Fooled By The Title

Fooled By The Title

My Best Friend’s Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix

Peacefully walking down the aisles of your favourite bookstore in town. Touching the spine of infinite books with the tip of your fingers, a gentle touch like playing the roulette. Eyes fervently catch a glimpse of titles, names, pictures on the cover. Then something hits you… and here’s the chosen. Congratulation! You got yourself a new book.


Have you ever been fooled by the title of the book? By picking up Grady Hendrix’s novel I hoped to read some quality horror literature…but, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is pure and simple  (a bit boring) general fiction.

This book is about friendship. Abby and Gretchen have been best friend since fifth grade. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act . . . different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behaviour start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favourite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen and their friendship.

This book will probably make you trip if you are missing -really missing- the 80s. Heavy doses of 80s references, E.T., roller-skating parties, LSD and scratch-and-sniff stickers are all in here. But where is the creepy stuff? Head spinning around 360° like Regan’s in The Exorcist, people crawling up the kitchen wall? Where is the exorcism?

I can’t deny that I was a little bit disappointed. It’s a good story, decently written.. but the title fooled me big time!

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Do You Like It Weird?

Do You Like It Weird?

I first stumbled across Bizarro Fiction a few months ago, and soon I asked myself what kind of drugs those people were doing. Provoking, borderline pornographic and absolutely idiotic, this genre now has a good amount of indi publishers, it’s own convention and an increasing cult status among readers and writers who like it..weird.

How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers by Max Booth III was the first Bizarro novel I got my hands on (you can find my review here). Hilarious in its craziness.

Since then I got even more curious about this new genre and started reading a lot more of it. The latest one is  The Train Derails in Boston by Jessica McHugh, a horror novel soon to be published (June 9, 2016Unknown.jpeg) by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

” Rebecca Malone has problems. Not just the alcohol. Not just her husband’s inane attempts at writing a bestselling novel, their teenage daughter’s promiscuity, or her certifiable mother. Not even her lover, who wants to take her husband’s place in Cherrywood Lodge, the famous estate she now calls home. Her biggest issues start the moment she discovers a chest of ancient mahjong tiles in the basement of her new house, causing her life to spin out of control with hallucinations, sexual deviances, and grisly murders. Is the mahjong game haunted? Or are Rebecca’s problems part of a different game, started before she was born?”

Bizarro fiction is crude, grotesque but it is also intelligent and tremendously well written. Easy to read and entertaining, this genre might be intimidating but if you let go of a few boundaries you could easily find yourself liking it.

If you’re not convinced yet, go check the Bizarro Central  blog -legitimately one of the best sources of what’s new in the bizarro world-  or look for Bizarro Genre on Goodreads and get weird!


TGIF and New Books for Spring /Summer

The Most Anticipated Books of Spring / Summer 2016

Spring sprung and the literary scene is ready to pop! I have selected some of the most interesting books that will be soon available! Make a list of your favourites and be ready to read!



Untitled design-9China’s Economy. What Everyone Needs to Know – Arthur R. Kroeber  – (Apr.1)

Maker and Takers. The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business. – Rana Foroohar – (May 17)

Who Cookd Adam Smith’s Dinner? A Story About Women and Economy. – Katrine Marcal – (June 6)



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End of Watch. – Stephen King – (June 7)

My Best Friend’s Exorcism. – Grady Handrix – (May 17)

Something Wicked. A Ghost Hunter Explores Negative Spirits. – Debi Chestnut – (July 8)




Untitled design-10Double Cup Love. On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China. – Eddie
Huang –  (May 31)

Here Comes the Sun. A Novel. – Nicole Dennis-Benn – (July 19)

Zero K. – Don Delillo – (May 3)


Untitled design-8One Paris Summer. – Denise Grover Swank – (June 7)

Scarlet Epstein Haters it Here. – Anna Breslaw – (Apr.19)

Defender. – Graham McNamee – (Apr.12)

Are You Afraid of Your Own Mind?

Are You Afraid of Your Own Mind?

A Dark Assortment, by Mikey Campling

A Dark Assortment is a collection of seventeen stories just mildly scary.
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I liked this book for a very simple reason: it made me use my imagination; it made me think and create something unique, something that only my own fears and experience could mix up together and turn into a work of fantasy.

Read this book and let your mind play with it..they’re just stories, aren’t they?



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Amaranthine, by Lanie Jacobs

Will we ever get bored of vampires? After the huge success of  The Twilight Saga, which book sales are estimated at 100 million copies, a big horde of blood-suckers hit stores and libraries all over the world.

Personallcover83356-medium.pngy, I don’t mind reading about vampires and other night-crawling creature, but lately this unusual genre of literature not only suffers from a lack of originality but also from a lack of artistic quality.

Lanie Jacobs though doesn’t pass unnoticed, her fresh voice and creative style make Amaranthine an interesting debut novel.

 Khalida’s  life is turned upside down when she finds out she belongs to a rare breed of half-vampires with great powers.  Her rareness puts her and everyone around in great danger, as long as the Ubils, evil vampires, will try to steal her powers and kill her in the end. At her side there will be Luke, a charming vampire who would take on the world to save her. Will Khalida be able to save herself?

Good dialogs, intriguing characters and a fast paced story make this book absolutely enjoyable, you’ll get in love with Miss Jacob’s writing style.


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