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Theatre of Horrors by A.M. Harte

Live or die - the choice is yours. 

You’ve heard the stories, been warned about the monsters living on the surface under the unrelenting glare of the sun. But nothing could prepare you for the dangers of the outside world. Forced to brave into a theatre of horrors, every wrong decision could be your last.

Theatre of Horrors is a choose-your-own-adventure story set in the same universe as A.M. Harte’s dark fantasy serial Above Ground. The story begins the night before the infamous theatre massacre, following the adventures of an Upper Hall teen who dares to brave the dark hallways where surviving is a nigh-impossible feat.

The rules are simple: start at the beginning, continue onwards, and play the game until you reach the end. Or die trying . . . .

Note: Theatre of Horrors contains some harsh language.


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Listed: Oct 18, 2011

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By Chris Poirier, editor

Oct 17, 2011: I haven’t read Above Ground, but I did find myself working my way through Theatre of Horrors when checking it out. It’s very reminiscent of the CYOA adventures of my youth. Definitely worth a look for fans of Above Ground—or if you want some nostalgia.

Note: A.M. Harte is a WFG editor, and a friend of mine.

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By Tim Sevenhuysen, author of Special People

Dec 9, 2011: Though I haven’t read Above Ground, which this story is apparently related to, I found Theater of Horrors interesting to work through. There was definitely some CYOA nostalgia involved!

There were plenty of hints at a bigger story going on in the background, and a lot of world-building that I was only seeing bits and pieces of. I can only assume that I’d find these moments more specifically interesting if I had read more from AM Harte’s other Above Ground work.

My criticism is that most of the branches seem to be either "you continue the story" or "the story ends." Whenever I hit an "ending" page I felt like I had simply made the "wrong" choice, so I went back and continued on down the other path. Rather than feeling like I was reaching a branching story with multiple options, I felt like I was being led through a linear story with a handful of death scenarios adding onto the sides here and there.

Overall, the writing is good, and I was definitely interested in seeing where things went. The execution wasn’t quite CYOA perfection, but I can imagine that it’s a very challenging style of writing to work with.

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