Review of Junji Ito’s ‘Shiver’ (2017)

Who likes… Ren n’ Stimpy style, grotesquely detailed… Closeups of EYES!??! Meeeee!!! Shiver is an ideal Jinju Ito starter kit, serving up a compilation of his vilest manga shorties reaching back from ‘87 to nowish. Sure, the concepts are just original enough and always- ALWAYS- high stakes, so they worm right into your nightmares, but … More Review of Junji Ito’s ‘Shiver’ (2017)

Preview of C.V. Hunt’s ‘Halloween Fiend’ (Out on February 16, 2019)

C.V. Hunt’s vanity shelf bows low in the middle. She cranks them out without abandon. Halloween Fiend is not her end-all be-all masterpiece, but it’s not a contender for the donation box either, if only for the creepy-ass monster.     The actual Halloween Fiend is a playfully murderous monster demon that preys on the … More Preview of C.V. Hunt’s ‘Halloween Fiend’ (Out on February 16, 2019)

Review of ‘Death Dance in the Woods’ by Jeff O’Brien (2018)

O’Brien takes all the good parts of a slow-burning 80s B Horror movie and conjures them into this highly satisfying little diddy. Death Dance can’t burn too slowly though, clocking in at just over 100 pages, but it gets done what it needs to. You can read this one folding clothes, listening to metal with … More Review of ‘Death Dance in the Woods’ by Jeff O’Brien (2018)

Review of ‘We Sold Our Souls’ by Grady Hendrix (2018)

This book kicks a substantial amount of ass. It is funny, it is gory, it is intensely creepy, and hella inspiring. I should have figured out how to do umlauts before I started writing this, but anyway, We Sold Our Souls opens with the forming of the band Durt Wurk; a ragtag, bar-venue metal band … More Review of ‘We Sold Our Souls’ by Grady Hendrix (2018)

Review of ‘The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins’ by Irvine Welsh (2014)

IT’S A METAPHOR. The title is a metaphor, which is unfortunate. Not to worry! There is a fair amount of strange sex and peripheral media coverage of some conjoined twins, but the title more points to how we often see ourselves in our rivals- in our opposites- in the things we often hate. Oh, sorry, … More Review of ‘The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins’ by Irvine Welsh (2014)

Review of Stephen King’s ‘The Outsider’ (2018)

What do King fans call themselves? Kingers? Kingsfolk? Peasants? The Monarch? No, The Monarch would be all three King authors; Stephen, Owen, and Tabitha. Well, I’m neither a Peasant nor a Monarch. I like some King things; Your Shining, Your IT, his short stories are some of my favorite things in the world. I also … More Review of Stephen King’s ‘The Outsider’ (2018)