The Spooky Halloween Mega Post of Madness (and Laziness)

Hey, readers!

Sooo, it’s pretty much Halloween, and I was thinking that instead of doing my usual three posts/month reviews, I’d just make one mega-post this month with a large variety of books to discuss for your pleasure. But in, like, a more abridged than usual sort of way. Because this Insidious 3 movie ain’t gonna watch itself.

Book Hunters #97: Teen Horror!

One of the odder things about us humans is that many of us really, really like to be scared out of our wits--not everyone by a long shot, but enough of us to make scaring the bejeezus out of people a billion dollar business.

This week, Book Hunters get in on the act and offer some frighteningly good reads for young adults.

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Book Hunters in Brief #94: Frankenstein Reborn

As with so many archetypal characters--Robin Hood, Cinderella, the Cowboy--each generation remakes Frankenstein's monster in its own image. Originally, a stand-in for science run amok, nowadays, the monster tends toward the brooding and existential--goading us to ask questions like, why are we here? What is our relationship to our creator? What is the rational response to a world that seems increasingly hostile to our existence?

Writers have been riffing on Mary Shelley's creation almost since she first loosed him on the world. This week, the Book Hunters offer several spins--some serious, some lighter--on Frankenstein's monster.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Minnow Bly has learned some hard lessons in the short seventeen years that make up her life. She’s learned that parts of you that you take for granted can be taken away, your family can betray you in the blink of an eye, and she’s learned that the power of belief can be the most dangerous thing of all.


Something is in the woods surrounding the quiet town the Rook’s family has settled into. Something ancient. Something relentless. And it is oh so very hungry...

The Merciless

Four girls in the basement of an abandoned house, another bound and gagged on the dirty concrete floor. It’s okay, though. She’s going to be just fine, the other girls are here to help her. They’re here to perform the exorcism she so desperately needs. They’ve got all the tools they require: bell, book, candle… knife.


Fiend; with a plot that sounds like the start of a bad joke, is an unexpected treat and a fresh take on a horror sub-genre that many of the most avid enthusiasts have grown weary of. Two meth addicts come out of a rundown house after a week-long bender to find that the zombie apocalypse had come and gone without them. Out of speed and long out of time to prepare, they have just two goals; stay alive and stay high.

Through the Woods

You’re walking through the woods, there’s no one around. Out of the corner of your eye you spot him- no, not Shia LeBeouf. It’s your brother whom you murdered last night, and he’s so happy to see you.


Scenic mountain ranges, rustic bed and breakfasts overlooking peaceful pastures; that’s what a great many little towns dotting the US are renowned for. At first glance, no one would assume the little village of Buckaroo, Oregon would be any different. Except what Buckaroo is known for, what it’s infamous for, are serial killers.


Parasitology is the newest series written by zombie novel veteran Mira Grant. With the second book having been released last November, and the third and final novel releasing on November of this year, I figured I’d just go ahead and review it now so that the rest of you can suffer in anticipation with me. Mwa ha ha.

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