What the Hell Did I Just Read – Review

What the Hell Did I Just Read By David Wong (pen name of Jason Pargin)

Published in 2017

Pages: 371

Genre: Horror, humor

“It rained like we were a splatter of bird shit God was trying to hose off his deck.”

If you think that the above sentence uses profanity unnecessarily, then this isn’t the book for you. What the Hell Did I Just Read is the newest book by author Justin Pargin, written under the pen name David Wong, who is the protagonist of the novel. Covering everything from seemingly immortal government agents, a drug called Soy Sauce, and the mystery of why John ordered so many silicone butts while under the influence of Soy Sauce are just a few of the plot points that will have the reader chuckling and blowing air out their nose with nearly every page. You want to hear a story? Well buckle the eff up! Continue reading “What the Hell Did I Just Read – Review”

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Dracula – Review

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Published in 1897; 2011 Barnes & Noble edition

Pages: 399

Genre: Horror, supernatural

3 May. Bistritz. – Left Munich at 8:35 P.M. on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late.”

One would not suspect such a beginning to the most famous vampire story in the world, but it is the nefarious tendency of the undead to sneak up on their victims that this introduction replicates. Dracula, by Bram Stoker, follows the conquest of London by a melodramatic lord of the undead. After purchasing an estate in England, Count Dracula travels by ship to begin his malicious intent, only to be challenged by friends of the very man who helped him with the financial transaction that put his plan in motion. Told through the correspondence of the brave souls who stand up against this dark malice, Dracula created the template for the vampiric menace and kick-started a golden age for tales about the creature of the night. Continue reading “Dracula – Review”

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) – Review

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Poster

Directed by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Written by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Cast: Taika Waititi, Johnathan Brugh, Jermaine Clement, Ben Fransham, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Jackie van Beek, and Rhys Darby

Length: 1 hour and 26 minutes

Genre: Comedy, horror, mocumentary

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.” Continue reading “What We Do in the Shadows (2014) – Review”

Shaun of the Dead (2004) – Review

Shaun of the Dead (2004) Poster

Directed by Edgar Wright

Written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

Cast: Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Penelope Wilton, Peter Serafinowicz, Lucy Davis, and Dylan Moran

Length: 1 hour and 39 minutes

Genre: Comedy, horror

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.” Continue reading “Shaun of the Dead (2004) – Review”

I Am Legend – Review

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Illustrations by Dave McKean

Published in 1954; 2018 Edition by The Folio Society

Pages: 208

Genre: Horror, science fiction

 

Disclaimer: This review will be different from the norm in that it is split into two parts: a standard, albeit shorter, book review and a specific review of this Folio Society edition. I am endorsing this product through my own volition and belief in its high quality.

 

Part I: The Story

“On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back.”

I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson, has become one of the most influential horror stories of the 20th century. Concerning the life of the last survivor of a world-wide vampire apocalypse, I Am Legend took the premise of a global, supernatural pandemic and asked the question: when the world is overtaken by vampires, who is their monster? The Folio Society created this new edition with stunning art by Dave McKean, and I was lucky enough to nab a copy. Continue reading “I Am Legend – Review”

Anno Dracula – Review

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

Published in 1992; novel published in 2011

Pages: 424

Genre: Fantasy, historical fiction

“Dr Seward’s Diary (kept in phonograph)

17 SEPTEMBER.

Last night’s delivery was easier than the others.”

So begins the diary entry of a methodical killer. Taking place three years after the events of Dracula, by Bram Stoker, Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula takes the premise of its predecessor and asks the question, “what if Van Helsing had failed and Dracula was able to go through with his plans for England?” Filled with Victorian intrigue, vicious vampire fights, and a mystery begging to be solved, Anno Dracula blends fiction with the real. Continue reading “Anno Dracula – Review”

Misery – Review

Misery by Stephen King

Published in 1987

Pages: 338

Genre: Psychological horror, thriller

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These sounds: even in the haze.”

In the wake of finishing the manuscript to his latest novel and celebrating the killing off of one of the characters that he hated the most, author Paul Sheldon decides to drive to the West coast from his hotel in Colorado after drinking a bottle of champagne (as one does). Adding to his precariously blurred situation, a snowstorm blows in and causes him to wreck his car. Legs shattered to pieces, Paul wakes in a groggy stupor to find himself in the care of Annie Wilkes; his umber whunnn fayunnnn…erm, his number one fan. Such a savior would be welcome if she weren’t a psychotic ex-nurse whose favorite character he had just killed off in his final book of the Misery series. Taking place in the confines of Annie’s isolated homestead, Misery follows Paul’s suffering and torture at the hands of his number one fan as he fights to placate her in order to make it out of the cabin alive. Continue reading “Misery – Review”