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Interactive Fiction: Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls Ebook Review

Treasure hunting. Code breaking. Doodles and audio clips. If your reading experience doesn’t include these elements, then I guess you haven’t picked up Emilie Autumn’s new ebook edition of The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. While the detective skills may seem more fitting for a mystery novel, TAFWVG is actually part-autobiography, part-historical fantasy about being institutionalized for mental illness in the Victorian era and today. Emilie Autumn continues her dedication to a personalized relationship with her fans by developing this new level of interactive fiction. Continue reading Interactive Fiction: Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls Ebook Review

10 Spooky Books to Read this Halloween Season

Whether you want to bring some book-lovin’ to your Halloween or some Halloween to your book-lovin’, you’ve come to the right spot! I’ve compiled a list of the spookiest books I’ve read lately, be they legitimately scary or merely thematically appropriate. Check out these titles if you want to set the tone for this year’s spooky season: Continue reading 10 Spooky Books to Read this Halloween Season

New Author Spotlight: CJ Malarsky — Ashwood Review and Interview

If you are looking for a horror novel that will give you nightmares, I have just the book for you. Dreams are never safe in this debut novel by C.J. Malarsky. Ever since Willow trespassed in Ashwood Asylum, she seems to have taken a piece of it home with her that won’t get out of her head. Malarsky’s smooth prose, attention to detail, and unique premise will draw you in until you are shivering in your sheets but can’t stop turning the pages. Be sure to check out my interview with the author at the bottom of my review!

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“Love Makes Monsters of Us All”–“Crimson Peak” Review

Everyone is always searching for some sort of idol. One who represents our dreams and ambitions in life, and how we would like to end up in our more mature state of living. For me, that person is Guillermo del Toro, the man that has directed countless amounts of beautiful, haunting, electric, and bizarre cinematic adventures–including Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. In short, I’ve never met a del Toro film I didn’t like, though some I love more than others. And with his recent effort, Crimson Peak, Guillermo is returning to the Gothic horror genre, a world he seems most comfortable in and understands better than any other.

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Scream Queens Series Premier Reaction

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To some people a new television series premiere is like a first impression. The viewer tends to pick out what they do and don’t like about what’s in the episode. If it’s pretty good, the viewer comes back for more, but if it isn’t then they usually just move on to their other beloved shows. Scream Queens was pleasantly entertaining from start to finish. It was one of the first series premieres that actually gave viewers two whole hours worth of show time. Continue reading Scream Queens Series Premier Reaction

Imagining Radical Futures: A Review of “Octavia’s Brood”

When I finished reading Octavia’s Brood, I was at a loss for words. I knew I had to somehow make my thoughts coherent to write this post, but all I really wanted to do was run around waving the book in people’s face shouting “Read this! Absorb this! Take this in and truly imagine all of the radical possibilities this book offers!” Mostly I just wanted to flail and shout “Read it now!” to everyone and no one all at once.

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For those of you who haven’t heard about this book yet, the full title is Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, and it is an anthology edited by adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha. The title is a reference to Black science-fiction author Octavia Butler (as well as a reference to her Xenogenesis trilogy, also known as Lilith’s Brood), and the book was recently included on io9’s “Most Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books in April.” The official release date was March 15th, but it’s still making its way to store shelves in some places.

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Ryan Gosling will (most likely) star in Del Toro’s “Haunted Mansion”

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A couple of weeks ago, a picture surfaced that featured two of my favorite individuals hanging out at the Happiest Place on Earth. I had a feeling this was no random mistake on their part, and something was definitely cooking up. And sure enough, the best thing ever to be heavily rumored was prepping in the House of Mouse kitchen. That’s right, that Haunted Mansion movie is finally happening, and Ryan Gosling is gonna be in it. Sound the trumpets, and queue the Ghost Host, today is indeed a good day! (Source)

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What We Do in the Shadows: A Vampire Movie I Really Want to Sink My Teeth Into

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What We Do in the Shadows is a movie I never knew I needed: a comedic mockumentary following the lives of four roommates. Okay, so that sounds kind of boring, but what if I threw in the fact that they are also all vampires? That sounds better, doesn’t it? What We Do in the Shadows is a dark comedy romp that brings to life all aspects of vampire life we have never seen before in the cinema. For instance, we see these vampiric roommates fighting over chore delegations, figuring out what (or who) they are going to have for dinner, trying on clothes, and overall just being a group of friends trying to live undead life to the fullest. I couldn’t get enough.

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All Hallows Reads Recommendations

Several years ago, Neil Gaiman proposed a new tradition on his blog that involves giving your friends, neighbors, family, whoever, a scary book on Halloween in place of or in addition to your usual festive sweets. Now there is a whole website dedicated to spreading the word, cataloging lists of recommended scary reads, and more. So whether you decide to adopt Neil’s big idea or whether you’re just looking for a quick read yourself to get pumped for our favorite spooky holiday, check out my list below!

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It’s Time To Be Scared: Halloween Netflix Suggestions

It’s almost Halloween, which is beyond exciting.  It means it’s time for costumes, ghosts, fnd_mc_annabelleghouls, and an excuse to be terrified.  It’s also the time of year when horror movies innundate theaters with a new wave of disappointing ways to waste a couple hours of your life and a bunch of money; Annabelle and Ouija, I’m talking about you.  As a general rule, most horror movies currently rely on the same bag of cheap tricks, mostly a lot of cringe worthy gore and jump scares, bad acting, and convoluted storylines.  There are a few decent exceptions that make for great Halloween viewing, and, fortunately for us all, you need look no further than your Netflix account.  Here are 5 of the most interesting scary movies that you might have missed, in no particular order.


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