Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

Throughout undergrad, I had a few experiences with graphic novels including Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Marbles by Ellen Forney, and Jimmy Corrigan by Chris Ware. Usually, I’m a fan of traditional novels. It’s not that I think graphic novels are in any way inferior, but it’s the fact that it’s harder to make myself really pay attention. Sometimes I only get…

Joyride by Jack Ketchum

Joyride seemed to be on a different level than our previous novels and films. When I say “next level” I don’t mean to insinuate that was a more challenging read, but that the psychological thriller aspect was more intricate than we’d been used to. Our first novel Psycho, which was so aptly titled, really left little to…

Se7en starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman

“He’s not the devil. He’s just a man” The scariest quote in the film in my opinion. But what a comeback from last week’s lackluster Taxi Driver. Now this is what epitomizes the genre “psychological thriller” for me. The film wasn’t only about defining the characters and plot, but defining its viewers. Through the course of…

Taxi Driver starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster

This was the first time I had ever seen Taxi Driver. I had heard of it, but was surprised to see it on our course list because, well, I had no idea what it was about and was going on the title alone. But seeing as it was included on the materials list for a class…

Misery by Stephen King

The first novel by Stephen King I read was Carrie, and I have to say it underwhelmed me. There was just something about it that was almost tame compared to what I was expecting. But maybe I was judging it based on what I’d remembered of the movie. I mean, Sissy Spacek was pretty creepy in…

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

I am so happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Were there things I wanted to tweak? Sure. Did I hit some dull spots? A few–and I’ll get to those. But because Red Dragon was a book I can confidently say was well-written and a good read, I have to start with the positives. This was…

The Sculptor by Gregory Funaro

I so wish that I could say I loved this book. If the middle was as enticing as the beginning and the end, then maybe that would be the case. When we open up the book  we’re in Tommy Campbell’s POV as he wakes up to The Sculptor making him into his Bacchus. I was a…

The Church of Dead Girls by Stephen Dobyns

After finishing Stephen Dobyns’ The Church of Dead Girls my head feels very full. To me, mysteries and thrillers are like a game. Can I figure out who the killer is before he/she is revealed? Am I smarter than the narrator? Can I win? The Church of Dead Girls is the first book we’ve read this semester that does…

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Tonight I am wearing black leggings by Victoria’s Secret and a dark gray long-sleeve leisurewear t-shirt by American Eagle Outfitters with a black and white rose. Above the rose in dark gray typewriter-esque text is the statement “Romance (Always a Good Thing).” My slippers are robin’s egg blue with a gray Aztec pattern. They are…

Psycho by Robert Bloch

  I was first introduced to Psycho the movie when I was a junior in high school. I took a film class and, naturally, Psycho was a must-see. Now, I suppose in my “millennial” mindset I immediately thought, “Ugh, black and white, boooring.” Needless to say I was wrong. By the end of the movie I was afraid to…