“Tien H said: 2 stars
Dwight, Slim, & Rusty are always up for an adventure. On summer’s day, the Travelling Vampire Show, came to town. The conditions of entry were however rule them out from watching the show. But who’s to stop them checking out the venue of the show? No one was there though except for a vicious one-eyed mangy dog. Whilst they managed to escape, they were split up and weird things started happening.
Whilst supposedly a horror book, I found it weird rather than scary.
Ellen R said: 2 stars
In the summer of 1963 best friends Dwight (the narrator of the story), Rusty and Slim (surprisingly a girl) are intrigued by flyers they have seen around town advertising the Traveling Vampire Show featuring the only vampire in captivity, the beautiful and sensuous Valeria. Knowing they will not be allowed into the show since they are only 16 and it is strictly adults only the 3 teens sneak onto the abandoned lot (with its own dark history of violence) to try to steal a peek at Valeria. Instead they are met by a viscious dog that Slim would later see brutally murdered by members of the vampire show. When strange things begin to happen at the teens' homes they are afraid that the vampires are after them and when Dwight's understanding sister-in-law procures tickets for them all to see the show the three are both frightened and eager to see Valeria.
What I thought sounded like a good story (it was even touted to be "Stand By Me"-like) turned out to be pretty darned awful. 90% of the book told in graphic detail how sexually frustrated the teens felt. I don't think I could have stood one more sentence about Dwight watching Slim's blouse slide up her torso as he prayed to catch a peek at her breasts. I would have given up on the book except there was just enough mystery surrounding the vampire show that I wanted to know how it all played out. The last 10% of the book was the best part. No, returning the book to the library will be the best part.”