Shannon McGrew

Book Review: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2018)

Book Review: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2018)

Ever since its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest in 2017, the zombie musical ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE has taken the horror genre by storm. Recently, I had the chance to read the book, of the same name, from authors Katharine Turner and Barry Waldo. Full disclosure, I have not seen the film yet so I can’t compare it to that except to say that there are no musical numbers within the book. Inspired by the film’s narration, the novel is a perfect companion piece for those who have seen the movie as well as a great way to introduce those unfamiliar with the acclaimed horror/comedy.

Book Review: BLANKY

Book Review: BLANKY

One of my favorite ways to relax is to read. Many people would say that horror books would be the opposite way to relax but I would disagree, there’s something about reading a truly terrifying novel that helps in calming my anxieties of the day and putting me at ease. However, finding quality horror books can be a struggle at times, and though I’m still constantly on the hunt for the next scariest book, I’ve managed to compile a list of truly talented horror authors that I know I can turn to. One of those author, Kealan Patrick Burke, has managed to create stories that send shivers down my spine and his latest novella, BLANKY, is no different. 

Music Review: American Murder Song Presents THE DONNER PARTY

Music Review: American Murder Song Presents THE DONNER PARTY

Last year I had the opportunity to see the musical collaboration between Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Saar Hendelman (The Devil's Carnival franchise) in their performance of AMERICAN MURDER SONG, a collection of murder ballads set in America during 1816. The duo traveled throughout America putting on live performances that incorporated original songs along with music videos, narrations, stop-motion animation and more. Now, a year later, Zdunich and Hendelman have returned with a new album, THE DONNER PARTY, and tour announcement, THE DONNER PARTY REUNION TOUR

Book Review: Beryl Evans' CHARLIE THE CHOO-CHOO

Book Review: Beryl Evans' CHARLIE THE CHOO-CHOO

I love when children's books leave you with a feeling of uneasiness and discomfort.  I mean, they are supposed to be lighthearted and cheerful, and for the most part they are.  However, sometimes you come across one that just doesn't seem all there, and though you may not be able to put your finger on it, you know deep down that there is something inherently wrong with the book you are reading.  That was my experience when reading the children's book CHARLIE THE CHOO-CHOO, and though it may seem like I didn't enjoy my experience, I assure you, I did.  For those of you who are Stephen King fans, you may recognize this book from King's "Dark Tower" series, which may explain why this book isn't your average "Blue's Clues" type of story.

Shannon Reviews "Fearworms: Selected Poems by Robert Payne Cabeen"

Shannon Reviews "Fearworms: Selected Poems by Robert Payne Cabeen"

Good horror books/poems/graphic novels are hard to come by.  I always feel like I’m constantly searching for quality stories that don’t leave me bored or unsatisfied.  As of late, I’ve run into a few really great books by authors Zach Bohannon and Jeremy Megargee but I needed more to whet my appetite. While attending ScareLA, I saw a booth that happened to be selling an awesome HP Lovecraft art piece.  I ended up not buying the piece but I struck up a conversation with Barbra and Bryant Dillon of Fanboy Comics.  They informed me that if I liked horror poems such as “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” I should read “Fearworms” by Robert Payne Cabeen.  I looked quickly at the book that they published, fell in love with the illustrations and was instantly curious as to what these poems would have in store for me.  After that, the rest was history. I finished reading “Fearworms” last night and I was absolutely giddy with excitement, it was that good! 

The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber

The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber

SYNOPSIS OF “THE WOLFEN” FROM WIKIPEDIA:

The Wolfen (1978) is the debut novel of Whitley Strieber.  It tells the story of two police detectives in New York City who are involved in the investigation of suspicious deaths across the city, which are revealed to be the work of a race of intelligent beings descended from wolves, called the Wolfen.  The novel is told from the point of view of the human characters as well from the Wolfen themselves." 

We All Float Down Here - A Review of Stephen King's "IT"

We All Float Down Here - A Review of Stephen King's "IT"

Stephen King.  Oh, Stephen King.  Only you would write a novel about a clown.  Actually, only you would write a 1,000+ page novel about a clown.  

Before I get into my review on this book, I want to back up and begin by explaining that I hate clowns.  I fear clowns.  There is nothing that makes me happy about a clown.  My fear of clowns started at a young age, when I decided to be rebellious and watch “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” by myself.  Ever since then, clowns have been the bane of my existence.  I’m sure you are wondering why I would want to read a book dedicated to a clown - well I figured it was time to face my fears.  

The Exorcist (1971 Novel)

The Exorcist (1971 Novel)

If anyone knows me they know that I have a top three “holy trinity” of horror movies.  Those three movies would be: The Exorcist, The Thing, and Poltergeist - in that order… meaning The Exorcist is my all time favorite horror movie.  When I made the decision to read The Exorcist, two weeks ago, I wasn’t filled with much hope due to the fact that the movie is just SO good.  I’m happy to report that the book is just as good.

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

I’m not sure how many people know this, but I’m currently going through a top 50 best horror book list.  I have seen the book Penpal on many horror book lists but refused to read it because it seemed childish (yes I judged the book based off the cover - bad Shannon).  Since this book is on the top 50 best horror book list, I decided that I would read it and see what all the fuss was about.  Verdict? This book is absolutely terrifying.