: Extreme Horror Anthology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    Summer camp is bad enough, but fat camp must rank up there with the worst experiences of all time. Restricted diets, forced activity, skinny counselors yelling at you...who needs that crap? Well, at Camp Tum Tum, things just got a whole lot better (or worse, depending on whether you're a counselor or a camper.) The counselors are all out of the picture, thanks to a bizarre diet shake incident, and now the kids are free. And, what's the first thing they do? They eat! Everything! The food meant to Summer camp is bad enough, but fat camp must rank up there with the worst experiences of all time. Restricted diets, forced activity, skinny counselors yelling at you...who needs that crap? Well, at Camp Tum Tum, things just got a whole lot better (or worse, depending on whether you're a counselor or a camper.) The counselors are all out of the picture, thanks to a bizarre diet shake incident, and now the kids are free. And, what's the first thing they do? They eat! Everything! The food meant to last for weeks, is gone in minutes. Oops! Say hello to 'Lord of the Flies Part Deux', only this time, EVERYONE is Piggy. These kids need to grow up fast and start behaving like adults, and you know what behaving like adults means? Yep, sex and violence. One kid is more than happy to declare himself "Prime Minister of Tum Tum Island." His recently appointed "Secretary of Rationing" quickly discovers special ways of preparing the newly-found food source, and is happy to provide the reader with a few recipes - for Beastloaf that serves 40, you'll need 12.5 pounds ground Chuck or Tammy or Bob. Here's one chef who can turn even the most drab individual into a meal fit for a king. We are now deep into what can only be described as humorous horror, I suppose. Things (and dinners!) get a bit gory and grisly (not to mention, gristly), though it is nice to see the kids work together to turn useless items like exercise bikes and dumbbells into the perfect barbecue spit to ensure a proper, fully-roasted, mammal. The instructions for preparing a human body for roasting were DISTURBINGLY detailed, and it does make me wonder just HOW MUCH RESEARCH the author did for this book. If you've got a wicked wit and a strong stomach, you may enjoy this extremely dark comedy. I was see-sawing between 3 and 4 stars, but because of the "imaginative" subject matter and surprisingly "upbeat" ending, I'll go with 4. Bon appetit!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Adam Light

    Well, this was well written and pretty bizarre. I enjoyed this quick and darkly humorous tale, though I felt hungry when it was over.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kris Lugosi

    Mix one part The Beach with three parts Lords of the Flies and add about 300+ pounds teenage camper meat, mix it all together and you get Cannibal Fat Camp. I must admit, in the beginning of the book I didn’t think there was anything to particularly odd or bizarre about the plot but once you get to the personal diary entries and accounts it really makes for a fun read. The authors do a good job conveying the whiny gluttonous behaviors of the spoiled rich fat kids and even though at first I felt Mix one part The Beach with three parts Lords of the Flies and add about 300+ pounds teenage camper meat, mix it all together and you get Cannibal Fat Camp. I must admit, in the beginning of the book I didn’t think there was anything to particularly odd or bizarre about the plot but once you get to the personal diary entries and accounts it really makes for a fun read. The authors do a good job conveying the whiny gluttonous behaviors of the spoiled rich fat kids and even though at first I felt the antagonist dictator ‘s (that’s right a cannibal dictator) rise was rather quick and ridiculous upon further digestion (ha pun intended) I came to the realization that when you leave obese, whiny, spoiled, little to no will power rich kids to their own devices with very little food…well..the title says it all. They even throw some recipes in there for ya along with a build your own roasting pit for your own cannibal cookout! I had a lot of fun with this book and the authors managed to make eating people a fun, campy, often cringe worthy of an adventure.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Anderson

