Tag: horror

We Read Dead People: TRICYCLE

We Read Dead People: TRICYCLE

Welcome to We Read Dead People, where authors Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange, The Smaller Evil) and Daniel Kraus (The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Rotters) read a novel from the glory days of direct-to-paperback horror—the magnificent 1980s—and determine whether it was worth the suggested retail price. What’s scarier than a grumpy five-year-old with a tricycle […]

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Three Fiction Series for Fans of SANTA CLARITA DIET

Three Fiction Series for Fans of SANTA CLARITA DIET

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in the new Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, the tale of a typical suburban family sent into turmoil when Barrymore’s character starts to projectile vomit, ejecting a strange organ-looking-thingy. Also, she doesn’t have a heartbeat anymore, and the couple’s teen daughter and her erstwhile crush stumble on the new family secret […]

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31 Horror Films in 31 Days: The Slime-Sucking Conclusion

31 Horror Films in 31 Days: The Slime-Sucking Conclusion

Creee-ee-eeee-eek. That’s the sound of the casket closing on the eighth annual #31HorrorFilms31Days challenge. Once again, we saw people from across the world participate in the hashtag, all of whom, we have just learned, were actually pod-people clones of me. Interesting twist—and weirdly flattering. Thanks? Below are the final lists of Booklist staffers who injected dozens […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Ana Critchfield’s Phantasmagoria

Webcomics Wednesday: Ana Critchfield’s Phantasmagoria

It’s October, and I’m deep in the midst of watching 31 horror films in 31 days. I have horror on the brain, so naturally, only a spooky webcomic will do. Ana Critchfield’s Phantasmagoria, with its scritchy-scratchy artwork, eerie atmosphere, and hints of terrible secrets, fits the bill perfectly. (Be forewarned: There are scary images ahead.) The […]

Clownpocalypse Now! Creepy Clown Books

Clownpocalypse Now! Creepy Clown Books

The other night, I heard my neighbors talking underneath my window. They were talking, of course, about the likelihood of running into a clown while out. (I locked my windows.) At the store, I overheard a mother and son arguing over a clown costume: she was anti, he was pro. So what’s with the clown […]

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Miss Peregrine’s Prettier, Less Violent Theatrical Debut

Miss Peregrine’s Prettier, Less Violent Theatrical Debut

Well, I’ve done it. I entered the Riggs-Burton time loop and emerged intact and, on the whole, pleased. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re clearly not among the Peculiar initiate. Yet. I’m referring, of course, to Tim Burton’s new film adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for […]

Portals to Hell: The Best Recent Haunted House Novels in Honor of “The Craftening”

Portals to Hell: The Best Recent Haunted House Novels in Honor of “The Craftening”

Yesterday, a real-estate listing went viral due to decorative flourishes so terrifying as to instill fear in the hearts of all sighted people. The house in question, located in tony part of Connecticut, is a sinister celebration of wood and fabric. (If you haven’t seen it already, click over to Zillow for more than 50 spine-tingling photographs.) When I […]

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Stranger Things: 13 Supernatural Stories for 80s Horror Fans

Stranger Things: 13 Supernatural Stories for 80s Horror Fans

Fans of red-fonted horror novels of the 1980s and all the pop-culture feels that go with them are geeking out over the late-summer release of “Stranger Things” on Netflix. Patrons who love creepy reads can keep the chills alive with these supernatural stories. The Boy Who Drew Monsters, by Keith Donohue Boy’s Life, by Robert McCammon […]

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on SF/Fantasy and Horror

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on SF/Fantasy and Horror

The August issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 348 new reviews and 15 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for access, you can take care […]

Grand (Guignol) Hotel: Gina Wohlsdorf’s Security

Grand (Guignol) Hotel: Gina Wohlsdorf’s Security

A debut author’s blockbuster-in-waiting uses a literary split-screen to double the fun—and the blood. In 1973, MGM released a curious film called Wicked, Wicked. Shot entirely in what the movie posters touted as “Duo-Vision” (better known as split-screen), it followed, in simultaneous halves, a string of brutal murders at a swanky California hotel. Loud, jazzy, and […]

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