February was an AMAZING month for me: I left my hermit cave, and I got on a plane. I said bye-bye to the United Kingdom and spent a week in a far off land known as Amsterdam. It was a challenge – the travelling itself was so stressful I cried at the airport. But the trip was something I’ll never forget. I got to see my favourite band live, and experiment a little with the change in culture. If you’re interested, you can read about it here!
Other than that, it was Women in Horror Month and my five reads in February were purely horror by women. It was nice to support the cause, and I loved the sense of community. Even though the month is over, female writers still have to battle to be seen and recognised, so let’s not forget them! Let’s remember that women can and do write horror. They deserve as much respect as their male counterparts.
Anyway, how was your February?
Somebody Come and Play by Clare McNally – Somebody Come and Play surprised me, and even though I’d say its age is showing, it gave me some hours of amusement with the ghostly happenings of the Hollenbeck house. Sure, I have my complaints, as I do with everything, but I found the old-school style quite charming. I think I’ll be on the look out for more of that 80’s horror. Read my full review here.
The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish – The Haunting of Henderson Close is a busy novel, filled with questions and obscure answers. I favoured the atmosphere – Cavendish is a pro when it comes to setting the mood – however I quickly became overwhelmed at the many, and often irrelevant, twists and turns. Read my full review here.
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn – Writing this review was most difficult; I always have this problem in trying to convey my thoughts on something that meant so much to me. Geek Love stands as a masterpiece; a work of art that leaps past the boundaries of propriety. Read my full review here.
Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw – Hammers on Bone had me captivated from the very first page. The writing – fantastic in developing a forlorn atmosphere – went beyond what I expected. The main character charmed me with his stoic way of life, and I could seriously read many more books all centring around him. If it’s not blatantly obvious, I recommend this novella one hundred percent. Read my full review here.
Shutter by Courtney Alameda – I had my issues with Shutter, but I found enjoyment in the world-building and the perilous adventure. It included creepy monsters, action scenes that were thrilling, and a larger story left open-ended for possible future instalments. Read my full review here.