Christian's Book Reviews

Ghost Eaters: A Novel By Clay Chapman Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: September 23, 2022

This one kept me anxious on the edge of my seat.  An intense mix of grief, addiction, and absolutely terrifying body horror, Ghost Eaters is a very scary read to kick off October.

Lou: A Children's Picture Book About a Fire Hydrant and Unlikely Neighborhood Hero By Breanna Carzoo, Breanna Carzoo (Illustrator) Cover Image

Lou

Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: August 29, 2022

The adorable - and uplifting - story of a fire hydrant that knows he's destined for so much more than just being a dog's bathroom.
 

Summer Sons By Lee Mandelo Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: August 29, 2022

A sweaty, languid, southern gothic horror story.  Queer romance, drag racing, grief, and ghosts!  This is the perfect scary story to cap off the summer.

Ham Helsing #1: Vampire Hunter By Rich Moyer Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: July 21, 2022

A hilarious story with adorable art about a very kind, gentle, vampire hunting pig.  This one is laugh-out-loud funny and has a sweet message about what really makes a hero.  I mean, look at this little guy...

The Pallbearers Club: A Novel By Paul Tremblay Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: June 27, 2022

A very odd, very unique horror "memoir" with *two* unreliable narrators.  This is a monster story about friendship where the monster is nostalgia...and also a monster.

Relic and Ruin By Wendii McIver Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: May 27, 2022

A wildly different (and fantastic!) take on YA fantasy, Relic and Ruin leans into the darkness.  With necromancers and reapers as your heroes and - you guessed it - even spookier characters as your villains, this one is the magical horror/fantasy combo you never knew you needed.

Another Kind By Trevor Bream, Cait May (Illustrator), Cait May Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: April 22, 2022

A monster story, but make it sweet.

This is a story about cryptid kids looking for a place to belong.  It's a heartwarming tale of found family and being yourself.  Perfect for all ages and especially monster fans!

The Writer By Davide Cali, Monica Barengo (Illustrator) Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: March 17, 2022

This beautiful picture book tells the story of how much our dogs do for us in our everyday lives.  It features some really unique and adorable illustrations and it's a must-read for dog loves (and writers)!

Monday By Lucy Branam, Kevin M. Barry (Illustrator) Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: October 4, 2021

Everybody hates Mondays!  But when Monday goes missing, the other days realize that we all have an important job to do.  This is a very funny, very adorable book about taking the good with the not-so-good.

My Heart Is a Chainsaw (The Indian Lake Trilogy #1) By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: August 27, 2021

This is a love letter to slasher movies on the surface, but it's also a brilliant meditation on colonialism, gentrification, and trauma. Jones is a master of horror and he's also able to deftly weave intensely human elements with supernatural horror.  Chainsaw is visceral and painful, but such an amazing piece of fiction.  

Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian By Tim Probert, Tim Probert (Illustrator) Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: August 27, 2021

An epic adventure set in a world rich with lore featuring some breathtaking artwork. 

Bea and Cad are unlikely friends who set off on a quest to find her father (a pig wizard) and save the world from eternal darkness.  You won't be able to put this one down until you're done.

Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
Reviewed by: Christian
Posted: July 23, 2021

This novel is a real feat of blending genres.  Moreno-Garcia infuses postcolonial gothic horror with culture and race yielding evocative and terrifying results.  High House is just a deliciously creepy setting and a character all on its own.  This is an instant classic and not just for fans of the dark and spooky.  

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