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Katie Recommends: Videogames!

Today I want to give you some game recommendations!

Resident Evil: Village

Take on the role of Ethan Winters and set out into a remote European village in search of your kidnapped daughter. Twisted lords, vampiric creatures and much more beside stand between you and salvation. 

The Evil Within 2 – Accolades

Take on the role of traumatised police detective Sebastian Castellanos and enter the surreal nightmare realm of Union – a once idyllic recreation of rural America corrupted by madness – in search of your daughter Lily.

Detention

Explore the abandoned Greenwood High School in Taiwan in a tragic twist on classic supernatural horror. Set against the backdrop of political turmoil during the 1960s, Detention is slow-burning and atmospheric trip towards horrifying realisation.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

The latest entry in the long-running Fatal Frame franchise, Maiden of Black Water continues the series’ eerie and ghostly brand of horror. Take on the role of three different protagonists as you explore the shrines of Mt. Hikami and solve its haunting mysteries.

Reviews - Books, Uncategorized

Review: The Turn of the Screw

Today I want to talk to you about a story that’s been adapted many times, I know that doesn’t narrow it down all that much lol. But this was recently adapted by Netflix, into the series The Haunting of Bly Manor (fantastic series, go watch it). At least it was partly adapted by Netflix in this series as the series was more an amalgamation of two of Henry James’ stories.

The story I want to talk to you about today is The Turn of the Screw.

This novella was released in in Colliers Weekly in a serialised format in 1898, it was later collected in the same year by Macmillian and Heinemann.

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Reviews - Books

Stories that hold a place in my heart

Story’s affect us all.

They can affect us emotionally; most good stories make us feel something. But they can also affect how we see the world, and help us form our opinions on ‘real world’ issues and problems. They can help us relate to people or situations we might not otherwise have ever experienced.  As a 30-something year old, white, English woman there are certain things I will never experience myself and absorbing a wide range of stories, told from different viewpoints and by a diverse range of people can help me understand those experiences better. I often find voracious story consumers to have higher levels of empathy.

Stories can also help us get through difficult times via escapism or by giving us the tools to handle our own challenges. As a massive fan of horror, I sometimes get confused looks when I explain to friends and family that I can take real comfort from stories they might find frightening. But any genre can do all of the above.

Stories come in many mediums, that’s why this website looks at books, films, videogames, online mediums etc. Today I want to talk to you about books. In particular my top five books.

There are some spoilers below so make sure you are careful if you don’t want certain stories spoiled for you. I have done my very best to keep spoilers to a minimum though and have put warnings throughout.

So, without further delay and in no particular order…

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Coming in 2022

Last year was an interesting year.

On the positive side, I started a YouTube channel, sold a manuscript, finished a draft of my current WIP and managed to publish several short stories.

On the neutral side, I started seriously working towards my PhD in English literature, though sadly that ended up on the backburner yet again when offline-life got in the way.

On the bummer side, a project I was working on, a videogame, ran into one-to-many problems and ended up being shelved. Though this may turn out to be for the best.

As far as offline life is concerned, last year was pretty monumental. My partner and I bought our first house together in February and almost immediately got a ton of plants and a couple of cats to live in it. Finnegan and Mimi, look how “cute” they are!

Yes, I am deliberately shaming my cats with embarrassing/unflattering pictures because it amuses me to do so.

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