Category: Horror

Thoughts: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Every year around Halloweentime, I try to devote at least a week or two to “spooky” reads. This last Halloween season, I read a little collection of haunted poetry, along with The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting… Continue Reading “Thoughts: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia”

Thoughts: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Here’s a little horror novel that was nothing like what I expected. It is at the same time a contemporary psychological thriller with horror elements and a treatise on some of what I think are foundational, critical elements of Native American ideology. At its… Continue Reading “Thoughts: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones”

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

To begin, I’m not much a fan of Henry James’s writing. He’s verbose, long-winded, and indulgent in a way that irks me. This is not especially unusual in Victorian fiction, to be fair. I often have to remind my students, when we’re reading classic… Continue Reading “The Turn of the Screw by Henry James”

The Funhouse by Dean Koontz

I can’t help comparing Dean Koontz to Stephen King. This is unfortunate for Koontz, because he simply cannot compete. I suppose that’s harsh and maybe even unfair criticism, but there we have it. The Funhouse begins with a somewhat interesting premise that is muzzled by… Continue Reading “The Funhouse by Dean Koontz”

A Garden, A Maze, A Sematary*

In this second “potpour-reads” post, I share some quick thoughts on three recent reads, all of which were completed in May. The Secret Garden was a title on my Classics Club Challenge list. The Burning Maze is third in the Trials of Apollo series… Continue Reading “A Garden, A Maze, A Sematary*”

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