Review of Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys. ★★★★ What a lovely novel. It took me a while to get into Winter Tide, but once I did, I enjoyed it immensely. Aphra and her brother Marsh are the only survivor of the government’s 1928 Innsmouth. In the desert camps, Aphra watched family, friends and neighbors die, far from the sea and the…

Review of Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. ★★★1/2 Are you interested in a f/f horror novel with killer mermaids? Then Into the Drowning Deep is the book for you! The Atargatis set off into the Pacific to film a fake, entertainment purposes documentary about mermaids. Unfortunately, the ones they found were all to real. Everyone aboard the Atargatis was…

Review of The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: Self harm The Murders of Molly Southbourne is a story that works perfectly for its novella length. Whenever Molly bleeds, a copy of herself is created. The Mollies may be friendly at first, but within a few days, they’ll inevitably turn vicious and try to kill the…

Review of The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. ★★★1/2 While I found The Screaming Staircase a tad predictable, I enjoyed it nonetheless. For the last fifty years, England has been beset by a plague of supernatural spirits referred to as The Problem. Only children and teens are capable of seeing ghosts, so all agencies for dealing with hauntings rely on minors…

Review of Final Girls by Mira Grant

Final Girls by Mira Grant. ★★★ I’ve read some of this author’s work under the name Seanan McGuire, but I’d never read one of the stories she wrote as Mira Grant. I had very little idea of what to expect going into Final Girls. I knew that it involved a virtual reality program being used for therapy, that…

Review of Brimstone by Cherie Priest

Brimstone by Cherie Priest. ★★★ I’ve been following Cherie Priest’s work for years, so it was with not a little anticipation I picked up this newest outing from her. Unfortunately, I was expecting and desiring a historical fantasy story, but I found Brimstone to be more horror with a Southern Gothic twist. Alice Dartle is descended from a long line…

Review of As I Descended by Robin Talley

As I Descended by Robin Talley. ★★★1/2 As I Descended is a queer, paranormal, YA retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Basically I saw that description and thought I had to read this. While I don’t think it’s a novel that I’d revisit in the future, it did make a good spooky read for right around Halloween. Acheron Academy is a…

Review of The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. ★★1/2 This was a let down. I was hoping I’d get something with a creepy atmosphere that would keep me turning the pages. Turns out I got a shambling mess of a book. Years ago, Elmbridge High School burned to the ground. Three people were killed and one went missing. Told through…

Review of Authority by Jeff Vandermeer

Authority by Jeff Vandermeer. ★★★1/2 Authority is the sequel to Annihilation, which you should read first. This second installment of the Southern Reach trilogy focuses on the Southern Reach itself, the government organization that studies the mysterious and dangerous Area X. John Rodriguez, who prefers to be called by the name Control, is appointed as a the new director…

Review of Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake. ★★★ Girl of Nightmares is a YA paranormal horror novel that’s not quite as good as its predecessor, Anna Dressed in Blood, but does the necessary job of tying up loose plot threads. You absolutely need to have read Anna Dressed in Blood before picking up Girl of Nightmares.

Review of Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest. ★★★1/2 Maplecroft is a fantastical horror novel set in the 1890s. I am not familiar with Lovecraft’s work, but I have heard Maplecroft be called Lovecraftian. Told in an epistolary style, Maplecroft tells the tale of a supernatural danger coming out from the ocean and the few people who stand against it. Lizzie Borden’s father and stepfather were slowly… changed……

Review of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. ★★★1/2 Anna Dressed in Blood is a YA paranormal horror book that reminds me of the episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer I’ve seen. Overall, it’s a solid piece of fun. Cas Lowood kills ghosts. He’s traveled with his mother across the country, hunting down the haunting, monstrous spirits who kill the…