Book Review: Billy and the Cloneasaurus by Stephen Kozeniewski

October 27, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 2

Horrifying MondaysHorrifying Mondays is all about what scares us. The horror behind the curtains that we refuse to open, the creatures in the dark, and sometimes those creatures that are in the open!

Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.




Horror for Today: Dystopian! More or less psychological horror!

Billy and the Cloneasaurus Billy and the cone
by Stephen Kozeniewski
Published by Severed Press on June 29th 2014
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 165
Format: eBook
Source: Purchase

Six billion identical clones make up the entire population of Earth, and William 790-6 (57th Iteration) is exactly like everybody else. In his one year of life he will toil in suburban mediocrity and spend as much cash as possible in order to please his corporate masters. When 790’s first birthday (and scheduled execution) finally rolls around, a freak accident spares his life.

Living past his expiration date changes 790 profoundly. Unlike other clones he becomes capable of questioning the futility of his own existence. Seeking answers in the wilderness, he discovers a windmill with some very strange occupants, including a freakish, dinosaur-like monstrosity. Which is especially strange since every animal on earth is supposed to be extinct…

Dark, haunting, and blisteringly satirical, BILLY AND THE CLONEASAURUS is the story of one “man’s” attempt to finally become an individual in a world of copies.

My Thoughts Horror

Trying to describe this book in a few words is going to be very difficult. Using more than a few words will be even more difficult as everything I say can lead to a spoiler!

So, I’m going to take this slowly… First of all! I want to call this adorable! It starts horrific but then just gets cute and crazy and yes it’s a dystopian but it’s just so much fun!

I fell in love with the characters. Billy is fantastic. I love that he has questions that all stem from this one horrific event from him almost getting slurried and then not. I cannot imagine knowing that my life was that close to being over. I would want to live up every minute and that is exactly what he is trying to do. The sad thing is that he has to go against everything he has been taught and everything he believes in TO live his life to the fullest.

The cloneasuarus!! Can I please adopt one?! I mean, I have five pets already, three of which are huge mutts but this cloneasaurus is just awesome. I so can imagine him being huge and derpy but adorable at the same time. Although he’s more like a side kick he was still a huge part of the story and I loved every portion that he was in. And the fact that he didn’t like the clone room, totally makes sense to me!

You can tell straight away that this is dystopian. I love, love, love dystopian. It’s horrific but you never quite know how much until all the pieces come together and these pieces don’t come together until very close to the end. At 74% I was having ahha moments! This is psychological horror at its best. And the really funny thing was, seriously it was also adorable when it wasn’t being so horrible! I mean there were times when I had question marks and other times when I just wanted to hug the book and stroke it and call it George! Too freaking cute! And then I was reminded that this was a dystopian and weird stuff starts happening again! How Stephen Kozeniewski is able to blend all of these feelings into one short story is beyond me but it was fabulous!

In short: FAN freaking Tastic! Interesting and very different story with bits of horror and a lot of thought!

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Rating Report
4.5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.9 / 5


The Author Horror


About Stephen Kozeniewski

Stephen Kozeniewski lives with his wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. He was born to the soothing strains of “Boogie With Stu” even though The Who are far superior to Zep, for reasons that he doesn’t even really want to get into right now.

During his time as a Field Artillery officer he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where, due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. The depiction of addiction in his fiction is strongly informed by the three years he spent working at a substance abuse clinic, an experience which also ensures that he employs strict moderation when enjoying the occasional highball of Old Crow.

He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s is in German.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Billy and the Cloneasaurus by Stephen Kozeniewski”

    • Christina

      My pleasure! Loved the characters in this so much. I felt invested in Billy’s life at page one. Incredible.