Category Archives: Dark/Sordid/Bizarre

What Lies Within – Clare de Lune

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “…I learned how a body could become a beautiful contribution to the power of cosmetics…the most exquisite, deepest shade of blood red lipstick you’ve’ ever seen, rich soaps made from the finest fats…all those parts put … Continue reading

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Mygale – Thierry Jonquet (Translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith)

Ah, revenge can be so sweet. Now mix it with obsession and a touch of madness, and it turns utterly twisted and bizarre.  Such is the case with the intense and fascinating novel, Mygale, written by the late French crime … Continue reading

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Fall – Candice Fox

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “How to explain it all to him, a normal human man, someone with all his faculties, with a soul. How to explain that at the core of her being Eden killed people the way she breathed, … Continue reading

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The Glorious Heresies – Lisa McInerney

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “I don’t spend every second social occasion fantasising about enormous inanimate objects that one time used to mean something to me. But I’ve been fucked these past three weeks. I’ve been sick, and tired, and dizzy, … Continue reading

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Bunyan’s Guide To The Great American Wildlife- Quentin Canterel

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “I don’t want to be weak. I want to have a voice like everyone else…Without a voice, I am nothing.” That’s how many of us feel. However for some, this sentiment is monumental. Take John, for … Continue reading

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Eve Out of Her Ruins – Ananda Devi (translated from the French by Jeffrey Zuckerman)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Night makes its way into our bodies and refuses to leave. Night and our hormones gone wild. We boys are bundles of frustration. We start following girls to the shuttered factory that devoured our mothers’ dreams. … Continue reading

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Shadowboxing With Bukowski – Darrell Kastin

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “The universe shrank daily around me, the bookstore itself was the center, the black hole, the very bottomless hell that would consume me in the end. ..the bookstore was insatiable, a structure of otherworldly forces. It … Continue reading

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The Black Spider Revisited

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “And now the people where gripped by the ancient fear that the spider might carry off an unbaptized infant, the pledge of their old pact. The woman was beside herself, she had no trust in God, … Continue reading

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In the Dark – Chris Patchell

(Reviewed by Ishita RC) What does a single mom,  a fifteen year old teenager and a diabetic college student have in common? A past that has decided to hold them captive. If only teenage angst and a horrible boss were … Continue reading

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Hades – Candice Fox

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Hades had fallen in love with two chimeras, two monsters in disguise, incapable of feeling the way he felt, of loving the way he loved. The horror they had experienced had cut a hole in them … Continue reading

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