Lifestyles

Getaway with Soleil: Phillip Island

               If you’ve been wondering where the detailed accounts of my travels have been, look no more. Unfortunately, as with many adventurers of old, I was beset with fatigue and a mysterious illness that kept me away from my writing—but not from exploration. While my journey to Phillip Island and the seaside community of Cowes… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: Phillip Island

Reviews

“More Seawater Than Blood”: They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe

            When I say beach read, what do you imagine? Perhaps you think of a tantalizing summer romance in a coastal town where the passion is as hot as the sun and sand. Maybe you’re more in the mood for a cozy mystery about a body washing up on the shore, and the quirky local… Continue reading “More Seawater Than Blood”: They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe

Reviews

“Do You Taste the Taste in My Mouth?”: The Ghost That Ate Us by Daniel Kraus

            I have been told by the author to share that this is a book best avoided because of the suffering and pain it will cause. If, however, you are immune to danger and tantalized by fast food ghosts then I can only give my honest review of what I discovered in the pages of… Continue reading “Do You Taste the Taste in My Mouth?”: The Ghost That Ate Us by Daniel Kraus

Lifestyles

Little Free Libraries in The Biggest Little City

               I first heard about Little Free Libraries back in 2016. One of my professors would give us updates on the development, build, and creation of his. Even so, this non-profit book exchange program faded from my mind for several years. Then, in the midst of a TikTok session, a pair of BookTok-ers filmed their… Continue reading Little Free Libraries in The Biggest Little City

Writing

Why I Stopped Using Stars to Rate Books

               Earlier this year, I read an article by Sadie Hartmann, well-known reviewer of horror, explaining why she was no longer rating books with stars. Her reasons included how subjective and reductive such explanations can be, especially when compared to a written review. This spurred my own thoughts on the matter, and I decided to… Continue reading Why I Stopped Using Stars to Rate Books

Writing

StokerCon Comes Back to Life (Virtual Edition)

                In my recap of the 2022 StokerCon in Denver, I said I wasn’t sure if the price of hybrid registration was worth how little I’d used it during the event. After all, $250 is quite a bit. I did promise to revisit my opinion, and here I am a week later with a few… Continue reading StokerCon Comes Back to Life (Virtual Edition)

Lifestyles

StokerCon 2022 Book Haul

               One of the things I love most about writing conferences are the books. I’ve attended four conferences now and, somehow, I manage to walk away from each of them with a stack of new reads no matter how I try to control myself. The benefit of StokerCon, of course, is that these books are… Continue reading StokerCon 2022 Book Haul

Lifestyles

Shelfie 2022: Childhood Favorites

            If you’ve been a bibliophile since words first became stories then you know the all too real struggle of maintaining a growing collection of old favorites, new additions, and the ever-growing To Be Read. The size of my shelves has ebbed and flowed over the years, and so have their contents. At least four… Continue reading Shelfie 2022: Childhood Favorites

Reviews

“Horror’s Not a Symptom, It’s a Love Affair”: My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

            Stephen Graham Jones’ 2020 novel The Only Good Indians burst onto award lists, personal favorites, and—to date—is his breakout success after what was already a compelling career. Following it with something a little different, My Heart is a Chainsaw reads like a love letter to the slasher genre (particularly of the 80s), how they… Continue reading “Horror’s Not a Symptom, It’s a Love Affair”: My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Lifestyles

Shelfie 2022: Vintage & Antique Books

            In January, I shared an updated tour of my bookshelves. While my collection is smaller and a bit more selective than it used to be, I still have a fondness for whatever catches my eye. Often this includes less recent books. Living in a world where classics are available digitally or in a hundred… Continue reading Shelfie 2022: Vintage & Antique Books