Book Review – Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig and I share a history of sorts: we both grew up in the same picturesque, rural (at least back then) paradise known as Buckingham Mountain, Pennsylvania. It’s known for its history, ghost legends, a hermit, and a setting for one of the most grisly unsolved murders in the history of Bucks County. TheContinue reading “Book Review – Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig”

Frankenstein

Do you share my madness? The spark that lit the imagination of an eighteen-year-old girl during a bleak summer on Lake Geneva gave life to the Gothic novel. The Castle of Otranto may have started it, but Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is without doubt the genre’s seminal work. Scanning (with amusement) some of the one orContinue reading “Frankenstein”

For Entertainment Purposes Only

It was my desire to escape the clinging neuroses of the dour Ms. Tyler that made me reach for a purgative in the form of a trashy 80’s horror novel I found at my local used book store. Enter The Dragon by William Schoell. Aside from the fact that the image appears more like an iguanaContinue reading “For Entertainment Purposes Only”

Today’s Twisted Short Story

JANUS  by R. Saint Claire I’m not what anyone would call a sensitive guy as the many girls who’ve slapped my face have told me (in so many words); But if I had known when I woke up this morning that by the end of the day I’d be fleeing for my life through aContinue reading “Today’s Twisted Short Story”

The Castle of Otranto

Faint of heart… Continuing with my Gothic Literature Reading Challenge 2017, I head for the granddaddy of Gothic literature The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (try to say it fast).  After reading some of the Goodreads reviews, I expected this to be a real chore, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much IContinue reading “The Castle of Otranto”

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Victorian Brain Fever As part of my personal Gothic literature reading challenge, I start with Dracula by Bram Stoker. Here’s a book that I pretended to read in the past (I’d started it several times) but in truth I’d only seen the movies from Murnau’s silent Nosferatu to Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula , which IContinue reading “Dracula by Bram Stoker”

Indie Horror Fiction Review #1

Sickness in Hell by Tarl Warwick While spinning down the post-election rabbit hole (yes, I voted for Hillary), I decided to take a trip to the dark side of underground news. A search for the term alt-right led me to a young, youtube philosopher, one Styxhexenhammer666, and despite disagreeing with some of what he spoutsContinue reading “Indie Horror Fiction Review #1”

Shadowland by Peter Straub

The King of Cats In the first chapter of Shadowland is the retelling of a scary little English folk tale (one that M.G. Lewis, author of the classic Gothic novel, The Monk, once terrified Percy Shelley with). It creeped me out too. A traveler, in other words my friend, was journeying on foot to theContinue reading “Shadowland by Peter Straub”

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

A House Without Love is Not a Home My introduction to Shirley Jackson is memorable in that it marks my first exposure to a particular kind of horror. Not the kind I experienced from watching my first monster picture at age five (Tarantula—and it was love at first sight), but the difficult to articulate kindContinue reading “The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson”

Faggots by Larry Kramer

Hell-bent for Leather I’ve been anticipating reading Faggots for a long time, and I really, really wanted to like it, but alas… I shouldn’t even put that ellipse there, only because Mr. Kramer uses them, along with a lot of other creative punctuation, throughout the novel, causing much distraction and frustration (for this reader anyway.)Continue reading “Faggots by Larry Kramer”