    From my AMAZON review.. The cover of this book is great, an obvious homage to GARBAGE PAIL KIDS, and it delivers on the image. It really delivers. If you want some gory, hilarious fun, pick this up. The cover really says it all. And as a chubby guy, the fat humor is luckily done in a way that doesn't really offend, but celebrates in a black humor way. I strangely got hungry often while reading the book. The best part about CANNIBAL FAT CAMP is the prose and structure of the narrative. Clever devic From my AMAZON review.. The cover of this book is great, an obvious homage to GARBAGE PAIL KIDS, and it delivers on the image. It really delivers. If you want some gory, hilarious fun, pick this up. The cover really says it all. And as a chubby guy, the fat humor is luckily done in a way that doesn't really offend, but celebrates in a black humor way. I strangely got hungry often while reading the book. The best part about CANNIBAL FAT CAMP is the prose and structure of the narrative. Clever devices like forms, letters, and reports help deliver the story in a fresh, hip way. With a huge amount of buildup, we don't see any deaths until 1/3 the way through, which is a huge strength here. There is nothing supernatural about FAT CAMP, it could realistically happen, and the deliberate pace and build up form a real world around the reader. The writing on display here is really wonderful. It feels mildly like a love-letter to William Golding's LORD OF THE FLIES, but never overtly so. It definitely has its own unique vision, ad the tale is told in a confident way. By virtue of the name alone, you get the idea that CANNIBAL FAT CAMP will eventually have some campers dying, and probably going insane. This delivers. Camp Tum Tum is an exclusive weight loss camp for the rich and famous parents of the world (to send their kids too). It is on a deserted desert island, that, after you again read the title, you as the reader will "gulp" when you realize how remote it is. You know carnage is coming! FAT CAMP uses the simple one two set up. Step one, they set you up with a great backdrop for the story. Step two, they knock it out of the park and deliver all the gore and madness you would expect from a cover/title like this! Add in a killer ending, and I give this 5/5 burgers with cheese and onion. Hold the veggies.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    this one is for nikki, let's see if I can't hang with the cool kids. there are spoilers, and probably typos since I am typing it on my phone. enjoy. Miles was overweight He had some pounds to spare He ate to ease the pain When daddy wasnt there He stole the children's lunches At his private school Then fell and showed his balls They thought he was a fool About to be expelled Something must be done His parents got together To talk about their son He went to see a doctor And the doctor said, The problem miles h this one is for nikki, let's see if I can't hang with the cool kids. there are spoilers, and probably typos since I am typing it on my phone. enjoy. Miles was overweight He had some pounds to spare He ate to ease the pain When daddy wasnt there He stole the children's lunches At his private school Then fell and showed his balls They thought he was a fool About to be expelled Something must be done His parents got together To talk about their son He went to see a doctor And the doctor said, The problem miles has Is all up in his head He told them about a place where rich kids can lose some weight A summer camp called tum tum It sounded pretty great He flew out in a chopper And made some friends out there A psychopath named Charles And Jenny running bear The first day was kind of rough He doubted himself inside Then the counselors drank, some tainted shake And every one of them died They quickly raided the fridge And ate the food supply With nothing left to devoure They felt hopeless enough to cry But Charles took control And promised them fresh meat He killed a kid named Tommy Who turned out to be quite a treat Jenny was disgusted So she ran a way While they had a fat kid orgy Miles choose to stay They ate a few more kids The weakest of the bunch But still they searched for Jenny To make her into lunch One night she came to miles And Charles caught her then Miles tried to save her But they killed her with a javelin And locked miles in the freezer While Charles cooked her on a spit Miles piged out on some frozen campers Once his mind snapped that was it Finally help arrived The details are kind of light But we know miles survived To eat flesh another night.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristyn

    3.5 This was bloody good fun! The edition I read contains 3 stories. Cannibal Fat Camp, Die You Zombie Crackers, and America's Next Dead Model. All of these stories were graphic, gory, and gross. There was quite a bit of humor which I don't usually like in my horror, but it worked well here. These stories are very campy and fun to read. 3.5 This was bloody good fun! The edition I read contains 3 stories. Cannibal Fat Camp, Die You Zombie Crackers, and America's Next Dead Model. All of these stories were graphic, gory, and gross. There was quite a bit of humor which I don't usually like in my horror, but it worked well here. These stories are very campy and fun to read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Terri Baldwin

