Category: Horror

  • The Changeling – by Victor LaValle

    As I mentioned, this book has been lying in my stash for a while. All this time, I thought I had at least a vague idea of what I could expect from it – but as soon as I started it, I realised I was in uncharted territory. So I just went and enjoyed the ride, allowing myself to be surprised at every page.

  • The Last Conversation – by Paul Tremblay

    As promised, here I am once again, commenting on another piece of the Forward collection – this time, The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay. I picked it up randomly from the stories I had left, without any specific expectation either on its quality or vibe. So let’s talk about what I have found.

  • Mexican Gothic – by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    Happy Halloween, folks! The final entry of my horror-themed reading list takes us back to the the classic atmosphere and tropes of gothic fiction, combining their timeless appeal with more modern sensibilities and symbolism. A much anticipated read and a very satisfying one.

  • Acceptance – by Jeff VanderMeer

    Third and last part of the Southern Reach series, Acceptance is meant to give closure to a narration that is, by its very nature, elusive and disconcerting. Once again, I went in expecting no answer, but ready to enjoy all of its impossible questions.

  • Authority – by Jeff VanderMeer

    Soon after finishing Annihilation, I went and picked the second book of VanderMeer’s trilogy – not just because I had included it in my monthly plan, but because I had to find out what else the author had in mind. With this I am not saying that I expected any form of clarification to the first novel’s outcome – instead, I was looking forwards to see how its madness could be expanded even further.

  • Manhunt – by Gretchen Felker-Martin

    I stumbled upon this title by chance, as it often happens. I heard that it dealt with the typical themes of gender apocalypse from the point of view of transgender people, and that it was an especially gory example of splatterpunk – I decided that was enough information to add it to my horror reading list.

  • Annihilation – by Jeff VanderMeer

    The second entry of this month’s special list of creepy stories isn’t strictly speaking a horror novel: Annihilation, in fact, is perhaps more often described as a science fiction book, and more accurately as a typical expression of the New Weird – a literary movement that crosses the boundaries between other types of speculative fiction, playing with their tropes to new and surprising ends. Or, in other words, something I definitely must read.

  • Nothing But Blackened Teeth – by Cassandra Khaw

    Here we go with the first entry of my horror-focuses reading list for October. Nothing But Blackened Teeth was advertised as “steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists”. Which in the end was only partly true, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

  • Two Truths And A Lie – by Sarah Pinsker

    Here’s something I stumbled upon while casually browsing for some shorter fiction to read in one sitting. It’s a surreal story that starts out like a more sophisticated creepypasta and, for a chilling second, makes you question you perception of reality.