A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

332. Ragemoor by Jan Strnad

Ragemoor by Jan Strnad. Illustrated by Richard Corben (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 112
Ages: 16+
Finished: Dec. 9, 2012
First Published: Nov. 20, 2012
Publisher: Dark Horse
Genre: Horror, Graphic Novel
Rating: 3.5/5

First sentence: "Castle Ragemoor.  Fortress... Sentinel... Guardian... Prison!"

Publisher's Summary:  "Ragemoor! A living castle, nurtured on pagan blood, harborer to deadly monsters! A fortress possessed of its own will and ability to change itself, with the power to add and destroy rooms and to grow without the help of any human hand. Its servants aren’t human, its origins are Lovecraftian, and its keeper must fend off the castle walls from the terrible race of worm men! Collects the four-issue miniseries."

Acquired: Received a review copy from the publisher, via Net Galley.

Reason for Reading:  I love horror stories and appreciate Corben's artwork.  I also liked that this was a complete mini-series all-in-one.

This is an incredibly bizarre horror story which I thoroughly enjoyed reading.  I also loved Corben's artwork which is equally freaky.  The story is just plain fun if you are in to the weird and creepy.  This is one of those horror stories where the house is the actual main character.  The house, for some inexplicable reason, is for want of a better word, alive.  The two who live in the house are prisoners and those who visit become victims.  Very strange and as I've said I found it all very fun. Only problem is that stripping the tale of the unique insect kitchen help, baboon guardians, raving lunatic naked father and attacking worm men; what is left is the usual predictable plot in these "living house" stories.  Even the shock-value ending was not unexpected.  Nevertheless, it was a pleasant read.

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