In Paper Tigers we meet Alison, a young woman bearing the scars – physically and emotionally – of a fire that stopped her former life in its tracks. Once well on her way to becoming a teacher, she now lives a life of isolation, afraid to set foot outside of the house. Her body is unrecognizable, her fiance is gone, her hopes a ...more
Sadly disappointing, Paper Tigers was neither haunting nor hypnotizing. I was expecting a chilling and spine t ...more
The nitty-gritty: An atmospheric and eerie ghost story with psychological undertones that make this a satisfying horror story on several levels.
The house held only broken dreams, shattered screams, and secret little dirty things. It was a liar’s playground, a dead man’s last stand.
I was pleasantly surprised by Damian Angelica Walters’ short story collection Sing Me Your Scars, full of visceral and at times hard to read horror stories about pain and loss, and so I jumped at th...more
Walters also puts her gorgeous writing skills on display in that novel. ...more
The narrative of Paper Tigers unravels at a methodical pace, giving up pieces of the puzzle that don't from pictures just yet. We are living vicariously through Alison, a woman who's damaged on the outside, fractured on the insid ...more
“I am like a small creature swallowed whole by a monster, she thought, and the monster feels my tiny movements inside.”
This line comes from Shirley Jackson’s beautiful, haunting, classic masterpiece The Haunting of Hill House and it’s an epigraph to PAPER TIGERS—one that couldn't be more apt.
This is the story of Alison, a girl who is disfigured by an accident and left alone with only occasional visits from he ...more
I begin this review talking about another book, because that isn't what happens here. Hill carries it off, making what might s ...more
If you want to know the answer to that, you’ll have to find it in the pages of this remarkable novel by Damien Angelica Walters. As for my experience, this book consumed me. Slowly. All the way through the last page. I was enthralled by it and, although I wanted to know how things worked out, I was reluctant for it to end. For the spell to be broken.
But that's not really how it works, is it? The books we love—the ones that ha ...more
Alison is a young woman who bears terrible scars, both externally and internally, from a fire. When she needs to go out, she does so only at night, and only for a certain distance. Still, she is fiercely independent, and endures rather than accepts the help given by her mother and physical therapist. On one nighttime walk Alison encounters what appears to be a new antiques shop. On display is an old photo album. ...more
There is no denying this author has talent and can write quite beautifully. However, brilliant technical writing does not necessarily make a good story. Honestly, Paper Tigers only has enough plot to fill a short story, or a novelette at best. The repetitiveness and overkill of details was truly a test of my willpower to finish reading it. It does have some atmosphere, but other than the last ten or fifteen pages, there are no real scares or any sense of danger for the protagonist ...more
-Jonathan Reitan, Cemetery Dance magazine
Full review here: https://www.cemeterydance.com/extras/... ...more
I really did end up rooting for the main character despite also finding myself yelling at her quite often.
There was a great atmosphere to the book - almost gothic horror and some really creepy moments. I very much enjoyed this one.
Very, Very good!
Moody. Captivating. Heart-breaking.
If you think you've read books about living with damages and scars, wait until you dig into this. Alison only knows her ruined parts. It's all ...more
This is a really excellent book. It's very easy to fall into this world and feel it. You can feel Alison's pain and loneliness and there's a good bit of body horror, I guess, for people t ...more
By far one of the most compelling examples of literary modern Gothic storytelling, readers are pulled into a world with all the classic Gothic themes: high emotions, an ancient evil, a main character who has suffered an unimaginable tragedy, and symbolism that weaves the entire thing together.
The author’s usage of colors is especially noteworthy and seems to nod to ...more
Paper Tigers is a tale of isolation and desperateness. The story tells of a woman lost in her current situation. She was deformed in an accident that left her wit ...more