• Feminist Book Review,  Media & Pop Culture Book Review

    The Monstrous-Feminine in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture

    Warnings: Descriptions of Rape, Homophobia, Violence, Forced Impregnation My Thoughts Feminist theory and Japanese horror media, two of my favorite things all wrapped up in one book. I couldn’t help but pick this book up, the premise sounded incredibly interesting and as a research topic, it is. As far as reading though, it is definitely an academic text because this book is meaty. Dumas covers a number of both popular and lesser-known pieces of Japanese literature and video game. She covers a wide range of media types and analyzes the social commentaries contained within each work and links it to Japanese history and social anxieties. For the media I had…

  • Horror Manga Review

    Hideout

    Warnings: Gore, Violence, Death, Child Death, Sex My Thoughts Sometimes you run into those manga that is worth reading for the art alone, even if the story is not the strongest. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I picked up Hideout but boy was I happy that I finally read it and I ask myself sometimes why I waited so long to do so. Kakizaki’s art is incredible with gorgeous inking and shading. There were so many times that I had to slow down and admire the extreme detail of a panel, the art was breathtaking. “It was at this precise moment that the very little hesitation…

  • 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…

  • Horror Book Review

    Zoo

    Warnings: Violence, Gore, Death, Domestic Abuse, Chlid Abuse, Animal Death My Thoughts I enjoy Otsuichi’s stories because he is unafraid to take risks, his stories are always a breath of fresh air. This collection was a delight because of the many genres included, and it showed Otsuichi’s range as a writer. From grimdark fairy tales to science fiction, black comedy to spine-chilling horror. I didn’t find the leaps in genres to be disorienting at all and enjoyed having something new and unexpected with each story. “I hope you don’t mind my asking, miss, but are you familiar with the prophecies of Nostradamus?” While not every story was an instant hit…

  • Manga Review

    Remina

    Also by this author: Gyo, Shiver, Venus in the Blind Spot My Thoughts Remina has always been one of Ito’s most underrated gems, a classic example of science fiction and cosmic horror wrapped up in one wonderful little volume. After the discovery of a new planet that appeared out of a wormhole, humanity is initially excited. The scientist that discovers the wormhole names the planet after his beautiful teenage daughter Remina and the girl is instantly catapulted to stardom. Once they realize that the planet is moving toward Earth, destroying stars and planets along the way, the world is plunged into a state of madness and terror. The story is…

  • Horror Book Review,  Light Novel Review

    Goth

    Warnings: Animal Abuse, Child Abduction, Child Abuse, Graphic Descriptions of Death, Gore, Murder My Thoughts Goth is a strange book to talk about, it is the type of book that I absolutely loved while also recognizing the absurdity of the story. The synopsis for the novel is poorly written, it leads prospective readers to think that Morino, a young gothic girl, is the main character and that she and a friend hunt serial killers to “understand them.” This summary is only partially true, the main character is the mysterious boy whose hobby is observing tragedy and his strange friendship with Morino, a beautiful but seemingly unlucky girl that ends up…