Review: Certain Dark Things

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Nightfire, 2021 Adult Supernatural Horror 7 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: Atl is on the run after her family is decimated by a rival group of vampires. Domingo collects interesting items out of the trash and sells them. Ana is an experienced cop. All of them are…

Review: The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison Thomas and Mercer, 2016 Adult Horror Summary: After the FBI raid a serial killer's compound, the agents start to interrogate one of the survivors. Maya seems to be a leader among the girls. None of them want to talk without talking to her first and the agents need her…

Recommendations: Disturbing Reads

These may not be for everyone but if you're looking for something dark and brutal plus filled with social commentary, perspectives on the human condition, and extraordinary prose, these might be good to try. Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist is about a vampire, who looks like a little girl, meeting a young boy,…

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake Tor Teen, 2011 YA Supernatural Horror 8 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: Theseus Cassio Lowood has come to Canada to kill Anna Korlov, a ghost who violently kills anyone who enters her house. Things don't go according to plan. Likes: The characters are my favorite part:…

Review: The Enchanted

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld Harper Collins, 2014 Adult Horror 8 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: There's a prison, an older type. One of the inmates is a narrator. We also get the third person perspective of a woman who investigates those who are on death row. Sometimes they get out of the…

Review: The Merry Spinster

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg Holt Paperback, 2018 Adult Horror Short Stories (inspired by Fairy Tales) 2 cups of that one tea mix that I can drink but am not fond of, out of 11 Overview: This is a collection of eleven stories. They are inspired by fairy tales and…

Review: Frankenstein in Baghdad

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi Translated from Arabic by Jonathan Wright Penguin Books, 2018 Adult Horror 5 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: Hadi collects body parts and stitches them together. Then the corpse goes missing and the murders begin. Likes: This work reflects the complexity of U.S. occupied Baghdad. Dislikes: This didn't…

Recommendations: Vampire Books with Bite

October Begins! After celebrating my birthday over the weekend (and most of last week), Halloween season has begun. The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack is on repeat, decorations are going up. I've sung the "Monster Mash" once already today... And I've decided to kick October off with one of my favorite usually scary, usually supernatural monsters:…