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Cheesy pleasures and odd lots!

Description: Mysteries, thrillers, gaspers, shockers, horrors and assorted oddments that are agreeable, of questionable taste, make no pretense to art or social import, are generally no more than 250 pages long, and have a high body count and/or novel manners of dispatch. Enfin terrible, they are lurid, compelling, and satisfying.

Members: 5 participating members (show all)

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1
7,201 members, 62 reviews
3.36 stars (3.36 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), bluepiano (1)

Score: 8

Explanations:

bluepiano (1): Sorry, none of my entries meets the 250-page spec, but this one's full-fat cheese: lurid, many dead, death by swine, violent titled people in the mysterious Baltic, general preposterousness. But fun to read. Once.… (more)

2
519 members, 17 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: craso (3), SomeGuyInVirginia (3)

Score: 6.08

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (3): Children shouldn't play with matches...especially this little girl.

3
973 members, 39 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: sturlington (2), bluepiano (5)

Score: 6.04

Explanations:

bluepiano (5): Fairly interesting but silly & shallow. Another protagonist who's much too fond of mummy.

4
90 members, 1 review
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1), SomeGuyInVirginia (38)

Score: 5.61

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (38): Was everybody in this town crazy?

5
5,446 members, 252 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: sturlington (3), SomeGuyInVirginia (21)

Score: 4.91

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (21): As good as the hype.

6
744 members, 25 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: sturlington (4), SomeGuyInVirginia (33)

Score: 4.5

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (33): Welcome, fiend. Enter freely and of your own free will!

7
203 members, 6 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (1): Houdini and Doyle can't stop the killing...once upon a midnight dreary!

8
155 members, 5 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: craso (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

craso (1): A smart little girl trying to live her way in a world full of meddling adults.

9
219 members, 4 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: craso (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

craso (2): An ancient Indian shaman grows and is born from a woman's arm.

10
157 members, 3 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (2): A classic, and to some a religious text (and you know who you are.)

11
112 members, 3 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

bluepiano (2): Would-be conman not half so clever as he thinks. It doesn't really hang together but it holds one's interest and protagonist's feelings about his mother would in most cultures be frowned upon.… (more)

12
77 members, 1 review
3.17 stars (3.17 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

bluepiano (3): Rather fun but plot & settings wholly OTT. Bonus: mad scientist.

13
279 members, 17 reviews
2.71 stars (2.71 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

bluepiano (4): Death by blood-sucking (bonus: vampires), distressed damsel imprisoned in mysterious eastern Europe, and preposterous ending. Perfect flu-reading.

14
18 members, 1 review
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (4): Who's killing her little darling's rivals?

15
1,183 members, 63 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (5): Johannes is one doctor you don't want to call.

16
1,106 members, 39 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

bluepiano (6): What could be more novel than death by VHS tape?

17
33 members, 1 review
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (6): I think I just read a YA novel.

18
181 members, 5 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

bluepiano (7): Wildly over-long for this list & Stevens isn't by any means a mediocre writer--but what seems to be attempt at a character study is over-colourful & over-inclusive. To be fair, a spate of killings near the end that seems thoroughly OTT is much like one of Ted Bundy's final crimes though the book would have been written first.… (more)

19
169 members, 6 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (7): Well, really, it's perfect.

20
286 members, 5 reviews
3.18 stars (3.18 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (8)

Score: 2.38

Explanations:

bluepiano (8): To me, rather a bore & not agreeable/satisfying but I'm swimming against the tide. Pulp, in excelsis. Melodrama, ditto. Bonus: incest.

21
161 members, 4 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (8)

Score: 2.38

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (8): Theirs was a strange friendship, but will it be enough to help them fight evil?

22
97 members, 3 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (9)

Score: 2.31

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (9): Someone's gone to die at this prep school...and someone's going to kill!

23
252 members, 5 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (10)

Score: 2.25

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (10): He didn't always use his powers for good. He couldn't!

24
129 members, 5 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (11)

Score: 2.2

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (11): A dismembered corpse in a butcher's shop window. It's like Christmas came early.

25
157 members, 3 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (12)

Score: 2.15

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (12): Starts as a screwball comedy, ends...badly.

26
2 members, 0 reviews

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (13)

Score: 2.11

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (13): Proof positive that when the grid fails, human sacrifice isn't far behind.

27
3 members, 0 reviews

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (14)

Score: 2.07

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (14): The title alone gets this on a lot of my lists.

28
12 members, 3 reviews
2.5 stars (2.5 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (15)

Score: 2.03

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (15): Geriatric revenge killings.

29
71 members, 4 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (16)

Score: 2

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (16): A cri de coeur from the gritty 70s.

30
32 members, 2 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (17)

Score: 1.97

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (17): Death in Venice was murder most foul!

31
221 members, 14 reviews
3.32 stars (3.32 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (18)

Score: 1.94

32
26 members, 1 review
3.2 stars (3.2 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (19)

Score: 1.92

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (19): Nicely paired with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

33
1 member, 0 reviews

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (20)

Score: 1.89

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (20): Too well written to be anything other than extremely disturbing.

34
425 members, 11 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (22)

Score: 1.85

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (22): I'm a fan of the Carson Ryder series.

35
243 members, 3 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (23)

Score: 1.83

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (23): Wow, I love love love this series.

36
168 members, 33 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (24)

Score: 1.81

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (24): They were just innocent children. Weren't they?

37
139 members, 2 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (25)

Score: 1.79

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (25): Dan Kavanaugh=Julian Barnes.

