Jeff Strand's writing is typically light, easy-to-digest, page-turning horror fiction. It might seem easy. A person juggling oranges while riding a unicycle might appear to the casual viewer to be easy too. You try it.

Plenty have tried and continue to try to write fun, outrageous horror fiction. Few succeed like Jeff does. His work draws the reader in, and while he sometimes drags us into places we may not wish to go, it's always a good time.

Jeff Strand knows the horror genre inside and out. It's in his blood and in his guts. As with me, horror is an integral part of Jeff's DNA. Few know the field as widely and as well as he does.

This knowledge of the genre, as well as Strand's writing skill, makes Twentieth Anniversary Screening a joyous experience.

Twentieth Anniversary Screening is written like a long form piece of horror journalism. Jeff has obviously read more of this sort of thing than is healthy for him. Again, just like me.

A late-entry, run-of-the-mill slasher picture called The Roofer is made in the early 1990s. It's nothing special, and those of us with a taste for that sort of thing have seen more than our share of them. The Roofer is cheap and uninspired, and it gets a typically brief theatrical release. That's when things get really nasty.

The distribution history of The Roofer is rife with horrific tragedy. Obviously including the titular twentieth anniversary screening.

Strand is comfortable with this material. Twentieth Anniversary Screening convincingly reads like a savvy piece of horror media reporting. Jeff's trademark humor is in good form here, but he shows enough restraint to keep it realistic.

Twentieth Anniversary Screening originally appeared in a slasher fiction anthology with three other authors called Slice and Dice. This stand-alone edition features excellent new cover art by Lynne Hansen.

I thoroughly enjoyed Twentieth Anniversary Screening. This novella works perfectly at around one hundred pages, and you can score a copy for a very reasonable price. We've all paid a lot more for a lot less, so go ahead and buy a ticket for the show. Just keep an eye out for patrons wielding roofing tools.

Written by Mark Sieber

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