Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik

//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=dantra0c-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0062345869&asins=0062345869&linkId=5FXEFY7GWJKU4OJQ&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=trueDark Rooms tries to be a Gillian Flynn novel. I understand the appeal, for a while there every thriller published wanted to be Gone Girl. Amolik seems to be going for more of a Dark Places vibe, which is a far worse crime, as Dark Places is probably Flynn’s best novel. Flynn achieves gritty realism in an almost subtle way that keeps it from feeling over the top. Amolik flamboyantly creates quite the opposite, her atmosphere dense with exorbitant plot points ranging from incest to – hold onto your butts – the protagonist developing a romantic relationship with her known rapist.  Continue reading “Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik”


American Horror Story: Freak Show – Season 4, Episode 9: “Tupperware Party Massacre”

Throughout this season, Dandy Mott has been trying to find himself. When we first meet Dandy, he identifies with Elsa’s freaks and truly feels that he would be at home with them. As the season progresses, however, Twisty the Clown takes him in as a protege of sorts, and Dandy starts identifying as a clown-costume-clad psychotic murderer. Dandy abandons this persona upon falling in love with Bette Tattler, and ultimately it is her rejection that leaves him completely perplexed regarding his place in this world. “Tupperware Party Massacre” features Dandy’s self-awakening: he is a god, and he has fully embraced his destiny. Continue reading “American Horror Story: Freak Show – Season 4, Episode 9: “Tupperware Party Massacre””

American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 303: “The Replacements”

“The Replacements” has some seriously icky moments. Really. Icky. That being said, the more disturbing elements are vital to this season’s consistent emphasis on life, death, and everything in between. Continue reading “American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 303: “The Replacements””