Reviews and Blog Posts: Horror

What's the Plural of Apocalypse? DPL @ Comic Con, Survival, and the Caldera

Are you going to be at Denver Comic Con, May 31-June 2? Because lots of Denver Public Library folks will be there! Are you ready to face the end of the world with us?

Just one of DPL's many panels is entitled: It's the End of the World as We Know It: Books that Taught Us Survival Strategies for a Terrifying Future. Here's a brief description:

NOS4A2 : a novel

by Joe Hill

Reviewer Rating:
5

Vic McQueen can find things. With the help of her trusty bike and the Shorter Way Bridge (which collapsed in 1985, but lives on in her inscape), she can get to any lost object.  Throughout her adolescence, she travels the bridge, until she goes looking for trouble, and finds Charlie...

Right Neighborly

Getty Image - Man smacking his head and standing behind white picket fence.

Ah, home sweet home...um, maybe. That urban castle of solace can quickly turn into one of strife if you are plagued by nosey or noisy neighbors.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood never prepared us for the Griswolds and Mr. & Mrs. Smiths of the world. Now that the weather is improving, you can't rush past your neighbor because it's too cold to chat. So how can you move from avoidance to acceptance and appreciate the neighbors you have?

Vampires in the lemon grove stories

by Karen Russell

Reviewer Rating:
4

I'm not often drawn to short story collections, but I liked Russell's Swamplandia! so much that I decided to give this collection a try. The stories were creative, fantastical, mind-bending. The audio was enhanced by having a different reader for each story. In one, a massage therapist working with an...

What's the Plural of Apocalypse?

The Road

The Atlantic recently published a list of their favorite post-apocalyptic novels in anticipation of Peter Heller's new one, Dog Stars, which they predict will become a classic.

I've read 8 out of 11 (I'm embarrassed to admit that the ones I haven't read are the "classics"). How many have you read? Did they get the list right? Would you take any out? What would you add? And, most importantly, which one of the ones I haven't read (in bold) should I read next? Maybe we'll make it a Geeks Who Read Book Club selection for 2013!

Geeks Who Read Book Club

Are you interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and graphic novels? Join us at the Geek Book Club! We've had several successful meetings, with more great selections coming this summer. Our next meeting is Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m at the Schlessman Family Branch. We'll be discussing World War Z by Max Brooks. Where will you be when the zombie apocalypse goes down?

World War Z: The Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks was published in 2007 and is often cited as one of the best zombie novels of the last ten years. The book is a string of first person accounts of various characters around the world and how they remember the zombie outbreaks and following war. There are testimonies from military personnel, intelligence officials, and regular citizens who try to defeat the zombies.

5 Great Zombie Movies

In honor of Zombie Appreciation Month, here are some amazing zombie movies. We may have an entire year to wait before the movie adaptation of World War Z is unleashed, but these should help pass the time until then. Keep them on hand in your bunker.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Director George Romero is the granddaddy of the classic school of slow, creeping, persistent zombies. Although some of his later “Dead” movies are arguably superior in quality, this is the one that started it all. It deserves your undying respect.

2011 Bram Stoker Award Nominees Announced

Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry

The Horror Writers Association has presented the Bram Stoker Award annually since 1988. This year marks the first time that the genres of Young Adult Fiction and Graphic Novels have been added to the awards list. If you love Horror and/or Young Adults books, these 5 nominees are sure to thrill you!

Nominated for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel:

Shirley Jackson Award Nominees Announced

The Shirley Jackson Awards honor outstanding achievement in writing psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Try out some of the nominees if you dare! And make sure to check out some books by the awards' namesake, Shirley Jackson, while you're at it!

NOVEL

  • Dark Matter, Michelle Paver
  • A Dark Matter, Peter Straub
  • Feed, Mira Grant (I really enjoyed this one--the 2nd book in the series, Deadline, is coming soon!)

Red State Screening and Q&A with Kevin Smith

Last night at the Paramount Theatre, it was my pleasure to view Kevin Smith's newest film, Red State, and listen as he answered questions and spoke for almost 2 hours after the credits rolled. This film is his next to last film before he starts a new stage in his career.

Described by Smith to be, "A Tarantino movie by way of the Coen brothers," Red State was all that and more. Very unsettling, but not your typical Horror fare, I really enjoyed this film. The use of satire plus the brilliant performances of John Goodman, Michael Parks and many others, puts Kevin Smith in a whole new league of film directors in my opinion.

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