• Graphic Novel Review

    Graveneye

    Warnings: Extreme Gore, Graphic Animal Death and Taxidermy, Domestic Abuse, Disturbing Sexual Content, Violence, Cannibalism My Thoughts To say that this graphic novel shocked me is an understatement, but not because of the gruesome content. I’ll be honest that I didn’t enjoy the early parts of the story when I first started reading. I had put it down and didn’t feel the drive to pick it up for a few weeks after. I was initially put off mainly by the art style, it was too gritty for my liking. The choice of narrator was also initially strange, as the story is told from the point of view of a sentient…

  • Book Review

    Nothing But Blackened Teeth

    Warnings: Violence, Gore My Thoughts I knew I had to read this book the second that I laid eyes on it, the cover is nightmare fuel and the prospect of a haunted house in a Heian-era mansion complete with a tragic urban legend was too good to pass up. The Ohaguro-bettari, literally translating to Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a faceless yokai dressed in a wedding kimono that is known for luring in single men. What an incredible subject for a ghastly horror story, there is something inherently creepy about a faceless ghost with only one feature, a mockingly sinister smile. The story centers on a group of “friends” that…

  • Horror Book Review

    Horrorstör

    Warnings: Violence, Gore, Torture, Death My Thoughts Retail work has to be one of the most thankless and draining jobs out there, the term ‘retail hell’ is the common description for what it’s like to work retail for a mega corporation. Many of us have worked soul-sucking retail jobs at some point, but Horrorstör makes the hell of working in retail literal. “No eyes, no mouth, no nose, no humanity; their individuality rubbed out.” I could identify with the sarcastic and apathetic Amy, a character type often seen in stories about retail work. She feels trapped in an endless loop with no hope of ever climbing up the corporate ladder…

  • Book Review

    The Vines

    My Thoughts At Spring House, it’s not just a lone ghost that haunts the property—something has awoken. Something about this house makes it feel alive. That’s the impression I got going into The Vines, and I thought it was a unique twist to the classic haunted house story. The plot is heavily character-driven, with a diverse cast of characters dealing with personal trauma. Even though I binge read this book, I wasn’t sure how I ended up feeling about it. At times it was thrilling, I wanted to know more about the mystery surrounding Spring House, and the action scenes are written in wonderful detail. On the other hand, I…

  • Gothic Book Review,  Urban Fantasy Book Review

    Hearts in the Hard Ground

    Warnings: Sex, Graphic Descriptions of Death, Drug Use My Thoughts I love gothic horror—the haunted houses, the ghosts, the romance in a macabre setting. An old house is not complete without a proper haunting, and there are plenty of ghosts to keep the lonely narrator company. Fiona is grieving the loss of her mother and struggling with the guilt of not doing enough for her mother as her health deteriorates. “Did she grow as pitiful, as frightened, as this bird when I locked her bedroom door to stop her wandering out at night? If she fretted, if she tried the door or the window or ever cried out in wordless…