Lock Every Door

This week I finally had a chance to read Riley Sager's Lock Every Door. I had read one of her other novels (Final Girls) earlier this year as part of the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge and really enjoyed her writing style, so I was excited to dive into her newest book. Lock Every Door is a…

The Turn of the Key

What kinds of things scare you? During this time of year, our thoughts may turn to ghosts and zombies, killer clowns, or other murderous characters from horror movies...the "things that go bump in the night." A close friend once told me that she found psychological thrillers far more frightening than traditional horror movies, because they…

The Haunting of Hill House

There's something about the concept of the haunted house that has always been fascinating to me. I think some of my interest goes back to when I was a kid, watching Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! for the first time. It was one of my favorite shows when I was younger. As an adult, I'm still…

The Institute

When you think about horror, who is the first contemporary author that springs to mind? For me, it's Stephen King. The first time I read King's work was in college, when a friend recommended that I read Salem's Lot. I found the novel interesting and began to seek out more of King's work. I haven't…

Fall Colors, and Hockey, and Horror…Oh My!

October is one of my favorite months of the year. It's a time when the temperature finally begins to drop, hockey season officially starts, and the leaves turn beautiful colors...at least in theory. (Today's forecast was decidedly more consistent with summer than fall.) And of course, there's also pumpkin-flavored/scented stuff everywhere... I don't know if…

Pride, Prejudice and Poison

When you think about the works of Jane Austen, the word "murder" isn't usually the first to spring to mind. But that's the subject of Elizabeth Blake's brand new novel, Pride, Prejudice and Poison. Pride, Prejudice and Poison is about a murder that takes place in Kirkbymoorside, an English village that has its own chapter…

The Irony of Fahrenheit 451

"It was a pleasure to burn."Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury 1) Fahrenheit 451 is the story of a fireman by the name of Guy Montag, whose job is to burn materials that have been deemed dangerous to society...namely books. He's good at his job and, given the first line of the novel (which is quoted above), seems…

The Hate U Give

Of all the books I have read during 2019, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, is the book that I was most impressed by. The Hate U Give is about a teenager named Starr Carter. After witnessing her unarmed friend being shot and killed by a police officer, Starr finds herself in a difficult…

Banned Comic Books: Bone

Happy National Comic Book Day! As some of my followers already know, I have a thing about comic books...namely that I adore them. I first started reading comic books when I was a kid. I used to be able to get new issues at the grocery store newsstand (and collector packages at Toys 'R Us),…