• 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 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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    Shimmer and Burn

    Warnings: Violence My Thoughts Shimmer and Burn was much much darker than I expected and I LOVED it. A locked away kingdom ruled by a ruthless king, forbidden blood magic that is both beautiful and deadly, a power-hungry princess, a dying world infested with diseased cannibals–this book had it all. That is, except for the main character, Faris. This book was almost perfect for me, but I just wish that Faris wasn’t so bland. The book is carried by an extremely strong plot and well-developed side characters but.. well the story just sort of happens to Faris. She is constantly made out to be a fighter but she ends up…

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    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. “I had to contain that desire, that wish to sate myself, to open him up, play with his organs like hidden trophies.” The…

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    The Road

    My Thoughts Where to start with this book. Well, first I can say that The Road is my first Cormac McCarthy book and I’m deeply conflicted about it. I was immediately surprised and rather frustrated by his writing style. There is a part of me that wants to read his other books to see what the fuss is about, but the other part of me is honestly hesitant because of how miserable my reading experience was with The Road. It is one of the most horrifying books I’ve ever read, both for its content and for the blatant disregard of anything that makes a book great but especially syntax. The…

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    Tender Is the Flesh

    Warnings: Cannibalism, Gore, Sex, Animal Cruelty My Thoughts What would happen to the meat industry if animals were suddenly inedible? Wiped out by a terrifying virus that makes animals toxic to humans. Tender is the Flesh answers that question in the coldest, cruelest way possible: cannibalism. To avoid the collapse of multiple industries and to satiate humanity’s “need” for meat, the world moves toward state-sanctioned cannibalism, a world where humans are bred for consumption. This is nothing new, the industry is already there, just look at any abattoir, the mass production of meat is already here. “Many people have normalized what the media insist on calling the ‘Transition.’ But he…