Category Reviews

House of Waxwork, Vol. 1

I bought this a few months ago, and I was mostly attracted by the fact that this first issue includes a 7″ vinyl soundtrack EP, designed to be played whilst reading the stories. The presentation is fantastic – the vinyl is a garish green splatter edition, whilst the comic cover is printed on heavy textured paper, making the cover image of the comic’s “Die-rector” especially lurid. The whole presentation is highly impressive and overall it feels like a highly professional package.


Tony Lunedi – The Spire in the Woods

I recently spent a few hours tidying up my Instapaper archive so I’d have something handy to read when waiting at the airport before we went on holiday. I mostly use read-it-later services to tag articles about history, folklore, horror or literature, but I knew I’d also used Instapaper to save some short stories that had been recommended to me online. Amongst the archived posts, I found a story called The Spire in the Woods which was posted to the horror-story subreddit NoSleep in 2013. I don’t know how I ended up saving this or how I’d even heard of it, but I figured if I’d bothered to look it up and then save it to my Instapaper, it might be worth a read.

Robert Bloch – The Skull of the Marquis de Sade

Title: The Skull of the Marquis de Sade Author: Robert Bloch Published: 1976, Corgi (Originally published 1965) I bought this 1976 Corgi edition from Instagram bookseller P. G. Bloodhouse. Highly recommended for your classic horror, crime, suspense and thriller needs! Sometimes it’s as though a title of a book or short story calls out to you, […]

Warren Ellis – Supergod

A friend from work recently turned me on to Warren Ellis’ Supergod series, released in 2009-2010. I am somewhat familiar with Ellis’ previous material, having read some of Transmetropolitan and The Authority quite a few years back, but this title sounded particularly interesting. 

RIP XII – Reading List

I’m taking part in the RIP (Readers Imbibing Peril) XII challenge in September and October and I thought it was worth outlining what I plan to read/watch in these two months. I’m way behind on my annual Goodreads challenge, so maybe this will make it a bit easier to get through some of the items in my pretty intimidating TBR pile.

Jac Jemc – The Grip of It

This was recommended to me by Contrary Reader on Instagram. I read it over two days at the end of August. It’s an interesting and subtly addictive read which blends typical haunted house themes with psychological horror, body horror, adult fears of decaying relationships and the changing sense of self.

RIP XII, September and October

I found the RIP (Readers Imbibing Peril) XII challenge over at Capricious Reader’s blog. It’s a reading challenge that’s been running for eleven years, and this year it’s hosted by Capricious Reader (above) and Estella’s Revenge. You can visit these links to sign up to the challenge by adding your blog address to the list of participants.