• Horror Book Review

    Brief, Horrible Moments: A collection of one sentence horror stories

    Warnings: Gore, Cannibalism, Violence, Self Harm My Thoughts I couldn’t resist a unique idea when I stumbled on this little book, a collection of one-sentence horror stories that are meant to leave the reader wondering what happens next. I didn’t have very high expectations given the concept, but I figured it’d be an amusing short read and it was at first. Some of the earlier stories were not bad, and could easily work as a writing prompt. The vast majority unfortunately were utterly forgettable. “If you didn’t count the doll’s face and the fact that it was the size of a truck, it was a regular looking spider.” There were…

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    A Touch of Jen

    Warnings: Sex, Violence My Thoughts Well, this was certainly one of the more bizarre books that I’ve read in recent memory. A Touch of Jen is psychedelic millennial satire horror that reads like a fever dream. I read this book in a frenzy, finishing in under 48 hours, I just felt compelled to keep turning the page and had a hard time putting it down. The story follows Remy and Alicia, a toxic couple obsessed with Jen, an instagram model that Remy used to work with. Remy is a pitiful ‘nice guy’ and Alicia has low self-esteem. Remy is not subtle about his disdain for his girlfriend, yet they stay…

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    A Certain Hunger

    Warnings: Violence, Gore, Death, Sex, Rape My Thoughts What a deliciously devious book, a gorgeously written horror satire about a murderess and food critic. Dorothy Daniels has undoubtedly become one of my favorite literary killers; she is unapologetically sexy, terrifyingly tall, she has fine taste in food and a devilish desire to consume. If Lady Dimitrescu was a literary character, she would be Dorothy Daniels. “When we have sex, we ravish our lovers, nibble their ears, lick their vulvas, or swallow their cocks. Gleeful, we banquet on flesh.” The story is straightforward, it recounts the life of Dorothy, a notoriously famous food critic, and her gradual descent into cannibalism. The…

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    Horrorstör

    Warnings: Violence, Gore, Torture, Death My Thoughts Retail work has to be one of the most thankless and draining jobs out there, the term ‘retail hell’ is the common description for what it’s like to work retail for a mega corporation. Many of us have worked soul-sucking retail jobs at some point, but Horrorstör makes the hell of working in retail literal. “No eyes, no mouth, no nose, no humanity; their individuality rubbed out.” I could identify with the sarcastic and apathetic Amy, a character type often seen in stories about retail work. She feels trapped in an endless loop with no hope of ever climbing up the corporate ladder…

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    The Sleep Tight Motel

    Warnings: Violence, Sexual Content, Relationship Abuse My Thoughts I had a hard time deciding how I felt about this little novella and whether or not I really liked it. It had its good points, some decent characters, and a somewhat unexpected romance. However, despite being listed as a suspense story I didn’t actually find this story to be all that suspenseful. The characters were too one-dimensional, they were either all good or all bad and the direction of the story can be guessed fairly quickly. The main issue I took with the story was the comparisons between nice guy and bad boy relationships. The main character’s best friend is an…

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    Black Fairy Tale

    Warnings: Violence, Extreme Gore and Mutilation, Animal Torture, Death My Thoughts Black Fairy Tale is a bizarre story, full stop, it is the thought that kept circling my mind as I read the novel and especially when I finished. What made this story so enjoyable was precisely for that reason. It is an offbeat paranormal story about a girl that undergoes an eye transplant and finds that she can see the memories from her donor’s life. While it is a horror thriller, surprisingly this isn’t the horrific part of the story as would be predicted, and I liked that the novel toyed with my expectations. “Everyone in this town was…