Dreaming Darkly By:
April 9, 2019
Katherine Tegen Books
Gothic horror holds a
special place in many people’s hearts. Examples of the genre can be found
everywhere, from popular TV shows to classic literature and, of course, young
adult fiction. Caitlin Kittredge’s Dreaming
Darkly is a great example of young adult gothic horror. All of the staples
of the genre are present—an old house that’s both huge and spooky, family
secrets, odd happenings that could be either natural or supernatural occurrences,
and old mysteries that haunt the present.
Road of Bones By:
January 25, 2022
St. Martin's Press
Award-winning author Christopher Golden’s newest horror novel depicts a cold, frozen landscape that mimics the January landscape of its release date. Road of Bones follows a two-man filming crew as they traverse the Siberian landscape in order to make a documentary about the most northern place still inhabited by humans. However, the only road there is Kolyma Highway, otherwise known as the Road of Bones, for those who died during the road’s construction were simply laid down and buried in the permafrost beneath it.
Janet Hong Release Date:
October 7, 2021
Lemon is a slow, introspective story about a cold case murder expertly written by author Kwon Yeo-Sun and translated from the original Korean by Janet Hong. Despite being focused on a cold case, this isn’t so much a whodunit, traditional murder mystery, or thriller. Instead, we find a slowly paced, introspective tale featuring a myriad of people left behind after the murder of the nineteen-year-old Kim Hae-on: how they cope and do not cope, how they move on and how time stops in that moment forever.
The Cat Who Saved Books By:
Louise Heal Kawai Release Date:
December 7, 2021
Books about books is a genre that many if not most readers often find themselves drawn to. This is true for The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa’s novel as well. Translated from the original Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai, this is a Japanese novel about Rintaro Natsuki, a young man whose grandfather has recently passed away. His life is immediately upended, as his grandfather was also his guardian.
September 2, 2021
Darkland Tales Rating:
Denise Mina’s slim novel Rizzio packs one hell of a punch within a mere 118 pages. The multi-award-winning author brings us a new novel centered on a crime—the murder of Mary, Queen of Scots’, private secretary, David Rizzio. This is an utterly outstanding work of literary and crime fiction, one that will keep you at the edge of your seat regardless if you know the true-life story of David Rizzio and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Cosplay: A History: The Builders, Fans, and Makers Who Bring Your Favorite Stories To Life By:
June 28, 2022
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
Andrew Liptak’s newest work is an incredibly comprehensive, momentous celebration and history of cosplay. Cosplay: A History: The Builders, Fans, and Makers Who Bring Your Favorite Stories to Life is a beautifully realized history of cosplay, largely from the gaze of the science fiction community in the US.
Moonstruck Vol. 1: Magic to Brew By:
Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle
Caitlin Quirk, Clayton Cowles Release Date:
February 14, 2018
Moonstruck (Volume 1) Rating:
Graphic novel series Moonstruck is a young adult series that
combines fantasy and mystery with an LGBTQ+ cast. Written by Grace Ellis and
Shae Beagle and illustrated by Caitlin Quirk and Clayton Cowles, this is a
series that has graced many “best of” and “you need to read this” lists on
professional and fan sites for several years.
The Haunted Forest Tour By:
James A. Moore and Jeff Strand
October 1, 2007
Horror novel The Haunted Forest Tour was co-written by James A. Moore and Jeff Strand, two authors with significant writing skill and a plethora of novels to each of their names. Moore is an award-winning author of more than forty novels. Strand has also written upwards of forty novels and has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award ten times. Here, the pair come together for a creature feature of epic proportions.
The Red Menace: How Lipstick Changed the Face of American History By:
Ilise S. Carter
November 15, 2021
Ilise S. Carter, freelance cosmetics and beauty writer, examines how lipstick in particular and cosmetics at large have influences the changing tides of American history in The Red Menace: How Lipstick Changed the Face of American History.
An Atlas of Extinct Countries By:
September 3, 2020
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
Gideon Defoe brings the life and death of countries that are no more into the hands of readers in a compact volume now available in paperback. Forty-eight countries are outlined in three to five pages, each of which includes a map and some quick statistics.