My latest writing project is of a spooky nature, so I thought I might get a little inspiration from one of my favorite horror movies, Rosemary’s Baby. It didn’t disappoint and holds up after many viewings. Mia Farrow is having a tough trimester in Rosemary’s Baby After the umpteenth time of watching poor Mia Farrow find out what was really behind her linen closet, I got to wondering about the source material. A trip to the library resulted in a bag full of Ira Levin thrillers: Rosemary’s Baby (1967) While reading this thriller I was surprised to discover that pages of word-for-word dialogue made its […]
Quincy Carpenter is a Final Girl. If you watch horror or slasher movies, you know that the Final Girl is the one who manages to survive against the odds while all of her friends die horrific deaths. Quincy became one after all of her friends were slaughtered on what should’ve been a fun break from college at a mountain house in the Poconos. Ten years later, Quincy has stayed out of the public eye, fallen in love and achieved success as a baker. The almost anonymity disappears when one of the other two final girls from the past 15 years […]
I have a confession to make. Though I don’t know if confession is the right word. Confession hints at something one has been hiding for fear of punishment. Or SHAME. And this is nothing to be ashamed of. When I was younger, I read 100 million RL Stine books. I started with Goosebumps and then quickly moved on to Fear Street. I then graduated to Christopher Pike, and started dabbling in Stephen King at WAY WAY too young of an age. I loved RL Stine because of the formula. Guy or girl (usually young, nubile girl who is SUPER POPULAR […]
This was one of those books that I noticed on the shelf and pretty much decided to buy before I even picked it up. The cover is designed like a video rental jacket from the 80’s, front to back, right down to the “Be Kind, Rewind” sticker, and it’s like I had no choice. I still remember in fourth grade when the one liquor store in town started renting VCRs and movies on VHS, and just looking at this book brought back the sights and sounds and smells of that place. The book itself ticked pretty much all of the […]
It’s possible I’m the only one who didn’t know this is the first book of a trilogy. I don’t know if I’ll read the other two. There’s a mysterious place, Area X, where some kind of cataclysmic change happened, and it’s now abandoned and “walled” off, by an invisible barrier. Physically this place is unbelievably lush. VanderMeer somehow made me feel threatened by the growth of things. Psychologically the place has something else going on. A number of expeditions have tried to investigate or map the area or something. The few people who’ve returned had changed, drastically. In this book, […]
This was a CBR Book Exchange gift from a couple of years ago; I thought I found it from a review on here but apparently not! I’m not quite sure what to make of this book, which isn’t to say I disliked it.
I’ve read several Lauren Beukes books over the last few years and I’ve loved each of them. This is definitely the darkest I’ve read of hers. Maybe also one of the darkest books I’ve ever read to be honest. I thought it was going to be more on the mystery side of genre fiction, but it turns out it was really more on the horror side. The thing about Beukes is that no matter what she’s writing about, it’s going to be good because she knows how to tell a story well and her writing is always excellent. The story […]
A handyman and his wife live with their two young children Matt and Amber in a pretty large apartment complex. Right off the bat we are alerted to the fact that things aren’t quite right in this household. One, Lynn (the wife) is seeing a marriage counselor behind Harris’s back. Two, both Harris and Lynn undermine each other as parents, catering to one child only. Matt is meticulously neat and clean, quiet, artistic and obviously Harris’s favorite. Lynn, favors her intelligent, kind, loving daughter Amber. Often when one parent attempts to reprimand the other’s favorite, he/she is undermined. One is […]