Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I read this book out loud to my girlfriend over the course of several months. The slow reading pace was nice, because the plot moves along at an easy pace. The novel is character-driven and hauntingly atmospheric; creepy, but not scary; heavy, but not depressing. In The Little Stranger, the upper class is in decline in post-WWII Britain.… Continue reading Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters


Matilda Reviews: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Summary:  Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Matilda Reviews: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Genre: Horror Published: 1959 Blurb It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night. Her room was musty but clean… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Matilda Reviews: The Bad Seed by George March

What happens to ordinary families into whose midst a child serial killer is born? This is the question at the center of William march's classic thriller. ... The spine-tingling tale of little Rhoda Penmark had a tremendous impact on the thriller genre and generated a whole perdurable crop of creepy kids. Today, The Bad Seed remains a… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Bad Seed by George March

Matilda Reviews: Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

Toward the end of October, a friend of mine lent me three books that he read for a class on horror literature, so I just had to add them to my horror lineup. Joyce Carol Oates's Zombie is the first of these. Zombie reads like the journal of a sexual psychopath. Quentin, or Q__ P__ as he refers… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

Matilda Reviews: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

I read on a book blog last month that Joe Hill's NOS4A2 was being described as a "masterpiece." Pretty tempting, right? So after reading a synopsis, I decided to add it to my horror month repertoire, and I'm so glad I did. It truly was an outstanding novel for many reasons. Here's the synopsis from Goodreads: Victoria… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Review: The Shining by Stephen King

I see now why The Shining is one of Stephen King's classics.  It features a wide variety of creepy things: ghosts, a slow descent into madness, wasps, extreme isolation, murder, blood, psychic ability, hedge animals coming to life...  I mean, there's something in there that's bound to give you a thrill. (And if not, then you are… Continue reading Review: The Shining by Stephen King

Review: Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

I added this book to my October horror reading lineup at the last minute, but after reading it, I'm not sure it can even be classified as a horror book. Horrifying, certainly---not at all for the faint of heart (or stomach)---but not horror. Here's the premise.  Twenty-three writers answer an ad for a writer's retreat:… Continue reading Review: Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

Review: Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Hello, and happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  On Saturday I attended a lovely wedding, although it still scares me that I'm at the age where my friends and peers are getting married. Anyway! Speaking of being scared: I read Rosemary's Baby in about three days. It's an easy, quick read at only 300 pages,… Continue reading Review: Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin