The Best Books I Read In 2016


I like reading books. A lot. Mostly fiction. Twenty-sixteen was a great year in that respect, I managed to break my all-time records and finish more than 50 books (some of them were graphic novels so it may not be as impressive as it sounds).

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The Certainties Of Life Ever-changing


My ideas on life have all changed dramatically over the past 2 1/2 years of my life. If you would have told me 6 years ago that I'd be where I am living like I do today, I would have called bullshit on you and said that it was impossible.

Guess what? Life is ever-fucking-changing in the most ... READ MORE

Revival: If you like Lovecraft, you should read this book

Book Review - Revival by Stephen King

revival-stephen-king_book-review Stephen King's Revival is a very difficult book to review and recommend without revealing too much of the story, especially its conclusion. In fact, Revival had been on my to-read pile since its release, but when my friend, and fellow Charmful Dead Things ... READ MORE

The Ones That Got Away: Stories that will keep you turning the page

Book Review - The Ones That Got Away by Stephen Graham Jones

the-ones-that-got-away-stephen-graham-jones_book-review I've been meaning to dig into Stephen Graham Jones' The Ones That Got Away since it was released in 2010 and nominated for the Bram Stoker Award Nominee for best short story collection of the year. As things sometimes turn out, I hadn't been able to ... READ MORE

Wild Fell: A strikingly unique Victorian ghost story

Book Review - Wild Fell by Michael Rowe

wild-fell-michael-rowe_book-review I stumbled upon Michael Rowe's work earlier this year at the Word on the Street Festival and FanExpo in Toronto (both events I would highly recommend). I came across Wild Fell at FanExpo and the moment I saw the striking cover art by READ MORE

Urban Gothic: Great splatterpunk fun

Book Review - Urban Gothic by Brian Keene

urban-gothic-brian-keene_book-review I have been reading Brian Keene since 2003 when The Rising was first released. I didn't really knew who he was at the time, but in those days I continually ordered books from the now deceased Dorchester Publishing because, for some unexplainable reason, they shipped to Mexico for next to nothing rates. So, of course ... READ MORE

Why We Enjoy Horror | Dissecting Fear

“Where there is no imagination – there is no horror.” ― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

why-we-enjoy-horror-blog-article As I mentioned in the first article of the Dissecting Fear series, I’m attempting to shed some light on the nature of horror fans and fear itself by researching the science and studies that have been done about the subjects. READ MORE

Gifts for the One Who Comes After: Surrealist fantasy at its finest

Book Review - Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall

gifts-for-the-one-who-comes-after-helen-marshal_book-review Last month, while walking around the Horror Headquarters at the FanExpo here in Toronto, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a neatly decorated booth full of books. What first caught my attention was the impressive artwork on the covers and as I browsed the table and started ... READ MORE

Station Eleven: Discovering beauty through loss

Book Review - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

station-eleven-emely-st-john-mandel_book-review I recently read Station Eleven and despite the sizable marketing efforts and social media hype, I had very little knowledge of what it contained. To give a brief summary, twenty years after the Georgian Flu wipes out most of the world's population, survivors have formed settlements. ... READ MORE