Posts tagged with horror

Jan 27 2010

Moon Called, by Patricia Briggs

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If I had to describe Patricia Briggs's novel Moon Called in a single line, I'd probably go for something like: “A lot like Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series—only way less annoying...

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Jan 26 2010

Patricia Briggs

Patrica Briggs is an urban fantasy author based in Washington State. She's best known for her Mercy Thompson series about a shape-shifting VW mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area. (The first t...

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Nov 18 2009

Diana Peterfreund

Diana Peterfreund is the author of both the "Secret Society Girl" series and the YA horror/fantasy novel Rampant, one of our Featured Book titles. Note: While you should, as always, check out Ms....

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Nov 18 2009

Rampant, by Diana Peterfreund

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The idea of carnivorous unicorns ranks pretty high on both the kitsch-o-meter and parody scale, but Diana Peterfreund's novel Rampant is neither. Instead, this surprising young adult book is...

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Oct 26 2009

Strolling with Lovecraft

ApartmentTherapy recently did a very Halloween-friendly post about a H.P. Lovecraft-themed walking tour in Providence’s College Hill, which includes many of the houses featured in his horror stori...

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Oct 20 2009

Hard-to-find horror

I've been trying to hunt down a copy of Robert Bloch's Psycho, the novel that inspired the Hitchcock movie of the same name. I'm not about to pay $25 for this edition (seriously, are they insane?)...

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Oct 12 2009

Rosemary Clement-Moore

Rosemary Clement-Moore is the author of the excellent YA novel The Splendor Falls (which we loved, and chose as one of our Featured Book titles), and the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series (which ...

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Oct 12 2009

The Splendor Falls, by Rosemary Clement-Moore

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One of my least favorite romantic clichés is the Relentlessly Average Heroine. Teen literature is full of these girls: boring, hapless “heroines” whose appeal is limited to some passive attr...

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Oct 6 2009

Good clean fun?

So, the film adaptation for the first book in Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak series is coming out, and I'm not sure what to think:On one hand, the trailer is strangely hokey*, but on the other, tho...

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Oct 1 2009

Here's hoping they invest in better CGI than the New Moon producers

We've had a review copy of Maggie Stiefvater's novel Shiver floating around Wordcandy HQ for a few months now*, so I was interested to see that it's been picked up by the producers of the Lord of ...

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Aug 30 2009

Amanda Grange

Amanda Grange has written several bestselling Jane Austen continuations. We haven't fully forgiven her for making Lydia full-on evil (see the Bitter Aftertaste section) in her book Mr. Darcy's Di...

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Aug 30 2009

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, by Amanda Grange

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Jane Austen continuations and vampire romances have been two of the great literary success stories of the past five years, so we're actually a little surprised we haven't already seen a combi...

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Aug 12 2009

Carrie Ryan

Carrie Ryan is a North Carolina-based author of young adult fiction. Her debut novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth was one of our Featured Book picks.

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Aug 12 2009

The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan

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A word of warning before we begin: on the Depression Scale, Carrie Ryan's debut novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth ranks somewhere between Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games and Schopenhauer...

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Jul 6 2009

Storm Front and Welcome to the Jungle, by Jim Butcher

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When it comes to pulp fiction, I usually think shorter is better. This is why I’ve always liked Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, but I love his graphic-novel reworkings of the same material. The...

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Jun 1 2009

Inventive!

According to Yahoo! News, the Japanese have brought us another glorious new product: a horror story printed on toilet paper. Each roll of the paper contains several copies of a nine-chapter novell...

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Apr 20 2009

Ah, Underworld. How I've missed you!

Ooh, news to warm my Underworld-loving heart: Kevin Grevioux (one of the co-creators of the Underworld series as well of one its actors--the fanged dude, featured at right) is working on a new com...

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Apr 3 2009

Oooh, delicious cheese...

Check out this promo for Harper's Island. This upcoming CBS "mystery event" is loosely based on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None:Heh. At first I thought it was so cheesy it must be fan-m...

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Mar 5 2009

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, by Chuck Dixon and Brett Booth

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Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son is Chuck Dixon and Brett Booth’s comic book adaptation of the 2005 novel of the same name by Dean Koontz and Kevin J. Anderson, which is in turn a modern-d...

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Feb 27 2009

Tom Becker

Tom Becker is a British fantasy author. Darkside, his debut novel, is both the first installment in a projected series and one of our Featured Book titles.Note: We feel a strong sense of kinship ...

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Feb 11 2009

Literary fundraising

The Shirley Jackson Awards, honoring outstanding work in the genres of psychological suspense, horror, and the "dark fantastic", is currently holding an online lottery to raise money for their awa...

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Jan 12 2009

Evil Ways, by Justin Gustainis

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I really enjoyed Black Magic Woman, the first book in Justin Gustainis’s Morris and Chastain Investigations series. I liked his just-released sequel, Evil Ways, too... but with considerably more r...

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Jan 11 2009

Osamu Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese manga artist, animator, and producer, and is frequently referred to as the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney. He is best remembered as the creator of Astro Boy and Ki...

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Jan 11 2009

Black Jack: Vol. 1, by Osamu Tezuka

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An English translation of Osamu Tezuka’s award-winning manga Black Jack is available again, thanks to the fine people at VIZ Media. The first two volumes of this enjoyably bizarre medical dr...

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Dec 22 2008

A little look-see

We were impressed by Justin Gustainis's gore-filled monsterfest Black Magic Woman, so we're stoked to see the sequel is almost out. Evil Ways will be on shelves on December 30th, but if you're all...

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Dec 8 2008

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

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I’ve had a copy of Suzanne Collins’s novel The Hunger Games since September, but there are two reasons I’m just reviewing it now: one, I’m still recovering from the massive let-down that was ...

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Nov 12 2008

Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the author of several YA series about the lives of rich, snotty, self-indulgent teens. Normally, this style of book leaves us cold... but then she went ahead wrote a series ...

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Nov 12 2008

Revelations, by Melissa de la Cruz

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I have an intense, long-standing, slightly guilty love for vampire stories, which allows me to tolerate literature I wouldn’t otherwise touch with a ten foot pole. This love might not be powerful enough...

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Sep 28 2008

Flora's Dare, by Ysabeau S. Wilce

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Middle series installments frequently feel like stopgaps, but Ysabeau S. Wilce’s Flora’s Dare, the sequel to 2007’s Flora Segunda, is in all ways exceptional. As the story opens, fourteen-year-old Flora has discovered that her formerly crazy father was actually a lot easier to live with back when he was nuts...

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Sep 26 2008

Speaking of movies...

...Will Smith has signed on to star in a prequel to the blockbuster I Am Legend (which was based on a novel by acclaimed horror/sci-fi writer Richard Matheson). According to Variety, the film wil...

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