Tag Archive | Horror

Waiting On Wednesday: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

The-Dead-House-coverThe Dead House
By Dawn Kurtagich

Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . . Continue reading

Comics vs TV: The Walking Dead, Days Gone Bye, Volume 1


On October 31, 2010, the first episode of The Walking Dead aired on AMC. I, for one, am not a fan of horror, but for some reason the commercials leading up to the first episode had me intrigued, so I watched it, sometimes hiding behind a pillow or cringing. After the tank scene when Glenn talks to Rick on the radio, I was hooked. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

The-Accident-SeasonThe Accident Season
By Moïra Fowley-Doyle

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: August 18, 2015.

Share in the comments below which books you’re most excited to read next or awaiting to arrive in bookstores. What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Well by Catherine Chanter

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

The-Well-Catherine-ChanterThe Well
By Catherine Chanter

From the winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, a brilliantly haunting and suspenseful debut set in modern-day Britain where water is running out everywhere except at The Well; the farm of one seemingly ordinary family whose mysterious good fortune leads to suspicion, chaos, and ultimately a shocking act of violence.

Ruth Ardingly has just been released from prison to serve out a sentence of house arrest for arson and suspected murder at her farm, The Well. Beyond its borders, some people whisper she is a witch; others a messiah. For as soon as Ruth returns to The Well, rain begins to fall on the farm. And it has not rained anywhere else in the country in over three years.

Ruth and her husband Mark had moved years before from London to this ancient idyll in the hopes of starting their lives over. But then the drought began, and as the surrounding land dried up and died, and The Well grew lush and full of life, they came to see their fortune would come at a price. From the envy of their neighbors to the mandates of the government, from the fanaticism of a religious order called the Sisters of the Rose to the everyday difficulties of staying close as husband and wife, mother and child;all these forces led to a horrifying crime: the death of their seven-year-old grandson, drowned with cruel irony in one of the few ponds left in the countryside.

Now back at The Well, Ruth must piece together the tragedy that shattered her marriage, her family, and her dream. For she believes her grandson’s death was no accident, and that the murderer is among the people she trusted most. Alone except for her guards on a tiny green jewel in a world rapidly turning to dust, Ruth begins to confront her worst fears and learns what really happened in the dark heart of The Well.

A tour-de-force about ordinary people caught in the tide of an extraordinary situation, Catherine Chanter’s The Well is a haunting, beautifully written, and utterly believable novel that probes the fragility of our personal relationships and the mystical connection between people and the places they call home.

Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date:  May 12, 2015.

Share in the comments below which books you’re most excited to read next or awaiting to arrive in bookstores. What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?

Blog Tour | Interview with Alexandra Grigorescu, debut author of Cauchemar


Congratulations on your debut novel, Alexandra! And thank you for taking some time to chat with me about your novel Cauchemar.

How does it feel to have published your first novel?

Alexandra Grigorescu: It feels amazing, Steph. It’s been one of my goals since I was eight years old—really, one of the top ones—so it’s wonderful to finally see my work in print.

What inspired you to write Cauchemar?

AG: I don’t think there was necessarily any one thing that inspired me. It was a convergence of being twenty-something and in love, feeling a bit unsure of what came next, and honestly, finding myself unable to avoid staring at this weathered cow skull that I’d mounted on my wall.

The book came on the heels of having taken a bit of a break from writing creatively, so it felt good to immerse myself in such an evocative environment. Continue reading

Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


A Monster Calls is a beautiful, original illustrated story. After midnight, a monster visits Conor, a boy who is coping with his terminally ill mother. The monster is wild and ancient, neither good nor bad. It demands Conor tell him the hard truth after he shares three stories with him.    Continue reading

Welcoming in October: Time for Halloween Reads!


The air is getting a little chillier. Green leaves are transforming into vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds. Apples are ripe and ready to be picked to snack on, make pies and apple crisp with. And slowly, pumpkins are making an appearance too, waiting for the right family to turn them into handsome or haunting jack-o-lanterns.

This time of year is my absolute favourite. Not only is October time for autumn weather, but it is also spook season. The people who know me best know that I love Halloween. It’s my favourite holiday. I can’t seem to get enough of the folklore and traditions. I always make an efforts to watch my favourite Halloween movies every year too.

This month I’m hoping to read as many Halloween themed books as I can. They’ll be spooky, mysterious, suspenseful, or scary. Continue reading