• Book Review

    The Body Will Follow

    My Thoughts Ghostly possession is one of those genres in horror that I feel doesn’t get enough appreciation compared to other more glamorous monsters and supernatural beings. The Body Will Follow showcases the horror of being possessed, and how a person’s carefully constructed life can be ripped to shreds in a short amount of time. It was both horrifying and campy and reminded me of the types of horror novels I grew up with. The story follows Carrie, a thirty-something with a good job, a nice house, close friends, and a healthy lifestyle. She is horrified when she realizes she doesn’t have control of her body as the ghostly ‘wishes’…

  • Manga Review

    Suicide Club

    My Thoughts Based off of the cult film, Suicide Club, the distressing nature of this manga hits the reader hard and fast. A stunning thriller that is difficult to put down, I ended up reading it in one sitting. The story follows Kyoko as she watches the descent of her childhood best friend, Saya, the only survivor of mass suicide. Kyoko finds herself pulled deeper into the mysteries of a suicide cult as she attempts to save Saya. “How do you relate to yourself?” The scary part of this manga isn’t the gore, though it is very gory. No, the real horror here is psychological. Saya and the other girls…

  • Book Review

    Ultimate Sacrifice

    My Thoughts A small town and a grisly ritualistic murder followed by whispers of a prophecy and sacrifice – the prospect of this book is terrifying. Ultimate Sacrifice is a young adult novel about a teen girl that finds herself and her family in the middle of a murder investigation with some horrifying implications. The book begins at a running start and keeps up a fast pace for the entirety of the book. I could sympathize with Vickie and the stress of having her family flooded with hatred and negative press, the pressure of suddenly being in the spotlight, and suspected of the most heinous crime imaginable. I liked that…

  • Book Review

    The Quiet Boy

    My Thoughts After seeing the trailer for the movie Antlers, which is set to be released next year, I was excited to find out that there was an accompanying short story that was published for free online. I decided to give it a read and it made me both excited for and dread the new movie. A majority of the students that I work with are aspiring teachers, and this little story is every new teacher’s worst nightmare. “She just wasn’t sure she loved being a teacher. Especially not here, in this town.” Julia Grey is a new teacher that is participating in the Teach for America, a nonprofit program…

  • Manga Review

    Dissolving Classroom

    Also by this author: Shiver, Smashed, The Art of Junji Ito: Twisted Visions My Thoughts Dissolving Classroom is the story of a pair of siblings that bring misfortune to every person that they meet. Chizumi is a disturbed child that enjoys harassing people and her older brother Yuuma follows behind, abasing himself apologizing for his sister’s behavior. Yuuma apologizes so often it becomes irritating to the people around them, but little do they know that the harassment and apologies are the least of their concerns. “He prays to the Devil for forgiveness.” This manga was an interesting piece of occult horror that in the first chapter plays out in unexpected…