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…

Review of We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory

We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory. ★★★★ In this novella, five survivors of horrific supernatural events gather together for a group therapy session lead by the enigmatic Dr. Jan Sayer. Harrison was considered a hero as a teen, but now he’s in his thirties and can’t sleep at night. Stan was partly eaten by cannibals. An…

Review of Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. ★★★★★ Through the Woods is a hauntingly beautiful collection of five short stories told through Emily Carroll’s stunning artwork. I borrowed a copy from a friend, but this is the sort of book that I desperately want to go out and get my own copy of so that I can cherish it…