IT by Stephen King | sometimes a problematic horror classic is something that can be so personal,

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IT by Stephen King

September 15, 1986
Adult epic horror
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Welcome to Derry, Maine …

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real …

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

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3 stars

Where do I even begin with this book? To say I have very mixed feelings is understating it. There’s a lot of things I love about this book and would give a full five stars, and a lot of things I hate about this book that would earn any other book one star. I’ve compromised for three stars, but that really doesn’t cover my feelings on this book. It is a horror epic that somehow manages to illuminate friendship and childhood while also exploring the hateful parts of humanity. Does it work? I’m honestly not sure.

A caveat: my perspective on IT is absolutely colored by spending time in queer fandom spaces, reading fanfiction, and movie canon. I don’t think that perspective can be discarded in this review. For some reason, a ton of queer people (me included) connect with this book that is by today’s standards, homophobic. There are queer implications in the movie, but it comes out of the queer subtext in the book that I am 80% sure Stephen King never even realized. I ended up drafting an entire post about this topic after it overflowed this already hefty review, so, um, stay tuned?

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Into the Drowning Deep | a terrifying deep-sea horror story

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Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

November 14, 2017 from Orbit
Adult sci-fi horror
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Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

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4 stars

People told me this book was scary, and I don’t usually scare easy, so I went into this thinking, “Oh, it’ll be fine, it’s probably not that scary!” I fell asleep after reading the first thirty or so pages and promptly had a very long, detailed dream about descending into the ocean in a submarine with five people and being ripped apart by killer mermaids. The next day, I read more of the book, had a panic attack about the fragility of life before I fell asleep, and then proceeded to have yet another dream about killer mermaids. I might not admit that this book was scary, but the fact that it immediately dug itself into my subconscious and stayed there long enough to remind me of the primal, repressed fear of death and says it all: Into the Drowning Deep is terrifying.

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