Banshee Tales

Always Open-Minded, Seeking Inspiration, Eager to Learn

#WIHM Review – Experimental Film by Gemma Files

What happens when Ringu is crossed with the Canadian indie film scene? Brace yourself, because the tale that follows is extraordinary! I picked this novel up a while ago on Kindle, eager to finally read something from this celebrated horror author. And I was not...

#WIHM Review – We Have Always Lived in the Castle

I’ve loved Shirley Jackson since high school after reading “The Lottery” (as so many of us did). A brutal little story about how a seemingly ordinary small town filled with recognizable, everyday folk can - and will - turn on each other. Soon after that, inspired by a...

February – #WIHM

Women in Horror Month…I gotta tell you, this is the first time I heard about this. I love that it exists, and I wish I knew about it sometime in the past 11 years. But alas, even the best movements take time to grow and gain exposure. There’s more and more recognition...

Introducing the ’20s – Roar Away, Friends!

Welcome back! It’s a new year and (to some) a new decade – out with the ‘10s and in with the ‘20s. I’ve never been a stickler for resolutions but, like many, I do make certain plans for a new year. 2019 was amazing for me: a year I sold two novels, shared a short...

Top 10s of the ’10s

Another year is wrapping up – but more than that, so is another decade. I know everyone is writing about the Best of the ‘10s, and I enjoy each and every one of these lists. I’m a fan of pop culture and I have a blog, so why shouldn't I do something similar? But...

What an Excellent Day for an Exorcism!

We’re almost there, horror fans! Halloween week has arrived, and I’d like to journey back to the distant past. There was one tale that scarred me for life while also sucking me past the point of no return and into the horror genre forever. The movie remains one of the...

To Trope or Not to Trope?

Ugh, horror is filled with stupid characters making dumb decisions. It's always the same old tired tropes! Yes, horror fans, we’ve heard this before. To be fair, some tropes are overused and some aren’t pulled off well. However, just because something is a trope...

Let’s Do the Monster Mash

Monsters are stupid and make-believe, they're not even scary! Horror is just monsters, gore, and slashers – cheap thrills, not art. If I had a dollar for every time I heard this…well, you know the saying. Horror fans are in the minority among genre entertainment...

My Favorite Scares

As you all know, I'm a dark fiction author who loves scary stories. One of the most common questions I’ve received recently is What are your Favorite Books? As people note my abiding love for all dark fiction, the question invariably shifts to What are your Favorite...