NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (2013) is a horror novel that bears similarity to some of Stephen King’s work, which is probably why it ended up on my to-read list, along with The Passage by Justin Cronin (2010). The antagonist of NOS4A2, Charles Manx, is reminiscent of Pennywise the Clown of King’s IT: both vampirically stay young by kidnapping and feeding upon kids, and both warp happiness into horror, Pennywise with his clown suit and Manx with the trappings of Christmas. His lair, for lack of […]
A few years ago I watched a movie with Miles Teller and Jonah Hill. The premise is that Teller — a massage therapist with a pregnant girlfriend — gets sucked into a lucrative but unethical business selling arms to the US government during the Iraq war. I didn’t finish the film, in part because the opening sequence irritated me to such an extent that it poisoned my view of the story. We meet Teller’s character after a business scheme fails and he is “reduced” to […]
In college I was assigned to read Anna Deveare Smith’s Twilight Los Angeles (1992). To say it is a book that has stuck with me would be an understatement. Steph Cha’s Your House Will Pay (2019) reads as a companion piece, or perhaps a sequel, toggling between the early 1990s and the late 2010s to examine what happens when a racially-charged crime goes unpunished. The protagonists are Shawn Matthews, a Black man whose sister‘s murder in the 90s by a Korean shop worker became a rallying cry for racial […]
I’ve read Tana French’s books out-of-order, starting with what is probably my favorite: The Trespasser (2016). Broken Harbor (2013), though, might take second place for its creepy depiction of a family haunted by forces both internal and external…. Find the rest of my review at my blog here.