So, first let me clear the air and say that I am NOT an authority on Horror at all. I....don't actually read a lot of Horror? I think I did go through a phase in my youth. Ah, remember the days when there was actually a Horror section in the bookstore? I do. Does that … Continue reading What Makes a Good Horror Story (To Me)
Summary: DRACULA? A mere figment of superstition, a thing that could not exist. SABELLA? A very real person, an enticing girl of flesh and warmth - who detested the sunlight, who required the blood of young men to feed upon, who was all that Dracula was said to be except never one of the "undead." … Continue reading Book Review: Sabella or The Blood Stone by Tanith Lee
Summary: The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a riveting novel of gothic suspense that reveals not only Dracula's true origins but Bram Stoker's -- and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram … Continue reading Book Review: Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
Summary: Clock the Chaos Mage. A stranger out of time, hidden in the folds of shadow. He is the guardian of Coney Island’s supernatural borderlands, and the only thing standing between our reality and the demons that thirst to destroy it. Clock’s Watch. An anthology of heroic dark fantasy and terror. Illustrations by … Continue reading Book Review: Clock’s Watch by Michael Reyes
The Half Killed by Quenby Olson is a sort of Victorian murder mystery centering around Spiritualists. Only, what if all spirit mediums weren't charlatans? What if some of them could really communicate with spirits? And what if some of those spirits had ill-intent? From Goodreads: Dorothea Hawes has no wish to renew contact with what … Continue reading Book Review: The Half Killed by Quenby Olson
No, I'm not going back on my rants against Disneyfucation of good folk and fairy tales with this review. That's something I can't ever see happening. No, this time I'm here to tell you of a regrettably little-known Korean horror film, Hansel and Gretel (헨젤과 그레텔). If you enjoy anything like the other surreal science … Continue reading Movie Recommendation: Hansel and Gretel (2007)
For those of you out there that know me well, you know how much I love vampire stories. Yes, I'm one of those people that will probably read/watch something just because it has vampires in it. Do I think vampires are overdone, both in books and film/television? Hell yes. For every good vampire story out … Continue reading Byzantium–Just Another Vampire Movie?
Since we're getting in the Halloween spirit around here, with all the talk of haunted houses and creepy books, I'd like to take a few minutes to talk about my favorite anthology series. The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthology, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling*, published twenty-one volumes between 1988 and 2008. I remember … Continue reading The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Not Forgotten
The Land of Laughs was lit by eyes that saw the lights that no one's seen. Jonathan Carroll, The Land of Laughs In my irregular series on creepy books in honor of the impending autumn, I present to you one of the funnier ones. To a point. This book reads like a light surreal comedy … Continue reading Laugh While You Can… That Means You’re Still Breathing
No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, … Continue reading The Best Haunted House Novel?