Justus is our resident Canuck, and, while she reads widely, most of her shelf-talkers have been appearing in our Horror section as of late.

Reviews & Recommendations

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Certain Dark Things Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250099082
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - October 25th, 2016

Author Silvia Moreno-Garcia has stripped vampires of their tired tropes and infused them with new life and horror—Certain Dark Things revels in the monstrous diversity of these horrifying creatures. Set in Mexico City, the story is rich in imaginative, gritty detail and rooted in Mexican and Aztec cultures and mythology. Even if you don't like vampires, it's a captivating read!

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We Are Dandy: The Elegant Gentleman Around the World Cover Image
By Rose Callahan (Photographer), Nathaniel Adams (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9783899556674
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Published: Gestalten - November 25th, 2016

Original and inventive fashion from around the world—these men defy convention and expectation with artistic and inspiring results.

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Letters to a Young Poet (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By Rainer Maria Rilke, Charlie Louth (Translator), Lewis Hyde (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143107149
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2013

This is the book every artist and creative person needs to own. It will centre you when you feel off-balance and inspire you when you need support.

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The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345530257
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Published: Bantam - August 21st, 2012

You've probably heard it takes 10,000 hours to become a master of any activity, right? But what should those hours look like? And what do you need to do to meet the standard of deliberate practice? The Little Book of Talent is one of the best books you could have by your side as you get started.

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Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307278715
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Published: Anchor Books - March 22nd, 2016

In this extraordinary book, Sarah Helm offers a biography of Hitler's concentration camp for women, but Helm goes beyond what simply happened. Ravensbrück does not only recount events. Instead, Helm tells the history of this part of the Holocaust with stories about those who were sent to the camp and those who ran it. Helm brings to light the unimaginable abuse and suffering, but moves past the atrocities to chronicle the lives of the women, both the Nazi staff and the regime's victims—a horrifying history.

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Origins of Form: The Shape of Natural and Man-Made Things Why They Came to Be the Way They Are and How They Change Cover Image
ISBN: 9781589798083
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Published: Taylor Trade Publishing - April 16th, 2013

How high can a tree grow? Could giants like King Kong or Godzilla ever actually exist? Why does our world work the way it does? Origin of Forms is the perfect book for every person who has ever wondered why. If you want a book that will forever change the way you experience the world, this is it!

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Advanced Style: Older & Wiser Cover Image
By Ari Seth Cohen, Simon Doonan (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781576877975
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Published: powerHouse Books - April 26th, 2016

I love everything about this book. It's courageous, rebellious, inspiring, and so full of joy it shines. Get a copy for yourself and one to share with a sassy, stylish friend who knows (or needs to remember) that creativity has no age limit.

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The Preservatory: Seasonally Inspired Recipes for Creating and Cooking with Artisanal Preserves Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147530059
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Published: Appetite by Random House - April 25th, 2017

To say no better book on preserves exists may sound over-the-top, but that's only because you haven't tried the recipes in this book yet. Just across the Canadian-US border is a working farm and orchard known as The Preservatory and Vista D'oro Farms and Winery. The recipes in this book transport you to this creative place where jam is art and meals are meant to sustain and nourish you. They are worthy of becoming year-round staples in any home that believes people best connect and relax when sharing good food.

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A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492626015
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - August 2nd, 2016

I cancelled plans with people I like to read more of this book! Then I stayed up late (SO LATE) to finish it. When I found out it's the first book in a trilogy, I just about screamed with delight. Boucher is my new favourite. Solid fantasy with a fiery romance—what could be better?

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How to Make Friends with a Ghost Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101919019
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Published: Tundra Books (NY) - September 5th, 2017

This is my all-time favourite how-to guide, and it's full of important information about befriending the spectres you may encounter if, as the author notes, you are "sweet, warm, and kind." This book gives you Ghost Basics and Ghost Care—all the essentials. I recommend you buy this book and start your own ghost friend group.

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The Murders of Molly Southbourne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765397133
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - October 3rd, 2017

Telling a good horror tale in novella form is an art, and Tade Thompson absolutely nails it! Every time Molly Southbourne bleeds, new mollys appear. In her childhood the mollys were kind... until they weren't. Now she's killed herself hundreds of times. This gem of a novella is dark, disturbing, and utterly gorgeous. 

Buy it.

Read it.

And whatever you do: don't bleed.