Talking about Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

I’ve heard so many myths and tales about Frankenstein, so many people praising this book as one of the greats; in fact, I’d heard so much about this book, I could probably have held a conversation as though I’d read it. This year, I finally read it, and the long and short of it is…. I loved it! I read this book in October, and have struggled to write a review, struggled to follow my usual book review format, so I’ve decided to do what the title of this post says, just talk about this book, some bookish conversational chatter about Frankenstein.


Now a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with an introduction by Elizabeth Kostova and cover art by Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes, Mary Shelley’s timeless gothic novel presents the epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror. Continue reading “Talking about Frankenstein by Mary Shelley”


Book Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (The Shining #2)

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King

Just the other day, I was saying that sequels are not normally as good as the first book, well, Doctor Sleep completely disproved that theory. It far exceeded The Shining, in my opinion, and has become one of my favourite King novels!


Following a childhood haunted by terrifying events at the Overlook Hotel, Danny Torrance has been drifting for decades.

Finally, he settles into a job at a nursing home where he draws on his remnant ‘shining’ power to help people pass on.

Then he meets Abra Stone, a young girl with the brightest ‘shining’ ever seen. But her gift is attracting a tribe of paranormals. They may look harmless, old and devoted to their Recreational Vehicles, but The True Knot live off the ‘steam’ that children like Abra produce.

Now Dan must confront his old demons as he battles for Abra’s soul and survival… Continue reading “Book Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (The Shining #2)”

Blog Tour | Book Review: Halcyon by Rio Youers

Halcyon - Rio Youers

I’m delighted to be closing the blog tour for Halcyon by Rio Youers, a must read for any horror fan!


Halcyon is the answer for anyone who wants to escape, but paradise isn’t what it seems.

A self-sustaining community on a breathtakingly beautiful island, Halcyon is run for people who want to live without fear, crime or greed. Its leader has dedicated her life to the pursuit of Glam Moon, a place of eternal beauty and healing, and believes the pathway there can only be found at the end of pleasure.

On the heels of tragedy, Martin Lovegrove moves his family to Halcyon. A couple of months, he tells himself, to retreat from the chaos and grind. Yet he soon begins to suspect there is something beneath Halcyon’s perfect veneer. As the founder captivates his young family, Martin sets out to discover the truth of the island, however terrible it might be, where something so perfect hides unimaginable darkness beneath… Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Halcyon by Rio Youers”

Book Box Unboxing: The Abominable Book Club #abominablebookclub

Abominable Book Club

“The Abominable Book Club contains all the dark magic of a haunted bookshop, summoned directly to your doorstep!”

As Halloween is drawing closer, it’s time to unbox the first ever Abominable Book Club Box. This UK-based horror/thriller box has been creating a whirlwind of excitement on Instagram, and I was lucky enough to be chosen as a rep – this means I received this box for free of charge in exchange for an unboxing, and I was given a discount code for all you wonderful people, so if you like what you see, you can use KEEPER10 for 10% off your first purchase! The cost of this box is £19.99.

In the words of the owners:

“When you sign up for The Abominable Book Club, you will receive a package from us every month, containing our featured book, a locally sourced luxury snack, a handful of hot drinks and a bonus, mysterious, second-hand paperback!”

There were some fantastic little touches to this box that I really like, namely the role of Brother Immanas, chief custodian of The Accursed Library – but, let me not get ahead of myself…

So what was inside: Continue reading “Book Box Unboxing: The Abominable Book Club #abominablebookclub”

Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King (The Shining #1)

The Shining - Stephen King

With a fancy new Halloween edition published this month, it was the perfect time to reread The Shining.


One of the true classics of horror fiction, THE SHINING is regarded as one of Stephen King’s masterpieces.

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control.

As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel – and that, too, is beginning to shine . . . Continue reading “Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King (The Shining #1)”