    17 year old Miles had a problem. A huge problem. He was morbidly overweight and could not control his eating. After getting in trouble AGAIN for stealing his classmates' lunches, he had a choice: go to Camp TumTum and get his eating problem under control, or face expulsion. Feeling a bit hopeless, he agreed to see the doctor to be recommended for the camp. After meeting the once obese but now athletic and perfect counselor, he was looking forward to going to the posh resort-like camp hidden away 17 year old Miles had a problem. A huge problem. He was morbidly overweight and could not control his eating. After getting in trouble AGAIN for stealing his classmates' lunches, he had a choice: go to Camp TumTum and get his eating problem under control, or face expulsion. Feeling a bit hopeless, he agreed to see the doctor to be recommended for the camp. After meeting the once obese but now athletic and perfect counselor, he was looking forward to going to the posh resort-like camp hidden away on a secluded tropical island. On his second day at camp, he and the other campers found themselves alone when all of the counselors died from drinking poisoned protein shakes. In a panic, the campers stress ate all of the camp's food, leaving them to find a way to survive until they were rescued. Some campers had other plans. I loved this book and flew through it quickly. The characters were great! It was interesting to delve into the psyche of Miles. I wanted him to succeed! Charles was by far the most twisted character I've read in a while. Jenny was kind and smart, the perfect person to save these kids, but the right thing doesn't always happen. I loved learning parts of the experience from journal entries and letters home. The writing was excellent. The transition between journal entries and regular text was seamless. The doctor's report was hilariously offensive and made me wonder what doctors REALLY put in reports of these types! The adult characters in this book were as unique and the children, making the entire story flow nicely. This book has two authors, and I couldn't tell where one left off and the other began. I love that! The violence and gore. Oh yes, this book has that in abundance! A veritable buffet of insanity, guts, blood and sex! Those scenes were very descriptive and lived through the horror with these kids, albeit with an adult thought process (which included me adding a lot of WTF's and OMG's out loud. My only gripe with this book, and it's really not a big one, was that I didn't get to "see" the final battle play out. I think that scene would have been better if it wasn't done as a newspaper article, although the article was quite interesting. The ending. Oh my! I didn't see that coming! I closed that book...er shut off my kindle... with a grin. I can see no more perfect ending than that! All in all, AMAZING book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Nikki

    Miles has a problem; he eats everything in sight. He just can't help himself. When the Principal catches him in the hall with his scrotum showing through ripped pants, eating the other kid's lunch, it's time to do something about it. His father is embarrassed by him and his mother ignores him. He's sent to a counselor who suggests a camp that could help with weight loss. Once there, things take a disastrous turn as the Tum Tum employees are felled by a not-so-myserious ailment, leaving these ov Miles has a problem; he eats everything in sight. He just can't help himself. When the Principal catches him in the hall with his scrotum showing through ripped pants, eating the other kid's lunch, it's time to do something about it. His father is embarrassed by him and his mother ignores him. He's sent to a counselor who suggests a camp that could help with weight loss. Once there, things take a disastrous turn as the Tum Tum employees are felled by a not-so-myserious ailment, leaving these overly obese children to fend for themselves. They quickly eat up all the rations and one Camper takes the reins and deigns himself king. They shall eat the flesh of others. The book started out great and kept my attention with the thoughts and doings of Miles. Once Charles took over and I read the letters that the children were penning for their family at home, I became a little uninterested. It was like once they were able to eat freely, there was no forward progression of the story other than to chase down Jenny. The ending was a doosey and I might look into other reads by this author. I liked it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Catchpole

    I enjoyed this book. A good story that moved along quite nicely and was easy to read. It’s about a bunch of rich fat kids who get sent to an island hopefully to be returned better and slimmer people. However, without adult supervision, no food and out of pure laziness and hunger, they start tucking into each other. Probably not something you’d want to read around meal times. To make this book even better they should put a scratch and sniff patch inside the cover that smells like bacon. I receive I enjoyed this book. A good story that moved along quite nicely and was easy to read. It’s about a bunch of rich fat kids who get sent to an island hopefully to be returned better and slimmer people. However, without adult supervision, no food and out of pure laziness and hunger, they start tucking into each other. Probably not something you’d want to read around meal times. To make this book even better they should put a scratch and sniff patch inside the cover that smells like bacon. I received this Ebook free in exchange for my review

