book reviews

Book reviews for horror fans; weather a sleepless night with literary accounts of hauntings, possessions, zombies, vampires and beyond.

Crysta Coburn5 days ago
Book Review: 'Brotherhood of the Wheel' by R.S. Belcher
If you are a fan of modern urban fantasy/horror and don’t know the name R.S. Belcher, allow me to introduce you. If you do know Belcher, congratulations on being one of the cool kids. But don’t worry,...
Vampirism Within 'The Fall of the House of Usher'
What is it that scares readers most about Edgar Allan Poe’s literary works? Is it the fact that Poe leaves so much of the horror to develop in the reader's minds? In one of Poe’s most famous works, Th...
Loving the Evil of Vampires
We are all guilty of it as much as we may deny it. We have read Twilight, or The Vampire Diaries, or Vampire Academy, which all had spin-off movies and television shows. But when did vampires become l...
Aliza Dube25 days ago
Mary and the Monster
Mary, Mary quite scary, how does your writing go? With lightning strikes and cadaver parts, and pretty skulls all in a row. Mary Godwin’s mother made her a writer, but didn’t live long enough to raise...
Bridget Barnes2 months ago
The Ambiguous Mary Shelley: Friend or Foe
Over the course of two centuries Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has risen serious questions about science, life, morality and what makes a human. These questions can be argued and have been as to whether...
Annie Kapur2 months ago
A Filmmaker's Guide to the American Gothic Genre
The American Gothic needs to be understood in the following ways: What it is The Sub-Genres Examples The most important thing is to note that you cannot understand the American Gothic by simply watchi...
C.L. Foster2 months ago
Monks, Scientists, and Demons… Oh My!
Religion and science finally collide to portray two very different and horrific interpretations of the super natural and what it means to be obsessed with the temptation of the unknown. Mary Shelley, ...
Adam Wallace2 months ago
My Favorite Forgotten Stephen King Books
Hello, and welcome back to Second Chances where I'm brave enough to give another look at the maligned and forgotten. It's hard to believe that the foremost horror author of modern times Stephen King h...
Mia Petitti3 months ago
4 Must Read Books for Thriller/Suspense Writers & Lovers to Read ASAP
Books—can't get enough of them, personally. When I die, turn my ashes into the paper for book pages. Now, you may not be as intense as I am (not a bad thing), but books can be both entertaining and fu...
Dagny Desiree3 months ago
Book Review: 'The Death of Mrs.Westaway'
From the writer of the #1 New York Times, bestselling author of The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware comes The Death Of Mrs. Westaway. A fictional thriller that keeps you on your toes throughout the who...
Sam Cheesman4 months ago
'Drink Some Champagne, Flirt with a Hardbody, Find Some Blow'
For the first time so far, this chapter really belongs to Price in that we see a completely different side to him and so, a completely different side to the Wall Street socialite "stereotype" that we’...
Gerald Oppugne5 months ago
Best Psychological Thriller Books of 2018
What I love most about well-rounded psychological thrillers, whether it be a movie, TV show, or book, are the growing conflicts that arise alongside the characterization of each individual. It can alm...
Sadee Ferres5 months ago
Reading for the Sake of Spookiness
Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales, Yoko Ogawa, my thoughts. Let me see... On the surface, nothing too special. The settings are, for the most part, generic, but elegantly established. And often times there a...
Crow Zing 6 months ago
Book Review: 'The Outsider'
Honestly, this book is one of the best Stephen King's I've read in a long time. I started reading his novels around three years ago when I picked up Revival, which was the only book they had in the sm...
G S Meredith6 months ago
A Beginner's Guide to Vampire Fiction
Vampire fiction has exploded in the last three to four decades. There are now literally thousands of books, short stories, films, and comics featuring our fanged friends. They’ve managed to inveigle t...
Sam Cheesman6 months ago
'You Should Stop Reading All Those Ted Bundy Biographies'
This chapter seems relatively pointless in regards to the narrative of the book. Oddly, however, I think this is the point. Ellis wants us to sit through the pointless exchanges between Bateman and hi...
Sam Cheesman7 months ago
"Never Use Cologne on Your Face, Since the High Alcohol Content Dries Your Face Out and Makes You Look Older."
This was the most solid block of text across four pages that I've ever laid eyes on, with almost no direct quotes or dialogue. This chapter is nothing more than an extremely fine-tuned description of ...
Sam Cheesman7 months ago
'You Better Have Change for a Fifty'
It is worth pointing out that I have seen the film adaptation of this book multiple times and therefore I am approaching its key ideas and messages from a slightly different perspective than someone t...