• Graphic Novel Review

    Fangs

    Also by this author: Adulthood Is a Myth, Big Mushy Happy Lump, Herding Cats Warnings: Discussions of Sex My Thoughts Fangs makes my little goth heart happy. It was a surprisingly down to Earth love story between a vampire and a werewolf that was just so wholesome I couldn’t help but melt a little. The book follows Elsie and Jimmy as they meet and fall in love through a series of one-page vignettes, keeping in line with Sarah’s signature comic style. “You let me be me.” I adored the main characters, Elsie is quirky and morbid, while Jimmy is sweet and a little goofy. The book is filled to 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…

  • Book Review

    Certain Dark Things

    Warnings: Violence, Death, Sex My Thoughts A crime noir steeped in cultural history and vampire folklore, Certain Dark Things has unequivocally become one of my all-time favorite vampire novels. The vampires in this novel are drastically different from the ones we’re used to seeing in popular culture, drawing inspiration instead from the myths and legends of cultures around the world. These wildly different mythological figures come together and clash, creating a canonical universe where all exist. Nothing about the plot or characters feels like it isn’t grounded in reality, the history of upheaval and the colonization of Mexico of centuries past is woven so naturally into the narrative. I loved…