Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

hexTitle: Hex

Author: Olde Heuvelt, Thomas (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror

Bibliographic: Tor, 384 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $15.99, , ISBNs 9780765378804, 9781466864580, 9780765378811

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Translation, disturbing, gruesome, descriptive

Why I picked it up:  I’d heard very good things about it, and liked the idea of a town just coming to accept something horrible in their midst.

S.I.A.S.: The residents of Black Spring are used to Katherine, a 300-year-old witch, wandering around, but some people want things to change.

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The Graveyard Apartment, by Mariko Koike

graveyardapartmentTitle: The Graveyard Apartment

Author: Koike, Mariko (No website in English)

Genre: Horror

Bibliographic: Thomas Dunne Books, 336 pages, Hardcover List Price $25.99, ISBNs 9781250060549, 9781466865822

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

Rating: ★★☆☆☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Ghost story, flawed characters, unlikable characters, intense pace, atmospheric, menacing, compelling

Why I picked it up: I saw a review that described this as “horror for wimps.” As a wimp who loves horror, that sounded right up my alley.

S.I.A.S.: Not everyone would be comfortable living next to a cemetery — and the Kano family shouldn’t be, either.

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