I accept print ARCs, finished copies, and e-books. My e-reader is a Kindle, so please only send Kindle-compatible files. I am currently accepting self-published books. I LOVE comic books and graphic novels, and I am always accepting those. However, I am not accepting interactive media books at this time.
You can send emails to email@example.com. I will make every effort to read and review in a timely fashion. I prefer to receive a book 1-2 months prior to when you would like the review posted.
I post reviews to Amazon and Goodreads after they have been posted on the blog.
If a book is illustrated, I will give writers and artists equal credit in my social media and blog posts. If I’m reviewing a comic book or graphic novel, I will also credit the inkers, color artists, and letterers.
My reviews are the writing equivalent of business casual: somewhere between informal conversation and literary criticism. They reflect my personal opinion, and my goal is to be fair and honest. I usually prefer not to post reviews of books that I didn’t enjoy, unless there is something actively harmful about the book that I want to address. Therefore, if I accept a book, this does not guarantee a review. However, if I haven’t posted a review of your book, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it! I simply may not have had time to read it yet, or I may still be drafting the review.
After I have finished reading books provided to me by authors/publishers/etc. for the purpose of reviews, I will donate them to my local library or (in the case of e-books) delete them. If I can, I will pass on books to other readers/bloggers, especially for marginalized communities (because I know there is a problem with ARCs, especially with MC of color, still ending up in the hands of white readers only). I will not accept payment of any kind for reviews. If I do not specify the source in the review, that means I have checked the book out from the library or purchased it myself.
All reviews will include the following:
- Cover art
- A spoiler-free synopsis. If it’s a block quote, I got it from the publisher; if not, I wrote it myself.
- Book stats: Title, series status, author, illustrator, cover artist(s), publisher, ISBN, and publication date. I will also include content warnings for certain subject matter, including but not limited to: sexual assault, child abuse, eating disorders, racism, and suicide/self-harm. I know that some horror fans think it’s antithetical to the genre to include content warnings. If you’re too squeamish for stuff like that, what are you doing reading/watching horror anyway, right? Well, I disagree. Everybody has different experiences in life, and everybody has things that they are more sensitive to than others, and I’m damn well going to respect that. I’m not going to warn you that there might be some blood every time I review a slasher, but if there’s a book with something that I think might be particularly triggering to some people, I’m going to tell you about it before my review. If you think poorly of me for that, that’s too bad; this is a site that celebrates the creepy, the dark, and the macabre, but I still love and respect my readers, and I’m going to treat them with love and respect.
- How I received the book, if it was provided to me
- My review.
- Coffin rating: I rate books on a 0-5 coffin scale, in 0.5 increments, with 5 being a classic and 0 being a travesty. Ratings are based on my personal enjoyment of the book. They are subjective, but I make every effort to be consistent in my ratings.