Frankenstein

The problem with classic novels is that over time, they spawn countless movie/tv adaptations or inspire stage plays, musicals, and other novels. Thus, many people believe that they know what a story is about from watching a movie adaptation or two without having to actually read the original book.  I mentioned this idea in my…

Horrorstor

Horrorstor, a novel by Grady Hendrix, is about a haunted furniture store called Orsk.  Hendrix describes Orsk as an all-American furniture store in Scandinavian clothing; a blatant Ikea copycat.  Orsk employs thousands of “partners” in over a hundred branches all over the United States – big boxy identical buildings with huge labyrinthine showrooms designed to…

House of Leaves

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is a book about a book about a movie.  Confused?  Well, let me break it down for you.  House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski is about a book written by Zampano, and later edited by Johnny Truant, about a video documentary called The Navidson Record by Pulitzer Prize winning…

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Actually, it’s Tuesday already, but, whatever…. I’m trying to read, without much success, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Both books have been highly recommended, and I was already a bit interested in both prior to the good reviews, so I don’t know why I still can’t really…

Tales of Moonlight and Rain

According to Japanese folklore, ghosts, spirits, and supernatural creatures appear on rainy days or  at dawn when the moon is still bright, which explains the title of Ugetsu Monogatari, or Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Ueda Akinari, published in 1776, a collection of 9 short stories about ghosts, demons, ghouls, and the supernatural.  Since being published, Ugetsu Monogatari has…