American Gods (by Neil Gaiman) – Review

Before I review this book, I think it should be explained why I decided to read it (and also why you should as well).

Neil Gaiman, as an author, has been floating about my field of vision for several years now, but I have never really paid too much attention to him before. My first run-in was when I read Good Omens, a collaborative work between himself and the almighty Terry Pratchett. The novel is effortlessly charming and wonderfully memorable for its themes and witty dialogue. However, as I was such an avid Pratchettite, I stubbornly assumed this was entirely due to ‘ol Terry, the writer of the impossibly diverse and epic Discworld series. As such, the name Neil Gaiman faded from memory. (more…)


Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination – Horror

It was with an air of exultation that I turned the last page of The Masque of Red Death and finally finished all of the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. At 763 pages, reading this tome of 19th century writing is not a task that should be considered lightly. The language, while beautiful in an often quite twisted way, is old-fashioned and occasionally outdated. At times, reading through these tales was a slog and felt more like work than leisure. (more…)

“IT” by Stephen King

Clowns are no longer regarded as the bringers of tomfoolery and laughter they once were. Thanks to examples like the Joker from The Dark Knight and Captain Spaulding from House of 1,000 Corpses, we see right through their make up to the murderous souls within. Hell, an entire film was made as a spoof of the concept of evil clowns, as seen here: (more…)

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“Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris

Hannibal Lecter, or ‘Hannibal the Cannibal’, remains one of the most iconic antagonists in this modern era. While this is mainly due to Anthony Hopkins’ truly incredible portrayal of him in the film adaptation of ‘Silence of the Lambs’, he is also a genuinely fascinating character to read about. Red Dragon is the novel that ‘unleashed the beast’, so to speak, bringing him to life but, sadly, not into the foreground.

The plot:
Set in the early 80s, a serial killer is on the rampage, terrorising middle class families and murdering them brutally in their sleep. Nicknamed ‘The Tooth Fairy’, he has a tendency to leave bite marks on the corpses of his victims. (more…)

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“Rosemary’s Baby” by Ira Levin

Babies are just downright freaky. This is fact. However, it was not always this way! You may be surprised to know that once upon a time, people found babies endearing, and lovable. Then along came Ira Levin and terrified a generation of parents, and further generations to come. (more…)

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“How to speak Japanese” by Yoshi Abe

This book sucks. I read the whole thing and I still can’t speak Japanese.

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“Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire is…well it’s gay. Like, really gay. Riding a rainbow-colored unicorn through a screening of Twilight while listening to Ricky Martin gay.

Just to make something clear, this isn’t a derogatory statement; it’s just there is a severe homosexual subtext throughout this text. Though subtext may not be the correct term to use, as it is so blatantly clear… (more…)

“Misery” by Stephen King

As time goes on, anyone who subscribes to this blog is going to discover two things. I make fantastic bagels. And I take my horror seriously.

It’s very easy to say that the work of Stephen King is mainstream, or even “too” mainstream. However, I would maintain that the act of calling anything mainstream has become massively mainstream and thus referring to anything as mainstream has a tendency to cause a space/time paradox, sucking that person into an alternative universe where pineapples are our masters. (more…)