• Horror Graphic Novel Review

    When I Arrived at the Castle

    My Review: When I Arrived at the Castle is an erotic gothic horror that is as gruesome as it is decadently beautiful. The color palette is striking; sharp black and white with gratuitous splashes of red. The colors work perfectly with the lascivious artwork, many of the panels draw the reader’s eye to the character’s mouths and breasts. The line between arousal and obscene is very fine, creating an intensely uncomfortable atmosphere right from the start. The plot is sparse but highly suggestive, the pace makes the story feel disorienting, which is precisely what makes it creepy. I read it a few times to really soak the story in, and…

  • Horror Book Review

    A Touch of Jen

    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 together out of…

  • Book Review

    Thinner

    Warnings: Violence, Sex, Racism, Descriptions of Starvation My Thoughts Do you know what one of the most un-fun things in the world is? Starving. Speaking as someone with experience and a stressful hospital stay because of it, this book has become that much more terrifying to me after that experience. Billy is a scum bag lawyer saddled with a gypsy curse that leaves him withering away slowly after committing a heinous crime. Both body and mind begin to deteriorate at an alarming rate and Billy finds himself fighting for his life. He goes through all the series of emotions you would expect from someone after they figure out that they’re…

  • Horror Book Review

    Black Fairy Tale

    My Review: 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. The only ghosts in this story are the memories of those that have been…

  • Book Review

    The Metamorphosis

    Warnings: Violence, Death My Thoughts The Metamorphosis follows Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman who one day wakes up and finds that he has been transformed into a large insect. Before his bizarre transformation, Gregor was the head of his family who worked to support his aging parents and young sister. The novel begins slowly, with the first part consisting of his horror at waking up in his new form. There is actually a lot of hysterics in the first part and it’s pretty strange but comedic. The reader gets a sense of who Gregor is as a character and his dedication, only thinking of how he can continue working and…

  • Horror Manga Review

    Mr. Arashi’s Amazing Freak Show

    My Review: There is no genre of manga that is more avant-garde than the ero guro movement. Ero Guro nansensu is a movement famed for depicting extreme gorey horror with themes of sexual violence. No ero guro manga is more famous than Shoujo Tsubaki, translated to Mr. Arashi’s Amazing Freak Show in the west. You’re nothing but a bunch of cowards! You’re just curiosity seekers. The story revolves around an innocent 12-year-old orphan named Midori, who is tricked into becoming a slave for a carnival freak show. The girl is regularly assaulted and abused by the performers of the freak show acts until the arrival of a magician that treats…