1. So we’re all here getting prepped for Nope right? 😆

  2. The book is an awesome thought experiment on how real world scenarios would actually play out if there were a zombie crisis. Military commanders talk about their strategies for fighting off an enemy that never stops and keeps multiplying. There’s the story of how the breakout started in a poor village somewhere in Asia (don’t remember specifics). And then there’s the smaller stories like how a soldier that crashed her plane in a zombie infested forest was able to make it home. One of my favorites was how an astronaut was in space during the outbreak and was then stranded up there for months before he could come back down.

  3. I recently read it, the one about the family that rents a mansion for a steal for a summer but have to feed the mom?

  4. Yep. But I know nothing about the plot yet. Heard it’s a haunted house gem. Any good?

  5. It was a bit too slow burn for me, but I’m a really moody reader, so let me know what your thoughts are! :). I can’t wait to try The Good House and a few others!! :)

  6. Good to know. At least it’s short so it can’t drag THAT long haha

  7. About a third through and yep, it rules. I love how it’s post-apocalyptic, but it’s in medieval times during a real plague. And there’s the “bitter man travels with an innocent child” trope that’s common in the post-apocalyptic genre. It’s a story that’s been told in present day or future times countlessly, but it’s so fresh and cool in this medieval setting.

  8. Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix is easy breezy and not particularly deep, but it is entertaining. The book has a small visual component to it but otherwise would be an easy short audiobook.

  9. I agree, and I read his vampire book right after horrorstor easy to listen to but kept you engaged. Dark but funny at times

  10. The Southern Book Club one? I’ve had my eye on that. Would you say it’s pretty similar in tone and style to Horrorstor? Horrorstor kind of felt like a young adult book to me.

  11. Agreed. It wasn’t particularly deep or profound. I would recommend it to a young adult reader as an entry-level horror book. It’s not too disturbing or anything, just has some fun creepy moments with uncomplex characters. It reads like a Netflix horror comedy. Like the Fear Streets.

  12. A differing perspective, it’s one of the worst things I’ve read in recent memory. So much cringe, not in a good way. Don’t read it if you like good characterization and hate cringe dialogue.

  13. Also didn’t care for it. Like 90% of the horror comes from hallucinations and dreams, which always end anticlimactically by waking up or snapping out of it. It also makes it so you can just make anything up that has nothing to do with the actual threat at hand. It felt like Cutter was just making up scary things for scary’s sake.

  14. More of a dark drama and thriller, much like True Detective. It’s called Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. Set in small town Mississippi. Murder mystery.

  15. One of my favorites. And relatively short so it’s a tight read.

  16. I loved The Troop and consider it my second favorite horror book so far, following The Shining. But The Deep did not live up to it for me. I thought it was just scary for scary’s sake. All of the scares are either dreams or hallucinations, and so they all end in an anti-climax where he just wakes up or snaps out of it. I also don’t like that kind of scene because you can write anything. There are no rules for dreams or hallucinations, so you can come up with an random scary-sounding thing and say “OooOoooOo”, but there’s no real threat there. Sadly this was 90% of the scenes in The Deep.

  17. Seriously this has to be the #1 “worm horror” book ever. So gnarly.

  18. I thought the book was kind of a mess. It was so slow and the main character’s obsession with relating everything to horror was so overwhelming (no wonder she had no friends).

  19. Wasn’t crazy about the book either. But one thing I thought was cool though was how she was such an unreliable narrator. She was so unhinged and unpredictable that I thought there was a good chance she would manifest her own slasher fantasy and become the killer. She’s the kind of person that if she turned out to be a killer, no one would be surprised. Her obsession with Letha is unhealthy and potentially dangerous, like a stalker. She’s pretty unlikable. And so I thought it was neat that our protagonist was the creepiest character out of everybody.

  20. I’ll definitely add Clown in a Cornfield to my list! Thanks!

  21. Yeah, that’s a much more straightforward slasher. Easy breezy read and entertaining. Kind of young adultish.

  22. I knew a family where the father was in a terrible car accident because he had a heart attack at the wheel and hit a tree going 80 mph. But miraculously he survived. He spent the next year rehabilitating and relearning to walk. The community rallied around them and was very supportive.

  23. This is similar to what happened with my dad. He was a drinker, and got diagnosed with cirrhosis at the age of 49, he stopped drinking completely but took a bad turn. He fell into a coma for a few weeks, then me, my mam and the rest of my brothers and sisters were called to say he had 48 hours to live. So we all went down to the hospital to spend our last bit of time with him. A week later and he was still fighting, then a few days later came out of his coma. The doctors could not believe it, neither could we.

  24. I’m sorry to hear this. Hope you’ve been able to heal.

  25. Stephen Lack is terrible in it. Awful lead performance. Otherwise pretty good.

  26. Not that weird but it’s not sexualized very often - pregnant women. A baby bump in a swimsuit 👌🏼

  27. The Troop by Nick Cutter. If you're a fan of Suppermassive Games, think you'd really dig this.

  28. My favorite horror book ever so far. Each character was distinct and well written, and the body horror is friggin gnarly.

  29. The Cursed was an awesome werewolf movie that came out early in the year. It’s a period piece in the 1800s and has great lore, story, gothic setting, cinematography, all of it! It was like reading a scary folktale on a dark and stormy night.

  30. {{The Name of the Wind}} by Patrick Rothfuss! About an orphaned teen who puts himself through wizarding school. I would not say it’s YA like Harry Potter, but it is a coming of age story in a fantasy setting. Mysterious magical forces, a protagonist you fall in love with, and a very cute wholesome romance.

  31. “Some of these homes are even over 20 years old”

  32. Right. Are all his books like that? I’m intrigued by The Road because it looks more sparse and accessible?

  33. So many parts of “The Troop” by Nick Cutter. I listened to the audiobook but had to fast forward a lot because the descriptions were so nauseating.

  34. H.P Lovecraft would really suit the horror of Dead Space but is more esoteric than gory a la Doom.

  35. At The Mountains of Madness is especially Thing-like since it’s in Antarctica. It’s also a big influence for any expedition-gone-wrong story.

  36. Belly piercings. Maybe you’re sexy and got the abs to rock it, but you’ve set the ceiling for yourself at “basic hot chick”.

  37. Big privilege check but I thought everybody got to go to college and it wasn’t particularly difficult or impressive to get in at least somewhere, except for the Ivy Leagues and whatnot.

  38. Be a yes man! Get involved in stuff. Try all the things. Make yourself busy. Make finding your passion your passion. If you already know what you want, dive in head first and get as busy with that thing as possible.

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