Genre: Horror

Book Review: When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord

Posted July 12, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord

Lovely in both concept and composition, Joshua Gaylord’s When We Were Animals is a coming-of-age confessional unlike any other. Yet, though the book is fascinating, dark, and gorgeous, I ultimately found it to be lacking in complexity and resonance. The reader witnesses the bizarre, ferocious nature of Lumen Fowler’s adolescence, and the author has done a wonderful job with all of it, truly, but at the end I still felt […]

Book Review: Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers

Posted March 9, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers

When I first heard that Courtney Summers was going to write a sequel to This Is Not a Test, I was honestly quite surprised. It hadn’t seemed to me like the sort of book that needed a follow-up. But, because I really like the author, I did give Please Remain Calm a try. And I’m glad I did. This novella sequel thing starts off at the very second that the […]

Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Posted January 19, 2015 // 5 Comments
Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak? To properly review A Monster Calls might be an impossible endeavor. I, personally, don’t much feel up to the task. I’ve read Ness before, been blown away by his prose and his skills. But the sheer impact of this book is something I’m not used to dealing with. This book is […]

Book Review: Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Posted January 4, 2015 // 6 Comments
Book Review: Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

There is something very characteristic of Carlos Ruiz Záfon’s novels; you always know when you’re reading one. Not that they’re all exactly alike—it’s more like this author’s stories have a similar pattern and style. Marina, for instance, instantly reminded me of The Shadow of the Wind, even though it’s been a few years since I read the latter. I suppose there aren’t too many Gothic/literary novels set in Barcelona, written […]

Book Review: The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

Posted November 13, 2014 // 0 Comments
Book Review: The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

I knew enough before I began reading to understand that The Girl from the Well isn’t a very scary horror novel—if it’s even a horror novel at all. Understanding that, I was able to appreciate other aspects of Rin Chupeco’s debut, as this book truly is a lot of fun. I read a review that compared this to an episode of Supernatural, and that sounds just about right. The author’s […]

Book Review: Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

Posted October 29, 2014 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

If you are in search of horror novel that’s far more tedious than it is terrifying, look no further than Those Across the River. Honestly, Buehlman storytelling in this book was just boring. A good premise that was lackluster in presentation basically equals a lifeless, drab text. That’s really all there is to it. For one thing, nothing truly “scary” happens until the last third of the book; the rest […]

Book Review: The Ritual by Adam Nevill

Posted September 15, 2014 // 8 Comments
Book Review: The Ritual by Adam Nevill

Four old university buddies decide to go on a three-day backpacking trip through Swedish wilderness. It’s rainy, and they’re miserable, so they opt for a shortcut through some unmanaged, unexplored forest. What could possibly go wrong, right? In short: everything. The Ritual depicts one of those situations where you, as the reader, just have to watch in a state of mounting agitation as the protagonists walk right into a bad place. […]

Book Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Posted September 10, 2014 // 4 Comments
Book Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

I’ve come to the conclusion that horror is not the best genre for me. We don’t work well together, simply because I do not get scared. I just don’t. I’ve heard from many sources that Another Little Piece is absolutely terrifying YA horror, best of the best…and nothing. The problem, I think is that I’m more of an intellectual reader than an emotional one. I’m always fairly distant from the […]

Book Review: The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Posted April 9, 2014 // 2 Comments
Book Review: The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

In this Printz Honor book, Rick Yancey delivers a gory teen monster-hunter novel that’s, well…gory’s about all I can say, because it’s really gory. The problem is that for all the gore, The Monstrumologist isn’t all that exciting, really. It’s slow, overwritten, and doesn’t have the most proactive protagonist. More mystifying, this very open-and-shut book has three (count them, three) sequels. Mostly I’m just underwhelmed. Our protagonist is William James […]

Book Review: The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Posted September 5, 2013 // 13 Comments
Book Review: The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Government quarantine, religious fanatics, mob mentality, witch hunts, murder, romance, hallucinations, death. All are large components of Robin Wasserman’s The Waking Dark, a horror novel that is at once sickeningly familiar yet also new. While not a perfect book, I cannot deny that I rather loved it all the same. The story takes place on Oleander, Kansas, a tiny rural town full of unique (and sometimes stereotypical) characters. A year […]

Book Review: 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

Posted May 4, 2013 // 19 Comments
Book Review: 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

I somehow missed the memo that this book is, you know, horror—and it’s not that I would have refused to read it had I known, but that lack of research on my part made 172 Hours on the Moon a complete surprise for me. And everyone: this book is downright creepy. It messes with your mind and makes an “alien invasion” look like a fun time. Mad applause to Johan […]

Book Review: Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

Posted April 15, 2013 // 6 Comments
Book Review: Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

For fans of folklore, monsters, and haunted houses, debut author Lindsey Barraclough has written a book just for you. Long Lankin, set in rural post-war England, details an encounter with an ancient beast who’s been stealing children from Guerdon Hall for centuries. Though the story itself drags in places—particularly the middle—the exploration of folklore and thrilling climax made up a lot of ground. Though I checked this book out from […]