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

The Ring Companion

Meikle, Denis. The Ring Companion. Titan Books, 2005. For my resources on Ring and The Ring: click here, or here for my Ring novel review. While this a definitive resource on the facts surrounding the various Ring films – of which many are included and examined in this book – the author’s tone is remarkably pretentious. He introduces his research by stating that his book … Continue reading The Ring Companion

Bakemonogatari

Sometimes visuals are more important than plot. The Bakemonogatari series follows a simple supernatural harem story: the major catches of the series are the stunning visuals and unique, fluid animations with beautifully detailed urban backgrounds in a silent, empty world – and the in media res beginning and surreal, nonlinear order that the series order follows. There are two ways to watch the series: the chronological order … Continue reading Bakemonogatari

Neon Genesis Evangelion

By Hideaki Anno As far as classic anime goes, Eva has become more like a cult phenomena over the years since its 1995 debut. The series has spawned multiple video games, manga adaptations, movies, merchandise, and extra content. Eva takes all the familiar hallmarks of the mecha genre and injects psychological realism and an increasingly dark tone until the show itself begins to feel less … Continue reading Neon Genesis Evangelion

Sandman

By Niel Gaiman Gaiman is a familiar author from such popular titles as The Graveyard Book, Coraline, American Gods, and Good Omens. Gaiman kneaded in the horror, fantasy, and humor of his written works, rolled it in a crust of stars and baked it in a mythological oven for a millennia to produce The Sandman. The embodiment of Dreams is the protagonist, along with his sister Death and their … Continue reading Sandman

The Ring

Barnett, Janet, and Randy Russell. The Granny Curse And Other Ghosts And Legends From East Tennessee. Winston-Salem, NC: J.F. Blair, 1999. Blake, Linnie. “Nihonjinron, Women, Horror: Post-war National Identity and the Spirit of Subaltern Vengeance in Ringu and The Ring.” In The Wounds of Nations: Horror Cinema, Historical Trauma and National Identity, 44-68. Manchester University Press, 2008. Bräunlein, Peter J. “Spirits in and of Southeast … Continue reading The Ring

Hellsing

By Kouta Hirano Much like how Tolkien’s Ents were spawned from Great Birnam Wood’s failure to actually come to life in order to defeat Macbeth, Hellsing arose from the cursed ashes of Dracula’s death. Hellsing creates an alternate ending for Dracula in which Abraham Van Helsing uses his knowledge of monster hunting and the powerful tomes he has captured from witches over the years to … Continue reading Hellsing

A Note on Genres – Horror

I love horror; I enjoy every flavor of it – psychological horror, body horror, poetic horror, surreality, everything. Naturally, the reviews here will mainly be horror series, though I have a very eclectic taste beyond one genre. Any novel, manga, manhwa, and comic that I have found and enjoyed – or disliked – will be featured, regardless of genre. All applicable genres will be tagged, … Continue reading A Note on Genres – Horror

Horror Review Sites

Horror writers need reviews. Review sites give us those reviews and we share them. In this world of social media madness, both the authors and the reviewers could use all the help we can get. How you ask? Share, re-tweet, tell a friend. Every share helps. And every share is appreciated. Obviously, the reviewed author […] via SHARE THE HORROR. LET’S TALK REVIEW SITES. — Glenn … Continue reading Horror Review Sites