• 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…

  • 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…

  • Horror Book Review

    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…

  • Graphic Novel Review

    Snow, Glass, Apples

    Also by this author: The Sleeper and the Spindle Warnings: Disturbing Sexual Content, Gore My Thoughts I really love when fairy tale retellings play with my expectations, mixing up the story to provide something fresh and new. Snow White is an icon of classic fairy tales, thanks in part to Walt Disney her appearance is unforgettable; raven black hair, deep red lips, skin pure and white as snow. The description alone makes me think of another legend, another creature, equally famous. “I think of her hair as black as coal—her lips, redder than blood—her skin snow-white.” Snow, Glass, Apples was a refreshing reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale. Keeping…