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Book Review: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez

Title: The Dangers of Smoking in BedAuthor: Mariana EnríquezTranslator: Megan McDowellPublisher: GrantaDate: 2021 (2009)Genre: Horror / Short storiesSummary: Welcome to Buenos Aires, a city thrumming with murderous intentions and morbid desires, where missing children come back from the dead and unearthed bones carry terrible curses. These brilliant, unsettling tales of revenge, witchcraft, fetishes, disappearances and urban madness… Continue reading Book Review: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez

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20 Haunting Recommendations for Halloween

Halloween is coming up so I thought I’d recommend some spooky/scary/haunting books! Some of these are classics, so they’ll have links to free online editions, but some are newer books. The Monk by Matthew Lewis (1796) Set in a monastery in Madrid, The Monk is a violent tale of greed, power, and sexual obsession. It’s… Continue reading 20 Haunting Recommendations for Halloween

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Book Review: The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

Title: The Lottery and Other Stories Author: Shirley Jackson Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics Date: 2009 (1949) Genre: Horror / Classics / Short Stories Summary: In these stories an excellent host finds himself turned out of home by his own guests; a woman spends her wedding day frantically searching for her husband-to-be; and in Shirley Jackson’s best-known story,… Continue reading Book Review: The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

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Book Review: Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson

Title: Dark Tales Author: Shirley Jackson Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics Date: 2017 (2013) Genre: Short Stories / Horror / Gothic Summary: There’s something nasty in suburbia. In these deliciously dark tales, the daily commute turns into a nightmarish game of hide and seek, the loving wife hides homicidal thoughts and the concerned citizen might just be an… Continue reading Book Review: Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson

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Book Review: The Lifted Veil by George Eliot

Title: The Lifted Veil Author: George Eliot Publisher: Penguin Books Date: 2016 (1859) Genre: Classics / Horror Summary: The tale of a man who is incapacitated by visions of the future and the cacophony of overheard thoughts, and yet who can’t help trying to subvert his vividly glimpsed destiny, it is easy to read The Lifted Veil as being autobiographically revealing—of Eliot’s sensitivity… Continue reading Book Review: The Lifted Veil by George Eliot

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Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King

Title: The Shining Author: Stephen King Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Date: 2011 (1977) Genre: Horror / Thriller Summary: Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But… Continue reading Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King

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Book Review: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Title: ‘Salem’s Lot Author: Stephen King Genre: Horror Date: 2011 (1975) Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Pages: 751 Started: 25th October 2018 Completed: 31st October 2018 Rating: 4.5/5 Summary: ‘Salem’s Lot is a small New England town with the usual quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and respectable folk. Of course, there are tales of strange happenings—but not more than in any other… Continue reading Book Review: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

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Book Review: Clowders by Vanessa Morgan

Title: Clowders Author: Vanessa Morgan Genre: Horror / Thriller Publication Date: 1st March 2018 Pages: 275 Started: 15th March 2018 Completed: 16th March 2018 Rating: 4/5 Short Summary: Clervaux, Luxembourg. This secluded, picturesque town in the middle of Europe is home to more cats than people. For years, tourists have flocked to this place – also known as “cat haven” – to meet… Continue reading Book Review: Clowders by Vanessa Morgan

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Book Review: Carrie by Stephen King

Title: Carrie Author: Stephen King Genre: Horror Date: 2011 (1974) Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Pages: 242 Started: 25th October 2017 Completed: 25th October 2017 Rating: 4.5/5 Summary: Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable… Continue reading Book Review: Carrie by Stephen King