Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Short Story Peril: Elevator by Queenie Chan

"Elevator", by Queenie Chan, is a short horror story written in manga form. It's about fourteen pages. Just as with The Dreaming, the art added a whole new level of creepiness to the story. While The Dreaming was a Gothic boarding school horror story based off Aboriginal myths, "Elevator" is a modern ghost/murder story.

You can read the story here.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book Review: 7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando

Mary Shayne thought everyone loved her.

She was dead wrong.

Mary is the envy of everyone around her: she's drop-dead gorgeous, popular, and has a great boyfriend, Patrick. But all that changes on the day of Mary's seventeenth birthday. It starts off when she wakes up in a mortifying place with an awful hangover and no memory of the night before. Things quickly go from bad to worse. No one at school has any idea that it's her birthday, and Patrick is downright cold to her. As school ends and evening approaches, Mary can't shake the feeling that something awful is going to happen...and she's right. By the next morning, she's been murdered.

But it doesn't end there. Mary must relive the day of her death in the bodies of seven different people, her closest friends, who she soon finds out had plenty of reasons to hate her. Mary must scramble to uncover the mystery of her murder, slowly piecing together clues in a desperate effort to save her life.

7 Souls is a haunting, shocking thriller filled with mystery, horror, and magic. Mary was a vain, manipulative, and completely unlikeable character at first, but by the end of the book I found myself softening towards her. I enjoyed the opportunity to see from the POV of Mary's friends and understand the grudges each one had against her. The mystery kept me guessing until the shocking and moving ending. The ending didn't really suggest a sequel to me, but it's possible, and I'll keep my eyes out for one.

Final Rating: 9.5 out of 10

This book was read for the R.I.P Challenge