When the group’s focus shifts from daily hunting and gathering techniques to the construction of their own eerie Iron Age ‘Ghost Wall,’ the narrative takes an even darker turn. They may be using animal bones instead of human remains, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a sacrifice.
Reviewed by Crescenda Long There is nothing I love more than a good fairy tale. Unfortunately, new fairy tales often leave me disappointed. Even the best original stories often lack that authentic fairy tale feel -- that perfect blend of timeless wonder and deep, abstract disquiet. And so I approached Scott Thrower’s Fairy Tales for... Continue Reading →
When Game of Thrones resumed on April 14, it was not just another popular series starting a new season. It marked the beginning of the end of the most memorable television show of the decade (and possibly the last watercooler television series ever).
From bodies disappearing from morgues to eerily timed car crashes on dark highways, Sirenicide feels like those ‘urban-legend’ style ghost stories that used to terrify and delight my friends and I when we were kids -- and it only gets better from there.
Well, having listened to the first two episodes, I have to say that Still Lives, a new, pastoral apocalyptic podcast, is a gem of a discovery.
The Grey Rooms Podcast Reviewed by A.L. Kersel The first mistake I made when listening to The Grey Rooms Podcast was listening to the opening of episode one while eating lunch. The second mistake I made was listening to the rest while walking back from a photography session in my local cemetery. Seriously. Every flicker... Continue Reading →
Fans of Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker will really enjoy this haunting, refreshingly strange novel. Part ghost story, part cautionary dystopian narrative, and glossed with a fine veneer of magical realism, The Children’s Home is a modern fairytale in the oldest sense of the word.
This weekend, I finally had a chance to listen to the first episode of Calling Darkness, a new horror-comedy podcast written by S.H. Cooper and Gemma Amor. The story chronicles the adventures of six young women who gather at the mysterious Crowe House for a seminar on acting -- and accidentally summon a demon in the process.
If a good short story is like a piece of expensive chocolate, then Ken Liu’s short story collection, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, is like an exquisite boxed assortment of the finest truffles.