Nod by Adrian Barnes

By Adrian Barnes
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN13: 9781783298228
Pages: 271
Genre: Dystopian/Horror


Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no one in the world has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same golden dream.

After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead.

Paul, a writer, continues to sleep while his partner Tanya disintegrates before his eyes, and the new world swallows the old one whole.

(New) Thoughts

The synopsis for Nod is pretty inclusive so I am omitting a thorough recap. The story simply follows the events ensuing a cataclysmic but unexplained occurrence that has stripped the world’s occupants of sleep. Only the smallest handful of mankind now retain the ability.

I want to begin by exploring the one element that sets Nod apart from other dystopian stories. That would be its fictional prose that sets the stage for a read that is more literary in tone than one might expect. For this very reason, you will either discover a profound appreciation or dislike for Nod within a matter or mere chapters. The experience is unique, and I believe will find the same in its following.

Paul, our main character suffers an affliction in the most unlikely forms. He retains the ability to sleep while those around him fail to do so. Within this, he discovers isolation and desperation as humanity slowly unravels around him in the form of sleep deprivation. It will begin as generalized fatigue and then unfold until psychosis and death eventually claim all he knows of humanity. The approach Barnes has taken is simple and highly effective. It was reminiscent of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend in the fact that I found it to be raw and quick look at humanity (or the loss of) through the eyes of an outsider.

The setting is as expected. A turmoil is brewing beneath the surface as mankind struggles with loss of sleep and sense. What begins as small encounters of aggression and oddities soon evolve into episodes of delirium, leading to a state of maddening incoherence and violence. Perhaps the most terrifying aspect of Nod is the pacing. It takes the human body approximately 4 weeks to die without sleep and there in lies the rate at which this story transpires. It is unsettling on a multitude of levels.

“Hell is time, isn’t that obvious? Take your greatest pleasure or your greatest fantasy and let it come continuously true—for a day, a week, a year, a decade. And that’s hell.” 

Nod is a highly successful approach to a time old tale of the downfall of civilization. The abrupt onset and pacing of an unusual malady combined with a dry and darkened sense of humor fuel a fast and consistent  read that creates an inventive and original encounter that fans of horror and dystopia will not want to miss.

Untitled designEnjoyed with a cup of chocolate pu-erh tea and cocoa.


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Vices and Virtues: An Anthology of the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Dark Virtues ~ Sneak Peek

I am excited to take part in the Vices and Virtues Blitz Tour today with Xpresso Book Tours. Stick around to for a sneak peek and a giveaway for a $25.00 Amazon gift card. Don’t forget to pick up a copy!

Vices and Virtues: An anthology of the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Dark Virtues
Publication date: November 14th 2017
ASIN: B0772Q82X5
Genres: Adult, Horror, Supernatural, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Suspense/Thriller



Sins will weave you into their webs. They become the Vice you’re unable to shake. There are the values, taught from birth, which ride a razor’s edge. They turn into Dark Virtues, a twisted mockery of their true meaning.

Pride, envy, lust, gluttony, anger, greed and sloth all have their place in the tapestry of life. They are the Vices who lost sight of the Virtues: charity, temperance, forgiveness, humility, kindness, chastity and diligence.

Enter the worlds where the tales of the most sinful of Vices and the darkest of Virtues will entice and intrigue you…

…for even among the most devout there is a dark side.

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Throwing caution to the wind, I slipped my feet into a pair of runners and walked down the road, telling myself it was to clear my mind. But really, I was on the prowl for fresh meat. Someone vulnerable—easy prey. I had to be smart about it; it was broad daylight after all.

Every person who walked past became a possible target. In my mind’s eye, I pictured a computer log for each one, listing their attributes. Having limited knowledge on the ins and outs of cannibalism, I had no idea what the perfect body type was for consumption. Would it matter if they were male or female? Was it better if they were lean and muscular, or was a layer of padding more flavourful? How was I to choose?

Turns out, I didn’t need to think about it at all. On my walk back home, I was knocked off my feet by a man out for a jog. He’d been too busy flicking through the playlist on his phone to see me, and by the time we’d both looked up, it was too late. We collided, my forehead into his chin and mouth. My hands automatically went up, pressing against his chest and sending us both bouncing off each other, landing on our behinds. Apologising profusely, he offered me his hand and pulled me to my feet. The impact had left a red egg on my head and skinned my palms raw. He, however, came across a little worse for wear, sporting a newly chipped tooth, and fat, bleeding lip. As soon as I got a whiff of the blood on his breath, I knew, he was the one.

I pointed to my house across the street, inviting him in to clean up while he called the emergency dentist. It was the least I could do.

Ushering him into the bathroom, I had him perch on the edge of the bath while I rummaged through the cabinet for the first aid kit. I needed to knock him out somehow. There was no way I could do this without it… unless…




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A Handful of Frightening Flicks

Frightening Flicks

Last week I shared 5 of my favorite Haunting Reads. I thought it would be fun and fitting to followup with my favorite frightening flicks in celebration of this ghastly holidayUntitled design (1) Who doesn’t enjoy a good scare from time to time?