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shadow Girl

    Review from 8/3/14 posted here, and reformatted today for the new layouts. Review from 8/3/14 posted here, and reformatted today for the new layouts.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shadow Girl

    Updated from 8/3/14 Reformatted and revamped today. The school year is about to end, and Miles Landish is ready to start his summer vacation. Especially since he just got busted, again, for stealing his classmates lunches. Not just a Twinkie here, or a sandwich there – oh no. Miles had just binged his way down the hall, breaking into lockers along the way. If the embarrassment from being caught red handed wasn’t enough, he also split his pants bending over – flashing ‘The Goat’ to every teacher & Updated from 8/3/14 Reformatted and revamped today. The school year is about to end, and Miles Landish is ready to start his summer vacation. Especially since he just got busted, again, for stealing his classmates lunches. Not just a Twinkie here, or a sandwich there – oh no. Miles had just binged his way down the hall, breaking into lockers along the way. If the embarrassment from being caught red handed wasn’t enough, he also split his pants bending over – flashing ‘The Goat’ to every teacher & student in the hallway! The principal has had enough of Miles, and wants him to spend his senior year at another school. Well, if you’ve got snooty parents, and more money than God, you can pretty much write your own ticket – and his parents take full advantage of how much the school needs their financial support. They put their heads together and come up with a mutually beneficial decision – send Miles to Camp Tum Tum –A weight control camp for spoiled teens, aka a Fat Camp for over privileged brats. Miles is nervous, but he knows that he needs this – he can’t lose weight on his own. He’s tried. Camp Tum Tum is completely isolated, no phones, no computers, nothing to distract the campers. That’s a good idea, in theory. But when TSHTF, and there is no way to call for help – things spiral out of control faster than their will-power at an all you can eat buffet. CFC is a great story, bonus for having a kick-ass title and the best cover art ever! I used to have full collections of Garbage Pail Kids, and the cover pic makes me want to jump on eBay and pay a fortune to start collecting again! Updated NSFW review posted @ http://wp.me/p37DRX-ZS

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This reminded me of 'Lord of the Flies,' but in a much cooler, much more cannibalistic way. I also absolutely LOVE the epistilary nature of this novella. Its very short; I finished it in an hour or so, so anyone can find the time to read this one. I don't want to say too much 'cause I don't wanna spoil it for anyone, but suffice it to say, this book features, well, it features a Fat Camp that has, well, cannibals. EVERYTHING I have read from StrangeHouse Books has been absolutely awesome! This t This reminded me of 'Lord of the Flies,' but in a much cooler, much more cannibalistic way. I also absolutely LOVE the epistilary nature of this novella. Its very short; I finished it in an hour or so, so anyone can find the time to read this one. I don't want to say too much 'cause I don't wanna spoil it for anyone, but suffice it to say, this book features, well, it features a Fat Camp that has, well, cannibals. EVERYTHING I have read from StrangeHouse Books has been absolutely awesome! This twisted little gem is NOT to be missed. Plus, Scioneaux???? Talk about the coolest, frenchiest name ever! Plus, its worth picking up simply for the totally awesome 'Garbage Pail Kids' cover!!! Do yourself a favor, and read this immediately....its not expensive, and is free for the kindle until this Friday...grab it while you can!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Got as an e book. Great, Great, Great! Really enjoyed it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Miles is a neglected rich kid who is sent away to Camp Tum Tum to try and lose weight. Once there, tragedy strikes and the kids are left to fend for themselves. A psychopath in the midst uses the opportunity to take control of the group and soon presents an 'alternative' diet for them. This was a really fun read that used different pov to tell this cannibalistic lord of the flies story. Some things worked better than others and the end fell apart a little. It would have been fun to have read what Miles is a neglected rich kid who is sent away to Camp Tum Tum to try and lose weight. Once there, tragedy strikes and the kids are left to fend for themselves. A psychopath in the midst uses the opportunity to take control of the group and soon presents an 'alternative' diet for them. This was a really fun read that used different pov to tell this cannibalistic lord of the flies story. Some things worked better than others and the end fell apart a little. It would have been fun to have read what happened from the (view spoiler)[kids point of view and soldiers on the ground as the group was taken out at the end. The epilogue tied things up well and had a great twist at the end (hide spoiler)] . Solid 4* read and a great incentive to search for more of the author's works.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Castagna

