The Rules: Bleed Like You Mean It
On Atmosphere: Don’t Pull the Trigger
REVIEW: Unlovely A Lovely Book
REVIEW: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Fabled by Vanessa Eccles

Fabled by Vanessa Eccles

Ever dreamed of a life that reads more like a book? Rowena did until she stumbled into a fairy tale that wasn’t so friendly. Fabled by Vanessa K. Eccles Publisher: Bound and Brewed  Young adult fantasy/fairy tale Rowena thinks the Grimm’s infamous podcasts are simply another teen fad until she finds herself trapped in a land of nightmarish storybook characters. She tries desperately to flee Mezzanine and return home, but Dresdem, Mezzanine’s wicked monarch, plans to use Rowena’s access to her world to bring dark magic and absolute rule into Georgia and beyond. But when Rowena’s dear friend Madeline falls into Dresdem’s grasp, her battle with him becomes war, and all hopes of home are temporarily thwarted. With the help… Read more »

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Spotlight: DISINTEGRATION by Nina Lemay

Spotlight: DISINTEGRATION by Nina Lemay

Nina is an author we’ve talked about before on YA Asylum—we loved her SHAMELESS NA debut. Checked out her next novel, DISINTEGRATION! We are lucky enough to get an ARC and will be sharing our thoughts on it soon. She’s a true talent, guys. Trust me. Disintegration by Nina Lemay Dee Frederick is still looking for her older brother Adam seven years after the foster system separated them. Then one day he turns up on a breaking news bulletin: Wanted for homicide. Extremely dangerous. Do not engage. The evidence goes viral—a surveillance tape that shows him ripping out a man’s throat with his teeth. Dee refuses to believe the video is real. She’s determined to track down her brother and make… Read more »

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Horror Will Save Your Life

Horror Will Save Your Life

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen article after article, comment after comment, conversation after conversation where people avoid horror or think it’s weird/strange/evil because they simply don’t know what horror is. When the non-fan looks at the genre they see stupid characters doing stupid things, sleaze, brutal, grotesque violence for the sake of brutal, grotesque violence and say ‘thanks, but no.’ Today, I want to help clear up the issue, in spite of all the fucking horseshit shoveled on the genre from cynical, uncreative writers, artists, directors, producers, etc, horror is not a sociopathic teenager pulling the legs of insects. It’s the opposite. Horror, in it’s own paradoxical way, will save your life. (1) The Problem of Evil Most of… Read more »

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Biggun: Zombie Novella

Biggun: Zombie Novella

A horde of zombies. A desperate woman. Her only ally — Biggun A desperate woman hides in a fortified farmhouse. Outside, her former neighbors and friends prowl the night. Dead. And hungry. Her only ally in the coming battle — Biggun. If there’s blasting to be done, Biggun is ready for it. Follow L.X. Cain on Twitter or like his Facebook. L.X. is a good friend of this blog, and we’re so thrilled to shine a spotlight on Biggun. Also, you know me—I love zombies. Buy it Now!

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The Rules: Bleed Like You Mean It

The Rules: Bleed Like You Mean It

  Horror is easy to write, all you do is bleed over the page, if I may mangle a quote from Ernest Hemingway. This post was in part inspired by this one on Master of the Genre, T. E. D. Klein, and this one over here by the wonderful Jennifer Brinkmeyer of the Midnight Society (a great horror blog run by some great horror writers), and both helped me in figuring out I’m trying to say here. The usual horror advice goes something like ‘write what scares you.’ If there’s fear in the writer, then there’s fear in the reader, generally speaking. This doesn’t mean write only about your phobias–in my case, clowns and spiders–this means really digging into ourselves and exposing those… Read more »

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GAMBIT Release Day

GAMBIT Release Day

We helped with the cover release for GAMBIT a while ago, so we are happy to let you know that GAMBIT is on sale now! Release Day Trailer: About Gambit: In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty. Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s… Read more »

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On Atmosphere: Don’t Pull the Trigger

On Atmosphere: Don’t Pull the Trigger

  Last year I read an adult horror novel where a scene was either focused on the characters or the scares, and never ever did the two meet. Whenever one of the character scenes came up, I was like ‘oh good, time for a snooze.’ Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy the book much. Or at all. ‘Quiet’ scenes aren’t a bad thing, they’re very necessary in horror because they give contrast. At the same time, the reader should never loose the awareness that the horror could strike any time, any where. Horror is all about stripping away what the reader thinks is safe. So how do we bridge the scares and the characters scenes? Anxiety. Anxiety, either created through the character… Read more »

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REVIEW: Unlovely A Lovely Book

REVIEW: Unlovely A Lovely Book

PLOT I like stories that have to do with dancing, even though I’m not a dancer. I’ve read a few lately: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma and Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskotwiz (both amazing) for example. But unlike them, this book is not about a dancer.  It’s about a boy who has a huge crush on a ballerina name Cassandra. There is the huge summer cap for ballerinas in the town that Harely (the MC) lives in, and she’s the one that caught his eye this time around. This is a twisty, dark, deep story so I don’t want to give too much away about the plot—so I’ll talk about the writing instead. This is the first book by Celeste Conway I’ve read,… Read more »

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REVIEW: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

REVIEW: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Books have blown my mind, broken my heart, stolen my breath, and whisked me off my feet. I’ve felt the whole range of feels when it comes to books and stories. Except for one. I’d never had that weirdass, dizzying sensation of ‘omigod, this is me.’ That’s fine, I’ve never cared about that one way or the other, but I’m weird. Then I read Grasshopper Jungle. Yes, there’s been some controversy surrounding Andrew Smith. If you want to discuss that further, there’s other sites out there that are a better place for that discussion. Today, we’re focusing on his book, and he has a new one out, The Alex Crow, that looks delightfully weird as well. Teens have it so good with… Read more »

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I’LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios

I’LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios

A Contemporary YA with Heart Wow, this book—it’s a book that you’ll pick up and find the time to read in one day. No matter how busy that day might be. FIRST IMPRESSION The writing strike me first—how great it is, how easy it flowed, how vivid the voice was. Contemporaries without a thriller edge or a murder mystery or some kind in it don’t usually draw me in as quickly as this book did. It’s a straight-up contemporary, and it’s interesting from the very start. PLOT The book centers around the life of Skylar Evans, a girl who is from a broke family—both financially and emotionally. Her dad did in a drunk driving accident when she was young, and… Read more »

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