Lifestyles

Getaway with Soleil: A Night at The Cordis

            Most of the time, my accommodations fall cleanly into the ‘affordable’ category. On family road trips, we’d sometimes stay in Best Westerns or Motel 6s: pools rarely open, itchy comforters, views of small towns or open fields, free cable TV, and reasonable pricing for a night between here and there. My current holiday will… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: A Night at The Cordis

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“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

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“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

OcTerror · Writing

I Talk on Film at Fifty

            If you’re looking for a taste of OcTerror in June, I have a treat for you. I had a great opportunity to guest on Brian Rowe’s podcast Film at Fifty, where he observes semicentennial movies. We talked about 1972’s Night of the Lepus, Janet Leigh, and the magic of horror—for almost two hours! This… Continue reading I Talk on Film at Fifty

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“A Little Bruja Magic”: Goddess of Filth by V. Castro

               Have you ever read something and had that little click where you realize that long-forgotten thrill of discovery has returned? I remember it used to happen all the time when I was younger: new fantastical worlds, interesting characters, staying up all night to finish the story. Post-degree and analytical to a fault, I’ve had… Continue reading “A Little Bruja Magic”: Goddess of Filth by V. Castro

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

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“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

“How Near Could Evil Get Without Us Noticing?”: The Last Witness by Claire McFall

            Novels that hinge on twists usually fall into two categories: brilliant pieces of work that force us to revisit the earlier plot with new eyes, or a lackluster pay-off like a firework that might illuminate the sky for a moment before going dull. While I won’t be revealing the turns Claire McFall’s The Last… Continue reading “How Near Could Evil Get Without Us Noticing?”: The Last Witness by Claire McFall

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Five Years of OcTerror: 15 Favorite Frights

               When I first began OcTerror in 2016, I didn’t really have that much of a plan or a long-term idea. It was simply one of those notions I’d had where I wanted to try something new and learn more about a genre that I’d long been denied and was interested in. Writing about it… Continue reading Five Years of OcTerror: 15 Favorite Frights

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Friday Fright Fest 2021: The Classics

Horror movies have been around since the creation of film. They often lurked in the darkness of genre, occasionally becoming mainstream or cult classics, but mostly went unrecognized when compared to action, drama, or comedy. A horror movie can contain all three of those in addition to the death, screams, and scares. There are thousands… Continue reading Friday Fright Fest 2021: The Classics