The face behind The Ghastly Grimoire

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Pretty ol’ me.

Born a 90’s kid, my love for horror, the unknown, and crime developed at a young age. Raised on forensic documentaries, horror movies, and fantasy, scifi, and horror novels, I finally decided it was time to share my passion for the things I truly enjoy. Formerly, I ran a blog entitled Project Otaku, where myself and several other anime fans talked about subjects related to otaku culture and reviewed films, manga, and series. My interest in this was little more than a phase, but I learned a lot about blogging from the experience. Putting that knowledge together with my darker fancies and frustrated by a domain expiration that was still processing on my other site, I created The Ghastly Grimoire on June 11, 2016.

Shortly after creating this blog, I learned through other book bloggers about obtaining ARCs for the purpose of review. From that, my passion for reading has continued to grow exponentially. In addition, I’ve discovered new authors and genres.

I’ve also learned a lot about the way the publishing industry works, which is pretty damn fascinating.

Why do I book blog?

There is not enough time in the world to read bad books and I don’t know a single reader that would disagree. The thing is, someone has to read and review books. That’s where book bloggers play a crucial role. Book reviewers and bloggers often receive free copies of books for the sole purpose of providing an unbiased review. This provides publicity for the publisher and author and has a surprisingly large impact on what gets published. It’s not unheard of for a generally negative response to a certain author to have an adverse effect.  Simultaneously, good responses help to hype up the launch of a book.

Needless to say, as stated on my request form, I will never sacrifice my integrity to appease an author, publisher, or any other individual. My reviews will always be honest. I try to avoid use of inflammatory and scathing words, but there may be times when a sharp tongue and a blunt response are necessary.

Other facts:

  • I have two orange cats. They are named Garfield and Otis. Both cats are spoiled.
  • Though I was born in and live in Arkansas, I have also lived in Oklahoma City and in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • I used to have a day job, or rather “evening” job, at a hotel as a front desk clerk. In the past, I have also worked in automotive shops as a service writer, briefly as a technician, and as a salesperson. Unfortunately, after being diagnosed with an incurable auto-immune disease (ulcerative colitis), I am no longer able to continue working due to pain, fatigue, and frequent trips to the restroom.
  • I constantly have a physical book, my kindle, and my smart phone on me. This allows me to always have access to a book.
  • I have attended college; however, due to my illness and the university’s failure to provide me with adequate accommodations, I had to withdraw until I reach remission (and reduction in symptoms) and am able to attend again (or find an acceptable online university to attend).
  • I’m actually a fairly responsive and talkative person when it comes to my passions.
  • I am a die-hard Stephen King fan and his style heavily influences my own writing. My one wish is that maybe, just maybe, I could someday meet him (or at least talk to him). This began in sixth grade, when I borrowed my father’s copy of ‘Salem’s Lot.
  • I have a particular fondness for ’98-’02 Honda Accord EX V6 Coupes. With the help of my step-father and my brother’s girlfriend, I am building a show car in my free time when I’m not blogging and I have the finances to do so.
  • I love World of Warcraft. I play Horde on Uther and am a vanilla player (Battletag: TheGrimoire#11131).
  • Yes, I am a gamer and I am a die hard PS4 girl. WoW aside, of course.
  • Country music is my guilty pleasure.