• 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 Reviews,  Literary Book Review

    Kink: Stories

    Warnings: Sex, Sexual Assault, Violence My Thoughts 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 Safeword and Trust. It took me years to fully embrace myself and find a compatible partner after being shamed by…

  • 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

    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…

  • Book Review

    The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

    Warnings: Sexually Explicit Content, Cannibalism 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. β€œI had to contain that desire, that wish to sate myself, to open him up, play with his organs like hidden trophies.” The…

  • Horror Book Review

    Lady Bits

    Warnings: Sexual Assault, Violence, Drug Use My Thoughts 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. β€œIt’s always the mother’s fault. That’s what they say anyways, no matter whose fault it actually is..” The collection…