Review: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

**This review is spoiler free**

Slasher Boys & Monster Girls is an anthology of horror and thriller stories written mainly by young adult authors. Each tale has a little note at the end telling the reader where the author found inspiration; these inspirations are usually films, classic novels or songs and are cleverly recognisable without being too similar. When I first heard about this book I just knew that I had to read it and I was lucky enough to receive a copy for Christmas.

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The stories are selected by author April Genevieve Tuckolke who also has one of her own stories featured in the book; she suggests that the anthology is ‘For everyone who read Stephen King when they were way too young.’ Well that’s me then!

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys is the first book I have read in 2017 and I bloody loved it! I’m hoping that this is a good sign as to how my reading will go this year and that some more amazing novels will come my way.

What can I say about this book? Well, it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Each story is as creepy as the one before and some of them are even pretty gory. As a strange individual who loves a bit of blood and guts, personally I loved the more gruesome parts, even though they did make me cringe. I am a firm believer that a horror should make you cringe or at least scare you. This book contains murder, amputation, the undead, The Devil, and tons more to keep you up at night.

One of my favourite stories was The Dark, Scary Parts And All by Danielle Paige who is also the author of the Dorothy Must Die series. This tale was inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the 1976 film The Omen. The main character in this story is Marnie who loves to read, is seen as a bit nerdy and gets severely bullied by a girl called Everly and her band of loyal followers. I genuinely felt like I could relate to Marnie so much as her time at school was extremely similar to my own. One day, the most popular boy in school, Damien, notices Marnie and every thing begins to change however, something doesn’t seem quite right. Unexplainable things begin to happen around Marnie and she begins to wonder whether it has anything to do with her mother’s suicide or her new friendship with Damien. If black magic, devil worship and a teeny bit of romance is your kind of thing, then you’ll love The Dark, Scary Parts And All.

Sleepless by Jay Kristoff was another incredible story. Kristoff ‘does not believe in happy endings’ and this most definitely shows in Sleepless. With more twists than I can count, I was gripped all the way through. A whirlwind online romance between wolfboy_97 and 2muchc0ff33_grrl quickly goes wrong when they finally meet. When it’s time for ‘coffee girl’ to meet the parents, it throws a real spanner in the works and she quickly finds herself in a catfish situation in the least predictable way. This story is inspired by the 1960 film Psycho and Mudvayne’sNothing to Gein“. Sleepless is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat and re-thinking your internet friendships.

That’s just an insight to a couple of the amazing tales in this anthology. I seriously suggest this to any reader who loves horror and wants an easy yet exciting read. This is the first time in a while that I have read short stories and I really enjoyed the variety and it’s always a bonus to discover new authors to explore.

If you decide to read this book I would love to hear your thoughts & remember…..

READING IS COOL! 

 

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Biters, Battles & Babes.

**THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS**

It’s February & we all know what that means….THE WALKING DEAD RETURNS!

So here’s the thing: Since I can remember I have fallen for the bad guys. How cliché, I know! Seriously though, I often start to wonder if there is a point where it has gone too far? Apparently the answer is yes, I have in fact gone too far this time; Negan.

Anyone who watches The Walking Dead as religiously as myself will know exactly who I’m talking about, let’s face it, he’s pretty hard to miss. When Negan first came onto our screens in the last episode of season six, I felt like I had been hit in the face with a barbed wire wrapped baseball bat…heh heh…my knees buckled and my jaw dropped, metaphorically speaking of course, and before I knew it, I was in love.

Negan is a bad guy. He is a very, very, very bad guy; I think we’ve pretty much established that by now. With the help of his band of loyal followers, The Saviours, and of course his trusty sidekick, Lucille, he has killed off more than one of our beloved characters and does not seem to be slowing down the massacre. However, much to my boyfriend’s displeasure, there seems to be something about Negan’s slicked back hair, salt and pepper stubble and charming yet sadistic demeanour which leaves me desperately wishing that he would leave the fictional world and somehow stroll into my life.

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The return of The Walking Dead means the return of Negan and quite frankly, I can’t wait! The real question is though, what’s going to happen next?

The last we saw was Daryl Dixon being reunited with the gang after escaping as Negan’s prisoner, and it seems as though Rick is preparing everyone for a war; this is the first time in a long while that we have actually seen a snippet of the old Rick. Let’s face it, recently Rick has been a bit of a cry baby and it’s about time that he pulled himself together!

I know that many of you will be hoping that Negan meets his comeuppance in the second half of season 7 however, I can honestly -hand on heart- say that I do not share that hope; in fact, I have a strong feeling that a few tears may be shed if we do witness Negan’s demise. I should probably begin preparing myself for it now as unfortunately I don’t believe that this post-apocalyptic world is big enough for both Rick Grimes and Negan.

Let me know in the comments if you share this love of Negan & reassure me that I’m not the only one!

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