This list will include some anime as I am a fan of supernatural/horror anime. It is by no means all-inclusive. I love horror flicks (you will notice I favor the foreign films)! I admit I had a difficult time narrowing the list, so I am including 10 today. Once again, in no particular order, I give you a few of my favoritesUntitled design (1)

hightension.jpgHigh Tension (Haute tension)
Switchblade Romance (UK title)
French Horror/Slasher
Released 2003

IMBd Synopsis:

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia’s parents’ secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls’ idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

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*This one seriously creeped me the eff out. It is a gory, edge of your seat thrill ride that is not for the faint of heart. And I love every minute of it! 

anotherAnother アナザー
Anime Horror/Mystery
Episodes: 12
Aired 2012

MAL Synopsis:

In 1972, a popular student in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 named Misaki passed away during the school year. Since then, the town of Yomiyama has been shrouded by a fearful atmosphere, from the dark secrets hidden deep within.

Twenty-six years later, 15-year-old Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into class 3-3 of Yomiyama North and soon after discovers that a strange, gloomy mood seems to hang over all the students. He also finds himself drawn to the mysterious, eyepatch-wearing student Mei Misaki; however, the rest of the class and the teachers seem to treat her like she doesn’t exist. Paying no heed to warnings from everyone including Mei herself, Kouichi begins to get closer not only to her, but also to the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing class 3-3 of Yomiyama North.

Another follows Kouichi, Mei, and their classmates as they are pulled into the enigma surrounding a series of inevitable, tragic events—but unraveling the horror of Yomiyama may just cost them the ultimate price.

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*Perhaps more mystery than horror in the eyes of some, Another delivers a suspenseful tale not without several chilling moments. This gruesome story easily warrants a spot among my favorites.

thedescentThe Descent (Original Unrated Edition)
British Adventure Horror
Released 2005

IMDb Synopsis:

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

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*Adding the elements of pure isolation and claustrophobia to a horror film really ups the ante, and that is exactly what the Descent accomplishes. I couldn’t breathe through half of the film.

Dumplings_(film)Dumplings (Jiao zi)
Asian Drama/Horror
Released 2004


The infamous Aunt Mei (Bai Ling), a former gynecologist who performed abortions, makes dumplings with miraculous youth-restoring abilities. Mrs. Li (Miriam Yeung), a former actress desperate to make her womanizing husband (Tony Leung Ka Fai) pay attention to her again, initially refuses to eat them. However, after discovering their potency, she offers to pay Mei any price for more. Things are complicated when Mei is forced to flee the country and the dumplings’ power begins to fade.

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*Okay, so I give this one a rating of 4 just for how disturbed I was by the end of the film. This is a prime example of why I love Asian Horror. It burrows into you mind and lingers.

tghoulToykyo Ghoul 東京喰種-トーキョーグール-
Anime Horror
Episodes: 12
Aired 2014

MAL Synopsis:

Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society.

Based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who is instantly drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself. However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.

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*While many found the execution to be less than stellar, I still hold a special place in my heart for this ghoulish anime. I am not sure if that will change when I complete the manga, but for now the concept continues to offer plenty of intrigue and nightmare fuel that deservedly places it on my list of favorites.

p170336_p_v8_alThe Orphanage
Spanish Thriller/Mystery
Released 2007

IMDb Synposis:

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

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*The Orphanage quite honestly just haunted me. This chilling tale consumed my thoughts for days after watching it. Here is an official trailer. Anyone who is familiar with Guillermo del Toro is probably a fan for good cause.


ju-onJu-On: The Grudge 呪怨じゅおん
Asian Supernatural Horror
Released 2002

IMDb Synopsis:

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

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*I am not even going to lie, not to be mistaken with the US adaptation, this film kept me up with the lights on for days. I even screamed a few times. I love it and yet, I can hardly stand to watch it!

lettherightoneinLet The Right One In
Swedish Romantic Horror
Released 2008

IMDb Synopsis:

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

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*Yes, this one just made my 5 favorite haunting reads list and for good reasons. The film manages to hold a candle to the novel and is terrifying reminder of why vampires are and should be viewed as scary creatures.

the-lady-in-white-.jpgThe Lady in White
American Fantasy Horror
Released 1988

IMDb Synopsis: 

An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a 1960s small town, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl.

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*See, I appreciate American Horror 😉 Ok, so this one maybe makes the list more for nostalgia purposes as it might not hold the same fear factor so many years later, but that does not discredit the fact that this is an outstanding ghost story I feel everyone should experience at least once.

thedevilsbackbone.jpgThe Devil’s Backbone
Spanish Gothic Horror
Released 2001

IMDb Synopsis:

After Carlos – a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War – arrives at an ominous boys’ orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

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*Guillermo del Toro makes my list again with this immersive and dark film. Oddly enough, I cannot put my finger on what exactly chills me the most with this one. But he always presents something atmospheric and psychologically gripping.

What are your favorite fright flicks or Halloween films?

Have you watched any of these? If so, I would love to know your thoughts! This is simply a handful of my favorites. I could spend days discussing horror films. Do you enjoy them?

Happy Halloween!

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