The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

The Last House on Needless Street

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! What a ride! This kept me guessing the whole time. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, I was proven wrong.

The author did a wonderful in her research and the emotions ran high throughout this book. Up until the end, I was guessing the ending. I hope to read more of her books and I hope they are just as amazing!

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Flushed by Chris Miller

Flushed

Flushed by Chris Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a way to end the year! I picked this up as a freebie. I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.

I would almost throw this in a horror genre, since we know exactly the horrible things that will happen and we’re mentally trying to stop them as the story progresses. The main character is having a bad day that progressively gets worse and we all know how that goes.

I recommend this to a person with a strong stomach and a sense of humor.

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Desperation by Stephen King

Desperation

Desperation by Stephen King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this book up for bookclub. I had read many of the books by this author in the past, but it had been a long time. I had heard this book was very scary.

I found this book just OK. It was wordy and had a lot of editing issues. The story was OK, not fantastic. A few things were just confusing.

I would recommend this to horror fans, but it wasn’t especially unique. I could see most of it coming.

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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up as a read for horror book club. Horror isn’t really my genre, but I do try it once in a while.

I enjoyed this book, but there were a few minor things that bugged me, and it is possible that I missed the explanation or it is possible that the author and editor missed explaining it. I can’t mention it without spoilers, but they dropped my review from 5 stars to 4 stars.

I would recommend this book if someone was into horror. There are a few gross things in it, but it just made me happier that I was reading it instead of watching it. It’s worth reading.

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The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up this book for bookclub. I don’t know that I would have read it otherwise, but I am glad I did. The book was a little strange, but the story’s pieces all fit together by the end. 

This was well worth the read. I wouldn’t call it fun, but it sucked me into the story right away. It kept me guessing for most of the book. I enjoyed it and may reread it one of these days. 

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Dementia

I watched this as part of the film noir program at The Roxie theater late in 2020. I think this was one of the weirdest movies I’ve watched. It’s a well-known movie by movie historians, but it really wasn’t for me.

It was a silent film and it bounced between reality and dreams. It was hard to follow at some points, but I worked my way through the movie. Nope, I didn’t like it, but I’m also not a big horror fan.

The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick III

The Haunted Vagina

The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick III
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I picked this book up after it went circulating around one of my reading groups, mostly as a joke, so I wasn’t expecting much. I looked at the number of reviews, and at how many stars it had, so I was expecting more. I decided to go for it. I regret it. This was the weirdest book I’ve ever read. I spent a lot of my reading time shouting “No! Don’t go in there!” and feeling very strange about it. 

I had difficulty suspending belief on this one. I just couldn’t get the idea of the book in my brain. 

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Horror Books by Diverse Authors

Horror books

All of the books listed in the above linked article are horror books by diverse authors. The descriptions of them make them all sound wonderful. I’ve added a couple to my TBR list.

Fledgling by Octavia Butler

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun

Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias

We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan 

The Good House by Tananarive Due

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin