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.Read More »
Filming for We Have Always Lived in the Castle — Shirley Jackson’s creepily atmospheric 1962 novel about how people haunt their own homes — began this week.
The big screen adaptation, which is being produced by Michael Douglas, stars Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Willem Dafoe and Sebastian Stan as the Blackwoods, social pariahs rumored to have poisoned their relatives with arsenic hidden in the familial sugar bowl.
Despite the fact that the cast is currently filming in Ireland, no release date has yet been set.
New Book Releases – Part 1
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
The Unfinished World: And Other Stories by Amber Sparks
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
New Book Releases – Part 2
Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel by Susan Dennard
The Siren by Kiera Cass
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Just in time for the holidays, AMC is reportedly working on a small screen adaptation of Joe Hill’s fabulous horror novel NOS4A2 — merry Christmas Charlie Manx!
The sort-of holiday-centric tale (full review here) tells the story of seemingly immortal Charlie Manx, the children he takes to the amusement park inside his mind known as Christmasland, his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2 and the girl who plans to stop him: the Brat.
The studio — who is producing alongside Tornante TV — is currently looking for someone to pen the project, because we assume Joe Hill is very busy getting ready for his new novel The Fireman.