The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman The was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife. Without having read the book in several years, I can still recall the iconic opening line perfectly. Gaiman is a talented writer, and this book shows it well; from the masterful opening line to the clever and effective illustrations interspersed throughout. Even with such a violent opening and with death as … Continue reading The Graveyard Book

Over the Garden Wall

From fairy tale tropes to singing frogs, to witches and heroic quests, this quaint, animated miniseries captures the feeling of a perfectly whimsical eternal autumn. At ten episodes, each only twelve minutes long, OTGW is a quick, extremely satisfying watch. The animation is simple, with bright, autumnal colors and unique character designs; it is used to the fullest to inject a heavy dose of fantastic … Continue reading Over the Garden Wall

Sadistic Beauty

By Woo Yunhee To be frank, this is a femdom BDSM porn comic. With plot and interesting characters. The romantic relationships that slowly build up around the beautiful, accidentally seductive, Noona all have their own unique chemistry… and BDSM theme. If you can’t choose between wanting to read about a cute, blossoming relationship between a submissive boy and an older woman where everything is safe, … Continue reading Sadistic Beauty

Killing Stalking

By Koogi If you’re looking for a complex survival horror mired with morally gray and downright twisted characters that keeps up an engaging plot, this is the manhwa for you. Killing Stalking follows a stalker after he breaks into the home of his current obsession – and accidentally discovers that the boy he thought was kind and crushworthy is actually a murderer with a penchant … Continue reading Killing Stalking

Jack Frost

By Jin-Ho Go There are many interpretations of Jack Frost found across all types of media, but only one interpretation pegs him as a supernatural assassin living in a school for the dead called Amityville High. Amityville High is where the dead go to finalize their deaths – by killing each other. The unfortunate protagonist, Noh-A, finds herself there under unusual circumstances which upset the … Continue reading Jack Frost

Trout Fishing in America

By Richard Brautigan A review on the back of this book used the term “mayonnaise” to describe Trout Fishing in America – and they were exactly right. Reading it was like eating a sandwich with an odd amount of mayo. Sometimes there was too little and it felt dry, sometimes too much and it felt creepy to eat, sometimes there was the perfect amount and … Continue reading Trout Fishing in America

Madoka Magica

If Yuki Yuna is an attempt at introducing cosmic horror, agency, and the personal consequences of power usage, then Madoka is the end all be all of magical girl deconstruction. It’s pastel, adorable, friendship centered, and absolutely horrifying, in the best way. Whether you watch the original series or the two recap films, the series is both beautiful and fascinating to watch unfold. Both series … Continue reading Madoka Magica

Yuki Yuna is a Hero

I was recommended this series on the grounds of both body horror and magical girls – which I love individually, but combined? Even better. With this specific combo in mind, I was a little disappointed. The magical girl aspect isn’t lacking: with flower themed battle suits and sparkling transformation sequences, Yuki Yuna more than delivered the pastel cuteness requisite of the genre. The cosmic horror … Continue reading Yuki Yuna is a Hero

Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

By Susanna Clarke Weighing in at over 780 pages, Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a hefty, plot dense book that will tide you over for days. Despite its remarkably few characters for such a long work, it manages to entertain and reason with the most patient readers. Following the traditions of a comedy of manners as well as a historical novel, the book uses … Continue reading Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell