Immortal Pleasures by V. Castro - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593499726
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Published: Del Rey - April 16th, 2024

A beautifully haunting, feminist masterpiece that speaks to the injustices faced by native people during colonialism and haunts the reader to their core. This is a different type of horror novel, one filled with terrifying nightmares faced by enslaved people throughout history. This work of fiction had me overcome with emotion by the events covered by a mysterious vengeance seeking vampire named Malinalli. She works to take her country back through centuries of antiquities dealings and vicious attacks while also seeking true love. This is one that will be talked about for a long time to come. Well done. ~ Reviewed by Kylie Thalheimer

We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Shirley Jackson - Book Review

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By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

The Blackwood mansion, housing two strange sisters and their enfeebled uncle, is a forbidding castle to villagers, who are dismayed and threatened by the family's dark history. The psychological tension intensifies as the sisters resist the community's penetration, and expose the rot and decay slinking inside. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

Mister Magic: A Novel by Kiersten White - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593359266
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Published: Del Rey - August 8th, 2023

Have you ever thought about a show you loved to watch as a kid and decided to try and find it online? Imagine that when you look it up you find a group of people talking about it, but there is no proof that it actually exists. That’s the premise of the second novel by Kiersten White. The proof of a show living in the consciousness for a large group is something far deeper than anyone can fathom. ~ Reviewed by Zach Blaszak

It: A Novel by Stephen King - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501142970
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Published: Scribner - January 5th, 2016

There is something evil in Derry. That’s the main takeaway from this brilliant novel, but that barely scratches the surface. Seven teens band together to take down a god-like horror, and they believe they succeed, but twenty-eight years later the horror returns. This is considered one of Stephen King’s greatest works, and in my opinion I think that is a valid consideration. While this book is dense it reads rather quickly, but I will preface that this is not for the faint of heart. This is a true horror novel, and not just a “monster” book and deals with not just an evil being but also the horrors of humanity. It is definitely worth all the hype it receives. ~ Reviewed by Zach Blaszak

Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250874627
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Published: Tor Nightfire - July 18th, 2023

This book is queer rage, distilled. The plot is only one layer removed from the reality of conversion camps - the supernatural elements almost literal, and no less horrifying for it. Despite centering around a place of queer oppression and pain, the story is cathartic. It's affirming to hear it acknowledged that yeah, some people actually think this way, and that's extremely messed up. I was tempted to call some of the messaging heavy handed, because I already knew a lot of it, "there's no hate like christian love", etc - but for someone who hasn't heard all the horror stories, who didn't spend hours on forums desperate for queer interaction, I can only imagine how hard this would hit. The protagonist's character arc was compelling, I really didn't think I was going to like her but she surprised me, and it feels weird to say I'm proud of her, but I am. Her curiosity about the world and inability to stop asking questions - even when explicitly told to stop questioning - is what makes her so satisfying to follow.

The thesis of the book is that no benevolent god would punish you for loving who you love, and no god who would punish you is worth worshipping, and for someone who isn't already on the atheistic side of the religious spectrum, that might be the most important thing they could hear. I adore this book, it was healing and vindicating and honestly if it weren't for the body horror that actually made me grimace a little bit - not an easy feat - I'd be campaigning for this to be on the YA shelf as well because for a horror loving queer teen, this could be their bible. ~ Reviewed by Danny Dezendorf

Bloom by Delilah S. Dawson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781803365756
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Published: Titan Books - October 3rd, 2023

A completely addictive and nerve-wracking farmer's market romance nightmare, this excellent horror novella tells the story of a shy and reserved woman, dealing with a recent breakup and looking for a new start, who suddenly finds herself obsessively attracted to a mysterious cupcake vendor. It's best to go into this one knowing as little about it as possible, but only approach if you are ready for things to get really gross and horrible. I work at a farmer's market every Saturday and needless to say it feels very different after reading this. Loved it! ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


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