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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Scream All Night by Derek Milman - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Dario's family is utterly insane and because of this Dario got himself emancipated at a young age and has been living in an orphanage by choice. A phone call from his brother makes Dario decide it's time to go back to Moldavia Castle though. He's planning to attend his father's funeral, even though his father hasn't passed away yet. His father is terminally ill and wishes to produce his own funeral like he's done with all the horror movies he made during his life. His final wish is to be buried alive and his closest fans have bought tickets to be a part of his live funeral. Can Dario stay sane through all of this madness?

Moldavia Castle isn't just the setting of every horror movie produced by the family company, but it's also a home for all of the actors who play in their movies. Dario inherits the movie company from his father, but can only keep it if he manages to make the company a succes again. The business has been on the verge of bankruptcy for a long time and his father gives Dario six months to turn the failing finances around. Dario walked out on his family many years ago, can he accept his father's will?

Dario never felt loved when he was living at Moldavia Castle. He played in a zombie movie once and his father put a lot of pressure on him while shooting the scenes. This movie became a big success in the cult genre and the fans still recognize him at the funeral. Dario is a genius and he's been accepted at Harvard on a full scholarship. Now that he's back at Moldavia Castle he's doubting the choices he's made and needs to find the best way to deal with a bad situation. Will he be able to do it?

Scream All Night is an impressive story about things that go bump in the night both on and off screen. Derek Milman's vivid descriptions made it easy for me to picture each scene of this fascinating book in my head and it felt like I was actually watching a movie. I'm a big fan of horror movies and have a lot of love for the old cult horror genre. Derek Milman made it feel very real and I loved how the actors blend in with the story, they're all unique in their own way and I enjoyed reading about every single one of them.

I loved the way Derek Milman portrays the contrast between Dario and his family and was intrigued by the family bonds and the decisions Dario has to take. I loved Dario from the start and I was rooting for him to succeed in whichever path he would choose. Scream All Night is a promising debut novel and I can't wait to read Derek Milman's next story. I absolutely loved this crazy and deliciously dark and creepy story.

Advice

If you like to read insane horror stories, Scream All Night will be one hell of a ride.

About Derek Milman


Derek Milman was born in New York City, but grew up in Westchester, NY, where he wrote and published a successful underground humor magazine that caught the attention of the New York Times, who wrote a profile on him at the age of 14.

Derek studied English, Creative Writing, and Theater at Northwestern University. He began his career as a playwright (his first play was staged in New York City when he was just out of college), and earned an MFA in acting at the Yale School of Drama.

Derek has performed on stages across the country, and appeared in numerous TV shows and films, working with two Academy Award winning film directors.

Scream All Night is Derek's debut YA novel. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he is hard at work on his next book.

Links

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Amazon

Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Yup. I grew up in the suburbs of New York City. I began writing short stories as a kid, and published an underground humor magazine in my teens, which I'd sell to various stores. I studied theater and English at Northwestern University, and wrote my first full-length play in college, which we did in New York the following fall. I was accepted to Yale School of Drama as an actor, where I trained classically, and then worked on a number of TV shows and films, and a few plays. I wrote a few plays and screenplays during this time as well.

2) What does a typical day look like for you?

I will answer emails when I wake up, and because I'm promoting SAN, there's a lot of work to do in terms of interviews and Q&As, that sort of thing. But also handling the launch, upcoming travel plans, conference requests, sending out swag, and dealing with giveaways. I'm also editing my second book on deadline. I'll review my writing from the previous day early in the day. Then go have lunch, take a walk, hit the gym, and then push on with the revisions till dinner time. Sometimes I'll meditate or listen to music in the middle of the day to clear my brain. If there's time. If I'm drafting, evenings are typically reserved for research: reading books or watching films on my topic. I like to immerse myself in a world. These days, I'm putting in like 15 hour work days to try and get everything done. I hope people don't think writing books is easy, haha.

3) You started your career as a playwright and screenwriter, how did you get the idea to write a full length story?

The YA marketplace reached a certain point of evolution and popularity where I thought I had the right voice for the genre. I had a lot of ideas swirling in my head, as I always do, and I was in Montreal for a bachelor party. I had to give a speech at the wedding. I was sitting in a café and I just started taking notes for a single idea I had, I just pushed myself to do it. Many months later, I was in Los Angeles, and I happened to see my old notes for this idea. I liked them. And I started taking more. This would be the first YA manuscript I wrote, which ultimately got me my agent, and paved the way for SAN.

4) Could you describe the main characters of Scream All Night in 7 words each?

