The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
While not my favorite Atwood novel, her latest speculative fiction tale about a crumbling America was not my least favorite of her many works either. The despicable characters may make it a tough read, but Atwood’s touches of dark humor combined with her world building are the real stars of the story. [READ FULL REVIEW]
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson writes superbly tense gothic horror and We Have Always Lived in the Castle is no exception. Unlike the much more well-known The Haunting of Hill House, her last novel revolving around a family murdered by poisoned sugar explores how houses can become haunted by their human occupants.
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
I was really excited to read this horror novel, which combines diary entries, interviews and transcripts to tell a story about two girls who share the same body. I go into this book way more in-depth in the first meeting of the Spines with Wines book club, but it didn’t exactly live up to my expectations. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]
The Homecoming by Ray Bradbury
I don’t love all but I do enjoy a lot of stories by Ray Bradbury. Unfortunately, for some reason I didn’t fall in love with The Homecoming as much as I expected too. Probably because I wasn’t in the mood for it. Regardless, I loved the idea of the very Munsters-esque story and the illustrations by Dave McKean set the right spooky tone.
The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher
A dark fairy tale inspired by the story of the murderous Bluebeard, The Seventh Bride has the right amount of fantasy and horror to make it scary but not too scary. Why? According to the author’s note, this started off as a children’s story before becoming very not for children.
Slade House by David Mitchell
Told in five short stories each set nine years apart, Slade House revolves around a stately manor home in London and its very doomed visitors — and that’s all I’m going to tell you or I will spoil all the fun to be had. Simultaneously horrifying and amusing, this was my first work from David Mitchell and it will definitely not be my last! [READ MINI REVIEW]