    Cannibal fat camp is, well is campy. There is no shortage of gore here in this humorous and horrifying satirical novella. Part of it is a take off on Lord of The Flies. Entertaining and will satisfy your gore needs.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rusty

    Blunt. Brutal. Pudgy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    CANNIBAL FAT CAMP isn't hiding any cards up its sleeve. In fact the only cards it plays is the masterfully spoofed Garbage Pail Kids card that serves as the book's cover image. Authors Mark Scioneaux and David C. Hayes put this story into gear right on page one and don't let off the throttle until they run out of paper. There are no secrets here, this is the story of a fat camp gone cannibal. The premise is simple and workable. What will fat kids do when there is no food to eat. The answer is ext CANNIBAL FAT CAMP isn't hiding any cards up its sleeve. In fact the only cards it plays is the masterfully spoofed Garbage Pail Kids card that serves as the book's cover image. Authors Mark Scioneaux and David C. Hayes put this story into gear right on page one and don't let off the throttle until they run out of paper. There are no secrets here, this is the story of a fat camp gone cannibal. The premise is simple and workable. What will fat kids do when there is no food to eat. The answer is extreme and so is the action. Nothing is sugar coated and it doesn't need to be. This is just gory, nasty, bloody fun. Check you sensibilities at the door. Your going to find what I would call a light-hearted horror story. The story is short too, roughly novella length, and that was actually a bit of a problem for me. Often the timeline of events skips over several days. I found myself wondering what had transpired over those 'lost days'. I'm sure I could fill in the gaps myself as a reader but there were often large blocks of days missing which really begs the question 'What was going on there?' Also the style switches from narrative to diary entries to examiner reports back to narrative which I found pulled me out of the story when it happened. I understand what they were trying to execute there I just wonder if they could have made it all a bit more seamless. Though my gripes are a bit wordy, don't let them put you off to this book. Let them serve as a challenge for you to call me out and tell me I missed the point. I may not argue with you because despite my qualms I still enjoyed this book. It takes a simple idea and delivers the goods. Its fun, its different and there really is no excuse not to check it out on a lazy Saturday afternoon or as part of some quality vacation reading. Nab this sucker and check out the rest of the brilliant line up at StrangeHouse Books. You can tell 'em I sent ya!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mandy DeGeit

    Mark C. Scioneaux and David C. Hayes deserve second and third helpings of whatever they want for telling this story. With a title like "Cannibal Fat Camp" and the great Garbage Pail Kid-esque cover by Joshua Werner, it's hard to not want to read it. Miles Landish has a "huge" problem. Miles loves food. He eats when he's hungry and eats when he's not. Aside from the excess weight and health problems, his love of food has made him a social outcast. His appetite is so severe he can't control himself Mark C. Scioneaux and David C. Hayes deserve second and third helpings of whatever they want for telling this story. With a title like "Cannibal Fat Camp" and the great Garbage Pail Kid-esque cover by Joshua Werner, it's hard to not want to read it. Miles Landish has a "huge" problem. Miles loves food. He eats when he's hungry and eats when he's not. Aside from the excess weight and health problems, his love of food has made him a social outcast. His appetite is so severe he can't control himself if he knows there's food around. When the high school principal catches Miles in a not-so-flattering moment amidst a trail of stolen lunches, Miles is referred to a doctor who sells Miles on the idea of attending a fat camp called Camp Tum Tum. At first glance Camp Tum Tum is like all other fat camps. Every camper is overweight, subjected to controlled calories, lots of exercise and in Camp Tum Tum's case, complete seclusion on an island. Lose weight or lose weight, there are no other options here. At least until the counsellors are found dead, leaving the campers in charge. The only thing on their starving minds is: "LET'S EAT!" When food stores run out, one of the campers named Charles decides to step up and take over the camp. His first order of business is to find more food. Being trapped on a deserted island makes finding food a more difficult task than expected... Or does it? Cannibal Fat Camp reminded me of a chunky Lord of the Flies, but with an obese amount of comedy and gore.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Albert

