“B.E.K.: Black-Eyed Kids Volume 1” by Joe Pruett & Szymon Kudranski

Several years ago, my friend Sam and I were walking around on a crisp winter night. We were in a very rural residential neighborhood. We were approached by a white van filled with pale giggling children with dark eyes. Even the driver looked no older than twelve. They kept asking us where they could findRead more

“Insexts” by Marguerite Bennett & Ariela Kristantina

When I saw InSexts on display at my local comic book store, I was immediately struck by the art noveau inspired cover. As I flipped through the pages and read the book’s description, I knew that I needed it in my life. InSexts is feminist Victorian body horror. You know how in Kafka’s Metamorphosis the main character wakes up toRead more

“Carmilla” by J Sheridan Lefanu

Carmilla by J Sheridan Lefanu is an early gothic vampire novel published 26 years before Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I’ve been curious about Carmilla ever since I first heard about it, and Halloween is quickly approaching, it seemed like the perfect time of year to read it! Carmilla is narrated by Laura, a lonely girl who lives with her father in onRead more

“Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening” by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Have you ever impulsively purchased a book and then been completely blown away by how mindbogglingly amazing it was? Earlier this summer I was traveling for work, and was horribly sick. In between meetings I stepped into a comic book store and saw the first issue of Monstress. The art was breathtaking, and I immediately grabbedRead more

“The Doll Collection” edited by Ellen Datlow

Dolls are a staple in horror media, and for good reason.  They’re similar enough to us that we can see ourselves in them, and yet alien enough to be unnerving.  The Doll Collection, edited by anthologist Ellen Datlow, presents seventeen short stories, each of which feature dolls.  But the dolls in this collection are not themselves soRead more

Mini-Reviews – Scott Hawkins & Jenny Lawson

So, it’s been a while since I blogged.  The space bar on my computer was broken, and I know y’all don’t want to read anentireblogpostthatlookslikethis.  That would be painful.  Now that I’m back, I’m going to dive in with some mini-reviews of books I’ve read semi-recently but haven’t gotten a chance to write dedicated postsRead more

“Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances” by Neil Gaiman

Trigger Warning is a new collection of short stories (and a handful of poems) by Neil Gaiman, an author much loved for his ability to craft worlds that are breathtaking and disturbing.  I’ve read many of Gaiman’s previous books, and so was delighted to hear that he was releasing another collection of stories.  While I’veRead more

“She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror” edited by Tim Lieder

She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror is a collection of short horror stories inspired by the Bible.  I spent a lot of quality time with the Bible while growing up (Catholic school will do that), and I’ve always been amazed at how disturbing so many of the actual Bible storiesRead more