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Mary: An Awakening of Terror

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I also included in the Acknowledgements page a list of the books that were inspirational to me when writing MARY. The point of this horror is that the horror is really the world's expectations of women and how we destroy ourselves and each other to the same intensity that the world destroys us.

I love the lady earlier saying "I didn't know we were doing children now" like wow nothing is too much for these people. I was this close to making this one of my favorite books ever, however the last 100 pages just faded. I thought this was a novel about a woman who had suffered some trauma or breakdown in her life, now trying to cope with menopause and further emotional and physical upset. It’s very interesting to imagine the story taking that form—it feels so perfectly suited to being a novel. There are so many fantastic problems brought up in this book and that's something I adore about horror.I didn't lose interest but I did find myself wanting to read faster or skim unnecessary details a few times. She kills her aunt by stuffing porcelain statues down her throat and somehow when she becomes a ghost, she’s cracking jokes and hovering around like this is a Disney movie. Bottom line is, Cassidy's debut horror novel absolutely struck a chord with me and is definitely worth your time; lots of patriarchal anxiety smashed, tons of gore and blood, epic confrontations and ants! There is one reference in Mary which is hard to miss; Stephen King's debut novel Carrie (1974), in which an oppressed and bullied young girl gains unexpected powers once her menstruation kicks in. Disappointing because the opening line of “there’s a corpse in the bathtub” normally would have my FULL attention.

In Arroyo, not only does she tackle her aunt who does nothing but tantalize her instead of helping but also a desert town full of religious freaks and a mysterious history involving a serial killer. The Author's Note at the beginning and the Afterword at the end pretty much say everything I was trying to *do* with this book--and the former also offers some spoiler-free content warnings if you'd like them.After reading the mention of Azazel, I was hoping we’d see some cool theological horror a la Hereditary, but alas, that was just me getting my hopes up.

It doesn't matter if you're into Stephen King, Octavia Butler, Jack Ketchum or Shirley Jackson, this is the place to share that love and discuss to your heart's content. There's so much heavy content it really takes its toll on me enough to the point where I feel like I need a nap after reading it. The home being the site of an infamous serial killer that was gunned down by the police 49 years ago.There, the perimenopausal symptoms get even worse, she's haunted by murdered women and her own past. G." (TBS), "The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show" (Netflix), as well as on stages Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and across the country.

She’s ignored at work, she’s single and has no prospects, and people tend treat her like she’s invisible. I did like that Mary who is going through peri-menopausal incidents right now is dealing with trying to tamper he rage down. I also thought that a lot of the aspects he explored in this book in terms of plots, from reincarnation to small town secrets to body horror were all very well done, and came together in unique ways that really got his story across. TWs for quite a number of super disturbing topics you might wanna look into but I have to mention that there’s a pretty graphic animal violence scene. Mary is honestly not an interesting character, and I think we were supposed to root for her, similar to Carrie, but the whole book had me going what is going on now.The main character is probably the most bland, unlikeable character I’ve ever encountered, and the absolute clusterfuck of a plot redeems nothing. I found out we have multiple mutual theatre friends, and that he’s a pretty prolific playwright in his own right. Not because its about a woman going through peri-menopause, but because of its insight in to the female condition.

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