Review of Stephen King’s ‘The Outsider’ (2018)

What do King fans call themselves? Kingers? Kingsfolk? Peasants? The Monarch? No, The Monarch would be all three King authors; Stephen, Owen, and Tabitha. Well, I’m neither a Peasant nor a Monarch. I like some King things; Your Shining, Your IT, his short stories are some of my favorite things in the world. I also … More Review of Stephen King’s ‘The Outsider’ (2018)

Review of Anthony Bourdain’s last book, ‘Hungry Ghosts’

Hungry Ghosts is a graphic anthology researched and written byJose Rose and Bourdain and illustrated by everyone else. The stories are retellings of ancient Japanese legends; weird-ass endings, constant breaks in logic, awesome baddies. It’s a flawlessly drawn fever dream. I burned through it within an hour and felt woozy for the rest of the … More Review of Anthony Bourdain’s last book, ‘Hungry Ghosts’

Review of Birdman (Novel) by Mo Hayder (1999)

TRIGGER. WARNING. This book has a super-scummy underside and I do not know how to feel about it. This is a detective-named-Jack book, which I don’t typically care for- no that’s not right- HATE, I typically hate these.   It starts out like a gritty crime-show; bodies found, detective makes coffee, he’s sleepy all the … More Review of Birdman (Novel) by Mo Hayder (1999)

Review of Shaolin Cowboy by Geof Darrow: Graphic Novel (’04-’18)

What do you need to know about Shaolin Cowboy series? Well, there’s not much to it, and there doesn’t need to be. The text blocks at the beginning are Mel Brooksian MAD Magazine swill. Get through them- or hell, just skip it until you see our guy walking through the desert. Here we go! The … More Review of Shaolin Cowboy by Geof Darrow: Graphic Novel (’04-’18)

Review of H.G. Bells’ “Sleep Over” (2018)

Who the hell has the balls to take a pseudonym like H.G. Bells?  NO ONE! This lady just has good, old-fashioned bravery and total confidence in her incredibly badass writing abilities. Goodbye, outdated and anatomically bizarre colloquialism. Or maybe she’s just being goofy, I dunno. Sleep Over is- no-doubt- the best chronicle collection I’ve read … More Review of H.G. Bells’ “Sleep Over” (2018)

Review of Anne Elizabeth Moore’s ‘Body Horror’ (2017)

This is the kind of book that will only get more important as time progresses. In Body Horror Moore dissects misogyny and feminism in cinema, historical politics, industry, entertainment, and finally (and most importantly) the shit show that is our rag-tag medical system. Forgive me for being maybe too obvious, but: Feminism is important because humanity’s issues … More Review of Anne Elizabeth Moore’s ‘Body Horror’ (2017)

Review of Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad (2015, translated 2018)

I was so psyched to read a horror novel that took place in the Middle-East! Real middle-eastern characters written by a real middle-eastern, hell yes, authenticity straight from the mysterious and beautiful source! And I’m a huge Frankenstein-story fan as well. But high expectations got the best of me this time. Okay, I’ll start by … More Review of Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad (2015, translated 2018)

Review of a Book I Swear I Think I Did Not Write: Jeremy Robert Johnson’s ‘Skullcrack City’ (2015)

What a perfect opportunity for an existential crisis! I’ll take a dozen! I discovered this book as I was figuring out my author page through Amazon, and Amazon was like, hey, you wrote this too, right? I looked at the cover and thought… I think so? Firstly, it’s a similar cover design: Blurbs by Chuck … More Review of a Book I Swear I Think I Did Not Write: Jeremy Robert Johnson’s ‘Skullcrack City’ (2015)

A Review of Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Adjustment Day’ (2018)

Adjustment Day is more or less 1984 if it were written in 1984 about now. America implodes. Everyone kills all the “smart people” then fucks off to their “own kind.” The plot follows the writing of the manifesto known as Adjustment Day (not this book, another book (this book is about that book)), as the … More A Review of Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Adjustment Day’ (2018)

Review of Tom Sweterlitsch’s ‘The Gone World’

Time travel stuff is annoying as shit. There’s all this world-building and rule-setting that has to be  done before you get into the actual characters and story. So when I opened up Sweterlitsch’s 388 page novel, that’s what I expected. That’s not what I found. Sweterlitsch wants his audience to be overwhelmed at first, to … More Review of Tom Sweterlitsch’s ‘The Gone World’