• Book Review

    Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse

    Warnings: Death, Descriptions of a decaying corpse My Thoughts Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse is perhaps one of the more experimental stories I’ve ever read. It is told from the point of view of Satsuki, a young girl who dies early on in the story, and the clumsy attempts of her childhood friends to hide her corpse. The writing style was good, the descriptions of the town paint a vivid picture of rural Japanese life. The sense of a hot, humid summer can be keenly felt as the characters struggle to get away with their crime. The story itself was pretty decent and honestly had me flying through pages wondering…

  • Erotica Book Review,  Literary Book Review

    Kink: Stories

    My Review: “It was the first real pain he had caused me, it made me suck in my breath, but it wasn’t too much pain, and not unexciting.”Kink is a curious little collection of literary short stories with heavy doses of BDSM and other kinks. It is a nuanced collection that explores human sexuality, relationships, communication, and consent through a diverse lens. I loved the wide spectrum of sexual orientations that are represented while also exploring various themes about desire and the joys and frustrations that come with it. The collection is definitely spicy, especially in the earlier stories. I was surprised that I could find some stories relatable, particularly…

  • Book Review

    Goblin: A Novel in Six Novellas

    Warnings: Violence My Thoughts Weird towns, we love to see them, and I’m always interested when a previously rare book is republished. I was excited for Goblin the premise sounded good, I love novellas, and the idea of interconnected stories that tell a greater narrative about a town is solid. The idea is good, but the execution was lackluster at most and terribly boring at worst. Happy Birthday, Hunter! was my favorite story of the bunch, the characters and atmosphere are perfect, and the ending was satisfying. A Man in Slices was also decent, while it drags at parts, the idea of having a friend that’s not quite right was…

  • Horror Book Review

    The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

    My Review: My Thoughts I fell in love with Mariana Enriquez’s stories after reading Things We Lost in the Fire and I was so hungry to read more of her work. When I saw The Dangers of Smoking in Bed was finally being translated to English I was overjoyed and so excited to dive back into Enriquez’s world of macabre characters and supernatural frights. I didn’t think it was possible, but I ended up loving this new collection so much more than the first. The stories in The Dangers of Smoking in Bed are bold, sexy, and push boundaries at every turn. The stories portrayed people or places that seemed…

  • Horror Book Review

    Lady Bits

    My Review: I love a good horror collection, and I especially love ones that dip into southern gothic fiction. Lady Bits is a strong collection, full of stories about wandering tramps, devious children, eerie folklore, and dangerous women. The stories are dark, gritty, and incredibly atmospheric, every story was a surprise for me and I had a lot of fun reading each one. Despite falling under the category of horror, the stories lack scares but deliver grotesque people and never shies away from extreme topics. The collection starts off incredibly strong with Carnivores and All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck, both stories center on cunning young girls hardened by…

  • Horror Book Review

    Things We Lost in the Fire

    My Thoughts The atmosphere created in many of these stories was nothing short of haunting, everything seems normal in the beginning, but then you notice some things that are a little off, a little dark. Things We Lost in the Fire was a journey into the surreal. The stories are set in modern-day Argentina with a diverse cast of characters and stories. Before reading this, I actually didn’t know much about Argentina’s history and culture so this book was a learning experience. I was intrigued by some common themes that I had noticed from story to story and decided to do a little research. I found that many of the…