Happy Birthday Shirley Jackson!

I dont fangirl out over authors. But when I do, it's over Shirley Jackson. A year of reading isn't complete unless I throw Jackson into the mix, whether it's an old standby or a set of previously unpublished works or a fresh adaptation of her work. I had the great fortune of reading all of... Continue Reading →

Are you Afraid of the Dark? Certain Dark Things by M.J. Pack/Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (50 Scariest Reads)

I just finished watching a movie called Lights Out, a tidy little horror film about a malevolent force that's only visible in darkness. A trope that's been done before (Darkness Falls; Vanishing on 7th Street ) this might be about the best. If you plan to watch it, skip the trailer, since most of the good scares are spoiled there.... Continue Reading →

Booknado 2016: November – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson + 50 Scariest Books: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

…the other contained a verse or two of Revelation—these words among the rest, which struck sharply home upon my mind: “Without are dogs and murderers.” - Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson ...and yet not alien none of it more than were their own hearts alien in them, whatever wilderness contained there and whatever beasts. -... Continue Reading →

Booknado 2016: October – Book vs. Movie Smackdown! – The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber/Wolfen (1981)

Werewolves always get short shrift. In the pantheon of monsters, they're kind of an afterthought, despite theoretically sharing a genetic heritage with the best animals of all time. In literature and film, werewolves are often portrayed as playing second fiddle to the sexier, cooler monster, the vampire, a relationship either servile or adversarial and always... Continue Reading →

The Store by Bentley Little: A Review

Coming soon to a small town near you: THE STORE. Bentley Little's 1998 parable of corporate menace tells the tale of an insidious retail discount store, creatively named "The Store" that plants its tentacles into the tiny town of Juniper, Arizona, and with lightning quickness proceeds to infest the entire town (how is that for... Continue Reading →

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