Category: Reading

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Five Stories Ya Gotta Read – July 2020

It’s time for another Five Stories Ya Gotta Read! ‘Welcome to the Reptile House’ by Stephen Graham Jones from his collection After All of the People Lights Have Gone Off. I have read Stephen Graham Jones before; a novella called The Night Cyclist. The novella was good, but it does not hold a candle to the stories in this collection.… Read more →

Five Stories Ya Gotta Read – June 2020

This is the start of a brand-new series of blog posts. Each month I will share with you five stories that I’ve read recently that you should look into. ‘Wilderness’ by Letitia Trent from Exigencies ed. Richard Thomas Recently I took a course on contemporary dark fiction, and this is the first short story we read for discussion. Letitia does… Read more →

What I Learned from Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

This book blew my mind the first time I read it. I finished the whole thing while on flights for work in December of 2019. I’d never read anything quite like it. Warning: minor spoilers ahead. Before reading this book, I was convinced that there was an unspoken law that authors were not allowed to create strange new worlds with… Read more →

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20 Short Stories That Inform and Influence My Fiction

Occasionally, someone will ask me what stories and authors influence my writing. That is a difficult question. Really, everything a writer reads in some way influences our writing. It all pushes or pulls our work in some direction. When I read a story that doesn’t work for me, I learn that I should not attempt something similar in my own… Read more →

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Lessons Learned from Josh Malerman’s Bird Box – An Essay

The first time I attempted to read Bird Box I did not like it. I made it only a couple chapters in, and the thriller style pacing turned me off. Over the months, the story bugged me until I picked it back up. That time I finished the full story and loved it. But, for this class, I slowed down… Read more →

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Joe’s Favorite Books of 2019

Purposefully, I kept my reading goal lower this year. I wanted to focus on reading for quality instead of for quantity. That said, I hit my Goodreads goal of 50 books last week, as opposed to my goal of 75 for 2018. I would love to shoot for 100 books in a year, but I am not a fast reader,… Read more →

Blood Standard by Laird Barron

Joe Reviews: Blood Standard by Laird Barron

I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned sometime in the past that Laird Barron is one my favorite authors. He’s up there in my top five, fighting for the number one spot with Livia Llewllyn, China Mielville, Clive Barker, and Thomas Ligotti. I was leery of reading something not cosmic horror by Mr. Barron. Everyone else in the community seems to… Read more →

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Joe Reviews: The Secret Name by Eve Harms

Howdy! How are all of y’all doing out there on the interwebs? I hope well. I’m doing great! Do you know why? Because I had the pleasure of reading The Secret Name by Eve Harms! “Haven’t heard of it”, you say. Well, let me fill you in. If you’re like me and love libraries and stories involving demonic possession, then… Read more →

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Podcasts for Horror Readers and Writers

For this week’s blog post I thought that I would let you all in on a little secret. I’m going to share my favorite podcasts for horror readers and writers. This is Horror First up, we have This Is Horror. This is, by far, my absolute favorite podcast. I am a paying patron and highly recommend checking them out if… Read more →

Joe Reviews: Worship Me by Craig Stewart

First and up front I must let you know that I was provided a digital copy of Worship Me in exchange for a fair review. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s dig in! What did I think of it? Well, it was good. A fun read that I would recommend to my horror loving friends. It… Read more →