    There was only one story that I didn't like in this entire collection, and several stories that weren't very extreme but still decently written. The last half of the book or so really turned up the heat and there were some truly disturbing and highly entertaining stories. Overall, very nice anthology. There was only one story that I didn't like in this entire collection, and several stories that weren't very extreme but still decently written. The last half of the book or so really turned up the heat and there were some truly disturbing and highly entertaining stories. Overall, very nice anthology.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    I won this book in a contest on fb. All I can really say about this book is that it was disgustingly awesome. There were several parts in the book I didn't want to visualize, but did anyway and kept on reading. I look forward to reading more books by this author. I won this book in a contest on fb. All I can really say about this book is that it was disgustingly awesome. There were several parts in the book I didn't want to visualize, but did anyway and kept on reading. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    As gross and squicky as the main novella of Cannibal Fat Camp tried to be most of the time, the real horror lurks within the short story by Mark C. Scioneaux, "The Chest": A little hair of the dog would ease her back down to Earth, and she took another sip of the ketchup and vodka concoction she'd dubbed a poor woman's Bloody Mary. As gross and squicky as the main novella of Cannibal Fat Camp tried to be most of the time, the real horror lurks within the short story by Mark C. Scioneaux, "The Chest": A little hair of the dog would ease her back down to Earth, and she took another sip of the ketchup and vodka concoction she'd dubbed a poor woman's Bloody Mary.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Sometimes the cover alone will make me pick up a certain book, and such was the case with Cannibal Fat Camp by Mark C. Scioneaux and David C. Hayes. Remember those "taboo" Garbage Pail Kids trading cards (a bastardization of Cabbage Patch kids)? I loved them only because they poked fun of those hideous dolls every went crazy over, so this was a "must have" for that alone. The fact that Mark's name was on the cover was a plus. Not too long ago I read The Glass Coffin: A Zombie Tale and knew he wa Sometimes the cover alone will make me pick up a certain book, and such was the case with Cannibal Fat Camp by Mark C. Scioneaux and David C. Hayes. Remember those "taboo" Garbage Pail Kids trading cards (a bastardization of Cabbage Patch kids)? I loved them only because they poked fun of those hideous dolls every went crazy over, so this was a "must have" for that alone. The fact that Mark's name was on the cover was a plus. Not too long ago I read The Glass Coffin: A Zombie Tale and knew he was name to watch. Meet Miles Landish. A neglected 17-year-old rich kid who makes Jabba the Hutt look like a Victoria's Secret Model. Threatened with being expelled from school after being caught red-handed breaking into lockers and scarfing down other students' lunches, his parents are at a loss as to what to do. Food is controlling the boy's life, and something needs to be done. That something turns out to be Camp Tum Tum, an exclusive fat camp for the rich and spoiled. At Camp Tum Tum, supervised by a team of Health Nazis, Mile will learn everything he needs to take control of his life. Things spiral out of control rather quickly, however, when a case of corporate sabotage elsewhere in the world has tsunami effect on this small, remote island retreat. Just how far will a group of morbidly obese teenagers go to survive? The title says it all. Let me start off by saying that Cannibal Fat Camp is not for everybody, especially if gross-out humor is not your thing. And I mean it when I say humor. Cannibal Fat Camp is hilarious—in a sick, twisted sort of way. It's so over the top that you can't help but laugh even though the scenes as they play out are grounded in reality (You don't think so? Remember the 1972 plane crash that left a Rugby team stranded in the Andes? In order to survive their ordeal, they had to resort to cannibalism.). Combining humor and horror is never an easy, but Scioneaux and Hayes manage to do it successfully: The news and medical reports help keep the reader's feet firmly planted in reality, even if the doctor is a sarcastic SOB; the diary and journal entries allow the reader an insight into the characters that a standard narrative wouldn't allow; the letters home that Miles writes add a subtle humor to the story (and maybe that's an age thing), as the reader hears Allan Sherman and Lou Busch's "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jjiWS...) playing through their head; and the recipes? I was howling. Despite the humor, there are elements in Cannibal Fat Camp that ring true to the world today: childhood obesity and bullying. Society is concerned with the rising number of obese children and tries to instill in children the need to eat right, but what you don't hear is an attempt to research and resolve the root cause of the obesity epidemic. The authors touch on that here as they attempt to find out the reason for Miles' food addiction. Miles himself claims not to know why he eats the way he does, but we can see it's a cry for attention. You would think that the ridicule he receives at school would be enough to make him turn himself around, but Miles doesn't feel he's worthy of trying to better himself. When his own parents don't seem to care, why should he? Subconsciously he's hoping his parents will wake up to what's going on and extend a caring hand. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the letters home, where Miles admits to being a disappointment to them and it's no wonder they wanted to ship him off, maybe to forget about him altogether. In truth, when we first meet Miles, we don't like him very much, but as we get a deeper insight into the character, our feelings change and we end up feeling sorry for him. We start rooting for him, hoping he'll be able to turn himself. The same cannot be said for some of the other characters, one in particular: Charles York. Charles is a take-charge type, and he's quick to assess the situation, but we soon realize that he's not all there mentally. The guy's a sociopath, and the more we learn about him, the less we like him. One could argue that the pacing of the story was off, that "civilization" deteriorated too rapidly, but when you are dealing with undisciplined, unsupervised children, is it too hard to imagine that things could spiral out of control so quickly? Think back to when you were a teen and your parents left you alone for the weekend for the very first time. What was the first thought that ran through your head? PARTY!! And consider how quickly rioting and looting break out in times of disaster. No, the events that transpire are not that hard to imagine at all. Well written with well-developed characters, Cannibal Fat Camp is an enjoyable read from beginning to warped, twisted ending that I would highly recommend. However, if you are in any way squeamish or easily grossed out, I would advise reading this on an empty stomach, otherwise you just might be running for the bathroom. Bon appetit!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christel

