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Bunny: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525559733
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Viking - June 11th, 2019

If you ever thought to yourself, “Hm. Mean Girls, but an MFA program. And, oh! Make it horror! And yeah, a dash of an unreliable narrator sounds good. And why not? Throw in an outlandish plot so brilliantly over the top you literally have NO IDEA what's going to happen next”—then yes, this is the book for you. I loved every page of the delightfully unnerving story.


Review by Claire

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Beautiful Darkness Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781770463363
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 30th, 2018

Child logic and base ferality attempt to work together in this beautifully bleak fable. A group of fairies are forced to leave their previous...home and survive the wilderness. If you are looking for a sweet moral ribbon to tie around this tale, you wont find it. It is lost; buried in the woods amongst the maggots. 


Review by Dean

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The Best of Richard Matheson Cover Image
By Richard Matheson, Victor LaValle (Editor), Victor LaValle (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143130178
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 10th, 2017

Do you like the Twilight Zone? Of course you do. But you might not know Richard Matheson. And you should, because arguably the most iconic episodes were adapted from his masterfully-written short fiction. Each story is so tightly crafted as to border on pulp, each ending twists with a stinger that demands your return. If I'm on a plane: 1) I have a Richard Matheson collection in my carry on and 2) I'm not going to look at the wing of the plane. Yeah. He wrote that. 


Review by Dean

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Weaveworld Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780743417358
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Published: Gallery Books - April 2001

Full disclosure: this is my desert island book. Clive Barker (my future husband) displays the fecundity of his imagination by creating a dark fantasy epic on the scale of Tolkien full of deliciously sacrilegious subtext. The characters and scenes within have woven themselves into my psyche never to be unraveled. Thank Goddess.  


Review by Dean

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Comemadre Cover Image
By Roque Larraquy, Heather Cleary (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895156
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Published: Coffee House Press - July 10th, 2018

At a sanatorium just outside Buenos Aires, where patients are living out their last days, Dr. Quintana and his colleagues have signed up to participate in a medical research project, which concerns the minutes just after death. They just need a few volunteers. An excellent translation of a horror novel, which is also darkly funny.


Review by Mark B.

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A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062363244
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 10th, 2016

This story revolves around 14-year-old Marjorie, the eldest of two sisters and her increasingly bizarre and erratic behavior. Is it the onset of mental illness or full on demonic possession?? This books sends up the exhausted tropes of past exorcism tales whilst exploiting them to the benefit of the reader. It is a witty and creeptastic read with an homage to Shirley Jackson that left me reeling.


Review by Dean

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Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781421596938
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - December 19th, 2017

Broadly speaking, I don't like Manga (sorry, not sorry), though Junji Ito has proven to be the exception, His tales are never dull, at times retch-inducing, and always ghastly. What more could a girl ask for??


Review by Dean

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The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062679109
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Published: William Morrow - June 26th, 2018

Woof. I couldn't put it down. The premise is simple, the themes all too relevant. From the start I cared for the characters, had my stomach clenched throughout the meat of it, and shed a tear at the end. It's horror with a heart!


Review by Dean

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Satania Cover Image
By Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascoet (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781681121437
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Published: NBM Publishing - November 15th, 2017

Look, I cannot even begin to describe the fleshy gloriousness that is this book. Please...just dive in. 


Review by Dean

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The Job of the Wasp Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766801
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Published: Soft Skull Press - January 9th, 2018

This book is like Eileen meets A Confederacy of Dunces meets Sleep Away Camp, set against the backdrop of a possibly haunted boys orphanage. Come for the overly articulate but woefully unaware teenage narrator, stay for the Devils Backbone meets Lord of the Flies vibe.


Review by Anje

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