38
271 members, 9 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (26)

Score: 1.77

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (26): This world is hard on small things.

39
548 members, 26 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (27)

Score: 1.76

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (27): Demonic possession in a small college town. Need I say more?

40
69 members, 0 reviews
3.18 stars (3.18 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (28)

Score: 1.74

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (28): 30s noir masterpiece!

41
568 members, 11 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (29)

Score: 1.72

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (29): A Brit nasty.

42
41 members, 2 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (30)

Score: 1.71

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (30): Read anything by Westlake.

43
403 members, 31 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (31)

Score: 1.7

44
249 members, 11 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (32)

Score: 1.68

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (32): She was hunted by a psycho!

45
63 members, 1 review
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (34)

Score: 1.66

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (34): Some people just suck!

46
33 members, 2 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (35)

Score: 1.65

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (35): The psychic wasn't able to foresee...disaster!

47
307 members, 14 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (36)

Score: 1.63

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (36): Even the New York Review of Books reissued it. Feel good about slumming through this psycho carnival.

48
868 members, 12 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (37)

Score: 1.62

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (37): THE perfect beach book.

49
155 members, 4 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (39)

Score: 1.6

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (39): Stalked by demons with days to live.

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334 members, 7 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (40)

Score: 1.59

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (40): A psychiatrist locked inside a cell with a psycho killer. Can he get out...in time?

51
437 members, 11 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (41)

Score: 1.58

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (41): Bewitched in the real world.

52
310 members, 1 review
3.24 stars (3.24 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (42)

Score: 1.57

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (42): A cheese classic!

53
15 members, 1 review
3.33 stars (3.33 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (43)

Score: 1.56

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (43): Even nice old ladies can be killers!

54
1,997 members, 105 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (44)

Score: 1.55

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (44): One long dick joke.

55
178 members, 5 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (45)

Score: 1.54

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (45): What's creepier than murder in an asylum for the criminally insane? Set it in Germany!

56
265 members, 5 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (46)

Score: 1.54

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (46): He was a SS whore but he was supposed to be dead. Wasn't he?

57
100 members, 2 reviews
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (47)

Score: 1.53

58
304 members, 9 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (48)

Score: 1.52

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (48): Like herding all-powerful kittens.

59
46 members, 2 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (49)

Score: 1.51

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (49): The anti-cosy.

60
552 members, 13 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (50)

Score: 1.5

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (50): If you read only one Vatican vampire assassin book this year, make it this one.

61
86 members, 2 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (51)

Score: 1.5

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (51): Bonnie cleans up after violent crimes, but things are about to get messy!

62
290 members, 4 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (52)

Score: 1.49

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (52): You'll wish you hadn't!

63
552 members, 63 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (53)

Score: 1.48

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (53): Just because she's dead doesn't mean she isn't hot.

64
781 members, 10 reviews
3.19 stars (3.19 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (54)

Score: 1.48

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (54): No joke!

65
7 members, 1 review
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (55)

Score: 1.47

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (55): Jack and Jill ran up the hill. Pray they don't find you!

66
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (56)

Score: 1.46

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (56): Snowbound with a psychotic serial killer, but that's not even the worst of it!

67
12 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (57)

Score: 1.46

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (57): They got married. Then she wanted to change him. She wanted to change him...a lot!

68
28 members, 1 review
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (58)

Score: 1.45

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (58): People were dying to recover a priceless hoard of Nazi looted artworks. Then they started just dying.

69
47 members, 1 review
3.06 stars (3.06 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (59)

Score: 1.44

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (59): A Nazi menace emerges from a modern-day English bog.

70
78 members, 2 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (60)

Score: 1.44

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (60): That's a real angry monkey you got there, Bob.

71
74 members, 6 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (61)

Score: 1.43

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (61): Scribble, scribble! Eh, Saucy Jack?

72
1,194 members, 37 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (62)

Score: 1.43

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (62): The magic you dreamed of as a child is real. And it's coming to get you!

73
27 members, 0 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (63)

Score: 1.42

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (63): You'll wish you were dead...and finally your wish will be granted!

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760 members, 27 reviews
3.13 stars (3.13 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (64)

Score: 1.41

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (64): The only way you'll leave this island...is if they find your body!

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56 members, 0 reviews
3.32 stars (3.32 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (65)

Score: 1.41

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (65): Liver Eating Johnson, the Human Cannibal, was cutting a wide swath through old New York. A very deep, very bloody swath indeed.

76
19 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (66)

Score: 1.4

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (66): England's stately home circuit has never been so bloody.

77
88 members, 5 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (67)

Score: 1.4

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (67): Blanche has a beautiful little daughter, it's just that nobody's ever seen her!

78
838 members, 19 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (68)

Score: 1.39

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (68): They're coming to get you, Barbara. They're all coming to get you.

79
342 members, 23 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (69)

Score: 1.39

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (69): When Amanda was a little girl she had an imaginary friend. Now her friend is back...and there's hell to pay!

80
230 members, 27 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (70)

Score: 1.38

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (70): These neighbors get up to the oddest things!

81
174 members, 19 reviews
3.23 stars (3.23 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (71)

Score: 1.38

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (71): A real-life nightmare where the zombies are the least of your worries.

82
95 members, 2 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (72)

Score: 1.37

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (72): Suddenly there came a tapping...

83
88 members, 3 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (73)

Score: 1.37

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (73): People are dying in a snow-bound ski chalet...and then they're coming back to life!

84
1,072 members, 102 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (74)

Score: 1.36

Explanations:

SomeGuyInVirginia (74): But ya are, Blanche, ya are!

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