Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

Mexican Gothic is a suspenseful, gothic horror novel that will leave you questioning reality itself. Its creepy atmosphere only adds to the horror of the events throughout, flawlessly leading up to the surprising finale. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, you’re thrown off course by even more information. It is a book that will keep you reading long into the night, but read with caution, as you might just get nightmares! ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593099605
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Published: Ace - July 21st, 2020

I just have one question... who gave Alexis Henderson permission to write such a fabulous debut novel!? The Year of the Witching is a dark feminist fantasy that follows a young woman named Immanuelle as she learns of her mother's past and the forces that conspire against her. As Immanuelle discovers the truth of her settlement's history and the Church that runs it, she soon realizes that the biggest threat may just lie in their own past sins. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984826787
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Published: Del Rey - June 16th, 2020

If it matters: this was my first foray into the "Horror" genre. (That's the dept we file it in.) And to be sure, there was, ultimately, quite some gruesome passages in here. Overall, though, I was impressed with the scientific reality brought to bear by Brooks on this unprecedented display of Big Foot aggression chronicled in 1st hand journal form. Very astutely, he brings existing knowledge and observations from the fields of zoology and, most specifically, primatology into sharp focus in analyzing this post-volcanic Big Foot ape attack on the ultra-eco conscious mountain community of Green Loop.
Did you think that big hairy ape was our friend? Think again. And if you do come across a Sasquatch in the woods and must take a video, do it while running for your life; please, I beg of you. The image will have a lot of blur and vibration to it, but we're all used to that. Just run. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine

The Institute: A Novel by Stephen King - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982110567
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Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2019

The Institute is a terrifying, psychological thriller that sits on the shoulders of young children, all of whom display extraordinary abilities and intelligence. Inside its walls, experiments are performed for classified reasons, children are held against their will, and heroes sometimes come in unexpected ways.

In a surprisingly satisfying deviation from his usual classic horror stories, this novel is completely mind-bending, suspenseful, terrifying, and heart breaking. An instant favorite for me, and a perfect choice for anyone who wants to start reading books by King. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781942645825
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Published: Inkshares - October 31st, 2017

If you think the idea of four horror authors spending the night in a haunted house is cliche, you are in for a surprise. It's what happens to them after they leave the next morning that is truly terrifying. This book scared me from start to finish...and what a twist ending! ~ Reviewed by Sarah Donner

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781538731338
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 1st, 2019

Christopher is... missing.
Christopher is... different.

After disappearing for six days, a little boy named Christopher reappears unharmed.. but not unchanged. So begins a terrifying spiral into an imaginary world, where monsters and creatures blur the line between reality and imagined. Will Christopher - with the weight of two worlds on his shoulders - be able to save them both, the people he loves, and live to remember it?

Reminiscent of a much darker version of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, Chbosky's horrifying novel devoured me from beginning to end. Its twists and turns left me questioning my own sanity as I delved deeper into the nightmares, which, if you read this terrific book - are just dreams gone sick. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


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