It’s almost Halloweeeeeeeeeen! That means it’s time once again to look at the age-old question of the haunted house genre – Why don’t they just move? Sure, sometimes you’re snowed in at the Overlook and there’s no conceivable way to get out but most times, if I was in the protagonist’s shoes, I’d just up and move. I don’t care if I was in debt and didn’t have the money or means to sell and buy again. That’s what bankruptcy’s for! Getting away from ghosts! In fact, imagining when I’d move and the alternate story it would lead to as I watch/read a scary haunted house story is one of my horror coping mechanisms. So, in honor of Halloween and all things scary and spooky, haunted and horrific, macabre and malevolent, I’m doing a li’l series about this. In each installment I consider a haunted house novel and ruminate on when, if I were living within the events of the novel, I’d move the heck outta that house. This time I’m looking at Brian Asman’s Man, Fuck This House which gets my vote for “Best. Title. EVER.” and the equally prestigious “I’ve Never Felt A Title More” award.
This piece contains minor spoilers for certain incidents in the novel but the ending and all major twists are left out of the discussion. So read on based on your comfort with such spoiler territory ;D.
Yesterday I was browsing Barnes & Noble. My barrage of midterm grading was finally behind me and I was enjoying an afternoon of meandering with nothing much to do (until chaperoning the Homecoming Dance last night). I glanced down at a table of new paperbacks and saw a cover, reminiscent of a pulp noir novel, featuring Barack Obama and Joe Biden riding in a car. Then I took in the title – Hope Never Dies: An Obama/Biden Mystery. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? I can’t remember the last time I bought a book, drove home, and immediately started reading it. But no other plans could compete with this and if it wasn’t for the previously mentioned dance, I’d’ve finished it one sitting. This isn’t an analysis nor a review, not traditionally at least. To paraphrase Ron Burgundy, I got excited. I just wanted to…shout it from the top of a mountain. But I didn’t have a mountain. I had this blog. Look, I write about comics, that’s what I do. And today’s top story, in Michael Miller’s world read something like this – I love Andrew Schaffer’s Hope Never Dies and this needs to become a long-lived series! Continue reading
Last week was Force Friday and Disney began getting people hyped for The Last Jedi by dropping all sorts of new Star Wars merchandise. There was excitement for Black Series figures and LEGOs and (of course) porgs in any possible variety. But my Force Friday list only had one MUST HAVE item on it – Delilah S. Dawson’s new Star Wars novel Phasma. I’ve been waiting since April for this book! Hannah and I enjoyed our traditional mid-work Force Friday run and both excitedly bought the new novel. I couldn’t wait to read it! And once I started I couldn’t put it down! Continue reading