Archive for Book Reviews

Plague Nation: An Ashley Parker Novel Book Review

May 03, 2013 No Comments

The middle chapter of a trilogy is an inherently difficult story to tell.  It’s essentially the second act of a larger narrative, but at the same time it has to function on its own.  These middle-children of the story world sometimes lack the excitement of discovery that’s evident when we first learn about a world […]

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Jago Book Review

Apr 17, 2013 No Comments

I’m going to start by inventing a three-tiered system of designating levels of craziness in pop culture. This will probably be my legacy, so I need to take it seriously. I hope you understand, dear reader, that you are an active participant in history here. First, a definition: by “craziness,” I mean the crappy nonsensicalness […]

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Penpal Book Review

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

How much do you remember about your childhood?  Really, think about it.  For many, it’s a rather uneven slideshow of sporadic events and if you think about it, it can be rather chilling to ponder on what exactly you don’t remember.  What may have happened to you or someone you know that your brain isn’t […]

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Manhattan Grimoire Book Review

Mar 20, 2013 No Comments

Manhattan Grimoire by Sandy Deluca chronicles Gina’s struggles to overcome her sister Allie’s disappearance and probable murder.  The last remaining sign of Allie was her blood found at an old condemned church deep in Harlem.  A church that Gina feels somehow drawn to, and slowly she uncovers the horrific details of her sister’s life. Deluca’s […]

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Fatale Book 2: The Devil’s Business Graphic Novel Review

Mar 10, 2013 No Comments

Nicholas Lash continues his investigations into the strange and seemingly ageless woman, Josephine, in Image Comics’ stellar horror noir hybrid Fatale Book 2: The Devil’s Business by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Book 2 centers around Miles, a flash in the pan film star in the 1970s and his relationship with Josephine.   Lash’s investigations from the present comprise […]

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Amongst the Dead Book Review

Feb 28, 2013 No Comments

Everyone has a line that he won’t cross. Some point that you just won’t go beyond, where you will stand, proud and defiant, and to hell with the consequences. I’m talking, of course, about pop culture. For some people, Jar Jar is a bridge too far. Or nipples on the Batsuit. Or SANDINISTA! Then there […]

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This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It Book Review

Feb 20, 2013 No Comments

David and John from John Dies at the End are back in David Wong’s (Jason Pargin’s) This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It.  This time David and John must confront an invasion of semi invisible spiders that enter people’s mouths and turn them into a cross between a zombie and something […]

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Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula: The Adventure of the Sanguinary Count Book Review

Feb 17, 2013 No Comments

I love Dracula, but is there a more disappointing character in all of horror than Dr. Abraham Van Helsing?  Nobody does Cthulhu like Lovecraft.  Nobody does Conan like Robert E. Howard.[1]  Everybody does Van Helsing better than Bram Stoker.  Whatever idea you have of Van Helsing—shrewd scientist, badass vampire hunter, unparalleled occult expert—gets sunk pretty […]

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Blood Riders Book Review

Dec 09, 2012 2 Comments

Blood Riders by Michael P. Spradlin Review by Dr. Abner Mality It’s no secret that I sunk my fangs into the world of horror at a very young age. My formula bottle was full of blood and my rattles were made of bones. However, my appreciation of the Western took much longer to cultivate. When […]

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Dracula Cha Cha Cha Book Review

Nov 18, 2012 No Comments

DRACULA CHA CHA CHA by Kim Newman (Titan Books) In the 7th grade, my English teacher had us read – aloud – the play FLIGHT INTO DANGER by Arthur Hailey. This was an undeniable time-filling exercise, and in the fog of boredom, body odor, and hormones that is the barely-teen male, certain familiarities began to […]

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