★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
In Dealey Plaza, John Russo deals with horror- only this time around he takes his horrifying cues from real news headlines., April 20, 2014, By Russ Streiner
This review is from: Dealey Plaza (Paperback)
With a sharp mid-career adjustment, John A. Russo shifted his storytelling focus from flesh-eating ghouls and zombies, to a totally different kind of horror- the horror of violence in America. The kind of terrifying horror we Americans inflict, mostly, upon ourselves with our suspicions, hatred, extremism and general madness.
In crafting his latest novel, Dealey Plaza, Russo utilizes his observations of contemporary history to create a spreadsheet of real and fictional historical violence starting with the time-stopping assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and spanning 40-years to the Al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
In Dealey Plaza, John Russo has used real events and media coverage of those events as the sketch pad to create fictional events that his characters have to live and die with.
The characters and details are crisp and clear and the violence, horror and terror they deal with in Russo’s fictional settings are, unfortunately, reinforced by news headlines to this very day.
In Dealey Plaza, Russo holds up a mirror to contemporary society that we don’t really like to look into. Dealey Plaza reflects what is regrettably within striking distance of all of us, at any place, at any time. As a filmmaker myself, Dealey Plaza could be made into a stunning benchmark film.
– Russ Streiner
Burning Bulb Publishing is pleased to announce a new Kickstarter Project to help get JOHN RUSSO’S latest novel DEALEY PLAZA turned into a movie. If you have ever wanted to be involved in backing a book-to-movie project, now is your chance. Plus, we are giving away some really cool perks as a thank you. 😉
Pleae check out our project at the following link:
From Legendary Horror Writer John Russo comes a harrowing tale where no one is safe!
Dealey Plaza is one of the most notorious places in America, and when youthful conspiracy buffs go there in 1964 to stage their own reenactment of the Kennedy Assassination, four of them are brutally murdered — the first victims of a hate-filled legacy that continues for four more decades.
The survivors of that long-ago Dallas trip, each of them now icons of the American way of life, are about to be honored — or killed.
Who will live and who will die? Will it be country-western star Lori McCoy? Her loving husband? Her scheming ex-husband? Or the case-hardened FBI agent and longtime friend who risks his life trying to protect them?
This is JOHN RUSSO at his best!
Watch the trailer:
From the Prologue:
Dealey Plaza is one of the most notorious places in America, and in the spring of 1964 I went there with some college pals, conspiracy buffs, who wanted me to help them film their own version of the Kennedy Assassination.
On the way home, four of them were murdered and their footage went up in flames.
It was the first link in a chain of violent death that spanned four decades and caused me to abandon all my youthful hopes and dreams.
As the years went by, some of us who had survived that trip became rich, some became famous or notorious, and some of us were entangled in tricky or dangerous situations that life had thrown our way.
Now we were gathered together for Homecoming Weekend 2000 at Belmont University.
But a killer was waiting for us.
And he was nursing a deadly grudge that had its roots in the trip to Dallas we had embarked on long ago when we were young, adventurous and innocent.