    I am not a horror fan. That out of the way, this book is a ramped up Lord of the Flies re-done with 21st Century slasher gore, dystopian society, zombie apocalypse, etc sensibilities. Not much is left to the imagination, and it's over the edge so I can recommend this book to my various friends who are horror fans. Even in a very campy book, there were well-defined characters. I didn't expect the ending. Quite a twist there. So I have to give it a 4 star rating even if it isn't MY cup of tea. I w I am not a horror fan. That out of the way, this book is a ramped up Lord of the Flies re-done with 21st Century slasher gore, dystopian society, zombie apocalypse, etc sensibilities. Not much is left to the imagination, and it's over the edge so I can recommend this book to my various friends who are horror fans. Even in a very campy book, there were well-defined characters. I didn't expect the ending. Quite a twist there. So I have to give it a 4 star rating even if it isn't MY cup of tea. I would have liked to see the leader's internal dialogue and written journal entries handled a bit differently to give it a 5 star rating. It got a bit long-winded and boring. Might have liked some of that coming from followers internal reactions to break it up and have a somewhat different emotional effect. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to review this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    sappho_reader

    Camp Tum Tum is an exclusive weight loss camp for the wealthy and elite. Set on a secluded island away from the prying public and helicopter parents, this camp promises to whip fatties into shape. After getting caught raiding his classmates lockers and gouging on their lunches Miles Landish is shipped off to spend his summer at Camp Tum Tum. Terrible events unfold soon after his arrival resulting in a dark comedy with lots of gore and, of course, cannibalism. There are little bizarre or absurd c Camp Tum Tum is an exclusive weight loss camp for the wealthy and elite. Set on a secluded island away from the prying public and helicopter parents, this camp promises to whip fatties into shape. After getting caught raiding his classmates lockers and gouging on their lunches Miles Landish is shipped off to spend his summer at Camp Tum Tum. Terrible events unfold soon after his arrival resulting in a dark comedy with lots of gore and, of course, cannibalism. There are little bizarre or absurd concepts in this book which was a disappointment to me. I originally thought Cannibal Fat Camp would be more sinister but the ending caught me off guard and left me more satisfied than I expected. This book is well written and engaging. My favorite part was the jab at Winter Olympians which made me chuckle.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    **Warning- Only for the seriously depraved and disturbed of heart.** Man alive. This has to be the most disgusting, disturbing and demented book I have ever laid my hands on. I loved it and plan on one clicking book two as soon as I am done here ! lol What can I say, I'll forever and always be a horror girl. You know how some books throw words like "extreme" in either the title or the blurb, and you can't help but roll your eyes a little because, how unoriginal? More fool I am for not taking it **Warning- Only for the seriously depraved and disturbed of heart.** Man alive. This has to be the most disgusting, disturbing and demented book I have ever laid my hands on. I loved it and plan on one clicking book two as soon as I am done here ! lol What can I say, I'll forever and always be a horror girl. You know how some books throw words like "extreme" in either the title or the blurb, and you can't help but roll your eyes a little because, how unoriginal? More fool I am for not taking it seriously. I consider myself a hardcore horror fan and had to suppress a shiver and a gag more than once.

