The Strain — Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Whatever you do, DON’T read this while on a layover at JFK. del Toro and Hogan successfully point out the intrinsic creepiness of airports, planes, and subway tunnels in the beginning of their Strain trilogy. The prose is creepy and at times unsettlingly funny, and the images described linger on in your mind’s eye in […]

Books: lost boy, lost girl & In The Nightroom by Peter Straub

Peter Straub is an intellectual horror writer. He writes stories that are multilayered with meta, self-referential within and between themselves, and take the reader for a real ride into the deep psychology of his characters. However, I wouldn’t say love his books, but I do like his complex intellectualized horror writing…with the caveat being, the […]

American Psycho — Bret Easton Ellis

Wowzers. The movie’s pretty faithful to the book, and, at times, is a little bit brilliant in terms of the cinematography. The book itself is a genuinely scary psychological thriller of one Patrick Bateman, who’s a serial killer and an investment banker. When the book was originally published, it received a lot of critique due […]

Nick Sagan — Idlewild

I accidentally ordered this book while trying to request the movie featuring OutKast. While I was initially disappointed, I’m glad I got the heck over myself. Sagan’s a relatively new talent on the SF scene. He uses Idlewild to talk about understandings of reality, memory, and innocence. He does this by introducing the reader to […]

Nadya by Pat Murphy

Okay, so Pat Murphy is rapidly becoming my secret author lover. <3* In Nadya, Pat Murphy revitalizes the history of American West through the eyes of young Nadya, a young werewolf woman crossing the Plains with Elizabeth, a proper young woman separated from those she was traveling with, and Jenny, the lone survivor of an […]

Obsidian Butterfly — Laurell K. Hamilton

My goal when I began rereading the Anita Blake books was to finally write up a post centering on Obsidian Butterfly. I wanted to talk about how OB stood out as an awesome treatment of mixed race issues. Because it takes Anita out of her surprisingly monoracial St Louis context, and plunks her down in […]

Lisey’s Story — Stephen King

Ultimately, Lisey’s Story is an unmemorable foray into King’s trademark prose. While it’s certainly compelling, it doesn’t really stand up to some of his classic works like The Stand or to some of his more recent works like The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. I mostly read it because I’m a pretty rabid King fan, […]