Hasslein Blog: New High School Horror Novel by BTTF Co-writer Bob Gale


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Friday, October 25, 2013

New High School Horror Novel by BTTF Co-writer Bob Gale

Retribution High, a new novel by Bob Gale, is now available exclusively in Amazon's Kindle Store for $3.99, and from the Kindle Lending Library. A print version will be available soon. Retribution High is a dark, twisted, horrific tale of high school bullying, subtitled "A Short Violent Novel of Bullying, Revenge, and the Hell known as High School."

16-year-old best friends Mitch Simon and Jordy Hubbard are two of the smallest kids in their suburban high school. All they want to do is hang together, mind their own business and survive their junior year. But their size, their lowly status, and their rumored sexual orientation makes them the targets of "The Syndicate," a group of rich, arrogant kids who take pleasure in relentlessly bullying, tormenting and humiliating them, directly and on the internet. Desperate and powerless, with no one to turn to, Mitch and Jordy fervently pray to heaven for help during a very intense lightning storm. Amazingly, it soon arrives in the form of James Batt, a seemingly clueless kid who immediately becomes the primary focus of The Syndicate. But "J.B." isn't exactly what he seems, and before long, the boys—and everyone else at school—are wondering: just who is this new kid, where is he from, and what's his agenda?

As J.B. says,"Sometimes God answers prayers, and sometimes the devil does."

"If you combine the Friday the 13th movies with High Plains Drifter and set it in a contemporary high school, you get Retribution High," says Gale. "Some people really like it, and some people are very disturbed by it, so it's clearly touching a nerve. I wish I could say that it offers some sort of solution to the plague of bullying, but it absolutely does not. It's a dark, violent retribution fantasy with some black humor and religious overtones, and that's all it is." 

Retribution High is available in two versions, Standard (green) and Explicit (red). Although the overall story and content in each is the same, the Standard Version contains none of the 68 words or expressions banned on network television, and the sexual situations are toned down. As a movie, it would probably be rated PG-13. The Explicit Version is exactly that—full of explicit profanity, and also containing a scene that is not for the squeamish. As a movie, it would be rated R or X.

"There are a lot of readers who don't like to see certain things in print," says Gale, "so with today's technology, it's easy to provide alternate versions to accommodate different audiences. There are explicit and radio versions of some hip hop music, and there are R-rated and G-rated movie trailers for the same movie, but I don't think that this has ever been done with a new book before. Who knows, this may start something. Still, neither version is politically correct, and it's definitely not family entertainment. I suggest you use Amazon's Look Inside feature to read the first two chapters of each version, and that should give you an idea."

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For further information, visit the website at www.retributionhigh.com, like the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/retributionhigh) and follow on Twitter (www.twitter.com/retributionhigh).

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