Showing posts from December, 2020

Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

I read this one a bit ago but the full review never made it here and now that Horror After Dark is no more I'll be moving what I saved over here.  My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Published July 2017 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Library Borrow When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defense and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to s

Review: Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor

I wrote this review two months ago. I swear someday I will catch up! Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor Published June 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Received for Review Consideration Abby Gillman has discovered that with growing up, there comes a lot of blood. But nothing prepares her for the trail of blood she sees in the hallway after class - or the ghost she finds crammed inside an abandoned locker. No one believes Abby, of course. She’s only seeing things. As much as Abby wants to be believed, what she wants more is to know why she can suddenly see the dead. Unfortunately, they won’t tell her. In fact, none of them will speak to her. At all. Abby leaves for her annual summer visit to her uncle’s house with tons of questions. The visit will give her answers the ghosts won’t - but she may not like what she finds out. My 2 Cents For Free! Seeing Things is a genuinely creepy tale about a young lady named Abby who

Review: Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

This was my first audio from Netgalley and I was so ridiculously excited to see audios up for grabs over there! Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power Published July 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Received for Review Consideration From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls comes a new twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mystery—until she decides to return to her mother’s hometown . . . where history has a tendency to repeat itself. Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along. But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she

Horror Film Friday:And We Have a 4 Star!

     I have sadly neglected this little feature, as I have done with many things in my life, but I have NOT stopped watching horror films. If anything, I have been watching more than ever now that I've discovered party watches via Netflix and Prime. Here are some mini reviews of my recent watches. If you're on  Twitter  or  Letterboxd  you might've seen these already (sorry about that!).  Today I'm going to start out with the three star movie and work my way up to the four star. We Have Always Lived In the Castle (2018) In Shirleyville, Vermont, during the sixties, sisters Merricat and Constance, along with their ailing uncle Julian, confined to a wheelchair, live isolated in a big mansion located on the hill overlooking the town, tormented by the memories of a family tragedy occurred six years ago. The arrival of cousin Charles will threaten the fragile equilibrium of their minds, haunted by madness, fear and superstition. Streaming on Netflix My two cents for free! I

Retro Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

This is one of my all-time favorite reads. So much creeping dread. We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson Published September 1962 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Library Borrow Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.  My 2 Cents For Free! I listened to this classic Shirley Jackson story in its unabridged audiobook format and the narrator did a terrific job bringing the story of Merricat and the remaining members of her family to life,