Dario: sardonic, sensitive, smart, bruised, creative, hopeful, lost.

Oren: arrogant, deluded, naïve, stubborn, childish, ambitious, jealous.

Jude: passionate, funny, coarse, sweet, spiky, lovable, angry.

Hayley: brilliant, accomplished, perceptive, selfless, restless, frustrated, idealistic.

5) When things go bump in the night, what would be your first thought and course of action?

Call my Mom.

6) What makes your heart beat faster?

Water freaks me out! I love swimming, and I'm a swimmer, but when there's a leak, or a pipe bursts, I get upset. Anything where there's water and there shouldn't be. I have a lifelong fear of drowning.

7) Which monster do you fear the most?

When I went into a cheesy haunted house one Halloween, I did not expect to have a visceral reaction to running into Freddy Krueger. But I did. And I ran the other way.

8) The cover of Scream All Night is stunning. Could you describe the process of designing the right cover for your story?

SAN is inspired partly by Hammer films. Hammer films have amazing posters. There's a book called the Art of Hammer that is a collection of the posters. I gave them to the design team for inspiration along with photos of castles that I liked, which they asked for. And they went from there. I love, since Moldavia is a movie studio, that the letters look like the Hollywood sign, and that they sort of scream at you.

9) If your book was made into a movie, who would play the lead characters and why?

There is news coming along these lines, and I want to be careful what I say here. I will say that I never picture actors--or faces--while I'm writing. I'm also not that familiar with teenage actors. We saw "Hereditary" recently and someone said the boy from that film, Alex Wolff, would be a good Dario. He has the right look, and attitude. And people had said Timothée Chalamet too, after "Call Me By Your Name" came out. Jack Nicholson is a hero of mine, and I've said I'd kill to see him play Lucien with a slight Romanian accent!

10) What are your plans for the future?

I'm editing my second book, another YA: an LGBTQ Hitchcockian thriller, out in 2019 from Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed hardcover copy of Scream All Night, signed bookplate, bookmark and a postcard by Derek Milman.

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26 comments:

  1. I grew up on a diet of Hammer Horrors and Monty Python so this should be one I'd enjoy!

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  2. I’ve had my eyes on this book for so long but after reading each character’s seven word descriptions I am even more excited! Thanks for a chance to win it!

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  3. Wow, his father's final wish is to be buried alive. Sounds like this will be a terrifying horror story. :-)

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  4. Scream All Night sounds like a dark, contemporary, coming-of-age story set in the crazy world of horror movie-making.

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  5. Great review and interview.Thank you for sharing it.

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  6. This book kind of has everything I look for in a read. It's funny, scary at times, and delves deep into family dynamics, while also being a beautiful and touching love story. It's a great gift- a sweet at its core coming of age story wrapped in darkly glittering ribbons. It's deeper than it may seem at first glance, and as haunting as the phantoms that Dario and company commit to film.

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  7. I love horror books! Thank you for the interview!

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  8. I am intrigued. I like the name Dario.

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  9. I love good spooky books. Yours sounds great1

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  10. This looks like such a fun book! I love the creepy cover!

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  11. This looks like bedtime reading all over lol!!

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  12. What an intriguing book!

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  13. I like the mix of horror and humor that this book clearly has!

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  14. I like the your possible cast choices.

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  15. A father who wants to be buried alive?!? How could anyone say no to this book?

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  16. Such a fun interview! Thank you for the chance to win your book. Sounds thrilling!

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  17. I am such a fraidy cat, I hide under the duvet lol my Husband loves horror stories though!

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  18. OOOh this sounds my cup of coffee. Love the idea of returning home to a castle, but which has also been the scene of horror movies too. The family dynamics is also an interesting part of the story ensuring that there's a bit of everything for everyone. Can't wait to read it.

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  19. I am very intrigued, sounds like a book I would lke.

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  20. I love reading! Thank you for another great giveaway.xxx

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  21. Great sounding read - thanks for the chance to win

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  22. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  23. (Scream All Night by Derek Milman - Book Review) This grew my attention to this book review;Dario's family is utterly insane and because of this Dario got himself emancipated at a young age and has been living in an orphanage by choice. A phone call from his brother makes Dario decide it's time to go back to Moldavia Castle though. He's planning to attend his father's funeral, even though his father hasn't passed away yet. His father is terminally ill and wishes to produce his own funeral like he's done with all the horror movies he made during his life. His final wish is to be buried alive and his closest fans have bought tickets to be a part of his live funeral. Can Dario stay sane through all of this madness?

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