If you’ve read my posts on social media today, you already know that I’m making some minor changes in order to maximize the time that I have for reading and reviewing. On top of the stress we’re all dealing with related to Coronavirus lately, I’ve been struggling with the fact that I’m not moving through my reads as fast as I’d like. The fact is that my workload has increased despite working from home, and as much as I’d like to dedicate my time to all things bookish, that’s not possible right now. In order to ensure I get my day job done and also dedicate as much time as I can to promoting horror, I’ll be making these changes:
For the next 2 months or so, I’m going to prioritize my stack of review copies, as well as Latinx horror for the month of May. These books will still have a full review post dedicated to each individual piece.
During this time, any other reads that don’t fall into those categories will be featured in a Sunday “Weekly Reads Roundup” post on my blog. Each book will still have an individual review, but they’ll be grouped in one post and the reviews will be slightly abbreviated.
This does not mean I won’t be shouting out other books and authors that I read and love during this time. I’ll still be posting the reviews from the roundup individually on GoodReads and Amazon, and plan to continue social media posts highlighting each read.
Now that I’ve got the informative bit out of the way, let’s get to this week’s roundup…
CREEP HOUSE by Andersen Prunty:
This was my first read from Prunty and I really enjoyed it. This is a collection of short fiction, and each story is linked by the fact that they take place in the same town. There were several standouts for me in this collection that I’m not going to forget any time soon. My Top 3 stories were: The Calming Wood, Candy Heart, and The Existential Dread of Complacency. I’ve got several other titles from this author lined up and I’m looking forward to it.
BURNT OFFERINGS by Robert Marasco:
I’d seen the movie but never read the book, and figured it was time to remedy that situation. I like both, but the book was better, of course—there’s much more detail to the story. This book got under my skin. It’s a slow burn but it creeps into your mind, and I found it hard to put the book down. This is quiet, atmospheric horror at its best. I don’t think I quite realized how much I love a good haunted house story until recently. This book definitely brought it to the forefront of my mind, and I think I’ll be fixating on the haunted house trope for non-review books on my June TBR list. Also, I just love 70s horror and music. This one has an intro by Stephen Graham Jones, and in it he mentions how this was Marasco’s one true horror novel, and it’s a shame he didn’t release more later on when there was a bigger boom in horror fiction. I definitely agree and I think this one has been overlooked and underrated. I’d recommend to read the book and watch the movie.