reviews

The Dark

I’ve been re-reading my favorite ghost story anthology. The Dark, edited by Ellen Datlow, was my first serious foray into horror literature, and it scared me senseless. I don’t think I’ve read a more frightening book since.

The Conjuring

I’m a strange breed of horror fan who’s wary of an R rating. I don’t want to be drenched with gore, and an hour and a half of people screaming every foul word they can think of gets on my nerves. For moral reasons, I won’t even consider a movie with nudity. The Conjuring contains none of these. Yes, there’s some blood and some strong language, but the movie’s rating is earned almost entirely on scares.

Shiki

With the fall season starting, the wife and I decided to re-watch the anime series Shiki. It’s one of my favorite shows, and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes vampires.

The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories

I just finished reading The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories, and I must say I have mixed feelings. It is, as the title suggests, a very large collection, and I came away with the impression that the quantity of ghost stories was favored above overall quality. I do not want to leave you with the impression that it was entirely rubbish; there were a handful of selections that made the whole thing worth it (Ghost Hunt and Napier Court, to name a couple). If, like me, you are in the business of expanding your library, then it may be worth your time. I would advise looking through your own ghost story collection to make sure you are not getting too many duplicates before buying this book.

The Woman in Black

I got to see The Woman in Black this weekend, and absolutely loved it. It was positively terrifying; I had goosebumps running down my arms the entire time. I had read the original novel by Susan Hill beforehand; the movie is not 100% faithful to the book, but the main premise remains intact, and I think it came out as a better movie for it. The setting simply drips with creepiness, and the camera work takes full advantage of this. The music is lovely (in a sinister way), and I thought the acting was pretty good.