Category Archive: horror

The Familiar, Volume 3: Honeysuckle & Pain, by Mark Z. Danielewski @ NYJB

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When does an experimental novel become formulaic? Is formula inherently a bad thing? When will Xanther give the little one a name?

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CCLaP Fridays: Cthulhu Fhtagn! by Ross E. Lockhart

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In this uncertain age filled with terrorism, racial tension, police brutality, and political strongmen, the Lovecraftian Mythos is almost reassuring.

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Last Look by Charles Burns @ NYJB

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“Last Look” is a cold indictment of pretentious frauds yet an intimate exploration of fear, regret, and failure.

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Commonplace Book: Jack Burton on Paying Your Dues

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Have ya paid your dues, Jack?

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Morbid Curiosities: Collections of the Uncommon and the Bizarre, by Paul Gambino @ NYJB

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“Morbid Curiosities” by Paul Gambino is highly recommended for its lurid yet tasteful exploration of an otherwise ignored subculture of collecting.”

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CCLaP Fridays: The Great Ordeal (The Aspect Emperor: Book Three), by R. Scott Bakker

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Thought experiment: George R. R. Martin is The Beatles. R. Scott Bakker is The Velvet Underground.

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CCLaP Fridays: Painted Monsters and Other Beasts: Stories, by Orrin Grey

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This week I review the short stories of Orrin Grey, collected in “Painted Monsters and Other Beasts,” where he plumbs the depths of human experience similar to Clive Barker and Jim Thompson.

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The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest, by Mark Z. Danielewski @NYJB

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The saga of Xanther and her cat continue in “The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Woods,” by Mark Z. Danielewski. But questions arise when her father Anwar takes them to the vet. The vet tells Xanther that her puff of white fur isn’t a cat at all, but a dog. It isn’t just born, but very old. It also belongs to someone else.

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Peel Back the Skin, edited by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson @NYJB

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Is there poetry after Auschwitz? Is there horror after the massacre in Orlando? “Peel Back the Skin: Anthology of Horror Stories,” edited by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson, reveals why horror is necessary today.

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Sick by Gabby Schulz @ NYJB

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“Sick” by Gabby Schulz is the quintessential graphic novel for this violent, demented, and hypocritical epoch of American history.

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