  26. 4 out of 5

    John Bruni

    Remember LORD OF THE FLIES? Imagine if all of those kids on that island were Piggy (up to and including Jack), and you get the basis of this book. Wow. This is a hell of a gruesome book, and it pulls no punches. Not only are these fat kids quick to turn to cannibalism, they're also pretty eager to completely abandon the norms of society, including things like wearing clothes and not partaking in public orgies. Scioneaux and Hayes are ruthless. You will never forget this book for as long as you l Remember LORD OF THE FLIES? Imagine if all of those kids on that island were Piggy (up to and including Jack), and you get the basis of this book. Wow. This is a hell of a gruesome book, and it pulls no punches. Not only are these fat kids quick to turn to cannibalism, they're also pretty eager to completely abandon the norms of society, including things like wearing clothes and not partaking in public orgies. Scioneaux and Hayes are ruthless. You will never forget this book for as long as you live.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Payne

    Miles Landish can’t help himself. He eats and eats and eats and eats just to fill an empty, gaping, hole in his self esteem. Nothing ever seems to fill that hole, even the five star meals Miles' wealthy parents make possible. So, as a last resort, Miles attends Camp Tum Tum, a weight control camp for spoiled teens. What happens there is only hinted at in high social circles, but the truth must be told. Facing starvation, the campers at Tum Tum make a decision that very few human beings have made Miles Landish can’t help himself. He eats and eats and eats and eats just to fill an empty, gaping, hole in his self esteem. Nothing ever seems to fill that hole, even the five star meals Miles' wealthy parents make possible. So, as a last resort, Miles attends Camp Tum Tum, a weight control camp for spoiled teens. What happens there is only hinted at in high social circles, but the truth must be told. Facing starvation, the campers at Tum Tum make a decision that very few human beings have made. That decision turns Camp Tum Tum into... Cannibal Fat Camp!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Horror Bookworm Reviews

    Cannibal Fat Camp An island committed as a fat camp turns awkwardly haywire when steamy piles of human flesh becomes the diet of choice. Hayes and Scioneaux serve up a delicious entertaining guilt pleasured dish to readers that have a yearning hunger for the bizarre. In addition to this main course macabre meal, the reader is also treated to a few short storied appetizers that are sure to leave a long lasting taste of weirdness and wonder. So with a gore covered fork and knife, dig into the ficti Cannibal Fat Camp An island committed as a fat camp turns awkwardly haywire when steamy piles of human flesh becomes the diet of choice. Hayes and Scioneaux serve up a delicious entertaining guilt pleasured dish to readers that have a yearning hunger for the bizarre. In addition to this main course macabre meal, the reader is also treated to a few short storied appetizers that are sure to leave a long lasting taste of weirdness and wonder. So with a gore covered fork and knife, dig into the fictional fun Hayes and Scioneaux have carefully prepared.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Russell Holbrook

    This book was so fun! I read it at the beach last summer. So awesome. As silly and absurd as the book is there is actually a serious theme about food addiction and compulsive eating. I wonder if that was intentional.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Justin Hawn

    A fat camp for privileged youths. All the camp counselors die of a freak risin poisoning incident. The fat camp quickly spirals down into cannibalism spiced with Lord of the Flies and Jonestown. For garbage lit, I highly recommend this novella. 3/5 stars

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