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Mike’s Book Review: The Remaking (2020)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
A determined novel that spans multiple time frames and plumb near covers every last aspect horror genre — except for UFOs and Bigfoot. That might sound like a stretch, but it ain’t. There’s witches. There’s ghouls. There’s 1970s grindhouse lore. There’s the conventions and their inevitable fan-boy hangers on. There’s even true crime podcasters. This book covers it all. Maybe that’s a good thing and maybe it’s not.
Mike’s Book Report: Later (2021)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ Is there anyone more qualified to tell the emotional tale of a mother and son relationship beset by ghostly visuals and a murderous mystery? If there is please tell us because as far as we’re concerned Stephen King is still sitting a top horror hill and there’s not anyone out there that will ever reach this pinnacle.
Liz’s Book Report: The Final Girl Support Group
Grady Hendrix has tackled many horror tropes in his novels: a gateway to hell, possession and exorcism, selling your soul for rock and roll and vampires. In his latest book he takes on perhaps the most well known trope of the genre- the Final Girl.
Mike’s Book Report: Video Palace: In Search of the Eyeless Man: Collected Stories (2020)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ The rise of the podcast generation paired with a nation’s emerging fascination with rampant conspiracy theories is the perfect backdrop for a horrifying and mercurial folk tale. In both the case of podcasts and conspiracies people don’t stop until they’ve reached the ever-loving bottom of the barrel. The problem is these barrels have no bottoms.
Eric’s Book Report: Lovecraft’s Monsters (2014)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
The Cthulhu Mythos gets a spin from current horror writers, in the way that Lovecraftian tales should be told, in an anthology. There’s a lot of variety packed into this compilation and features some notable writers, including Neil Gaiman, John Langan, and Joe R. Lansdale.
Mike’s Book Report: Devolution (2020)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ The perfect metaphor/antidote to 2020. Well-meaning people set out to change the world, lessen their foot print, and revel in their own brainy viewpoint. Only to be horrifically outdone by the unplanned mysteries of mother nature and her largely uncaring and brutish ways. Devolution is exists in a very real space with very real consequences. It’s everything that 2020 has offered. From the hopefully earnest to the horrifically primal.
Liz’s Book Report: The Beauty of Horror Coloring Book Series
Need a little art therapy in 2020?Alan Robert has you covered with The Beauty of Horror Coloring Book Series
Liz’s Book Report: Night of the Mannequins (2020)
An epic prank goes way off the rails in the upcoming novella, Night of the Mannequins.
Liz’s Book Report: It Will Be Just Us
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
The haunted house story is a tried and true horror trope, but what if the house was not only haunted by the ghosts of the past, but by shadowy figures from the future, too? That’s exactly what appears to be happening in the crumbling mansion at the center of this story.
Mike’s Book Report: I’m Thinking of Ending Things
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ It’s been known throughout the human experience that the journey is far more rewarding than the end point. For mountain climbers the peak is only the halfway point. Few endeavors have one introspectively looking solely at the terminus. For horror fans the end often isn’t entirely satisfying and the nostalgia for a film (or book) lies in the way the spooks and chills unfold along the way. Ian Reid’s 2016 novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, is the pure embodiment of this sentiment.
Liz’s Book Report: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
Grady Hendrix breathes new life into to the often cliche vampire genre with his best novel to date!
Liz’s Book Report: The Girl in the Video
Michael David Wilson wants to slide into your DMs with The Girl in the Video.
Liz’s Book Report: How to Survive a Horror Movie
You know the trends and tropes of the horror genre but do you know what to do when your corn has children in it? No? Read this book if you want to live…
Mike’s Book Report: Dr. Sleep
This was a herculean task. The public’s mind was so ensconced and involved with the original 1977 novel and the equally transformative 1980 film, that it was hard to envision a story line that would perpetuate this seemingly finite tale. In a classic case of “never say never” esteemed author Stephen King decided that it was time to give Danny Torrance his day in the sun.
Liz’s Book Report: Sour Candy
Creepy kids, glimpses into other dimensions and the dangers of too much sugar- that’s the taste of Sour Candy!
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode LXXVI: An Interview with David Dastmalchian
In order to celebrate our friend David’s starring turn in The Suicide Squad, for which he has been receiving numerous accolades, we revisit our initial meeting with him at Portland’s Rose City Comicon from 2019. He was a treat, and you can learn about his Comic writing career in addition to his acting performances. Congratulations, David!
In what has to be considered Mike and Eric’s favorite interview, actor and newly minted comic book author David Dastmalchian sat down with us at Rose City Comicon. We got to talk all things horror, and especially his new comic Count Crowley! Muuahahahaha!
Liz’s Book Report: Growing Things and Other Stories
Whether you’re a new fan or have read all his novels, grab a copy and get tangled up in Growing Things by Paul Tremblay.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode LXII: Literature Adaptations to Film
The book was better! Or was it? Our book expert Liz and Eric talk about some of their favorite adaptations from the page to the screen.
Liz’s Book Report: The Last Days of Jack Sparks
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Join gonzo journalist Jack Sparks on his drug fueled journey to explain the unexplainable in The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp!
Liz’s Book Report: My Sister, the Serial Killer
★★★★★ out of ★★★★★ By Oyinkan Braithwaite My Sister, the Serial Killer is the story of Korede, an organized, highly […]
Horror Infographics: Unexpected PopUp
Lindsay Ball-McQueen of BOOM marketing has come up with a fantastic set of images that re-imagines famous horror scenes by making them part of a children’s pop-up book. How fun!
Book Reports: Your Very First Horror Memories – Scary Picture Books
OK, horror fans, do you remember your first scary picture book? I bet you do! And I bet that book set you up to be a genre fan in the long run. Here are eight iconic spooky children’s picture books.
Liz’s Book Report: Ugly As Sin
Prepare for a beat down with Ugly As Sin!
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview With Author Ben Goldsmith of Source Point Press
When at a comic convention, you’ve got to talk comics! The last of our Wizard World interviews is with Ben Goldsmith, author of the just released horror comic The Seance Room from Source Point Press. This was a fun interview!
Liz’s Book Report: The Visible Filth
“Do you have to be dead first? Or will it break you open while you’re still alive?”
Liz’s Book Report: Will Haunt You
★★ out of ★★★★★ By Brian Kirk I am not really sure where to start with Will Haunt You the […]
Eric’s Book Review: Abomination
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ Monstrous body horror meets a fantasy hero’s tale in this Medieval England tale of stubborn honor, […]
Liz’s Book Report: The Worst is Yet to Come
Return to the creepy town of Skillute in The Worst is Yet to Come
Liz’s Book Report: Podcast Extra! An Interview with Author Mallory O’Meara
It’s an extra special treat for your ears! The Scariest Things talk with author Mallory O’Meara