“Rowan’s Ruin” by Mike Carey, Mike Perkins, and Andy Troy

Rowan’s Ruin is a standalone trade paperback graphic novel about a girl named Katie who participates in a house swap, only to find that the house is haunted. But Katie isn’t scared off–instead she goes to the library and tries to figure out the house’s mysteries. As she learns about the house’s history, she hasRead more

“Winterwood” by Jacey Bedford

Winterwood by Jacey Bedford is the first book in the Rowankind series. It features a strong female protagonist, angry fae, and pirates, which are an excellent combination. Although it’s the first book in the Rowankind series, Winterwood is self-contained and forms a complete story arc. Book 2, Silverwolf, is scheduled for release in January. Rossalinde (or Ross)Read more

“Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance” edited by Mitzi Szereto

Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance is a collection of fifteen erotic short stories featuring ghosts, werewolves, vampires, and things that go bump (see what I did there?) in the night.  The stories draw on the gothic literary tradition, which at its heart has always paired romanticism with apprehension of the unknown.  This is oneRead more

“The Visitant: A Venetian Ghost Story” by Megan Chance

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The Visitant is a tale of ghosts and madness in historical Venice.  Elena Spira is offered a chance to redeem a past mistake by serving as a nurse to Samuel Farber, a young epileptic who recently survived a vicious attack in a back alley while out on a bender.  Samuel is different than any patient ElenaRead more

Halloween Giveaway: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

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If it sees like I’m doing lots of Halloween giveaways, I am.  Halloween is one of the few holidays that gets more and more fun each year, even as a grown-up.  It’s the kind of holiday that brings out everyone’s inner child.  Who doesn’t love costumes, candy, and things that go bump in the night?Read more

“The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson

  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 continuedRead more

“The Ghost Bride” by Yangsze Choo

  In The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, a young Chinese woman navigates the boundaries between life and death as she approaches her wedding day. After her mother died, Li Lan’s father neglected her social life, instead choosing to sit in his office and smoke opium.  Now Li Lan nearly eighteen, and her prospects forRead more

“The Lantern” Readalong, Part 3

This week is the final installment of the readalong of Deborah Lawrenson’s “The Lantern,” hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings as a part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge. This week’s questions were written by Heather. From this point onward, there will be spoilers.  I’ll post a spoiler-free review later in the week forRead more