The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (★★★★☆½)
I can understand why people feel lukewarm toward The Grownup. Aside from the ridiculous price point, we were promised a ghost story and we weren’t given a ghost story — not exactly. Instead, what we got was a well-written psychological story with one hell of a twist. And I for one can’t really complain about that.
Penpal by Dathan Auerbach (★★★☆☆)
This creepypasta turned novel could have been great. Unfortunately, a non-linear narrative, way too many descriptive elements and all the filler made what could have been a superbly creepy horror story way less creepy. While I ultimately liked it and some of its chilling turns, Penpal has plenty of falts. Still curious? Read the shorter online version — which makes way more sense structurally — instead.
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (★★★★☆½)
In this modern day exorcism story, a teenage girl and her family become the subjects of a reality television show called The Possession. Named for a Bad Religion song, and partially inspired by The Yellow Wallpaper — with a dash of We Have Always Lived in the Castle thrown in — A Head Full of Ghosts will leave you with more questions than answers.
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (★★★★☆½)
Ballerinas, prisoners, time travelers, unreliable narrators and ghosts cross paths in this highly original supernatural horror novel from Nova Ren Suma. A beautifully written story, my only complaint is that I would have preferred more of Violet’s POV and less of Amber’s. Sorry Amber, but I wanted more ballet and less prison.
In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill (★★★☆☆½)
Father and son writing duo Stephen King and Joe Hill join forces to create a chilling cautionary tale about why you should never help anyone … ever. While I enjoyed the horrifying premise, the over the top gross out elements of the short story — which both King and Hill are definitely fond of — were way too much for me.
Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film by Mel Brooks (★★★★★)
A behind-the-scenes look at the iconic comedy Young Frankenstein as told by director Mel Brooks himself. From the film’s early beginnings to its theatrical release, iconic characters and actors, the story is weaved by Brooks along with accompanying materials, such as film scripts, interviews with the cast and crew and never-before-seen photographs. A must have for fans!
Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear by Margee Kerr (★★★☆☆½)
When I finally dove into Scream, I was expecting a thorough exploration of fear. Sadly, the book was incredibly unbalanced, with Kerr either succeeding or failing chapter to chapter as she attempted to tackle a wide range of subjects. From the science that was far too science-y, to the sometimes painful person anecdotes, I was left wanting so much more.
The Graces by Laure Eve (★★★★☆)
Described as perfect for fans of Buffy and The Craft, this contemporary witch drama starts off slow before hitting the ground running in the second half. As a fan of slow burns, this wasn’t an issue for me, but I can definitely understand why the brand new young adult series about a family of alluring witches is getting mixed reviews. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys [edited] by April Genevieve Tucholke (★★★★☆)
Unlike most short story collections, Slasher Girls and Monster Boys has a very specific gimic: each story is inspired by one or several pre-existing tales, ranging from Psycho to I Know What You Did Last Summer to Frankenstein and The Omen. Unfortunately, much like every other anthology, this collections high highs were offset by its low lows.
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- The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
- Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
- A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
- The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
- In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill
- Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear by Margee Kerr
- Slasher Girls and Monster Boys [edited] by April Genevieve Tucholke
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- The Graces by Laure Eve
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