• Horror Book Review

    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…

  • Graphic Novel Review

    Snow, Glass, Apples

    Also by this author: The Sleeper and the Spindle Warnings: Disturbing Sexual Content, Gore My Thoughts I really love when fairy tale retellings play with my expectations, mixing up the story to provide something fresh and new. Snow White is an icon of classic fairy tales, thanks in part to Walt Disney her appearance is unforgettable; raven black hair, deep red lips, skin pure and white as snow. The description alone makes me think of another legend, another creature, equally famous. “I think of her hair as black as coal—her lips, redder than blood—her skin snow-white.” Snow, Glass, Apples was a refreshing reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale. Keeping…

  • Book Review

    Certain Dark Things

    Warnings: Violence, Death, Sex My Thoughts A crime noir steeped in cultural history and vampire folklore, Certain Dark Things has unequivocally become one of my all-time favorite vampire novels. The vampires in this novel are drastically different from the ones we’re used to seeing in popular culture, drawing inspiration instead from the myths and legends of cultures around the world. These wildly different mythological figures come together and clash, creating a canonical universe where all exist. Nothing about the plot or characters feels like it isn’t grounded in reality, the history of upheaval and the colonization of Mexico of centuries past is woven so naturally into the narrative. I loved…

  • Manhua Review

    Love Practice

    Warnings: Animal Cruelty My Thoughts Well, this was certainly a surprising little manhua that I stumbled on. The premise is simple, a teen girl is in love with a boy but is too shy to confess. It starts off sweet and the art style is dazzlingly cute! Things quickly take a dark turn once she stumbles on a book called Love Practice and begins to prepare herself for the real confession. I can’t go into too much more without heading into spoiler territory, but this manhua was pretty clever and goes in unexpected directions that I couldn’t have predicted. Even when I thought I knew how things were going to…

  • Horror Book Review

    It Came from the Multiplex: 80s Midnight Chillers

    Warnings: Violence, Gore My Thoughts The 1980s were a golden age of American horror cinema, starting with a movement that began in the 1970s that defined the modern horror flick. The focus was shifted to films that were bolder, more aggressive, but artistic too. The horror genre also saw the rise of B movies that became cult favorites, low-budget gorefests that riveted audiences. Filled to the brim with supernatural killers, creature features, and evil children, the horror films of the era became a cultural zeitgeist that continues to influence horror writers and filmmakers to the present day. While there are still theaters available today, there’s no question that the rise…

  • Horror Book Review

    In the Miso Soup

    Warnings: Sex, Violence, Extreme Sexual Violence, Gore, Death, Torture, Language My Thoughts I’m beginning to think that I have an unhealthy obsession with Japanese thrillers, I’ve loved every single one that I have picked up so far. In the Miso Soup is a noir thriller about a tour guide that takes wealthy American patrons around the red light district in Japan. Kenji thinks that he has seen it all with his American clients, but he’s struck by a terrible feeling when he meets Frank. Frank is a gaijin, a foreigner that is enthralled with Japanese culture. There are many times that Frank is really cringy and ignorant, which is a…