I absolutely adore this book. As a devotee of horror novels I have always had a certain fascination with Lovecraft and the mythos that he created. One of the enduring facets of that mythos is the idea of cursed books or art and none ,save for the Necronomicon, is more famous than the King In Yellow. However unlike the Necromicon The King In Yellow is a real book. It is in fact a collection of macabre short stories and poems that inspired Lovecraft in his own writings! Very similar to Poe's work The King in Yellow is not as gothic but outstrips Poe in terms of nihilistic horror. A great read for anyone who likes scary stories, H.P. Lovecraft or someone with a taste for the strange I highly recommend this book. I even spent 5 years looking which took me all over New England before I finally secured a first edition for myself.
Ahh the Necromancers House! A genuinely spooky story with magic, soviet era spellbooks and the sorts of broken people who need things like that to fill the holes in their lives. I am a huge fan of anything Slavic in its mythology and this is certainly covered in it. From the Rusalka named Nadia to the Baba Yaga herself fans of Russian folk tales will find plenty here to enjoy and even people who are new to the mythos will enjoy the spell being woven. With language like King, monsters like Chort hopping all over the place and an alcoholic magus trying desperately not to go back in to Baba Yaga's cage what's not to enjoy? A great read for those who fear the old woman in the woods, and what exactly is in her bag that keeps...squirming like that..
Meddling Kids answers the question that many of us who grew up watching Scooby Doo have asked at least once, what happened once the gang grew up? In Meddling Kids the answer is...nothing great. Daphne is a bartender with PTSD, Velma is a combat nut, Fred is dead and haunting Shaggy who takes drugs to keep the ghost of his childhood friend quiet. There is still a Great Dane though so don't worry! This book is full of Scooby Doo goodness as the gang has to reunite solve the mystery that caused them to break up, its a Scooby Doo and Cthullu mystery guys!!
Night is the haunting true story about a young man's experiences at Auschwitz, the factory of death. Starting from his induction into the camp and going over day to day life Night is a book that at times feels bereft of hope and helps to make the reader feel a fraction of what life was like in the camps. As more and more survivors pass away true accounts like Night become more and more important to tell, read, and remember. This book may be small but it is quite heavy and it should be burned into the minds of everyone that reads it so that we can ensure that we make sure that horrors of the Holocaust never happen again.
Prisoners of Geography is a fascinating look at the role that geography can play when it comes to politics, history, and why some countries constantly go to war and some likely never will. If you've ever been curious about why Russia felt the need to annex the Crimea (warm water ports) or why India and China are unlikely to go to war (the Himalayas) then this book is for!
"Every ninety years 12 gods return as youn people. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead." This quote opens what is probably one of my favorite comic series to come out in a long time. Twelve different gods from all across the pantheons come back to earth every 90 years and this time around they are musicians. Playing underground shows that are better than any drug it's a total party, but when bodies start dropping questions have to be asked. Questions like what are the gods, and what is killing them?
Set during the Napoleonic Wars His Majesty's Dragon adds a twist to this fascinating piece of history, by adding dragons! Our main character Laurence has his whole life turned upside down when he captures a French ship bearing a dragon egg and finds himself booted from the navy and his high position in society to become a dragon rider. A thrilling adventure and great story of friendship His Majesty's Dragon is a great first novel in this series and a wonderful introduction to alternate history!