• Paranormal Romance Book Reviews

    The Sleep Tight Motel

    I had a hard time deciding how I felt about this novel and whether or not I really liked it. It had it’s good points, some decent characters, and a somewhat unexpected romance. However, despite being listed as a suspense story I didn’t actually find this story to be all that suspenseful. The characters were too one dimensional, they were either all good or all bad and the direction of the story can be guessed fairly quickly. The main issue I took with the story was the comparisons between nice guy and bad boy relationships. The main character’s best friend is an obvious mirror, and she sees her friend’s relationship…

  • Horror Manga Reviews

    Fuan no Tane

    Fuan no Tane is a unique entry into the horror genre. The manga is comprised of a series of vignettes featuring regular people coming into contact with the paranormal. All of the stories are extremely short, some comprising of no more than two pages. The books are divided into small sections with a cluster of stories relating to a central theme. A few examples include invasion, being followed, and shadows spied from the corner of your eye. It is clear that the stories are based off of urban legends and local folklore and definitely have a very Japanese feel to them. Readers will have to keep this caveat in mind…

  • Graphic Novel Reviews

    Gothic Tales of Haunted Love

    When I first laid eyes on this collection I knew I had to read it. The cover is stunning and the idea of Gothic romance comics instantly caught my attention, being a fan of gothic literature in it’s various forms. It was a fast read and while I found a few spectacular comics in the collection I ended up feeling only lukewarm overall. Gothic Tales of Haunted Love seeks to revitalize an aging genre of literature while paying homage to the short-lived gothic romance comics of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Despite a variety of tropes that have become standard in the genre I feel that there is a lot more…

  • Graphic Novel Reviews

    The Ghost, The Owl

    What a marvelous little graphic novel this is! I was expecting a simple ghost story when I picked up The Ghost, The Owl but what I got was a surprisingly dark tale about man and nature. The story is told from the point of view of the owl, who decides to help a lonely ghost. “Helping is what is necessary. It shouldn’t matter whom or what you are helping.” The highlight of this graphic novel, of course, is the artwork which was gorgeous. Every page is extremely detailed and begs to be admired, I spent a lot of time marveling at how beautifully the story is illustrated. I loved the…

  • Horror Book Reviews

    The Dead House

    The Dead House is a chilling ghost story about a young woman’s descent into madness as she’s swallowed up by the wild Irish countryside. The prose in this novel is absolutely beautiful and paints a stunning picture of a land that is unsettling, the countryside gives the impression of being stuck in time, still deeply connected to Celtic tradition. The land is haunted by the tragedy of the Great Famine, in which over a million people died of disease and starvation. When I had read that there was a ouija board in the synopsis I’ll admit that I rolled my eyes. I quickly found that I was mistaken in my…

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