Book Review: The Ritual by Adam Nevill

6/10 Early promise let down by the last third A group of friends tries to reconnect by going on a hike through the Swedish wilderness. But after becoming lost, they are stalked by an unknown creature. Story I normally avoid spoilers, but the last paragraph of this section discusses spoilers for the novel. Skip theContinue reading “Book Review: The Ritual by Adam Nevill”

Book Review: The October Country by Ray Bradbury

8/10 A few lows hold back this series of otherwise masterful short stories The October Country collects morbid and dark short stories set around many of life’s mysteries from creepy neighbors to the creeping dead. Story The stories in The October Country are mostly horror and fantastical, though a couple of them are a bitContinue reading “Book Review: The October Country by Ray Bradbury”

Book Review: Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

10/10 A bleak, morbid, and fascinating web of short stories Revenge is a series of short stories examining a strange cast of characters living in modern-day Japan; their unusual circumstances, how they got there, and what is often their gruesome fate. Story The short stories in Revenge each center on different characters, but there areContinue reading “Book Review: Revenge by Yoko Ogawa”

Book Review: The Terror by Dan Simmons

9/10 An immersive historical horror In 1845, the Franklin Expedition, the most prepared and modernized expedition to sail in search of the Northwest Passage, finds itself trapped in the ice and stalked by a mysterious beast. Story The Terror is an imaginative history of the famous Franklin Expedition that was lost on a mission toContinue reading “Book Review: The Terror by Dan Simmons”

Board Game First Impressions: AuZstralia

I was interested when this was first released, but the more I play Wallace games, the more interested I am in trying his other titles. The Cthulhu theme has been hit or miss for me. But the way AuZtralia handles it feels very different. The Game Martin Wallace certainly seems to have some hallmarks. TheContinue reading “Board Game First Impressions: AuZstralia”

RPG First Impression: Fear Itself 2nd Edition (GUMSHOE system)

When I first started playing RPGs via forums, I was still hesitant to run them. I didn’t have much experience as a player or GM. Most of my experience was in watching games on Twitch and Youtube. I had started my Warhammer campaign in October 2018 because I love the setting and wanted to playContinue reading “RPG First Impression: Fear Itself 2nd Edition (GUMSHOE system)”

Book Review: Dark Water by Koji Suzuki

9/10 Character-driven horror from one of Japan’s best In this collection of short stories, Koji Suzuki continues to haunt readers with a series of horror stories all centered around water, starting with a prologue that hints at the many strange things that wash ashore and the stories they tell. Prologue An old woman, Kayo, whoContinue reading “Book Review: Dark Water by Koji Suzuki”

Beta Reading: “Black Bones”

While waiting for my current submission to get accepted somewhere, I’ve been at work on the next story. It’s a 3900 word horror story. Black Bones Pradip has become focused on all the things he wants, but a neighbor seems to appreciate everything Pradip has. So much so, he’s willing to come back from theContinue reading “Beta Reading: “Black Bones””

Movie Reviews: “Pyewacket” and “The Ritual”

5/10 Sloppy writing, a waste of good acting Leah is a young metal head with an interest in the occult. When her relationship with her mother frays more than she can bear, she performs a ritual to summon the Pyewacket, a creature tasked with killing Leah’s mother. Story and Characters The core idea is simpleContinue reading “Movie Reviews: “Pyewacket” and “The Ritual””