I’m a fat guy, and I have been a fat guy for more than a decade now. Being a fat person comes with a lot more baggage than just the few extra pounds that is wedged here and hanging there. It not only wears you down physically, but unless you’re one of those delusional, “I love my fat self,” people, it also delivers one hell of a mental beating too.
That’s where Miles Landish, the fat kid whom the story of Cannibal Fat Camp is built around, finds himself at the beginning of the story. Despite the mental misery it causes, he can’t help but to raid the lockers of the other rich kids at his private school looking for their lunches.
He’s a fat kid out of control, and he knows it. That’s why it tortures him.
His parents, who seem more concerned over how their peers view them as parents of the fat kid than their child’s well being, decide to send him to an exclusive island getaway, which just happens to double as a fat camp established by some former fatsos determined to fleece the wealthy for as much as they possibly can. (That’s how I see it anyway.)
Once he gets to the island, he finds a few fat kids willing to be his friends, and things look like they are going to be peachier than a cold can of peach Diet Rite when things go horribly wrong on the island.
What started as a fat camp run by Jillian Michaels types, devolves into a Lord of the Flies situation where the kids are left to fend for themselves. The once domestic pigs attending the camp, quickly become wild feral hogs, whose tusks become implements of pure, bloody destruction.
It doesn’t take much imagination where the madness leads when the title of the book is Cannibal Fat Camp.
The book was written by Mark C. Scioneaux and David C. Hayes. I’ve included their author bios from Amazon at the end of this piece. Hayes, interestingly enough, worked on a film called The Frankenstein Syndrome with one-time guest on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Tiffany Shepis.
Scioneaux and Hayes aren’t afraid to walk the fine line between gratuitously gory descriptions, and the well-crafted descriptions one would expect from a pair of sickos addicted to putting little black squiggly things onto a white canvas in an effort to exorcise the voices in their heads.
It’s always good to read a book that turns out to be nothing like what was imagined when it was purchased. I presumed Cannibal Fat Camp would be something Troma-esque, but it was actually closer to being in the realm of Cannibal Holocaust than Redneck Zombies.
It’s good shit.
In fact, it’s more fun than drinking milk from a cup made from chocolate chip cookies.
Another great attribute of the book is the Garbage-Pail-Kids-style cover art by Joshua Werner.
The only issue I had with it was the fat kid’s description, in terms of height and weight, was too far off from my own, and the descriptions made him sound way fatter than I am. At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself. I’ve been telling myself that over, and over, and over again. It’s given me a bit of a complex really.
So until you get your hands on a pair of sweat pants, a cookie cup, and a protective sleeve for your Kindle, why don’t you do something productive with your time, like reading a fucking book or something.
Author Bios borrowed from Amazon (Although we did sweeten them up with some links whenever possible)
Mark C. Scioneaux is the author of numerous short stories appearing in various anthologies by Blood Bound Books, Severed Press, Evil Jester Press, and others. He is also the coauthor of INSURGENT Z, and SLIPWAY GREY. HOLLOW SHELL: A ZOMBIE EPIC is an on-going serial of his that is available for download on Kindle. He is the founder of Horror for Good: A Charitable Anthology. Teaming up with Cutting Block Press, they will send all proceeds from book sales to amfAR, an international AIDS charity. It features some of the biggest names in horror and several stars on the rise. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife, Jessica.
David C. Hayes is an award-winning author, editor and filmmaker. Most recently, he has written stories for Dark Moon Books, Strangehouse Books, Evil Jester Press, Blood Bound Books and many more. His first collection, American Guignol, will be available in 2013 and he is a multiple genre anthology editor. He is the author of Muddled Mind: The Complete Works of Ed Wood Jr. and the upcoming Rottentail graphic novel as well as many screenplays, stage plays (his Dial P for Peanuts won an Ethingtony in 2011), articles and more. His films, like The Frankenstein Syndrome, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, A Man Called Nereus, Dark Places and Back Woods, are available worldwide. He is the co-owner of Cinema Head Cheese (www.cinemaheadcheese.com), a geek culture website, and you can visit him online at www.davidchayes.com. David is a voting member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dramatists Guild. He likes creepy hugs and all kinds of cheese. David is a graduate of Michigan State University, National University, Grand Canyon University and Walden University. He lives in the wilderness of Michigan with his tolerant wife, Sandy.